Blogs from Unawatuna, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia


Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna February 26th 2015

So for a change, actually pre booked accomodation, turned out to be quite lucky as loads of the places were full! Spent 3 nights in Mirissa, not doing much, swimming in the much calmer sea, snorkelling, eating bbq fish on the beach and enjoying a cold one at the end of a 'hard day'. Took a day trip whale watching, picked up at 6 am and taken to the office next to the port. Paid 6000lkr which was alot dearer than some of the other options but was supposed to be more green (Raja and the whales). Nice fruit and omelette snack for breaky and nothing very eventful happened for the next 4 hours. Few people being sick and the odd flying fish. Soon losing any optimism. Boat turned around to head back west and could ... read more
Fish supper - Mirissa
Kingfisher eating a lizard
Rice And Curry

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna February 7th 2015

Hei alle sammen! Vi er fortsatt på samme plass! Rett på utsiden av Galle på Footprints Villa. Som sagt dette er et lite hotell med få rom. Her tusler vi rundt på kjøkkenet, henter drikkevarer i kjøleskapet og føler oss som hjemme. Eieren dukker opp en gang i blandt for å sjekke at vi har det bra. I går tok vi en Tuk-tuk inn til sentrum av Galle. Det er en Britisk koloniby som er omkranset av et fort. Fortet er i dag på UNESCOS liste over verdensarven. I morgen skal vi fortsette videre. Blir ikke lange biten vi skal forflytte oss, kun 90 km. Vi skal da på nok et lite hotell, Good Karma. Det ligger også rett på stranda. Vi skal bli der i 4 døgn og planlegger deretter å avlegge Nasjonalparken Yale et ... read more
Resepsjon Footprints Villa

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna January 29th 2015

So enjoyed a couple of days in Marissa, probably the most tourist orientated place so far. Massive bay, sandy beach stretching all the way, with bars and restaurants lining the sand. Distinctive south east Asia beach feel about it. Absolutely massive waves crashing onto the beach at all times of the day! Not to be trifled with. Tried diving through one only to be spun around washing machine style. Soon figured out the technique but pretty sketchy either way! Wandered around the other bays and went to an amazing look out next to a temple. Bit lazy with the picture taking at the mo though. Next time! Decided to get a move on though and get a very quick bus to Weligama, couple of k's down the road. Managed to jump off at the dive centre, ... read more
Lizard hiding on a tree
Marissa Sunset
Peacocks at dawn

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna November 27th 2014

So I'm all packed and ready to go! I can't believe I've managed to fit everything into one rucksack. I'm so excited that on Saturday I'll be in Thailand with Ed! On Friday I had a group supervision session with 3 counsellors who work in Sri Lanka. This was a chance to ask questions about anything we wanted in relation to our work or Sri Lankan culture in general. It was also a chance for people to deal with any frustrations they had about Sri Lanka and a good way to end the placement. We discussed lots of interesting things including our frustrations with how women are viewed in Sri Lanka. Lots of people have said they feel like women are often treated as second class citizans. Unfortuntaley there have been quite a few cases of ... read more
Christmas gifts
Christmas social

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna November 24th 2014

Hi everyone We have just spent 2 wonderful weeks in Sri Lanka. For a small island it sure packs a big punch - palm fringed beaches, luxuriant rainforest, misty mountains and tea plantations. There's also a superb array of wildlife and amazing collection of Buddhist monuments dating back over 2,000 years. Due to our limited time here we chose to explore the central highlands (hill country) and enjoy a few days at one of the southern beach resorts. We arrived into Colombo, the capital, on 10 November and spent 2 nights there. It's a sprawling city stretching for 50km along the western seaboard and is home to around 3 million people. The fast pace, noise and traffic polution felt like being back in London, however, it's an interesting place and worth a day of 2 on ... read more
Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo
Cinnamon Garden, Colombo
Botanical Gardens, Kandy

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna October 20th 2014

So after being ill for 2 weeks I am finally starting to feel a bit better! Even though I was ill I had quite an exciting week. On Wednesday night we went out for a chinese meal because our co-ordinator who has lived with us for the last 6 weeks was leaving. It wasn't quite like chinese food at home but it was really good. We also bought her a cake but unfortuantly it had a wierd curry flavouring to it - not nice! Then on Thursday night we had a psychology conference. It was held in a hotel function room and we all got dressed up in our sarees. It was so nice to see everyone dressed up and not covered in dust and dirt like we usually are! Quite a few people spoke at ... read more
Unawatuna beach
Chilling in the hotel room
Psychology conference - Victoria's in matching sarees

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna October 15th 2014

So for the last week I've been really ill. Last Tuesday I had to half a day off because I had horrible fluey symptoms and an ear infection. I went to the doctors and I ended up seeing an ear surgeon and was prescribed 5 different medications (bit of an overexageration I thought) and it only cost £3! The next day was a poya day which is a national holiday for the full moon and everyone had the day off so I had a chance to rest. I was fine on thursday and friday but was ill for the whole weekend and had to take another day off work this week! I am still feeling coldy but have been back at work today. At the weekend some of my friends climbed adams peak which is a ... read more
Market in Maharagama
Railway tracks in Maharagama
Main street in Maharagama

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna December 29th 2013

Since I've been in Sri Lanka I've been blown away by how amazing and delicious the food is. It's fresh, tasty and with huge variety. The best thing is the basic "rice and curry", however that is massively underselling what's on offer. Rice and curry means rice (obviously), a curry, be it fish, chicken or very occasionally beef, then usually there are at least three different vegetable dishes, plus dhal, coconut sambal and poppadums. The vegetables are usually curries, but sometimes a type of sweet and sour dish. I've had carrots, beetroot, green beans, potato, pumpkin, eggplant, sweet potato...... I've also had fruit curries, which might sound strange but taste sensational - jackfruit curry or mango curry, yum! Nearly always dinner is served with rice, although sometimes it's string hoppers, which is like a little nest ... read more
Finally, a bird at the bird feeder
Look at the size of them grapes!
Jumbo prawns

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna December 27th 2013

Lalith has some competition in the title of favourite tuk tuk driver. Prasad, from Dickwella, may overtake him. He took me to the big Buddha on Christmas Day and suggested that he take me the way to Unawatuna, not quite a 2 hour drive. Since he didn't drive like a lunatic, and also because he was so genuinely nice, I thought this sounded like a great idea. So, after a sombre start to the day with one minute's silence in memory of those lost in the tsunami, we were off. We stopped off at a few interesting places. I think Prasad was thirsty himself, so he stopped and bought some King Coconut for us both - they are sold on the roadside all over Sri Lanka and are a deliciously refreshing drink, not to mention very ... read more
The sun comes down over the Pagoda
At the Turtle Conservation Centre
King Coconuts, ready to drink

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna March 14th 2013

J: Our first anxious moment in Sri Lanka occurred just after we stepped off of the plane. My Indian visa had used up the last blank page in my passport and I spent much of the flight wondering what would happen if I was refused entry into Sri Lanka. Would I be sent back to India? Made to wait until I could get a new passport before I could officially enter? Be deported straight back to the UK? Luckily the Sri Lanka visa turned out to only fill half a page and the customs official I encountered squeezed it onto a half-empty page and we entered the country. For most people, Sri Lanka is all about sun, sea, sand and surfing. For us, it was unexpectedly all about animal encounters. Naturally, Holly was in her element. ... read more
Lions vs Tiger in Galle
Unawatuna beach
Kandy lake

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