Thank you for a superb day before yesterday; 23rd July, 2014 - I am on the way home and thought it might be useful to send you a little write up of our day - Different Discovery.
On the final day of our tour of Sri Lanka, we were treated to a superb day of excitement and activity by Different Discovery. They had tailored everything to our personal needs - right from the welcome drink of King Coconut to the stickers on the back of the vehicles.
The director of the company, Rasith, also went through a huge amount of effort to ensure he met us when we landed in Sri Lanka in order to put our mind at ease about the day.
We asked for 3 activities, a bike ride, a tuk-tuk tour and a boat trip on the lagoon. However, we were also given a very informative trip around the Negombo fish market by a local tour guide!
The bike ride was a lovely way to see the fishing town, winding our through bustling back streets, passing temples, local schools and weaving our way past the countless other bikes and cattle!
After the leisurely ride, we visited the Negombo fishing market where we were walked through the process of salting and drying out the freshly caught fish. It was myriad of color, smell and busy workers making their living. All of the pupils were delighted to have been able to witness the market first hand with a very experienced tour guide.
We then boarded the hoard of tuktuks - 18 in total, all kitted out with our school logo! We started with a steady cruise through the town, stopping off for some freshly squeezed fruit juice en route. As we hit the open roads the pace went up, along with the adrenaline levels! Safety was paramount throughout as we were guided by support vehicles, painstakingly mapping our route. For many of the pupils, this was the first tuktuk ride they had experienced, it did not disappoint! A hour later we were delivered to our next activity - the lagoon boat ride.
Before we embarked on the speed boats, we were treated to a traditional Sri Lankan lunch, potentially the best meal we had experienced throughout the entirety of the tour! Dahl, green beans, steamed rice, chicken and a wealth of salads and sauces greeted us. Not only was the food superb, we were entertained by a group of musicians playing some classical island music.
Immediately following our lunch, we jumped into the boats to begin our lagoon adventure! Each boat was greeted by an attentive and knowledgeable tour guide - they talked us through the wildlife on view and were quick to point out kites, sea serpents and, many people’s favorites, the water monitor!
After delving into the mangroves, learning about the careful ecological balance, we returned to the harbor. Different Discovery was attentive and helpful throughout the trip. Water was always on offer and we consistently felt well looked after in the hands of very capable professionals.
Ed Jones - Exeter School
23rd July, 2014