September - October 2019
  • Day17

    Unawatuna

    September 30, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Lovely small beach town on the South coast of Sri Lanka. Had the best massage in years at a place called Sanctuary.
    The first pic looks down the beach from my hotel patio. The second looks in the same direction at sunset. Third is a typical restaurant. Lots of great seafood here.

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  • Day17

    Yala National Park

    September 30, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Second safari in Sri Lanka. I did see a leopard, but it was in the trees and moving. So no picture, much to my chagrin. However, the other rare critter in the park is the sloth bear, in the first picture. Next is the jungle cock, the national bird of Sri Lanka. Then a herd of sambal deer. Note the males with antlers. Next is an unidentified monkey species, a water monitor and last, a couple birds. One is a grey heron. The other I don't knowRead more

  • Day16

    Elephant Transit Home, Udawalawa

    September 29, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Orphan and injured elephants are cared for/raised here for eventual release into the wild. They say there are as many as 50 elephants being cared for here, mostly young. At feeding time, the young ones come up to a rail where they take a hose in the mouth. The other end has a funnel milk is poured into. Some of the littlest are bottled fed. After milk, they gather where vegetation has been left for them.Read more

  • Day15

    Udawalawa National Park

    September 28, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    My first wildlife safari in Asia. First is a look over the main lake. We are just entering the monsoon season. So the water level is low. The main stars here are elephants. I'm told tuskers are rare. Lucky to see an elephant with tusks. Next is a buffalo, then parrots hidden among the flowers. A peacock and an eagleRead more

  • Day13

    Ella

    September 26, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Outdoors town. Lots of hikers and many walks. The first pic is from Ella Rock above the town. The next 2 are local waterfalls. Next is a restaurant called Chill that was a very nice place, ambiance and food, both. Upul was my waiter and was excellent. Last is the view from the deck outside my room here. BTW, the high point to the right is Ella Rock where the first picture was taken from. Don't miss Ella if you get to Sri Lanka.Read more

  • Day13

    Nuwara Eliya

    September 26, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Also known as "Little England," as this was a favorite location during the colonial ers due to its higher elevation and mild climate. There are many features here reminiscent of the English. First is the old Windsor Hotel, dating from the period. Next is a former colonial administration building, now a bank. Next is the Turf Club, aka horse racing facility. Next is part of the golf club. Then one of the buildings reminiscent of European architecture. Last, of course, is tea. This is a major center of the Sri Lankan tea industry. This is one of the organic plantations.Read more

  • Day12

    Horton's Plains National Park

    September 25, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    High plateau above Nurawa Eliya (see another post). The park is a mix of cloud forest and open savanna. The first pic is taken at World's End, the top of an escarpment 880 meters straight down. For you metric challenged types, that's a bit over a half mile. The second pic looks over the edge from as close as this height challenged guy could get. Third is Baker's Falls. The rest are pictures of the park and it's diversity.Read more

  • Day10

    Kandy

    September 23, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Main city in the central part of Sri Lanka. The first pic looks over the city from a viewpoint on a hill. The second is the main structure at Kandy's most important shrine. Behind the golden doors is a reliquary that is said to house a tooth of the Buddha, taken from his funeral pyre. Third is in the second part of the temple, housing this worship space with a series of paintings showing how the tooth came to be where it is. Another important spot is the Royal Botanical Garden. One picture looks at the garden while the last is in the orchid house.Read more

  • Day9

    Dambulla views

    September 22, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    The Golden Temple is an important religious and pilgrimage site located at the foot of the ridge beneath the cave temples. The Golden Buddha and golden stupa are the two best known features here. The rest of the pictures are views of the central highlands where all this is located

  • Day9

    Dambulla cave temples

    September 22, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Sat by back 2,000 years and more, this temple is a series of 5 caves together about 150 meters above the valley where the town of Dambulla is located. The first pic is of the courtyard where all the temples face. Second is flower petals art in the courtyard. All the rest are in the caves. There are innumerables Buddhas, reck b ng, seated and standing. Much of the ceiling and walls art is original. They're starting to restore some now. It is an interesting feeling by seeing the art work as old as thisRead more