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If I had to pick a favourite from all my travels this year, it would be Berlin. Even though there are too many contesting for the favourite spot—Japan, Uttarakhand (thrice!), Saxony’s Via Romantika, Scandinavia—the German capital would still be it. Why? Because nothing feels better than actualising a dream. Even if the dream is somewhat altered and delayed, its transformation into a tangible memory is the most complete feeling.

My three days in Berlin left me very little or no time to stop and stare. Nonetheless, I made most of every waking minute, with pockets of silence by River Spree and humming jazz notes aloud while sauntering on the streets.

The Holocaust Memorial. Potsdamer Platz. What I did Self-guided walk 1

I was very tempted to book myself a walking tour with Insider Berlin. Time-crunched and overcommitted, I decided to plan one out myself.

Armed with a paper map, I took the bus to Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s visual identity and symbol of unity since Reunification in 1989. From there I walked to the fascinating Holocaust Memorial where 2711 of grey slabs depict the thousands of Jews who were murdered in Europe. Taking Ebretstraße , Potsdamer Platz showed a contrasting side of Berlin, with skyscrapers owned by corporates like Sony and many cinemas and shopping avenues. Perhaps this was the least fascinating square in comparison with all that I saw next.

Topographie des Terrors on Wilhelmstraße has a permanent exhibition of photographs of the Nazi rule and other temporary exhibitions. Along Niederkirchnerstraße, the remains of the Berlin Wall are quite a wonder.

A stripe of the Wall on Niederkirchnerstraße. Alte Bibliothek at Babelplatz.

A few meters away on Friedrichstraße, Checkpoint Charlie was the former border crossing between East and West Germany. It is a big tourist attraction. Mauermuseum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Wall Museum) narrates the history and stories of people fleeing the divide by the Wall.

I then walked through wide streets of Berlin towards Gendarmenmarkt. As I approached the square, I wasn’t prepared for its beauty. It took me a while gasp the many elements of Gendarmenmarkt. I stood facing the Konzerthaus (Concert House) which is flanked by Neo Classic Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom on either sides. However, a few steps on Markgrafenstraße I saw neatly arranged houses from the Renaissance Revival period.

Singing my way onwards to Babelplatz, where St. Hedwig’s Cathedral with its large dome and the curved Alte Bibliothek was once the Royal Library of Prussia were impressive, but not as much as Gendarmenmarkt.

From there I hastily made my way to Reichstag, to make it in time for my pre-booked appointment to the roof terrace. This is the Parliament which opens its terrace and the dome for tourists to enjoy an uninterrupted 180˚ panorama of the city.

At Gendarmenmarkt. St. Nikolai Kirche at Nikolaiviertel. Self-guided walk 2

Anne Frank Zentrum in Hackescher Markt exhibits the life and photographs of Anne Frank, the young girl whose diary has been an insight to the lives and tragedies that the Jews faced.

I walked into the very vibrant and inspiring Haus Schwarzenberg. Café Cinema’s empty benches led me to the artsy lane with messages like “Stop War” sprayed allover. There was no corner around the L-shaped alley which was void of art or random slogans.

Once I had seen Haus Schwarzenberg, the adjacent Hackesche Höfe courtyard with its Art Nouveau buildings appeared rather flat.

Reaching Reichstag’s roof terrace. One of the many artworks of East Side Gallery. Ogled at my favourite men

Botecelli, Vasari, Cranach, Canaletto, Caravaggio and Vermeer all meet at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie. A mix of Renaissance and Baroque painters, Gemäldegalerie is extensive and beautifully curated. I spent many hours of a hot afternoon admiring the creations of my favourite men. It was a surreal feel.

East Side Gallery

In Berlin’s hipster neighbourhood, the East Side Gallery welcomes its visitors to 1.3 kilometres of art, open to sky. After the Berlin Wall came down, about 118 artists from 21 countries came to paint on the wall. Even though the history of this place makes it interesting, personally I felt Hackescher Markt had more character.

