April 19, 2024

Sri Lanka, Soft Drinks, and Watermelon

Anuradhapura Thalawa

This is again a quick photo story from our recent Sri Lanka holiday. 🙂 During this trip I didn’t capture many photos because I have a lot of holiday photos on my computer which I didn’t print or even didn’t share in blogs so far. Anyway, on any Sri Lanka holiday, we travel to Anuradhapura which is an ancient city of Sri Lanka. We visit there to visit sacred temples and we did the same in this holiday too. On our return, we had a stop at Thalawa which is a village along the route. There is a place that we stop on every visit to refresh ourselves from a long road trip. We identify this restaurant from the far because of this huge tree. I really like the beauty of this large tree.

Thalawa Anuradhapura

This time, we had Sri Lankan short eats (snacks) with Ceylon black tea (called plain tea in Sri Lanka).

Sri Lankan Rolls
Sri Lankan rolls
Ceylon Plain Tea
Ceylon tea

We bought soft drinks for our son. We wanted him to taste Sri Lankan soft drinks and some drinks that we like to drink. EGB (ElephantHouse Ginger Beer) is well famous among Sri Lankans among all other Ginger Beer brands. Anyway, this is a non-alcoholic soft drink. We bought it for our son.

EGB Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Soft Drinks

Then we ordered Cream Soda too. Son was surprised and a bit nervous because usually at home we don’t allow him to drink soft drinks frequently due to health reasons. 🙂 But, during holidays we enjoy all sorts of food.

Ginger Beer Sri Lanka Soft Drinks

Below is the soft drinks display of that restaurant.

Sri Lanka Soft Drinks
Sri Lanka Soft Drinks

We asked the son to choose a few to bring back to his grandparents’ home to enjoy during his holiday.

He was surprised and showed me a funny face staring at me 🙂

Sri Lanka Soft Drinks

Along the way, we again stopped at a fruit stall. There are fruit stalls along this route where anyone can enjoy fresh fruits. (Mostly fresh produce from nearby farms)


We bought watermelon and mangoes to bring home. We also ate watermelon on the spot. The watermelon we ate was sweet and fresh that could satisfy our thirst refreshing us forgetting the tiredness of traveling few days.

It was another memorable holiday in Sri Lanka with a lot of funny and happy moments. How was your week? Do you like soft drinks and fresh fruits? Please share your thoughts as a comment. 🙂

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog. She shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences of raising a child in Singapore.

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11 thoughts on “Sri Lanka, Soft Drinks, and Watermelon

  1. I love the funny face your son is making. It sounds like a lovely vacation for all of you. The Sri Lankan rolls, and Ceylon tea look good. When I was a child, my parents would stop off on the highway at watermelon stands and we would eat watermelon right there at picnic tables. It is a great childhood memory. I am sure it will make a good one for your son, too. Happy T Day.

  2. It sounds like you had a lovely trip, and I agree with you about that tree. It is lovely. And trips are the best time to have some junk food. It’s good to try new things too, well especially for your son. he is a cutie. I hope you’re having a great T day, or what’s left to it. Hugs-Erika

  3. Glad you had a great holiday, and even let our son enjoy some soft drinks. I used to have a neighbour from Sri Lanka and he was a wonderful cook and I enjoyed eating the delicious food he made. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

  4. Amila, super cool to see pictures from your trip. Sounds like you had a good time. Love that tree and the fun roadside fruit stand. I love watermelon – we ate a big one yesterday. We are like you – we save the soft drinks for vacations and special outtings.

  5. What a fun time you and your son must have had on that trip, especially if he was allowed to choose soft drinks. I have a soft drink about once a year, if that often. I am not really a fan of them.

    Your Ceylon tea looks good, as do those rolls that remind me of egg roll. I also love watermelon. It is always so fresh tasting in my mouth. Thanks for taking us to Sri Lanka on holiday and sharing your drinks, food, and snacks with us for T this Tuesday, dear Amila.

  6. That tree truly is beautiful.
    What are Sri Lankan sort eats made of? What do they taste like?
    I’m not a big fan of sodas, but as a kid I liked them, too.

  7. Oh, the joy of going on holiday/vacation and enjoying special treats. The ginger beer sounds interesting and I haven’t had a cream soda in a long time. I think I’m getting a craving! The tree in the photo is just wondrous. I’ve never seen a tree like that. Thanks for sharing and Happy T Day

  8. That tree is amazing! I totally agree!
    Yes, soft drinks are not good for children but when on vacation, anything goes. When I was a kid, we didn’t often get ice creams but when on holiday, we could have one every day.
    Thanks for sharing you holiday impressions.
    Sorry I’m late. Tuesday is a busy day for me.
    Belated happy T-Day,

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I loved reading all about it and looking at your pictures. The watermelon looks so juicy!

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