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Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Matara February 29th 2020

Dammit I just lost a post ...I forgot you have to hit save periodically to protect against quirks in the WiFi. It has been quite a good so far but at times it waivers . Like now .. I was describing Ella . A backpackers haven . I seem to discover one in every country I travel . This one had the usual assortment of small restaurants , hostels , homestay and coffee shops . SRI Lankan coffee is terrible . It is in powder form and I think it is boiled as it is quite thick when poured . The sludge on the bottom of the cup is awful . I bought a small bottle of Nescafe shortly after I arrived . Nothing I would drink at home but definately preferable here.The backpackers are the ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Tissamaharama February 18th 2020

Sunday 16 February, 2020, cont'd. We had a quiet afternoon. I did a little packing, as we are leaving in the morning. Lights out 10.00 pm. Monday 17 February, 2020. Today we transfer from Mirissa to Tissamaharama (known as Tissa). A reasonable night's sleep, stirred at 7.20 am. Down to breakfast and we actually managed to get some eggs, sausages, toast and coffee quickly from the younger lad who doesn't have a clue. Spotted the better English speaking guy and paid the bill. Told him we have a taxi booked. Back to the room, to shower and finish packing. Brought the cases down at 10.20 am and waited for our driver. Two German girls arrived and we talked with them. Car turned up at 10.50 am, a Toyota Prius and we loaded up and left. The ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Weligama February 16th 2020

Saturday 15 February, 2020. Alarms set for 5.30 am. Slept reasonably, but of course because we had an alarm set, we were awake before the alarm went off. We got up at 5.25 am, most of our stuff was prepared and left the room at 5.55 am. We went to find our Tuktuk. There was one out there but it wasn't ours. The old boy got another one out and took us to the fishing harbour. Sounds good but it is actually the wrong place. After a short discussion, we paid him what he asked LKR 200, which is a low price and simply walked round to our boat, in the other part of the harbour. We were with Mirissa whale warriors and the guy that we spoke to yesterday was there. We paid our fee, ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Weligama February 14th 2020

Tuesday 11 February, 2020 cont'd We really had quite a long day out in the heat yesterday, so our plans for the rest of the day were to do very little. Pat did manage to get some washing done in the machine we were allowed to use. Lights out 10.00 pm. Wednesday 12 February, 2020. A good nights sleep. Stirred 7.00 am. We plan to do some research for our transfer tomorrow and another visit to Galle. Breakfast location was moved due to ants. Omelettes and toast, with coffee was on the menu. I found a train to our next location tomorrow afternoon from the train station close by. It is not a stop for the first class trains, which is why we didn't arrive at it. We will try 2nd or 3rd class and see ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle February 11th 2020

Sunday 9 February, 2020 cont'd Phoned Mum & Dad at 5.30 pm advising everything ok. Went down to the bar at 7.00 pm. Pat had a shandy and I had a coke. Neither of us was particularly hungry, so just drinks. After a short stroll on the beach, we went back to the room and lights out at 10.00 pm. Monday 10 February, 2020 Today we move from Bentota to Galle. Our train is at 16.07 from Aluthgama. We have arranged a late check out at a small cost (USD 20), just need to book a Tuktuk. A good night's sleep, we stirred at 7.30 am and went down to breakfast at 8.20 am. Small amount of stuff laid out and we ordered omelette's from the kitchen. Went down to look at the sea. The waves ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Bentota February 9th 2020

Friday 8 February, 2020 cont'd We left the room at 6.30 pm, to have a drink before dinner. Sunset is about 6.15pm so the light was fading. It was nice to look at the sea and a full moon behind the beach. Back to the hotel and we had a drink outside by the pool. We went inside and ordered food for our dinner at 7.30 pm. Pat had chicken and chips and I ordered spaghetti bolognaise.It arrived in due course and was pretty good. The other guests were eating at the beach bar area, so nice and quiet for us. Back to the room and lights out was 10 pm. The group that arrived this afternoon, who we haven't figured a Nationality yet, maybe eastern European, were enjoying themselves being very loud and boisterous, but ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Tissamaharama April 25th 2019

We left Ella for our next destination, Tissamaharama, early the next morning. Saman stopped at Rawana Ella Waterfall, 19 meters high and only 6 kilometres from Ella. We were driving along a winding road through Ella Gap and the scenery was stunning. We stopped briefly at the waterfall and joined a large group of orange clad monks on the bridge overlooking the falls. We left the hill country and were passing through flat farmlands before we arrived in the busy crossroads town of Wellawaya. A short detour here from the highway out of the town took us to Buduruwagala, an ancient Buddhist site dating from the 10th century. At this spot stands a 1000 year old standing Buddha statue (at 15 meters high it is the tallest on the island) which is carved into the rock ... read more
Buddha statues at Buduruwagala
The largest Buddha statue with tracings of orange stucco
Shrine on roundabout in Tissamaharama

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Galle March 7th 2019

After a beautiful red sunset last night we had a 2 hour electrical storm with heavy rain overnight, the first for the tour. Fortunately our riding finished yesterday as traffic conditions are now too chaotic. Mirissa was a lovely beach break to wander around despite the overcast but humid conditions. Like all the coastal towns in the south Mirissa is now undergoing rapid tourist development but some traditional beach shacks remain . Mid afternoon we had a short drive to Galle exploring the impressive World Heritage listed Dutch colonial town ending with a group dinner & return to Mirissa. The towns Dutch fort still has extensive walls and ramparts and many old buildings that survived the 2004 tsunami. We walked around the ramparts & fort late in the afternoon to avoid the baking midday sun and ... read more
Mirissa Sunset
Dutch East India Co Warehouse
Galle ramparts

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province » Weligama March 5th 2019

Our quads & calves were even more tender today for the start of our last riding day but our muscle memory soon kicked in for a relaxing morning ride. The ride was a flat 47 km ride via the Bundala National Park finishing on the golden sands at Hambantota. Most of the park was scrubby elephant country but nearer Hambantota we passed some dunes, wetlands, lagoons & salt pans but did not see any sign of the pink flamingos the park is known for. Hambantota is also infamous for its vast wasted investment projects including a brand new but idle international airport & a massive port both now leased back to the Chinese. After lunch we followed the coastal road to our two night stop at the Esprit Hotel, Mirissa for some free R & R ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Southern Province February 10th 2019

Actually I didn't have any plans to visit Sri Lanka, the Island hanging as a raindrop under India. But my son asked me to join him. So at last I decided to change the cold of the Netherlands for the tropical heat of Sri Lanka. And I must say it became a nice surprise. Only ten days we had, which gave us just the opportunity to circle around the southwestern part of the island: from Galle to Mirissa, The National Parks of Uda Walawe and Yala, the Horton Plains and finally back to Negombo. Not that we were in a rush. Because we rented an car with driver, we could do it at an easy pace. If you ever plan to do the same, I recommend you our driver Sameera (Sam's tours Sri Lanka). He is ... read more
Coconuts of the King's palm
VOC inscription at the Old Gate (Galle)
Just hatched




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