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Boats in Galle

I couldn’t get enough of the colorful boats.  They warranted their own short post. 

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Our last stop in Sri Lanka was Galle, a preserved Dutch colonial town.  The town is lively, with many restaurants and shops.  Well, it was established by the Portugese in the 16th Century. They constructed a fort and built bastions and walls. Then, in the the 17th Century, the Dutch captured it and expanded the area to include […]

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Sinharaja Rainforest

We drove to Sinharaja Rainforest, which is the largest surviving tract (190 sq km) of undisturbed lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. The general topography is hills and valleys, surrounded by two rivers which feed steep waterfalls. It’s endless lush greenery, loud with birds and rainfall.  Most of the flora and wildlife are endemic.  We went […]

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Yala National Park

Another highlight of the trip was Yala National Park. It’s situated on the south coast of the country and stretches to the Indian Ocean. Yala contains over 375 square miles of forest, scrub, lagoons and grassland and is the largest park in Sri Lanka.  Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and has been […]

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Jetwing Yala

This was the best hotel of the trip. Jetwing Yala is located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka on the Indian Ocean, right outside Yala National Park.   The main restaurant served an extravagant buffet of gourmet local fare and a second restaurant, Thambapanni, offered an Asian fusion menu and outdoor seating.   We loved […]

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Arugam Bay: Surf & Sun

  We were eager to explore the surf communities of Sri Lanka, which are on the east coast. This region was hit especially hard during the decades-long civil war and the 2004 tsunami. The area was abandoned and villages and structures were left in ruins. Redevelopment began after 2007, and the result is still serene, […]

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Seetha Amman Temple

We stopped by this roadside temple on our way out of Nuwara Eliya. This is the only temple dedicated to Seeta Amman, consort of Lord Rama.   Here is where Seeta was held captive by King Ravana, after he kidnapped her from India over five thousand years ago. I don’t know much else about this, […]

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World’s End

Well, this could have been spectacular. Despite the rainy, overcast conditions, we decided to try our luck and visit World’s End. With a name like that, how could we not at least try? World’s End is in Horton Plains National Park, at the edge of the hill country in Nuwara Eliya. It’s where the Horton […]

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Heritance Tea Factory

We loved our stay in this very unique luxury boutique hotel near Nuwara Eliya. It’s set high on a hilltop surrounded by tea estates. It was a picturesque approach, even though the sun didn’t appear the entire time we were there!   The building used to house the Hethersett Estate Tea Factory, which closed in […]

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Blue Field Tea Gardens

It would be challenging to drive through Hill Country and not visit at a tea plantation. Sri Lanka , formerly named Ceylon, is the world’s fourth largest producer of tea after China, India and Kenya. Tea accounts for 15% of the GDP. On our way from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, we stopped at the country’s oldest […]

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