…but pretty decent for beach bumming!
I popped over to Wadduwa on Saturday for some beach bumming (because Colombo beaches are teeming with large noisy families and drunk people). And I must say, Wadduwa should have an attached ‘parental advisory’ warning. But I’ll get to that in a bit.
First off, getting there. At 9.30am, Aamina, her cousin- Sarah and I assembled at the Bamba train station and tossed around suggestions as to were we’d go. Indecision led to us purchasing a ticket each to the furtherest city the next train was bound.
Chugging along on the train we decided to hop off at Wadduwa. Figured we’d scout around and if it didn’t impress us, we’d take the bus to Kalutara.
Wandering around the town we met quite a few people who were friendly and helpful but terribly confused. After much asking around for bum-aroundable-beaches in the area and being given directions that took us around in circles we ended up at Saffron Beach. Just a hop and a skip away from the station. It’s a new hotel of-sorts. Now, while it’s a hotel it’s more like a cleaner, poshy-er Buba; with a well designed swimming pool and super nice staff. (They have four cabanas apparently).
They take awhile to prepare lunch so we ordered lunch before we headed the beach. Prices on the menu ranged from Rs. 300 to beyond Rs.1000.
We ordered the cheapest stuff on the menu grilled tiger prawns with garlic sauce and fries (Rs. 450) , and grilled fish with fries (Rs. 300).
And then off to the pretty beach.
I guess during October/ November the beach is pretty calm in Wadduwa. Which makes it brilliant for swimming. So yeah, now is the time to beach bum around there.
Lunch was a bit of a surprise… The waiter first brought a large platter of tiger prawns and a generous portion of fries that was enough to feed all three of us. Next he brought the grilled fish- which could have fed an entire army! (Okay, mild exaggeration but you get the picture, right?).
We were a little afraid about receiving the bill. Maybe we got the price wrong? There was a mention of 100g beside to the item on the menu, maybe it was Rs. 300 for 100g? We even tried lifting the fish off the plate to gauge how much it weighed. When the bill arrived we breathed a collective sigh of relief- the price was the same as mentioned on the menu. Suffice to say we were impressed by the low cost.
It was while we were getting back that we discovered Wadduwa is poddak R-rated. It all happened on the bus. The girl (I say ‘girl’ because she looked 17) seated next to me started breast feeding her baby without the slightest reservation! In a crowded bus! Talk about awkward. Aamina noticed a couple indulging in some heavy petting and Sarah noticed another couple getting a bit hanky-panky. And that folks was all in ONE BUS! Yeah, that was one awkward bus ride back from Wadduwa.
Yes… I just wanted to use the slide show feature… *sheepish grin*