Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 22, 2017

A nice train ride

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From Bentota to Hikkaduwa.

And of course I am exaggerating for dramatic effect. But let us start at the beginning of this story. We had a malfunction with the booking at the villa at Bentota and we had to move to a guest house in Aluthgama, which is across the river from Bentota. It was not as nice but was close to the town and shops and everything. But it was very reasonable at $10 a night.

Bentota mangroves
Mangroves along the river

And of course I posted photos of my river boat ride in the last post. It was very enjoyable. I spent the rest of the time wandering around the town checking out the sites.

Aluthgama beach
The beach at Aluthgama

This morning I set off to get the train to Hikkaduwa. I bought a second class ticket for 70 rupees (about 60 cents) and waited for the train. I had a very funny moment at the station restaurant where there was a really old Sinhalese movie from the sixties on the television. The guys were dancing around and laughing their heads off. Very funny. I will try and find it on youtube.

Here come da train
The train comes

Well, the train came as you can see and I found the second class carriages this time. And I even found a seat, which was amazing. It was mostly full of Europeans going on day trips. I guess to Galle fort. Eventually I found my hotel after being driven up and down the road by the tuk tuk driver who had no clue where it was.

hikkaduwa beach
Learning to surf

After freshening up after my mammoth 37 kilometer train ride, I went for a walk down the road looking for the beach. I was offered a glass-bottom boat ride by some dude and coconuts and tours and rides on tuk tuks and wood carvings and trinkets and knick-knacks. I refused them all of course, having plenty of the aforementioned crap in my pocket. Any hoo, I saw the beach. There is a left hander off a reef, a beach break for the beginners, and reefs stretching along the coast. It is very touristy. And there was lots of white flabby skin lounging on deck chairs.

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