A photo-journal of Sri Lanka

October & November 2017…travels of Southern Sri Lanka

Saturday 28/10/2017: my first glimpses of the eastern coast of Sri Lanka over the Laccadive Sea, home to 22 million people

Sunday 29/10/2017: Sights of Negombo

The fourth largest city of Sri Lanka and “beach” town north of Colombo.  I travelled the small but interesting town via tuk-tuk to escape the steamy and hot weather.

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St. Sebastian’s Church (Roman Catholic) constructed in 1936 – Sri Lankans practice Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity

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Fish Market – the country’s second largest and a major industry of Negombo

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Dutch Canals – the Dutch ruled Negombo in 1644 and used the mazes of canals to ferry goods in and out

Negombo Lagoon – boats docked at the ready

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Agurukaramulla Raja Maha Viharaya (Bodhirajaramaya) – Buddhist Temple with a stunning 6 metre long reclining Buddha

Clockwise: Negombo’s beaches; sleeping dog; friendly cow; shop front; Sanath Jayasuriya wannabe (yes, it was a 6)

Monday 30/10/2017 & Tuesday 31/10/2017: Kandy

Kandy…a busy, hilltop town with a refreshingly cooler climate and misty mountains, it was the capital of Sri Lanka in the 18th century

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Temple of the Buddha Tooth Relic – Buddha’s Tooth cannot be seen – it is kept in a gold stupa, however worshippers still value the importance and provide offerings (below)DSC_0904

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Wall Murals inside the Temple of the Buddha Tooth Relic

Kandy Streets and Kandy Lake constructed in 1807

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DSC_0943DSC_0952thumb_DSC_0966_1024Traditional Sri Lankan Folk Dancing and Fire Twirling

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Wednesday 1/11/2017: travels to Ella

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It is a stunning drive with waterfalls along the winding roads

Tea plantations dominate the countryside and the picking is typically done by woman who pick up to 25 kilograms per day, earning on average $8 – $10 Australia dollars per day.  Tea workers generally live in houses provided on the plantation (top right)

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The train journey from Nuwara Eliya travels high into the hilltops passing villages, farms, tea plantations and Horton’s Plains – a plateau that sits at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres…the mist and fog create a mystical feeling as you pass rainforests and sneak views of vistas – I departed the train at Bandarawel just after sunset and continued by bus to Ella

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Thursday 2/11/2017: Ella

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Ella – backpacker heaven…quirky cafes, bars

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and downpours!

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Little Adam’s Peak – hiking through tea plantations and a small village, the path diverts upwards through rocks and spinifex grass to the peak where Buddha watches over- it was hot and humid, followed by mist and a cool change and later on a massive down pour

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Rawana Falls – outskirts of Ella

Friday 3/11/2017: National Parks & Safari Rides

It was an extremely long day visiting two national parks, waking up at 4am and arriving at the hostel around 10pm.  Udawalawe is home to 500 elephants – the largest population of elephants in Sri Lanka and also peacocks, water buffalo, birds, crocodiles, water monitors, mongoose, samba, wild boar and hares covering 30,821 hectares of open, grass lands

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Yala National Park

Yala…an afternoon safari after having lunch and cruising through roads in a safari ute; the weather was extremely hot and humid and the sky to the west was brewing with stormy clouds combined with dust…however I did manage to see one leopard enjoying an afternoon nap!  Yala is an extremely important sanctuary for leopard conservation.

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Wetlands with Elephant Rock in the backgroud

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47 lives taken by the tsunami that hit the beaches of Yala on 26 December 2004; no animals were injured or killed, it is believe all the animals sought shelter on higher ground

Saturday 4/11/2017: Unawatuna and Galle

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Unawatuna = beaches, excellent surfing conditions and sunsets…

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Galle – occupied by the Portuguese in 16th century, the history is still very visible in the incredible architecture and cobblestone streets

Clockwise: cafe vibes; cricket in Galle; local life from local bus; bamboo painting and fish markets

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