Blogs from Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, Asia - page 4


Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Ratnapura August 1st 2008

The places we visited on this leg of journey : Maha Saman Devala This is a shrine dedicated to the god Saman. The god Saman is (a Buddhist deity) considered to be the guardian of Ratnapura. When the Portuguese captured Ratnapura, the ancient shrine that stood at this location was destroyed and a Portuguese church was constructed on top of it. When the Kandyan kingdom recaptured Ratnapura, the Portuguese church was destroyed and the shrine was rebuilt. Currently this shrine is a very important place of worship for Buddhists. Bopath Ella is situated at Kuruvita. The fall is like a boo leaf that gives it name. Ruins of Sitawaka Kingdom This infamous place is one of the most disappointing sites of Sri Lankan ancient history to visit today. I say this because of negligent and arrogant ... read more
Bopath Ella
Mangustan seller
Coconut trees

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak January 22nd 2008

Hello everyone! So, here I am in Sri Lanka, dodging bombs and searching for sunshine!! he he! only joking, well actually, half half! Yep, there have been a few bombs since i got here, but in the main they've been in Colombo and I have to say that I don't feel unsafe at all. Apparently the cease fire has officially ended though and there are military and police everywhere you go here. On the sunshine front, it honestly did rain continuously for the first week of being here. We then got a sunny few days and now its chucking it down again, so in that respect, I am searching desperately for some sun! So what have I done so far here? Well, I'll start right from leaving Goa. Our taxi turned up earlier than the 5.30am ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Sabaragamuwa Province » Adam's Peak April 6th 2007

We only needed 2.30h for 5600 steps. On 2500meter high. It was great. Going up with the pilgrams at 2o'clock in the morning. For us very early and so cold. the best we ever did.... read more

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

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

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