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Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 28th 2007

THE CLIMB I had wanted to climb Adam’s Peak for some time, and I made sure that I took the chance to do so when I put aside a couple of days during my Sri Lanka trip, and began to arrange to get myself transported there. After toying with the idea of getting several buses, or a couple of (probably unreliable) trains, or even a combination of both, from Colombo to the area where the climb begins in the central hill country, I actually opted to enlist a driver and vehicle for the adventure. It is not quite as extravagant as it may seem to pay for a ‘chauffeur with car’, at least not to westerners, as the costs incurred were within my budget at £25.00 over the two days that “Ilanga” and his ageing Sherpa ... read more
On the way there
River Kwai
Dalhousie (Adam's Peak) guest-house room

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 22nd 2007

Hi everyone, well last weekend what can I say, the White Water was fantastic, really enjoyed that but I have to admit after bashing my head on the jeep door and giving myself whiplash (still haver a stiff neck) and concussion I decided not to climb the 4000+ steps to the top of Adam's Peak, well can you blame me, the others left at 2.15am to get there to see the sun rise and yes from their photos it did look amazing, but hey seen one sunrise seen'm all that's what I say hahahahaha. So it's Monday and I pop out to buy more paint and post some parcels back to the UK, should've known it was a bad idea when they made me open the packages in the postoffice incase they were bombs!!! Well I ... read more
The Missiles
More Missiles
More Missiles

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 19th 2007

So just a little bit about my white water rafting experience and a few photos to prove that I was there. We had a great time and all managed to stay safely in the raft although there were a few hairy moments. We also got chance to float along the river which was very relaxing. This river is famous because the film 'Bridge over The River Kwai' was filmed here, now I know you are probably thinking that the River Kwai is in Thailand and that I'm not, but seriously when it came to making the film there was some nasty bug thing going on by the real river so the best location they could find was here in Sri Lanka. They only had one chance at blowing it up because it took so long to ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 18th 2007

We hobbled into town, our shaky legs responding like jelly, refusing to carry us forward with any dignity. We must've looked closer to 80 years of age instead of 30 years, and our state engendered amused looks from the locals. Most were sympathetic - like they'd seen people in this condition a thousand times before, and a few laughed, and the rest tried to to sell us cool drinks or offer us a place to rest and a cup of tea. Adam's Peak or Sri Pada (sacred footprint) as it is variously known, is thought to be the place where Adam first set foot on earth, or the site where buddha left his footprint on the way to paradise depending on which legend you believe. The 2243m peak soars above the valleys and mountains below and ... read more
We made it!
Sunrise - View from Adams Peak
You can ring my bell

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

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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




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