Travel

touring sri lanka

By on October 14, 2016

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.

Animals

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.

These baby elephants are play fighting while some other baby elephants get fed in the background. Cuteness overload!

These baby elephants are play fighting while some other baby elephants get fed in the background. Cuteness overload!

These cows are everywhere. They walk into town, chill out then walk home.

These cows are everywhere. They walk into town, chill out then walk home.

We also toured a fish market and took in the sights and smells of the fish vendors peddling their wares.

This fish smelled as bad as you think it might.

This fish smelled as bad as you think it might.

Buddhas

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.

One rule. Do not take a selfie with the buddha statues. Had to repeat several times in my head.

One rule. Do not take a selfie with the buddha statues. Had to repeat several times in my head.

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.

This is new Buddha. And big Buddha.

This is new Buddha. And big Buddha.

Plants

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.

 

Accommodations

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.

You cant really see it, but there is a pipe in the corner for the shower.

You cant really see it, but there is a pipe in the corner for the shower.

This is right beside the river. It was all pretty much open to the outside. And rustic.

This is right beside the river. It was all pretty much open to the outside. And rustic.

Transportation

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.

Sometimes you take a selfie to get a picture of the creeper who has been creepin on you the entire train ride.

Sometimes you take a selfie to get a picture of the creeper who has been creepin on you the entire train ride.

3 of these people are on the tour. Can you guess which ones?

3 of these people are on the tour. Can you guess which ones?

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.

Is it necessary to open my mouth like that. Anyway- this was my cool row team and me.

Is it necessary to open my mouth like that. Anyway- this was my cool row team and me.

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.

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5 Comments
  1. Reply

    Jodie Suitor

    October 14, 2016

    Glad you found some peeps – perfect balance of hectic and chill for you!

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    Beck

    October 15, 2016

    I’m sure you have lots of amazing pics from this part of your trip… can’t have enough of those cute baby elephants! Hilarious Selfie you took with the “creeper” guy LOL!!!

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    Aunty Sheryl

    October 16, 2016

    Fish guy – absolutely disgusting – turns me off of ever wanting to eat fish ever again – #OMG
    Buddha’s – can’t believe you didn’t sneak in a selfie – especially with that big one – #chickenshit – your dad and I would have gotten one cause we are known as the #rebels
    Accommodations – totally would/do not approve – I would so be out of there in a heartbeat. Glamping my a$$ – there is absolutely nothing glamorous about those buildings – #gross
    Transportation – hilarious – lol funny – but please be careful – and I hope you had all your shots – if I recall you did but keep your mouth shut when you go in the water actually better yet you should never have gotten in that water – #grosser
    Looking forward to your Maldives blog – googled and it looks like a beautiful place
    #missyou ?

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    Melissa

    October 17, 2016

    It’s looking like an excellent experience so far Kerri!

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    Mom

    October 18, 2016

    I have to admit I’m relieved that you are now travelling in a group, and not only are your sights interesting, I’m sure socializing with your fellow travellers would be interesting as well. Glad you will be able to take it easy on your next leg of the trip.

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