Café Am Neuen See’s beer garden. My dinner at Brauhaus Georgbræu. Walking into Brauhaus Georgbræu. Where I ate

My first evening in Berlin, I met a friend at Holzmarkt on Holzmarktstraße and we spent quite a few hours talking and sipping beer from Holzmarkt Brauerei’s tap, by River Spree. I tried two types of their house brews. I loved the vibe in this revamped outdoor space for art, culture and recreation.

I had a long indulgent lunch at Café Am Neuen See in Tiergarten. They have a beer garden as well as a restaurant. I had downed a mug of the Munich-brewed Lowenbrau before my walk around the green cover of Tiergarten and returned for another one by the lake, where people were rowing and enjoying the summer outdoors.

The classic Brauhaus Georgbræu in Nikolaiviertel serves hearty German meals with their light and dark house brewed beer. It overlooks River Spree and I spent hours sipping their dark (which I liked more than the light). I had the zucchini schnitzel, though was very tempted to try the pork roast with red cabbage, if my appetite permitted me.

Holzmarkt. I couldn’t stop photographing the many corners of Haus Schwarzenberg. Hackesche Höfe courtyard. Where I stay

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel was a perfect fit for me. My room on the 24th floor had fantastic views of the area, including of the famed Fernsehturm  (Television Tower, the tallest structure in Berlin). The room was small but well equipped and had amazing sleep quality. The two highlights of the hotel was its fantastic location (two minutes walk from Alexanderplatz Station and a few steps away from tram and bus) and the express check-out facility.

What I bought

Shopping was of least importance to me in Berlin. However, I did manage to make a longish stop at Nivea Haus on Unter den Linden, which is one of the two stores of this German brand in the world.

How I travelled

I flew into Berlin’s Schönofeld Airport from Copenhagen. I took the train out of Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Dresden, which I booked online at Deutsche Bahn’s website.

Within the city, I chose the numerous modes of public transport. I had the Berlin WelcomeCard-ABC which allowed me to use any mode for free within the city limits, Potsdam and Schönofeld Airport. I can’t recommend this city card enough which also includes many discounted visits to local attractions and sights, as I wrote here.

Getting comfortable in Gemäldegalerie. Beer and midnight sun by Spree. Good to know:

Book online in advance to visit Reichstag’s dome or roof terrace. There is no fee but it is often booked months in advance. They have very strict security rules.
-Gemäldegalerie has an entrance fee of €10.
-The Berlin Wall is scattered around the city.
-Some brewhouses may charge ‘pfund’ or a deposit which is refunded once you return the mugs to the staff.
-Berlin has two airports: Tegel and Schönofeld. Check terminals during planning.
-I didn’t have to pay a penny on any public transport, thanks to my Berlin WelcomeCard ABC zone. To know all about the card, read my detailed post here.

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With the arrival of October, most residents of Kolkata start planning their winter holiday. After Durga Puja, Christmas holidays are the most cherished events in every Bengali traveller’s household.

Here are some recommendations for idyllic escapes from the city of joy

Tagore’s Shantiniketan

Only 212 kms away from Kolkata, lies the scenic village of Shantiniketan. Through Rabindranath Tagore’s visions, this village was created as a Viswa Bharati which is a convergence of education, academics and practices from all over the world. Eminent personalities like Amartya Sen were born here. This centre of ‘global learning’ is also rich in handicrafts from the state. Once you have visited Tagore’s Ashram, spend time visiting Amar Kutir and Shilpagram. Do stop by Prakriti Bhavan which is a nature art museum with exclusive sculptures to admire.

Here is my complete guide to Shantiniketan 

Santhal dance performance in the haat. Sal trees of Boner Pukur Danga. Royalties of Bawali

Drive a short 40 kilometres away from Kolkata, towards Joka, into the rustic Bengal villages. Here you find the 265-year old Rajbari Bawali.

Rajbari or palatial homes of Zamindars have been a part of Bengal’s history. Rajbari Bawali is one such rajbari which has been restored to a boutique hotel. It has withstood the test of time, unlike others in the area.

There is lots to do in this countryside village. Go for a village walk and explore 300-year old temples. Or pedal away to Burul Ghat to see the many activities by River Hooghly. On your way, stop at Nodakhali for some zari work shopping or to see Uttam Jana’s idol making workshop.

