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Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak November 28th 2006

I ended up staying in Hikkaduwa for an extra day, being Sunday (I had completely lost track of what day it is) as I am extremely hung over from last night. Turns out Saturday is a big night here with a massive beach party at one of the bars right on the beach. So as usual not knowing anyone I’ve rocked up, wandered around made friends with a few British and Hong Kong volunteers and sipped on a few cocktails down by the beach. Well that’s how I remember it, sort of, then it gets a bit blurry after that. Ended up getting stuck into a few of the local spirits, Arrack to be exact, which is kind of a bourbon style drink, that mixed with a few liter bottles of Lion, vodka and goes knows ... read more
Rice Fields
Rubber Tree Farm
Tea Plantations

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Pinnawala October 23rd 2006

Aranjam la pensiunea unde stam sa inchiriam un tuk-tuk pentru o zi intreaga si facem o excursie. Inchirierea ne-a costat 12$ cu tot cu sofer - un pret super prietenos. Pe de alta parte reflecta salariile extrem de mici pe care le castiga - cred ca media e mult mai mica chiar decat in Romania. De fapt costul principal intr-o astfel de excursie este benzina, care e destul de scumpa fata de nivelul lor de trai. Daca vrei ca soferul sa stea cateva ore in plus cu tine, no probelm, intra in acelasi pret, sau doar un pic mai mult. Daca in schimb vrei sa parcurgi 50 km in plus atunci pretul creste semnificativ. Motorina e cam juma de dolar iar benzina cam 90 de centi. Este enorm fata de nivelul de trai. Cam peste tot ... read more
Fruits for breakfast
milk for elephant
lunch time

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Pinnawala September 10th 2006

Still having trouble sleeping so I watched a DVD on my laptop. When I got up I noticed that there was something on the wall - a lizard!! A big one! Had a panic and went round the room SWAT style making sure that all my bags were shut so that it couldn't get in anything then ushered it out of the room with an umbrella. Really. Had a fantastic day today. Went to an elephant orpahanage at Pinnawela. On the way stopped at a pineapple plantation and ate pineapple cut fresh from the tree. The orphanage was amazing. The elephants ranged from 6 weeks to 30 years old and included one that had lost 1/2 of one leg because of a land mine. You could just walk around getting really close to the elephants, they ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Pinnawala June 7th 2006

The next day we headed to Kandy - the centre of the island, which used to be the capital. It is home to a lot of Sri Lanka's cultural history, and also the Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa). On the way to Kandy, we stopped at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Elsie absolutely adores elephants, so she was loving it. We watched the elephants bathing and playing. This orphanage has about 70 or so elephants. ... read more
Elsie & Sharma
with Sharma
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak May 27th 2006

SINHALA & TAMIL NEW YEAR Religious festivals in Sri Lanka converge around the full moon period in April. Christians celebrate Easter, Muslims celebrate the Holy Prophet’s Birthday, Buddhists celebrate Bak Full Moon Poya Day, together with Sinhala and Tamil New Year Day celebrations. The country slows down and the temperature heats up as the nation enters the summer holiday period. Things don’t really kick back into life until after May Day and Wesak festival of light celebrations in mid May. Children’s Sinhalese New Years Celebrations. Activities include a pillow fight on a high beam, a slicked up coconut tree climb, clay pot bashing while blind folded, and a marathon (which saw many children collapsing - very dramatically). Other interesting traditions were milk boiling; sweet making and swinging while singing folk tunes (see pictures). Miriam got to ... read more
Wisak Festival of light (Buddha’s Birthday).
New Years Celebrations.
New Years Celebrations.


Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak April 27th 2006

Beep Beep - Beep Beep - it's 3am, only about 2 and half hours after getting to bed, BEEP BEEP - BEEP BEEP, ouch. The reason for the ludicrously early rise from our slumber is of course Adams Peak - the holiest mountain and largest pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - this is apparently where Adam (as in Adam and Eve), first stepped when he left heaven and they have a footprint to prove it - although it's always covered up so who knows...? Regardless how could we say no so we dragged ourselves out of bed and headed off under the moon and stars to the summit - up some 5200+ steps no less. The start of the trek is surrounded by stalls 24 hours a day selling supplies, mainly cookies and other energy biscuits and ... read more
The start of sunrise
Half way up
Beautiful sunrise

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Pinnawala April 24th 2006

an absolute must see if you are in Sri Lanka... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 24th 2006

So…Adam’s peak. The guide books describe it as a stunning climb up a pilgrims mountain (apparently it’s the place where Buddha first stepped on earth). We decided to give it a go…sounded like fun. Oh boy ! Talk about hard work !! It turns out Adam’s peak is a 2,500 meter tall perfect 45 degree mountain peak. The nice people of Sri Lanka have built steps all the way up…but that basically means a stiff climb up over a vertical kilometer…stairway to hell more like !! Oh..and just to cap it, it turns out the best thing is to see sunrise - so that means a 3am start. Perfect. Anyway…it was great fun (once complete) and the sunrise and views are simply stunning.. hopefully from the pictures you can see how cone perfect the peak is ... read more
The start of the climb
Up and up...
Something significant...

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Pinnawala January 9th 2006

THE ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE AT PINNAWELA Although January 9 was technically a free day, everyone chose to go to this popular tourist attraction, and the bus and driver were provided for us to make the long trip there and back. Nice. The Elephant Orphanage is much more than just a tourist attraction; it is also a living example of the Buddhist reverence for life to provide life-long care for orphaned and disabled elephants. And the care they receive is fantastic. Fresh food, browsing areas, mahouts to care for them, and twice a day a trip to the river for a nice water bath and a roll in the mud. It is the daily walk and river bath that is mostly appealing to tourists. The procession that we saw had about 70 elephants: bulls, cows, and many babies. ... read more

In a moment I was racing away from Unawatuna and the south coast, very soon into country roads passing by quaint homes with flowering gardens surrounded on either side of the road by dense, fresh green. Plants, palms and trees grow everywhere. After 20km or so, perhaps less, our path began to rise and the views changed as we passed by tea plantations. I didn’t think this area was known as the tea country. Where there was not hills of rising, layered pruned tea there were flat areas of rice fields but mainly just tea growing wild everywhere. The landscape was incredibly green, abundant, lush and tropical. I was so excited and felt so carefree watching a new world whiz by. It was a great way to travel being so close to the landscape I was ... read more
Steam rising
A leach

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