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  • Farewell words and picturesA country of extreme poverty with oxen-drawn wagons and the most basic of bicycles and bicycle repair shops to match, but widespread cellphone ownership and coverage on the most distant of mountain tops. All over the place, new buildings are Posted by FierceOrc in Sri Lanka 2017 | Sep 3, 2017
  • 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | 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 Sri Lanka 2017 | Aug 19, 2017
  • WANDERING AROUND WEMBLEY: NOT SIMPLY SOCCER===During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the construction of London’s local railways, notably the Metropolitan Line, improved access between the centre of the city and places that were open countryside before the rails were laid. The builders of Posted by ADAMYAMEY in LONDON | Jul 25, 2017
  • Sri Lanka - Adam's peak==The plan== A pretty ordinary actually... To hike Adam's peak - Sri Lanka's holy mountain from Dalhousie. Adams's peak is the most holy place in Sri Lanka and a major point for both tourist and religious pilgrimage. From Dalhousie it's only Posted by dima.safr in Roaming the world | Nov 11, 2016
  • Colombo Day 1 - Wedding Sweets & Diyatha Uyana It's been awhile since my last travel entry! I haven't finished recounting my Europe Trip in 2014, but I've been having a hectic few months and had to stop for a bit. And I'm back with my Posted by kurodatenshi in A Wedding Guest in Sri Lanka | Aug 31, 2015
  • BOOKED!The third time of seeing the flights infant of my on my mac screen i did it. It was gone 11pm and i just thought do it. I was doing it alone but when else was i going to have Posted by Tribuzio in My gap fortnight and a half! | Jun 8, 2015
  • 2) Sri Lanka==Sri Lanka== I like Sri Lanka. It's kind of an upmarket India where people have mostly learnt to put their rubbish in the bin and not on the floor. It also seems that more people have at least something, whereas Posted by jayandmat2015 in Jay & Mat's Travel Blog | Mar 10, 2015
  • Our Escape from Sri LankaWhen we booked our final hotel near Colombo airport we expected a nice, leisurely, uncomplicated journey to the airport in the morning to catch our flight to Beijing. Instead, we ended up fleeing an angry hotel manager, escaping in an Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 22, 2014
  • Train From Ella is Spectacular but Nothing Beats a Good TukAs we’re nearing the end of our time in Sri Lanka I thought I’d write about the different types of public transport we’ve experienced in the country. The main mode of tourist transport is the Tuk Tuk. Now if you Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 20, 2014
  • The Struggles of Being FemaleBloody typical isn’t it, it’s always us females that have to do all the work, look at those lazy male turtles, all they have to do is spend their whole lives relaxing in the sea, gently floating around without a Posted by JonAndSara in A Long Way For Dumplings | Apr 16, 2014
  • End of the RoadUnbelievably today marks exactly one year since we left the UK on our long, long flight to Singapore. It has been one of the best years of our lives. Anyone that knows us will know just how much fun we Posted by Chelsandliam in Powered by Noodles | Dec 2, 2013
  • Diving in hikkaduwaSorry to disappoint our adoring fans (mainly just our mums, dads and grandparents) but our time in Hikkaduwa has been spent doing nothing at all. We have been spending time at the beach everyday, laying in the sunshine, drinking and Posted by Chelsandliam in Powered by Noodles | Nov 29, 2013
  • On the road to Hikkaduwa We thoroughly enjoyed cycling around and experiencing Jaffna and had one more day to explore. We decided to go for a walk and ventured into town on foot. The weather in Jaffna has been scorching and we arrived hot and Posted by Chelsandliam in Powered by Noodles | Nov 21, 2013
  • Cycling the vibrant streets of Jaffna. After a relaxing week in Uppuvelli, an amazing underwater adventure in Pigeon Island and just about as much reading and walking on the beach as we could handle we decided to move on. Our guest house informed us of the Posted by Chelsandliam in Powered by Noodles | Nov 18, 2013
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