Here is my complete guide to Bawali. 

Entering the spacious courtyard of the Rajbari Bawali. Gopinath Temple. Terracotta Land of Joypur

Joypur (occasionally spelt Jaypur) is only 15 kilometres ahead of Bishnupur but much unexplored than the latter. Of course, the terracotta temples of Bishnupur are far superior and very well maintained than those of Joypur. But they are both remarkable in their own might.

A few meters from the main market is the 300-year old Damodar temple of Duttapara. This temple of goddess Chandi continues to be the responsibility of the villagers. Its terracotta carvings on laterite stone narrate scenes from Mahabharata, Ramayana and Krishna Leela. Weeds grow around its pinnacle, adding to its age and character. The most stunning feature—the original mahogany door to the shrine with Vishnu’s Dashavatara.

Go here to read my story on Joypur. 

Gopal, vegetable vendor, smiling for my frame. Damodar Temple of Duttapara. Ancient Bodhgaya and Nalanda

This pilgrimage town in Bihar is different from the rest of the state in many aspects. The magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site Mahabodhi Temple does explain the immense influence of Buddhism here. There are monasteries and temples from possibly every Southeast Asian country and the visitors are all here for the one purpose to see this historic temple. The other attractions include the Giant 80-feet Buddha statue.

Nalanda University, one of the oldest centres of higher learning in the world, is only 89 kms away from Bodhgaya. A day trip to the ruins of this ancient education system, gives us an idea of how well planned and well executed were the schools from yesteryear.

Here is my complete guide to Bodhgaya.  

Afternoon nap within the temple premises. The main temple of Nalanda. Sacred sites Puri and Konark

Living in Kolkata and haven’t been to Puri yet? This is good enough for shock anyone! This beach town of Odisha is probably the most frequented destination by the residents of the metropolitan. Some 500 kms away, Puri’s sandy beaches are family-friendly and provide a healthy mix of leisure and history. The Jagannath Puri Temple is a sacred site of Hindus from all over the country and quick visit here through the crowds is a good decision. Whatever you do, don’t lure the monkeys in Puri!

The Konark Sun temple, only 35kms away from Puri, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 13th century. The temple has been structured in such a way to depict that Surya or sun god is riding a chariot towards heaven. The fascinating features of the temple include the Wheel of Life, portraying the cycle of life with intricate carvings and sundial, which are the wheels of the temple used to calculate the time as per the movement of the sun.

Konark’s Sun Temple. Photo: Phil Parsons/Flickr CC.

Here is my quick guide to Kolkata.  

Have you been to any of these winter destinations in the east?

I am always sharing travel stories and photos from Kolkata on my Facebook page and Instagram.

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Earlier this year, I escaped the sweltering heat in India by flying to the sublime breeze of Sri Lanka. It was my first time in the island country and found the Western Province an idyllic getaway.

Here I immersed in the many forms of and experiences by AVANI Kalutara Resort, which sits quietly at the peninsular.

DAY 1 High tea with lavariya-sweet dumplings made with string hoppers. High tea with pinwheels. Another layer to the high tea with sambal buns.

IMG 9550 ©Amrita Das - YouTube

The tastiest tea cakes I have had in the recent past. AVANI Kalutara’s inviting swimming pool at dusk. Live music on Saturday evenings. DAY 2 Serving freshly made appams at breakfast. I couldn’t get enough of their breakfast. AVANI Kalutara Resort’s signature dish, crab curry. Devilled prawns also a part of the culinary journey. The culinary journey of Sri Lankan food in a frame.

IMG 9733 ©Amrita Das - YouTube

DAY 3 Getting ready to paddle. Outdoors of AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa. Chatters bar at AVANI Bentota. Time to un-think at AVANI Spa. Surreal afternoons at AVANI Bentota. Intricacies of AVANI Kalutara. All local liquors at cocktails and canapés by the river. A wide spread of canapés. Kottu as my last dinner at AVANI Kalutara. And of course we conclude with some thing sweet.

