Monday, June 11, 2012

Tranquility and great food in Bentota, Sri Lanka

Our bungalow
During our last leg of the Sri Lanka trip, we spent two lovely days at Dalmanuta Gardens, an ayurvedic spa in Bentota, which is a beach town on the West coast, about an hour South of Colombo.  Bentota had the feeling of a typical beach town/ fishing village, with the Bentota River feeding into the ocean there - alongside the river was where the spa was located.  We all kind of did our own thing during the layover day - rode a tuk tuk into town, took the inn's boat to the beach, swam in the pool.  The inn's restaurant was wonderful, headed by local chef, Athula Kerthi, who specialized in local fish and vegetable dishes.  Since it was off-season, he had time to show me how to prepare Sri Lankan curries that he was fixing for lunch.  What a treat - didn't really do anything hands-on, but I wrote it all down!  And then we ate it! The challenge will be to find a vegetable in the US that will substitute for snake gourd....  Chris and I took the inn's boat down the river for about an hour, to check out the wildlife, mangroves and local culture.  That evening we had our locally-caught dinner, prepared by Athula, on a small gazebo on stilts over the river - great food, good friends, awesome ambiance.
Our dinner table on the river
Athula Kerthi, head chef

Spices that go into the curry!
On the river

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