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7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 6 – Ella

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 6 – Ella

I awoke early to go for a morning bird-watching walk with the amiable Keith around the camp.  The electric elephant fence that ringed the camp had been partly destroyed in the night, and we could see elephant tracks and sloth bear tracks….and leopard tracks, fresh ones.   To think just a minute’s walk from our […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 5 – Yala National Park

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 5 – Yala National Park

Glamping was a first for both of us.  Coming back from an incredible safari, which included a lucky sighting of the elusive leopard at a watering hole, we were welcomed with the scene of a ring of candles around a single dining table, another smaller table full of wine and spirits, smartly dressed waiters….and we […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 4 – Mirissa

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 4 – Mirissa

The southern coastal road from Unawatuna to Mirissa throws up spectacular scenes of village life, gorgeous beaches untouched by tourism, and fleeting glimpses of the iconic ‘stilt’ fishermen, who sit on sticks out in the water and fish, although the majority are now doing it to take advantage of tourism (they charge for photographs). We […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 3 – Unawatuna and Galle

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 3 – Unawatuna and Galle

Today we walked the sands of Unawatuna, released a baby turtle at the Turtle Sanctuary and Hatchery, and wandered the historic, atmospheric streets of Galle, a Unesco World Heritage town. Though we woke late, we made it the simple breakfast at the Gloria Grand.  We sat on the terrace, watching life on the quiet streets […]

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 2 – Unawatuna

7 Days in Sri Lanka Day 2 – Unawatuna

May Day.  We awoke to a gloriously sunny day, and went down for a decadent breakfast with a wonderful sea view, and of course the view of the crow-shooter striding purposefully up and down the lawn with his catapult.  He fired a few times, but he still never hit anything.  A crow flew in to […]

7 days in Sri Lanka Day 1 – Colombo

7 days in Sri Lanka Day 1 – Colombo

It takes three hours and 15 minutes to get to Colombo from Singapore with Emirates, and the flight arrives at 2am.  After walking off the plane and towards immigration, one of the first things you see is a little kiosk selling sugary nescafe for a dollar – just the pick-up one needs before hitting the […]

Sri Lanka Day 13 – Hikkaduwa – Colombo – Singapore

Sri Lanka Day 13 – Hikkaduwa – Colombo – Singapore

Woke feeling like shit, predictably.  I had a good breakfast, and a pot of tea, which teasingly brought me round for a bit.  Lulled into a false sense of security, I took a long walk on the beach and had more tea with a local family who invited me into their garden for tea and […]

Sri Lanka Day 12 – Unawatuna – Hikkaduwa

Sri Lanka Day 12 – Unawatuna – Hikkaduwa

Arose later than usual, and checked out after saying goodbye to Alison, the Aussie lass.  Got a tuk-tuk to Hikkaduwa, another famous beach area.  I went with the same Bob Marley loving tuk-tuk driver with the hilarious wolf-whistle horn that I went to Galle with yesterday.  We headed off to the joyous summer sounds of […]

Sri Lanka Day 11 – Unawatuna – Galle

Sri Lanka Day 11 – Unawatuna – Galle

I woke at 6, again at 7, and finally at 8.  I’m enjoying waking up early.  Strolled along the beach to Unawatuna Dive Centre to confirm my participation in the mornings dive, then headed to a cafe with the slowest service in the world for breakfast, looking onto the beach and out to sea.  It […]

Sri Lanka Day 10 Tangalle – Unawatuna

Sri Lanka Day 10 Tangalle – Unawatuna

Woke at 7:30, had breakfast, paid my bill, jumped on the back of a motorbike to the bus station, and caught a bullet-hole riddled Colombo-bound bus to Unawatuna. I hopped off the bus when the driver told me to, and walked for a while down the beach road, until I came to a delightful coffee […]

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