IMG 9789 ©Amrita Das - YouTube

Practical information
-AVANI Kalutara Resort is about 85 kilometres/2.5 hours from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.
-AVANI Kalutara Resort has multiple offers through the year. Go here to check the latest.
-AVANI Kalutara Resort organises cooking classes, yoga mornings (on Thursdays), cinema nights, live gigs (on Saturdays) and cultural shows (on Fridays) during high season. Guests are also welcomed to book cycling and tuk-tuk tours, cocktail and sundowners, water sports (jet ski, kayaking, banana boats, speed boats), fishing, miracle dinner (or romantic dinner), crazy kottu night (make-your-own-kottu night) and high tea evenings at an extra cost.
-For those who wish to stay in a lively neighbourhood, AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa, designed by world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, may be a better option. Check their offers here.
-If you are looking to hire a car and drive through Sri Lanka, I would recommend Dinesh Ranasinghe. He speaks English well, is affordable and well-versed with the island’s history and places.
-Only a handful of people in Kalutara speak English.
-It is best to travel with cash, as credit card machines are limited to big shops, restaurants and hotels.

Have you stayed at any of the AVANI properties?

Note: I was invited by AVANI Kalutara Resort.

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Berlin is the first city in Europe where I skipped the mandatory guided walking tour and crafted one exclusive to my tastes and time. And through it all, the Berlin WelcomeCard (BWC) helped me immensely.

These are some of my recommended activities to explore with BWC, however, the complete list is exhaustive and diverse. To know about all experiences, go here.

Berlin’s most photographed place, Brandenburg. Get a guided tour with Insider Tour Berlin

Take a informative and credible walking tour with Insider Tour Berlin, who have been in the business since 1996. BWC holders avail a 28 per cent discount (i.e. €4) on their Famous Walk, Hidden Berlin & All Main Sites, Third Riech, Jewish Berlin and Berlin Today tours, amongst others. Paying up only €10 for a 4-hour walk is a steal!

Pro tip: Book online and well in advance.

Pedal with Fat Tire

Recommended by Lonely Planet Germany guidebook, explore one of the world’s most bike-friendly city with Fat Tire Bike Tours, by picking from any of their tours—Berlin Wall Bike Tour, Berlin Food Tour by Bike, Third Reich & Nazi Berlin or Berlin City Bike Tour. All card holders get a 25 per cent/€7 discount on bike tours and rentals.

Pro tip: They have package deals for those looking to add a little extra to their exploration on two-wheels.

Panoramic views from Berliner Fernsehturm

The Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower) juts out from the city  skyline. Avail a 25 per cent off on tickets to the observation deck, which is €15.50 otherwise.

Pro tip: If you are staying at Park Inn by Radisson Berlin-Alexanderplatz Hotel, you can skip Berliner Fernsehturm for the views of the flat city.

Also read Top 10 Experiences with Copenhagen Card

At Checkpoint Charlie. Walking around Anne Frank Zentrum. Explore Anne Frank’s world

An artistic passage on Rosenthaler Straße homes the Anne Frank Zentrum, which has exhibition on the famous diary and life of the German-born Jewish girl. Berlin Card holders enjoy 25 per cent off on entry fee.

Pro tip: Allot sufficient time to explore this neighbourhood, i.e. outside the museum.

Understand Berlin’s history

Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstraße was the border crossing where the East-West divide began and ended. Mauermuseum-Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Wall Museum) is a few steps beyond this point and opened in 1962, soon after the Wall was built. The museum now has films documentaries, and important displays (escape car with boot compartment, suitcases prepared for escape attempts and fake and genuine travel documents) from the time. Use your BWC to get 25 per cent off on the entry.

Pro tip: Book a guided tour in advance. Go here.

Get a slice of East Side’s history

Show your card and get a 25 per cent off on the Wall Museum East Side Gallery, where personal accounts and objects, and film screenings narrate the history of this former death strip.

Pro tip: Don’t miss the multimedia artwork with Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Scorpions’ Wind of Change.

Also read exploring with Leipzig Card, Germany.

