Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Ayubowan Sri Lanka

Well this came out of the blue - I hadn't planned on travelling late last year, but on an impulse I found myself booking a trip to Sri Lanka. Best last-minute decision ever. It's only taking me a while, I'm happy to be finally sharing some photos with you.

I remember some years ago, looking at the Lonely Planet's first Sri Lanka guide book featuring a photograph of a woman strolling topless along a stunning beach surrounded by lush green palm trees. And I thought to myself, I have to go there. So when I eventually got that chance to travel to Sri Lanka, I left home knowing nothing about where I was going, but I had a feeling it was going to be different from anywhere I’d ever been. And when I stepped off the plane, I knew I was right.

Sri Lanka is still largely untouched and unchanged by mass western tourism, but the word is getting out. It's a country far more diverse than I ever imagined. The food richly spiced, just wait till you try the rice and curry, and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies and misty mountains covered in tea plantations with Tamil tea pickers in their brightly coloured saris are utterly bewitching.

But there's also the architecture of ancient Sri Lanka in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, where Buddhist temples can be found everywhere! And it’s true that sinking into the stunning white sands of Mirissa, I was tempted to do nothing more demanding, than ordering a Lion lager for the remainder of my stay.

Sri Lanka is a country that is looking very much into the future with optimism, you can sense it in the beautiful warm smiles of the people. I felt truly humbled by its beauty, impossible to forget.

Hindu Temple Buddhist temple
Buddha at Anuradhapura
Monkey at the sacred Bo Tree in Anuradhapura Elephant crossing
Stupa at Polonnaruwa Monk taking photographs
Buddhist Temple
Architecture at Polonnaruwa Monkeys
Buddhist Temple at Mihintale Image of a Stupa at Anuradhapura
Dambulla cave temple Cycling around Polonnaruwa
Cave Drawings at Sigiriya Sigiriya
Haputale Train Station
Sri Lanka's central highlands Tea Plantations
tea picker
Guide Christian shrine
Tamil tea picker Children at child care centre
Sri Lanka's central highlands Elephant Orphanage Mirissa Mirissa
Fisherman Galle Lighthouse
Dutch Church, Galle Galle
Beach at Galle
Sri Lankan food Galle Fort
Galle Fort
Sri Lanka Coast

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