Blogs from Unawatuna, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, Asia


Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna February 2nd 2018

"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled." — The prophet Mohammed 18thJanuary The journey down to the alluring coconut fringed sandy beaches of the South Coast was a long and vomitus one. However, the day started with a fascinating tour around Halpe Tea Plantation and Factory in Ella. Built in 1940, during the British rule, the factory is perched 1,230 meters above sea level in the cool climes of the Uva region. It was set up in 1971 producing 20,000 Kilograms of tea a month, powered by 15 workers and 2 Lorries and has since grown to become one of the largest producers of tea in Sri Lanka turning out a phenomenal 150,000 Kilograms per month with over 35 lorries collecting tea per day and staff of 300 workers. ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna September 24th 2017

After leaving Ella we headed for our first taste of the beaches that Sri Lanka has to offer! We headed for Arugam Bay which is on the East coast rather than heading south where everyone had told us it had been raining solidly! Gillian and Ross, a couple we met on the platform at Kandy from Glasgow, had made their way down the previous evening and assured us the sun was shining so we jumped in a taxi from Ella with another couple Charlotte and Dave, from Cardiff who were staying in the same hotel as us. When we woke up the following morning we weren't disappointed to see the sun shining and the waves were only a stones throw away from our front door! After a lazy day on the beach the six of us ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Unawatuna February 15th 2016

SRI LANKA. Formerly known as Ceylon is a tiny island in the south of India. The capital city is called Colombo and most of the country's population practice Buddhism. From Dubai, we flew to Sri Lanka via Sri Lankan airlines. The flight duration is about 4 hours 25 minutes. If you book the flight early, you can get a return ticket for just 995 AED. For the visa, you can actually have it upon arrival, but I certainly advise to apply online to save time. And for the currency, you can either use USD or Sri Lankan rupees. COLOMBO. We were picked up at the airport courtesy of our hotel's car. We want to escape the city's chaos so we only spent one day checking out the main city. Went to some tourist spots: Gangaramaya temple, ... read more

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 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

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