The Anne Frank Zentrum. Buying souvenirs. Hog at a historic vault

Berliner Kartoffelkeller serves traditional German cuisine amidst city centre (and has a beer garden too!) Get 25 per cent off on the set meal (starter and mains) when you present your BWC, before placing the order.

Pro tip: Make a reservation and carry cash (no credit cards accepted).

Drown in chocolate heaven

The world famous German chocolatier, Ritter Sport, Bunte SchokoWelt is a sprawling chocolate shop with a cafe. BWC holders get a 25 per cent off on food and drinks in the cafe.

Pro tip: Die Schokowerkstatt (ChocoWorkshop) is only reserved for children, where they can create (and eat) their favourite Ritter Sport chocolates.

Shop for souvenirs

Buy souvenirs from any of the BERLIN Stores across the city and get 15 per cent off on all purchases. All popular locales like Alexanderplatz, Brandenburger, Friedrichstraße, Zoologischer Garten and more have these stores.

Pro tip: Check all stores here.

Plunge from 125 metres

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin-Alexanderplatz Hotel’s high roof allows thrill-seekers to base fly from a soaring 125 metres. Get a swooping 25 per cent/€20 discount by showing your BWC and pay only €59.90 (regular price €79.90).

Pro tip: Check their website for best deals and even more reduction on price.

Travel like the locals. Late nights in Berlin.

Also read exploring with the Dresden Card, Germany.

Practical information:
-BWC is available for 48- and 72-hours and 4-, 5- and 6-days . Zones: Berlin AB (Berlin City Centre) and Berlin ABC (Berlin+Potsdam+Schönofeld Airport).
-The card allows free transport across all modes.
-All BWC need to be validated before first use. This can be done at the validating machines at every U-Bahn, S-Bahn stations or Tram.
-BWC needs to be shown before buying any admission tickets, placing order at a restaurant or making a purchase at a shop.
-There are a host of other activities that are discounted/free on the card. Go here to know all.
-Many places allow even further reduction of rates/free entry for those who have a valid student or press card.

Have you used the fantastic Berlin WelcomeCard yet?

VisitBerlin helped me extensively to plan my first travel to Berlin.

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As I packed my bags for my initiatory visit to Sri Lanka, in May, I promised myself that I would relax. It was four days after a hectic trip across Uttarakhand and between heaps of work. What I didn’t realise is that AVANI Kalutara Resort—where I would be staying—had a switch ready to turn my brain off.

Even before the sun rose, we (accompanied by a friend) napped our way to AVANI Kalutara’s property. At that time, I had no sense of orientation or an idea of how beautifully the property was located.

After sunrise, I saw the Indian Ocean rise and fall under Lanka’s grey low-hanging clouds. On the other side lay a calm Black River (or Kalu River, from which the area gets its name). And amidst the waters was AVANI Kalutara, nestled quietly at the peninsular.

Swimming pool at dusk in AVANI Kalutara Resort.

Traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with string hoppers. Of spaces and escapes

On our first afternoon, we headed out to explore the quiet town of Kalutara. This town is surrounded by touristy places like Bentota, Galle and of course, Colombo. However, disregarding the touristic trail, we drove with Dinesh (our driver for the holiday) to Richmond Castle.

The palatial house was built in 1910 by the wealthy landowner—wait for it— Nanayakkara Rajawasala Appuhamilage Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena. The colonial colours and architectural styles are prominent in the mansion. We bought our entry tickets which included a tour around the mansion and admired its 99 doors, 34 windows (most of the glasses had Scottish Jacobitism patterns and Italian stain-glass work on them), grand wooden staircase and textured iron spiral staircase, which overlooks the antique hall.

The mansion is now owned by Public Trustee of Sri Lanka and homes in-need young boys.

Richmond Castle. The grounds of Richmond Castle. The main shrine in Kalutara Bodhiya.

Thereafter, we returned to town centre to see the Kalutara Bodhiya, which is probably the only hollow Buddhist stupa in the world. First we explored the Bodhi tree, which is believed to be one of the 32 saplings of the original Jaya Sri Mahabodhi planted in Anuradhapura, in central Sri Lanka.

