touring sri lanka
Met up with the new tour group. What a difference! We are 15 people. The oldest couple is late 50’s and they are active and avid travelers. The rest of the group is a mix of younger couples and 1 single guy and a bunch of single girls. We are Canadians, Australians, Brits and Germans. It’s a great ecclectic group.
This trip has been a real whirlwind. We are in a new hotel every night (except one) We put on 1400 kms over the 6 days of travel on windy Sri Lankan roads that are really only made for tuk tuks and scooters. All day long every day we were busy.
We saw a ton of animal life. Specifically we went on a safari in Yala National Park and we also went to an Elephant Orphanage. But also, there are monkeys everywhere and never mind the random cows on the street and plenty of dogs.
We also toured a fish market and took in the sights and smells of the fish vendors peddling their wares.
In the ABC category, we hit the Buddhist temple “Temple of the Tooth”. This is a big temple surrounding the tooth of the original Buddha from 1300BC. Yes. A temple surrounding a tooth. Of course we did not see this tooth or even take a picture of the large ornate package it is in, as this was not allowed.
We also hit a few more temples over the days. And saw the largest Buddha in Sri Lanka, the newest Buddha, the tallest Buddha….you get the picture.
We also hit an Ayurvedic spice farm and a tea plantation. We learned a lot about plants and their natural healing abilities. And we saw how tea is made-so thats cool.
We also went by fruit stands. They have 17 varieties of bananas here including red bananas. I was able to sample quite a few different bananas and even a mangosteen fruit.
We have had a huge variety of accomodations on this trip. We stayed at a very nice hotel with a pool, and then we stayed one night along a raging river in Glamping style accomodations. The place we stayed at for 2 nights was definitely more camping style rooms with a pipe that comes out of the wall for a shower. And by shower I mean water comes out of the pipe. And if you shower in the afternoon, thats a not totally cold shower because the water warmed up in the day in the pipe. Auntie Sheryl, you would not approve.
We have been on our bus a lot. But we also went in the Safari Jeep, the white water raft and the Sri Lankan Train. Its been a great way to see the countryside.
The local train took us to the next town. We were supposed to sit in 2nd class, but the seats were full. So we ended up in 3rd class. It was a unique experience sitting with the locals.
We also did some white water rafting and even floated down the river outside of the boat. Later when back in the boat, we noticed this is also where the locals bathe. I thought back to the mouthfuls of water I accidentally consumed.
Another long day as we hit up 3 different temples followed by a safari. It was cool to ride in the back of the Jeep thing and watch for the animals. We saw a lot of different animals, but the big one was was the elusive leopard.
We pretty much eat curry something at all times. At lunch the other day i tried spaghetti and the sauce was made with BBQ sauce.
A couple more days here on sri lanka and then we hit the boat for a week touring around the Maldives. While this part of the trip has been go go go, the next part will be chill chill chill.