If you ever want the 10minute experience of being on a people smuggling boat, catch the ferry to Nainativu.
Nainativu is an island off the coast of Northern Sri Lanka and is home to a famous and extremely colorful Amman temple and one of the few large ancient Buddhist Temples in the north of the country.
The only way to the island is via a local ferry, which is really just a converted fishing boat. The boat is standing room only and all passengers are crammed in below decks with only the cracks in the roof providing a view. Safety is important to the ferrymen so everyone is required to wear life jackets. The only problem is the floatation material in the jackets had all worn away, so it was just another layer to sweat in. The ride is only ten minutes long, which is nine and half minutes too long. It was humidity on steroids and a D-day scale invasion of personal space.
Thankfully the vivid beauty of the temple and island make up for it. Pure white sand, electric blue water and sky, and a temple that looks like it’s been hit by the end of a rainbow all make for a spectacular viewing.