Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Travelife short story: Heaven on earth at the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka

They'd just arrived via an arduous five-hour drive along country roads from Colombo.  But finally there they were at the famous Heritance Kandalama Hotel, just in time for sunset.

The first sight of it, with nothing but water all around, took their breath away.

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A SUNSET SWIM

"I'm going for a swim," she said.

Within minutes, she'd changed into her bathing suit and was dipping her toes hesitantly into the pool.



It really was the perfect time for a swim.

The water was warm and the setting sun's rays cast a golden glow all over the Kandalama reservoir.

She put her feet on the ledge so that she floated effortlessly, while marveling at the sky.

HEAVEN ON EARTH



"This must be what heaven feels like," she almost shouted out to her companion, who was taking sunset photos on the hill just above.

With his cameras, he'd clambered up the stone wall by the pool to get a better view of the entire Kandalama reservoir, in all its gorgeous glory.

Meanwhile, her heart was bursting with the beauty and joy of it all. It was a peace with nature that was simply impossible to describe.

IT'S A NEVER-ENDING TRAVELIFE



But next thing she knew, he was standing right next to her, looking down at her with a smile on his face.

"No," he said. "This is what a never-ending Travelife feels like."

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