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Published: January 30th 2006
We headed east and up into the hill country in the second week. Starting with a safari in Yala National Park (just out of Hambantota). We did see monkeys, birds, buffalos, deer, monitor lizards and a family of Elephants. The fact that most of the family had to be woken up when the guide found the elephants maybe speaks for how long the safari was, or maybe it was because we had to start at 5am!! Nevertheless we saw real live elephants in the wild. We then headed to Nuwara Eliya, which was freezing (for those of us who had acclimatized to Galles “usual” temperatures).
Another early start to avoid the heat and mass of tourists. The Rock is surrounded by this amazing fort surrounded by moats, etc. We started to climb without much trouble, the track was very well kept, paved most of the way, with stairs put there in the 1800s by the British. The climb wasn’t the bad thing, but made me realize where I got my fear of heights from, as we started to climb a spiral of stairs. I was freaking out with other family members (not specifically mentioned), while Murray seemed very calm.
We got to the top and managed to block Mum from the ever so helpful locals, who were looking for generous tips from tourists. Murray and I managed to use our limited Sinhala to get the point across.
We saw some Kandy Dancers, then the Temple of the Tooth (you only get to see the box that the tooth of Buddah is in, not the actual tooth). Then Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage. We watched a feeding, then had a very expensive photo with an elephant (while Miriam worked out what she should have said to the man in Sinhala, all set now if anyone trys that again!! Pity it’s a tad too late!) Then the elephants headed down to play in the river. This was definitely a highlight. Then went for an Elephant ride, finally.
We then headed back to Colombo for some last minute shopping, before our last supper. Then Murray and I managed to get up at 3am to say our final goodbye to the family before they flew out.
Loved having you guys here. Love you heaps and hope you had a lovely time 😊 M & M
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