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Monday, 4 March 2013

Sri Lanka - Culture, Scenery, People

Nuwara Eliya
Some images of culture, scenery and people enjoyed during our recent trip to Sri Lanka, following back-to-back our trip to India (see post following). This shot was taken early in the morning as we descended the hill town of Nuwara Eliya to the lowlands.

Horton Plains
Horton Plains National Park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka was an interesting mix of moist forest and native grassland.
Tooth Temple
The Tooth Temple in Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's main tourist sites.

Tooth Temple drummers
Several times a day in the temple, a traditional ceremony is held featuring some fine drumming.

In Kandy's Botanic Gardens L-R - Ketil, Chandima, Bente, Glenn

Nuwara Eliya
Tending the veges opposite our hotel.

Nuwara Eliya
A mother helped by her young son as she does the daily washing.

Yala National Park
We had a full day's safari in Yala National Park. This is an image from the coast in the park.

Yala National Park
We rushed our picnic lunch in Yala as a rain squall approached, raining out the rest of the day.

Rock Python
A huge rock python was seen in Yala, its head disappearing down a burrow.

Tea factory
We visited a tea factory near Kandy. 


The historic fort at Galle on the southern coast is another key Sri Lankan cultural site.

We had two nights near Galle at the delightful Bay Beach Hotel.

Tea pickers
Tea plantations were widespread. These tea pickers were at Sinharaja.

Sinharaja World Heritage Area was our most important birding site. This is the view across the valley from our hotel.

In the forest at Sinharaja. L-R - Chandima, Greg, Ketil

Locals enjoying a boisterous day out in the water at Kithulgala.

This is the site of the bridge near Kithulgala in the famous old movie, Bridge Over River Kwai.

Gomez Hotel, Negombo
We had a few restful days at the end of the trip in a hotel in Negombo, north of Colombo.

Fish drying in the sun, Negombo

Negombo Beach

1 comment:

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