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North Central Province

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  • Day115

    Kaudulla national park

    October 24, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    After our life saving coffee and despite the rain, suddenly we were being driven at speed north to Kaudulla National Park.
    We thought we were meant to be going for lunch and then to the park at 2.30pm for our safari to see the biggest gathering of elephants in Sri Lanka- groups of 200-300 which we were told were best seen late afternoon.
    However we arrived In the park at 1pm ( without lunch as we were reportedly late!)... to meet up with another Jeep.
    We were a bit grumpy about this early start and the fact that it was still totally pissing down however for the next 2 hours we were one of only 4 jeeps in the park!
    At 3pm we suddenly saw there was a queue of about 20-30 jeeps!
    The elephant groups were incredible. We must have seen approx 150 elephants - many with small babies still suckling. They were totally unperturbed by the vehicles and walked past extremely closely if they wanted to cross the road where we happened to be watching them from!
    The next 3 hours flew by just watching and photographing these ungainly animals as the played and ate. What a treat??!!
    It certainly wasn’t a safari for other animal spotting but we did see a jackal and a few birds. K was disappointed not to see a sloth bear ( different to a sloth) but the elephants more than made this trip.
    On the way home we passed a v aggressive bull all covered in red dirt just on the side of the road, charging at cars as they passed!! What a bonus?!
    We got back to the accommodation at 5.30pm and immediately showered ams changed into warm clothes, before having dinner.
    Tmrw we have no idea which direction we are heading or where we r staying... left to Wilpattu for the chance to see sloth bears... or right to Trincomalee for the chance to see blue whales??!! Tough decisions
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  • Day21


    October 6, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Und schon bald ist ein Monat rum.
    Wahnsinn wie die Zeit vergeht.

    Wir haben unsere Zeit in Trincomalee noch mit einem gemütlichen Abendessen mit Rebecca und Freddy, ebenfalls Gäste vom White House, ausklingen lassen.

    Mir geht's die letzten Tage körperlich nicht gut; Magen-Darm und starke Kopfschmerzen plagen mich. Ich hoffe, dass dies bald ein Ende hat. Aber was wäre ein Besuch in Asien ohne Bauchschmerzen ;).

    Wir sind gestern mit dem Bus (Géraldine, da musste ich an unsere Greyhound Touren denken und wie schön diese doch waren haha) von Trincomalee nach Anuradhapura (war über 1000 Jahre lang Zentrum verschiedener Königsdynastien) gefahren und haben uns heute dann nochmals einige der Königststätten angeschaut bevor es Morgen dann wieder in den Westen geht und sich unser Aufenthalt in Sri Lanka langsam dem Ende neigt.
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  • Day7

    Sri Lanka Tag 7

    January 7 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Nach einem superleckeren Frühstück haben wir in den Feldern des Hostdaddys einen kleinen Morgenspaziergang gemacht. Danach wurden uns Kokusnüsse von der Palme "geangelt" und aufgehackt. Danach ging es für uns 30 km weiter nach Sigiriya. Angekommen in unserer Unterkunft habe wir einige Reisetipps von unserem Hauspapa bekommen. Wir machten einen kleinen Spaziergang bei dem wir einen ca. 1m langen Waran sahen und den Ausblick auf den Sigiriya und Pidurangala genossen. Wir haben leider nur Elefantenspuren im Dickicht entdecken können. Außerdem haben wir nach einem Regenschauer ganz viele Babyfrösche gesehen. Wieder in der Unterkunft angekommen wurde uns, bei einem leckeren Schokotassenküchlein, die Geschichte der Felsen erklärt. Um uns herum sind Nationalparks, deshalb wird nachts der Mais vom Hauspapa beschützt, damit er nicht von den Elefanten zertrampelt wird. Warmes Wasser gibt es leider momentan nicht in der Unterkunft, da vom Zwischenmieter einige Sachen, darunter auch die Warmwasserboiler, entwendet wurden. Nach gefühlt 10 verschiedenen Dibben auf einem Tisch und dazu noch Nachtisch ging es für uns ins Bettchen. Tag Ende.Read more

  • Day169

    Safari in Eco Park

    December 8, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    This afternoon we decided to take our first Jeep Safari to see Asian elephants 🐘 innSir Lanka. Currently all the big National Parks as Minneriya and Kaudulla are too wet and you cannot drive a Jeep there. Therefore our guide took us to the smaller Eco Park.
    The feeling of standing on an open deck Jeep and feeing the wind and fresh air around your face while looking out for animals was amazing! All your worries are washed away immediately and your mood is great.
    We saw around 10 elephants in total (normally you see big herds of 100-200), but we still loved it. We also saw peacocks 🦚, eagle 🦅, parrots 🦜 and a chameleon.
    The elephants were so close to us - incredible!

    Heute Nachmittag machten wir unsere erste Jeepsafari, um in Sri Lanka asiatische Elefanten zu sehen 🐘. Derzeit sind alle großen Nationalparks wie Minneriya und Kaudulla zu nass und man kann dort nicht mit dem Jeep hineinfahren. Deshalb führte uns unser Reiseleiter in den kleineren Eco Park.
    Das Gefühl, auf einem offenen Jeep zu stehen und den Wind und die frische Luft um das Gesicht herum zu spüren, während man nach Tieren Ausschau hält, war unglaublich! Deine Sorgen werden mit einem Mal weggespült und deine Stimmung ist toll.
    Wir sahen insgesamt etwa 10 Elefanten (normalerweise sieht man große Herden von 100-200), aber wir waren trotzdem begeistert von den Dickhäutern 🐘. Wir sahen auch Pfaue 🦚, Adler 🦅, Papageien 🦜 und ein Chamäleon.
    Die Elefanten waren so nah bei uns - unglaublich! 😍
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  • Day5

    Polonnaruva & Kaudulla National Park

    November 11, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Nach der ersten Nacht am Land ging es mit der Erkundung von Polonnaruva los, ein ehemaliger Königssitz.

