Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Chameera Cycling

During a stay in Galle Fort we decided to explore the back roads and found a small, locally run company that would take the two of us on a cycling trip. Johann, Chameera's brother, was our guide and after a drink at their home we set off inland, away from Unawatuna and the coast. The ride took us through stunningly beautiful rural scenery and there were some interesting stops along the way. The coconut factory was fascinating, an operation that employs around 20 people who take left over coconuts and transform the husks into rope. We visited a temple, watched a very talented crab fisherman and did a lot of nibbling on fruits, leaves and a variety of snacks. Another highlight was a cup of tea and some bread at a decidedly basic roadside cafe that functions as the areas gambling hut. The funny thing is that it's British horse racing that the locals are betting on, and although they don't speak a word of English, they know everything there is to know about the various tracks, horses and events. The tour took around 4 and a half hours and on our return we were given tea, fresh fruit and an ice cold facecloth - genius. 

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