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Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo August 26th 2015

Nach etwas unruhigem Schlaf stehen wir um 4.30 auf und packen unsere restlichen Sachen zusammen. Um 5 Uhr sitzen wir im Taxi zum Flughafen. Die Gepäckabgabe dauert ewig, zum Glück haben wir schon am Vorabend eingecheckt. 7 Uhr startet der Flieger, diesmal eine Boeing 777-300, nach Singapur mit Zwischenstopp in Colombo. Reichlich 3,5 Stunden später landen wir pünktlich in Colombo. Unser Taxi zum Hotel wartet schon am Ausgang, alles hat wunderbar funktioniert. Die Planung ist fast zu gut! Eine halbe Stunde später kommen wir im Rico-Shadow Guest House in Waikkal an. Wir werden schon erwartet, es gibt einen Wilkommens-Drink und wir beziehen unser Zimmer in einem Gästehaus mit schönem Garten und Terrasse. Das kleine Familienhotel wurde Mitte der 90er Jahre von einem Schweizer gegründet und hat mehrere Häuser mit insgesamt 24 Zimmern. Der Eigentümer ist vor ... read more
Blumen zur Ankunft
Unser Guest House
Curry zum Abendessen

Asia » Sri Lanka » North Western Province August 18th 2015

Before arriving in Sri Lanka the main thing i kept reading was how friendly the locals were and i could not agree more, even the touts are polite! For our first night in Sri Lanka we would be staying at the Sea Sands Beach Resort in a small town called Negombo, just north of Colombo. The name makes it sound a lot flasher than it is but it suited us just fine and had the added bonus of being right on the beach. Within five minutes of walking down the beach we were approached by a man with a Toque Macaque on a leash who's name was Michael Jackson (the Macaque not the man). Michael instantly ran straight onto Cohan's shoulder and the next minute the man pulled out a Sri Lankan Tiger Python and that ... read more
Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Tufted Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam)

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Sigiriya August 18th 2015

Sigiriya fort, also known as Lion Rock is probably one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. It is essentially a giant rock and on the top lie ruins of a Buddhist monastery that was used up until the 14th century. I don't normally visit places like this on my travels however with Cohan being quite the history buff I thought he would appreciate Sigiriya. We decided to stay at a place called Lakmini Lodge which was a convenient 15min walk from the rock itself, I don't think I would recommend Lakmini Lodge, it was nice enough, though there was a real vibe they didn't really want us there, perhaps they are just over annoying backpackers... The price to actually climb Lion rock is quite steep, ruffly 30NZD, but I will say it is well ... read more
Sri Lanka Gray Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis)
Cohan and our guide at Sinharaja

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Arugam Bay July 23rd 2015

From the ancient beauty of the central highlands to the rugged coastal bay of Arugam! A surfers paradise and a travellers refuge, this place was our first stop on our tour up the East coast. As a beginner surfer, I came here for the mellow left breaks that the bay is famous for and that landed me in a surf camp just outside of the main strip of Arugam on a derelict beach south of the main bay. On first inspection, Arugam town itself seemed well developed, with plenty of cool restaurants, accommodation, surf shops, clothes shops and more. On my second day here I went for a full walk of the town and my first inspection synopsis was correct! There are loads of options for food, no matter what your budget. I saw signs for ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Uva Province » Kataragama July 21st 2015

So today started much like all of the others have. Get up, get dressed, pack our bags, eat a buffet breakfast with too many croissants and meet our guide and van. Today we were heading to the southern part of Sri Lanka and doing some white water rafting on the say. It was supposed to be a 90 min ride to the white water rafting, but as with everything in the van it turned into 2.5 hours. And all 2.5 hours were on windy, hilly roads. The roads are meant to be 2 car, but only wide enough for 1.5 cars so the driver is forced to hit the brakes with EVERY vehicle we pass. And of course honk. We finally made it to the rafting guide and it starts raining. But what better to do ... read more
Geared up and ready
Pouring rain
the right way down the rapids

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Sigiriya July 20th 2015

Today was a very early morning. We were up at 5, ready by 5:45, checked out by 6:15, breakfast and then on the road. We had a few stops today and the first one was Sigiriya Rock, which was a Buddhist Palace and town. We arrived there by 7:15 am and started touring the area. It was massive. We walked around the grounds a little and then we started with the stairs. There were stairs and more stairs and more stairs. The trip up the rock was 2,002 and steps and we hit every one of them. At least we were there early before the crowds and before it got too hot. Plus there was a great breeze and as we climbed higher and higher the wind got stronger and stronger. It was glorious. A breeze ... read more
view from above

Today started back in the van for what we hoped was not a long journey, and we were lucky it was only 1 hour. We headed to Polonnaruwa, a village of Buddhist ruins from the 1100-1300 AD period. They consisted of a number of Stupas (round big buildings you can't enter that Buddhist pray around), the image houses that had statues and images of Buddha and a third thing we can't remember. It was hot and humid but nothing compared to Vietnam as there was a breeze to cool it a bit. The ruins were nice and some well restored, but you had to take off your shoes and hat at every one and walk around in your socks or bare feet. After about the 7th one we got a bit tired of this and were ... read more

Uda Walawe National Park - what a little gem!! We were determined to do a safari during our time in Sri Lanka and we chose this national park out of all the options because we had heard it was the most similar to its African counterparts. We were not disappointed! There a couple of options to arrange a safari at this national park. Firstly, you can arrange accommodation in one of the surrounding camps that surround the park. There is no accommodation in the park itself but there are plenty of options in the vicinity of the park. They are quite expensive, I could not find a budget option during my search so I think you have to throw a bit of cash at this. The camps will have their own safari vehicles and will take ... read more
A lone Bull!
Feeding Bull
Banyan Camp

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province July 18th 2015

We had quite the relaxing morning. We did not have to meet our guide, Vijitha until 10:30. Lynn was up first and got ready and walked down to the beach. Chester and Kirsten got ready soon after and went straight to breakfast. We were all ready for the visit to the Elephant Orphanage. Well, the 90 minute drive took 2.5 hours. Yikes. We are in a nice van, however the roads are brutal once you drive into the interior of the country. We took side, dirt roads that were all under construction because of drainage issues. The Elephant Orphanage was pretty cool. They have over 80 rescued elephants of all ages. We saw the older ones walking around eating, saw the ones that have behavior and aggression issues chained up to trees, and then we got ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella July 16th 2015

I could not stop singing Rihanna’s song whilst we were in Ella - hence the name of this blog. Apologies. We thought the train from Colombo to Hatton was pretty - the train journey from Hatton to Ella was unforgettable. It was a 4 hour journey that I spent with my head permanently hanging out of the window, staring at the stunning Sri Lankan hill country. We were on the left side of the 2nd class cabin and I would say the views are better from this side. We arrived in Ella and were met at the train station by a frenzy of tuk tuk drivers and guesthouse promoters. Most people come out of the station and turn left to head into "town" where most of the accommodation is located, but these offer none of the ... read more
Train Selfies
Train Tunnel
Track walking

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