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  • August 30/31 – September 1The next stop is the coastal town of Galle, in particular the old fort. The Dutch took the town from the Portuguese and later handed it over to the British. The remnants of the fort, no. 200 on the Unesco Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Sep 1, 2017
  • August 29The Great Udawalawe Safari Resort, where the wooden stairways are being sanded, so quiet, it is not. Lovely room. We order some white wine for lunch, and find we have a reserved table for dinner. We have noticed this before: Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Sep 1, 2017
  • August 28Yala National Park jeep safari. 30 degrees centigrade, feeling like over 40. We may or may not have seen a leopard chasing a deer. I am going to say that we have seen a leopard chasing a deer. Lots of Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Sep 1, 2017
  • August 27Today, we go up to Lipton’s Seat, the favorite spot of the man who made the tea. Beautiful vistas on three sides around of lush green, trees and tea plants. The last 7 kilometers to the top is a one-lane Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 27, 2017
  • August 26Tea time. Around every bend in the road awaits another hillside teeming with tea plants. We arrive at Glenloch early and have the tea factory to Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 27, 2017
  • August 25After a visit to the Temple of the Tooth (an important Buddist relic, the only thing left of Buddha’s cremation and for centuries hauled around the country by various contesting parties, until it finally came to rest here), we intend Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 25, 2017
  • August 24The first stop is the Rock Temple in Dambulla, hewn out in the rock face. There are, in fact, five temples in a row, packed with statues (standing, sitting, reclining) and murals on walls and ceilings. [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/771671/201 Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 25, 2017
  • August 23First there is Polonnaruwa, the capital of the kingdom in the 11th and 12th centuries of immense proportions and both religious and political significance, after Anuradhapura. By the end of the 13th century, the capital was moved to another city. Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 25, 2017
  • August 22What Sigiriya is best known for (in addition to arts and crafts being peddled to tourists in the “traditional” village) is Lion Rock, a massive, well, rock projecting out of the flat plains and dominating the landscape for many miles Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 25, 2017
  • August 21We’re in Buddhist land. Our driver/guide Vijay (as his name is spelled in his 2012 agenda full of thank you notes and commentaries celebrating his immaculate driving skills, informative pointers and general affability) is a happy Buddhist, because the fai Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 25, 2017
  • August 20Further north along the same road with little shops, fruit and tee-shirt stalls, cows, three-wheelers (I understand that tricycles is what the British call them). [img=https://photos.travellerspoint.com/771671/20170820_111232.jpg caption=Madurankuliya, Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 25, 2017
  • The arrivalAugust 18-19 One 6.5-hour plane ride from Amsterdam to Dubai with very loud, very annoying kids kicking me in the back, whose dad could only say: he’s a baby, what can you do. Followed by a rather bumpy 4.5-hour ride to Posted by FierceOrc in 2017 Sri Lanka | Aug 19, 2017
  • A Spot of Tea Country Sri Lanka's highland "tea country" NEW! Watch this video clip I shot out the window of the train ride [video provider=youtube videoid=B1ZoMZlpIs Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jun 30, 2017
  • Galling End to My Sri Lankan Journey Walled city of Galle, Sri Lanka I have been to Southeast Asia many times, but this was my first foray into what I would term “South Asia.” I don't use Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jul 5, 2017
  • Close Encounters of the Pachyderm Kind Up close with one of Yala National Park's male elephants NEW! Watch these youtube videos from safari in Yala NP [video provider=youtube vide Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jul 4, 2017
  • Full Pallet of History in Polonnaruwa Temples, palaces, and more abound at the medieval capital citadel of Polonnaruwa On my last day of sightseeing in the Cultural Triangle, I had a choi Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jun 29, 2017
  • Climbing Sigiriya Rock I am enjoying the wonderful view from Sigiriya Rock's summit In my mind, today's exploration of Sigiriya Rock was to be the highlight of the trip. The com Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jun 29, 2017
  • Dream-like Caves in Dambulla The Hindu temple in Matale, Sri Lanka, and its towering gopura NEW! Watch this video and its panorama of the interior of one of the caves [video prov Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jun 27, 2017
  • Of Temples and Towering Trees Kandy's Temple of the Tooth is Sri Lanka's holiest place The number one sight to see in Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth. So, it was first on my list Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jun 27, 2017
  • World Challenge Sri Lanka 2016I flew to Cairo to meet my team for built up day at the American International School Egypt. It was a small team of eight plus the school leader and the expedition was a short one - eight days Posted by grizzly99 in Adventures around the World | Feb 25, 2016
  • Sri Lankan Journey Begins at an Elephant's Pace My new friend in Sri Lanka - as long as I keep feeding him yummy fruits NEW! Watch these youtube videos of Pennewala Elephant Orphanage [video provide Posted by world_wide_mike in Worldwidemike | Jun 26, 2017
  • Tangalla Up & BlueThe rainy, chilly Ella we fell asleep in was not the bright, sunny Ella was woke up to. We took our morning tea and breakfast on the owner's little terrace, and were nearly blinded by the rising sun. Now I Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 4, 2015
  • Unawatuna Change Of FortunaFun fact: Back in the day, the Arab traders' word for Sri Lanka was "Serendib," meaning exotic surprises. This morphed into our word "serendipity." Fun fact #2: The one creature responsible for the most human deaths over time, by a Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 5, 2015
  • The Galle Of This PlaceWe spent all yesterday enjoying a relaxing beach day in Unawatuna. We really didn't do much beyond play in the ocean, read books, and savor not having to ride a bus for an entire day. We did learn two very Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 8, 2015
  • Hungry Like the Jones-WolfWe had a proper morning tea at our guesthouse in Galle, then caught a public bus for the 3-hour trip to Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. We splurged $2 USD more for the air-conditioned "luxury" bus, and by doing so Posted by traveljonez in Serendipitous Sri Lanka | Mar 9, 2015
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