Sri Lanka Adventure

Sri Lanka is referred to as a pearl in the Indian Ocean, I was so surprised by the Island's variety of landscapes. From beaches to tea plantations, an abundance of wildlife and ancient temples.

Colombo, the commercial centre of Sri Lanka is a major port near the mouth of the Kelani Ganga River. Yet with its parks, colonial buildings and the promenade it sometimes gets overlooked by the incoming visitor and is an ideal base for your first night on the island in that it is only a mere 30 kilometres from the airport.

We began our journey North to Dambulla, en route stopping at the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala and watched the babies play and the older ones bathe. The Orphanage is unique in that it breeds wild Elephants in captivity and also takes care of orphaned wild Elephants found in the jungle.

Sigiriya rock fortress, considered the 8th wonder of the world and looms 200 metres above the plains. On climbing the fortress you can marvel at the feats of architecture achieved in the moats, the lions paw and finally at the summit where the palace was situated.

Dambulla cave temples, thought to date back to the 1st century B.C and considered by most to be the centre point of Sri Lanka.

Kandy was a peaceful haven to enjoy the cool of the climate sitting at an altitude of 500m and is the cultural centre of the Island, dominated by its lake and the nearby Temple of the Tooth.

Our Journey to The Tea Trails, Hatton took us 4000 feet above sea level and here you can stay in a 'non hotel atmosphere' within a colonial era Tea Plantation Bungalow.

The wilder side of Sri Lanka can be seen at Yala National Park, where you can be close to Wildlife such as Deer, Wild Boar, Elephants and an abundance of birdlife.

Few destinations offer such diversity in both scenery and habitats as Sri Lanka.

Christine Lloyd
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