16th Feb 2012
sorry for not updating blog recently, been really busy. so here goes-
we arrived in Sri lanka on the 28th january and met rambo. from the airport we made our way in to colombo where we stayed for one night. Colombo is massive, a huge noisy city, so that night we treated ourselves to a dominos, yeah you heard right a dominos.lol, and then moved on to Kandy the following morning by train.
In Kandy we went to the temple of the tooth ( apparently there is a replica of the Buddhas tooth in there), we had to pay over the odds to get in and to be fair it wasnt worth the money. was a very religious place!
The following day we went to a local familys house that rambo had met on the plane, and had a traditional sri lankan breakfast which we wasnt expecting, it was so lovely of them and they were so welcoming and made a really big effort. they really were a lovely family! After breakfast we went to an elephant orphanage (pinnawala). The first bit of this involved going to a river and watching the elephants get bathed! we were waiting for about half an hour and only expected to see about 7 elephants, but to our amazement about 60 elephants stampeeded down the hill to the river! There were both adult elephants and baby ones, it really was amazing to see! they were so funny in the river, we could have easily watched them all day, what with all the younger ones playing with one another and the older ones squirting water!
after watching them being bathed we then made our way to the orphanage, where we got to see many more, including a blinde one who had been shot, and one with only 3 legs because he had stood on a mine. whilst we were there we were able to touch many of the elephants and got our photo taken with them. its a shame though as the dangerous ones were all chained up (obviously for our safety), but wasnt nice to see as they were all bored!
The experiences of seeing all the elephants down in the river and having breakfast with a sri lankan family has made it one of the best days so far of our travels!
The day after we went to a place called sigiriya rock which we climbed! it was so high, Nancy bless her managed to go right to the top aswell even though she is afraid of heights! the stairs to go up were iron stairs attatched to the side of a rock and didnt feel all that safe. Sigiriya rock is known because on top there remains the ruins of a palace, you cant imagine how it was built because the rock is so high, and you cant even begin to imagine how they would have got all of the stuff up there to build the palace. The views from the top were outstanding.
From sigiriya we went to a place called Dambula, which is famous for its caves which were found thousounds of years ago. inside they are all painted and have buddist statues carved out of the rocks, this is very impressive to see! we done loads of walking that day and spent 7 hours in total on the bus.
From kandy we went on to Delhouise so that we could climb climb adams peak, this is a pilgrimage . In total there are 6000 steps aprox! we had to get up at 1.30am to start the walk by 2, as we were making our way up for sun rise. Rambo hated every minute and every step of it, but we all got to the top way to early and it was bloody freezing. being typical tourists we had only shorts and thin jumpers on, unlike the sri lankans who had hat, scarfs, gloves, fur coats and blankets.lol. it reminded us of how you guys must be feeling at home in the cold weather.
we stayed to see the sun rise and rang the bell which your allowed to ring once for every time you have climbed the peak. once the sun had risen we made our decent. Me and Nancy ran all the way down which we thoroughly enjoyed and managed not to fall down any of the steep uneven stone steps. Nancy and Rambo found it quite hard, but i for some reason found it ok.
The same day that we finished climbing th peak, we caught the train to Ella.
Ella is beauitful up in the hills with the most amazing views! The train journey on the way there was lovely aswell, passing mountains, waterfalls and tea plantations.
In ella we had planned to walk the Ella rock, but our legs were to sore so instead we went to see a HUGE waterfall, where a local took us off the beaten track and took as up the waterfall. Nancy and Rambo went a bit further up, but im to clumsy so stayed put at a certain point. Whilst we were at the waterfall, Nancy and Rambo went for a swim in the feezing cold water! Whilkst in Ella we went for a traditional sri lankan curry which was so nice!
From Ella we took another 3 bus the following day to a beach known as Aragam bay. This is a spot known for surfing, but we were out of season so there was no surf and very few people there. It was a beauitful beach, and was a nice relaxing couple of days, mind you we needed those days to relax after a 7 hour bus journey just to get there.
We left Ella and made our way to a place called Tissa which is where we went to do a jeep safari in yala national park. We are all so glad we went as it was a really good day out.
We spent 6 hours on the jeep and went all around the park to see the wildlife. we managed to see wild elephants, bufflao, fox, water hogs, crocodiles, birds, dear, peacocks, chickens, and hares, o and toucans. was an expensive day but well worth it!
we will update again very soon and let you know how our costal journey has been!
much love to all xxxx
( sorry for all the bad spelling, we were on a tiny tiny laptop which is shite. ha ha)
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