We took the pedestrian subway to the main shrine which was painted with various murals narrating stories of Buddha’s life and at the centre stood a golden statue of the Enlightened One himself.

Kayaking on Kalu River. AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa designed by Geoffrey Bawa. View from The Loft, AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa

That was probably the most active of our holiday in Kalutara. The remaining afternoons panned out differently. Slowly and steadily, I succeeded doing nothing. My 40-minute kayaking on Kalu River on the second morning had influenced this mindset significantly.

That afternoon, I remember slowing down and unwinding with a spa treatment at AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa, only 30 kilometres/30 minutes away from Kalutara. I decided on a 60-minute signature treatment.

The moisture-laden afternoon cooled down soon after the massage, when we waited for the torrential rains to subside. During these minutes, I idly looked through the showers of rain, towards the choppy ocean.

The outdoors of AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa. Spa at AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa. Smoked salmon handcrafted to go with the cocktails. Of gastronomy and guzzlers

On our first evening at AVANI Kalutara, we were introduced to Chef Gihan Chamindra. He put together an exclusive and delectable selection of sweets and savouries for our high tea evening. As I moved my head across the three-tiered deck, the chef guided me through each of the colourful bites. Local tastes like sambal bun, fish cutlet, tuna roti and lavariya (string hopper sweet dumplings made of coconut); and international snacks like vegetable pinwheels, chicken sandwich, tuna sandwich, cream and strawberry scones and eclairs—accompanied each sip of my Ceylon black tea.

Later I understood that the evening high tea was just a teaser to what lay ahead.

The assortment during high tea. The delicious AVANI Sunset. Mahesh posing with my drink.

For dinner, the chef designed a culinary journey across Sri Lanka’s local flavours. The menu comprised 13 items, including local regulars like AVANI crab curry (signature dish), devilled prawns, fish ambulthiyal, chicken red curry, cashew curry, tempered potato and my favourite, brinjal moju. All this was accompanied by red rice from the land, seven types of condiments and dessert (the Sri Lankan watalappam).

The extraordinaire first travel to Sri Lanka only concluded with a vibrant cocktail evening by the river. Mahesh, from the bar, used local alcohol to blend in intoxicating and fresh cocktails. First, I tried Sri Lankan Delight which was an interesting concoction of local coconut arrack with passion fruit cordial and lime. But my second drink, AVANI Sunset, was beautiful. A mix of local gin (Rockland) with lemonade and lightly coloured with Campari, this drink was refreshing, potent and smooth.

We walked along the river while sipping our cocktails in our last evening in Sri Lanka. The midnight blue of the sky beautifully complemented the silent turns of the river. And then I wondered how I was ever to leave these velvet moments of AVANI Kalutara.

Cocktails by the river. A complete Sri Lankan spread specially made by AVANI Kalutara Resort. AVANI Kalutara Resort signature dish, crab curry

Practical information
-AVANI Kalutara Resort is about 85 kilometres/2.5 hours from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.
-AVANI Kalutara Resort has multiple offers through the year. Go here to check the latest.
-AVANI Kalutara Resort organises cooking classes, yoga mornings (on Thursdays), cinema nights, live gigs (on Saturdays) and cultural shows (on Fridays) during high season. Guests are also welcomed to book cycling and tuk-tuk tours, cocktail and sundowners, water sports (jet ski, kayaking, banana boats, speed boats), fishing, miracle dinner (or romantic dinner), crazy kottu night (make-your-own-kottu night) and high tea evenings at an extra cost.
-For those who wish to stay in a lively neighbourhood, AVANI Bentota Resort and Spa, designed by world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, may be a better option. Check their offers here.
-If you are looking to hire a car and drive through Sri Lanka, I would recommend Dinesh Ranasinghe. He speaks English well, is affordable and well-versed with the island’s history and places.
-Richmond Castle has an entrance fee of 500 LKR for foreigners and 50 LKR for locals.
-Only a handful of people in Kalutara speak English.
-It is best to travel with cash, as credit card machines are limited to big shops, restaurants and hotels.

Does this tempt you to visit Kalutara?

Note: I was invited by AVANI Kalutara Resort.

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