Away from the hustle and bustle of the urban melee,there is real serenity in the captivating central hills of Sri Lanka with its scenic diversity and mild climate. The third Rotaract Road Trip was to Badulla and Hatton of the spectacular central hills; a seventh heaven for excursions.
The journey began at 10.30 p.m on the 4th of October starting from the premises of Racecourse Ground, Colombo where a bunch of happy faces were waiting to collect memories from a trip that will last a lifetime!
The overnight travel to Badulla was never a tiresome one for there was fun and laughter all the way which allowed us to get aquainted with the fellow Rotaractors from other clubs.
We reached Badulla around 6.30 in the morning. After allowing ourselves to have a quick relaxation, we reached Uva Wellassa University to take part in the Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Badulla.
It was indeed a pleasure for us to be a part of their grand Installation and to extend our well wishes as a club.
After enjoying a delicious lunch,we headed to our next destination; Nuwara Eliya. It was around 7.00 p.m when we reached Nuwara Eliya passing steep hillsides covered with veils of mist.
Having engaged in travelling for long hours it was the perfect time to have some rest while amusing ourselves. After enjoying a delicious dinner ,we got to know our fellow Rotaractors. We had a game of cards which was full of fun and happiness. Laughter and smile as well as small chit chats filled with light hearted humour filled our souls with happiness and true sense of friendship as the night proceeded amidst the chilling climate. Even amidst the cold climate of the night, we had a leisurely walk around the place we were lodging since the climate was not a barrier for us as we amused ourselves.
The next fresh morning dawned as we got ourselves ready to reach Kotagala for the Installation Ceremony of the Rotaract Club of Hatton which commenced at 11.00 a.m. Having expressed our felicitations for the newly appointed President and his board of directors, we headed back to Colombo.
It was around 11.00 p.m when we reached Colombo. The happy anecdotes we shared and especially the non stop singing cheered us all the way to Colombo.
The Road Trip to Badulla and Hatton truly added cherishing memories into our lives. While the sheer beauty of the central hills caught our hearts with its bewitching scenic diversity, the fraternity and fellowship beyond boundaries bound us together as one family opening up new friendships to cherish.
While serving the community with love and kindness is of paramount importance, Rotaract is also about getting to know people. The third Rotaract Road Trip allowed us to experience the true sense of fellowship as one family. Yes, we are so glad to be a part of this great big family!
Senior editor: Rtr. K.L Suzan Sewwandi