Sojourn in Sri Lanka

This post is on Sri Lanka in 2008 (when i was 6). I do remember some places there but not all of it. First we went to Colombo (the capital of Sri Lanka), which for some reason we have no pictures of. The Sri Lankan civil war was still raging whilst we were there so unfortunately some places were too unstable to visit. The war ended in May 2009.

Next we visited Galle. Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka situated on the southern tip 119 km from Colombo and the 4th largest city in the country. There are a few landmarks here such as the city’s harbour, the National museum, St Mary’s cathedral…

We explored the town of Unawatuna and its a suburb of Galle. Its a coastal town and famous for its beautiful beaches and corals. We stayed here for a few nights and went snorkelling and walking in the jungle. We hired a motorbike to do a tour of some places in Sri Lanka.

Our main stop was in Yala National Park which is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. This is the place that i remember most. It is mainly important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants. Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Yala harbours 215 bird species. The number of mammals recorded from the park is 44 and it has one of the highest densities in the world. The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami caused severe damage on the national park and 250 people died.

Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pictures as they were taken on an old mobile.

Me - Travellingminstrel #
Me – Travellingminstrel #
In Galle - Travellingminstrel #
In Galle – Travellingminstrel #
Galle - Travellingminstrel #
Galle – Travellingminstrel #
Unawatuna men on beach - Travellingminstrel #
Unawatuna men on beach – Travellingminstrel #
Wall drawing in memory of the Tsunami - Travellingminstrel #
Wall drawing in memory of the Tsunami by local school children – Travellingminstrel #
Unawatuna - Travellingminstrel #
Unawatuna – Travellingminstrel #

Yala National park – Safari

Local girl - Travellingminstrel #
Local girl – Travellingminstrel #
Jeep - Travellingminstrel #
Jeep – Travellingminstrel #
Mum and me on the beach - Travellingminstrel #
Mum and me on the beach – Travellingminstrel #
Tsunami  - Travellingminstrel #
Tsunami destruction- Travellingminstrel #
Tsunami memorial - Travellingminstrel #
Tsunami memorial – Travellingminstrel #
On the way to Yala - Travellingminstrel #
On the way to Yala – Travellingminstrel #
Way to Yala - Travellingminstrel #
Way to Yala – Travellingminstrel #
Yala - Travellingminstrel #
Yala – Travellingminstrel #
Beach in Yala - Travellingminstrel #
Beach in Yala – Travellingminstrel #
Monitor lizard - Travellingminstrel #
Monitor lizard – Travellingminstrel #
Wild Buffalo - Travellingminstrel #
Water Buffalo – Travellingminstrel #
Bird - Travellingminstrel #
Bird – Travellingminstrel #
Monkey - Travellingminstrel #
Monkey – Travellingminstrel #
Monkey - Travellingminstrel #
The tufted gray langur – Travellingminstrel #
Wild Elephant at Elephant rock - Travellingminstrel #
Wild Elephant at Elephant rock – Travellingminstrel #
So peaceful - Travellingminstrel #
So peaceful – Travellingminstrel #
Elephant  - Travellingminstrel #
Elephant – Travellingminstrel #
Elephant - Travellingminstrel #
wild elephant – Travellingminstrel #
Guard - Travellingminstrel #
Guard – Travellingminstrel #
Crocodile - Travellingminstrel #
Crocodile – Travellingminstrel #
Toucan - Travellingminstrel #
Toucans kissing – Travellingminstrel #
Crocodile - Travellingminstrel #
Crocodile – Travellingminstrel #
Deer - Travellingminstrel #
Deer – Travellingminstrel #

We rented this great guesthouse for only £5 a night near Yala.

Guesthouse - Travellingminstrel #
Guesthouse – Travellingminstrel #
Buddhist temple - Travellingminstrel #
Buddhist temple – Travellingminstrel #

We had a motorbike which we hired to tour a lot of Sri Lanka  (mum didn’t drive).

Sri Lanka 08 (331)

Bike - Travellingminstrel #
Bike – Travellingminstrel #

We went to Ella (a small town situated 1,041 m above sea level), Suriyakanda, Nuwara Eliya in the hill country of the Central Province. The city name meaning is “city on the plain” or “city of light”.

Billboard - Travellingminstrel #
Billboard – Travellingminstrel #
Monk - Travellingminstrel #
Monk – Travellingminstrel #
Sign Ella - Travellingminstrel #
Sign Ella – Travellingminstrel #
Selling tea - Travellingminstrel #
Selling tea – Travellingminstrel #
Tea plantation - Travellingminstrel #
Tea plantation – Travellingminstrel #
Truck  - Travellingminstrel #
Truck – Travellingminstrel #
Tea pickers - Travellingminstrel #
Tea pickers – Travellingminstrel #
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Travellingminstrel #
Tuk-tuk - Travellingminstrel #
Tuk-tuk – Travellingminstrel #
View - Travellingminstrel #
View – Travellingminstrel #
Sign - Travellingminstrel #
Sign – Travellingminstrel #
Suriyakanda - Travellingminstrel #
Suriyakanda – Travellingminstrel #
Nuwara Eliya - Travellingminstrel #
Nuwara Eliya – Travellingminstrel #
Overtaking truck - Travellingminstrel #
Overtaking truck – Travellingminstrel #
Guesthouse in Ella  - Travellingminstrel #
Guesthouse in Ella – Travellingminstrel #
View in Nuwara  Eliya - Travellingminstrel #
View in Nuwara Eliya – Travellingminstrel #
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38 thoughts on “Sojourn in Sri Lanka

  1. Loved your post and pictures. We are going for a short holiday to Sri Lanka this Sept. so it seemed so fitting, that I would have just applied for our visas and then read this right away. 🙂

  2. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your blog and detailed information you present.
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    1. Thank you very much for taking the time to search and read my post. I’ve only just found your comment which was in the spam folder so I’m so sorry for the late reply.

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