    Aufgrund der heurigen Anschläge im April, gibt es überall sehr wenig Tourismus, sehr zum Leidwesen der Bevölkerung. 😢
    Umso mehr haben wir die Freude über unseren Besuch gespürt und wurden sehr oft von jungen Schulkindern angesprochen und willkommen geheißen!

    Nach einem frischen Kokosnuss - Snack stiegen wir in einen Jeep um und besuchten eine 600-köpfige Elefantenherde in freier Wildbahn 🐘😊

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  • Day27

    Loud, stinking, crazy!

    January 24, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    You can easily travel around Sri Lanka by Train, Bus and Tuc-Tuc.
    But maybe it is more safe to take a private guide - the driving-reglement seems to be:
    First the bigger, stronger one - the most crazy guys are at the busses.
    "Do not brake - you will lose!"

    Train- and bus-rides are "have-to-do-adventures" on this island! Of course you cannot miss all the millions tuc-tuc everywhere ...
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  • Day6

    Safari, so good

    February 25, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    The earliest alarm yet at 5.30 am - we need to be waiting at the park's gates for them to open at 6.00! We have our own jeep and driver but all the guides were booked unfortunately so we will just have to keep.our eyes peeled!

    It's wonderful to see and, mainly, hear the animals and birds waking up to a new day. The jungle is huge and very wooded with many lakes and is packed with birds. It smells lovely too! By the end we stopped taking pictures of peacocks as we saw soo many!

    The best thing was to see an elephant! He was knee deep in a lake eating weeds and we stayed to watch for a long while. Elephants are special - each time a jeep came round the corner and people saw him, their faces broke into childlike smiles, regardless of age.

    We also saw water buffalo, a crocodile, many spotted deer, wild boar, mongoose, monitor lizards, frogs and monkeys but the only leopard we spotted was on the gate!
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  • Day4


    January 18, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Early start for the trip down to Polonnaruwa, which started with a tuktuk ride to the bus station. There was a bus already there and waiting so we grabbed some snacks and hopped on. Fairly ancient model of bus, but the inside wasn't too bad - at least the seats had padding! Plenty of space at first as the bus wasn't too crowded, but by about 90 minutes in it was mostly full and we were very squished together on a three-seater with another man. Definitely designed for Sri Lankan sized people, not westerners!

    Eventually it emptied out a bit, and by around midday we got off the bus in Polonnaruwa. Walked a few blocks to our hotel, dropped off the bags, picked up some bikes and headed off. First stop was lunch, where I had a vegetable kottu - a sort of stir fry dish that used diced up roti bread instead of noodles or rice. Very tasty.

    Our destination was just outside of town, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa. This was the capital of Sri Lanka after Anuradhapura, roughly around the 10th-13th centuries. The site here was quite a bit more compact, and also better preserved than Anuradhapura. Less cycling, which was good since we were both still sore from the previous day! But it's also not an active Buddhist pilgrimage site, so most of the people we encountered were tourists (largely French and other Europeans).

    Quite a few sites to see, including a royal palace, several large stupas, ruins of lotus ponds, and various temples as well. Interesting stuff, and a lot of it was in quite good condition too though one never really knows how enthusiastically things have been "restored".

    Since we'd started late it was nearly sunset by the time we finished and had to ride back through the entire length of the park. Thankfully it was almost entirely downhill, which had escaped me on the way out but I was most thankful for!

    Had a bit of confusion with the people running our hotel since they expected us to be having dinner there (they'd asked and we hadn't said anything committal), so when we went out for dinner they seemed slightly perturbed. It seems like the done thing that everyone eats in at the guest house, and the room is probably also a loss leader for them as the dinners can get quite expensive. In any event, we went to a restaurant nearby and had a vegetarian curry buffet which was quite nice.
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  • Day3

    Exploring Anuradhapura

    January 17, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Up early, had our hotel breakfast of Sri Lankan food and then headed out on our borrowed bicycles, heading for the nearby ruins of Anuradhapura. This was the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, originally starting around 500 BC, through to around 900 AD.

    Quite a bit to see, though it was spread out over quite a large area and cycling around proved to be tough work in the sunshine and heat. Lots of large stupas to see, including several that are still active Buddhist shrines, attracting pilgrims from across the world. Not many western tourists about, surprisingly, mostly Sri Lankan and Indian tourists.

    Biggest mistake for the day was that we hadn't realised we needed to pay our entry tickets (a very steep USD $25 each) in cash, and once we'd paid that we had basically no money left. This meant we couldn't have lunch until we made it back to town, a 20 minute ride away. Thankfully we had enough for an extra bottle of water which was definitely needed!

    Rode around checking out various things until about 3pm when we'd seen most things and were extremely hungry and thirsty! Back to town we went, stopping by the ATM and then getting some much needed food and drink.

    Such a late lunch meant we weren't particularly hungry for our hotel dinner, which was a shame because there was a large spread on with lots of great curries and other foods. Managed to get through about half of it!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

North Central Province, Província Centro-Norte, උතුරු මැද පළාත, வட மத்திய மாகாணம்

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