Hello there! Long time, no see! We have just returned from our family holiday to sunny Sri Lanka and very lovely it was too. We saw more wildlife than you could shake a stick at, walked on beautiful sandy beaches, learned to windsurf (well, the girls did anyway!), ate LOTS of curry, rice and fruit and challenged my acrophobia by climbing Sigirya rock. We took hundreds of photos and here are just a few of them:
Sunset at Negombo beach - we stayed here for a couple of days at the beginning and end of the holiday as it was near the airport:
One of our resident lizards:
Our attempt at art made from our beachcombing finds:
Our next stop was Sigirya where we were woken daily by the monkeys running across the roof:
The hornets nest outside our room - luckily, they kept to themselves!
Sigirya rock that we climbed in the late afternoon - it was cooler then. The views were magnificent but heights are really not my thing and my legs shook all the way up and down.
We went on a jeep safari in one of the national nature reserves. If any of you have seen the film 'The Bucket List' (and if you haven't, you're missing a treat), we recreated the scene where Jack Nicolson and Morgan Freeman are standing up in a jeep singing 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'!
Sorry for the blurry jackal photo - they are very quick!
We took a tuk tuk to Dambulla to see the cave temple:
There were even more monkeys. One stole the lotus blossoms that we had bought as an offering. Apparently, lotus blossoms are very tasty!
Durians at the local market - not my favourite fruit!
Our favourite mode of transport. We usually managed to cram all 4 of us into one tuk tuk and lowered the tone nicely as we all piled out at our hotel!
Sigirya rock before the climb:
A rather worrying sign:
We hired bikes to explore Polonnaruwa - a royal ancient city:
The beach at Trincomalee where the girls learned to windsurf:
L and I playing 'Hotdog or Leg?'!
Tea at the market in Kandy:
A monitor lizard:
Our best and cheapest meal - masala dosa with dahl and coconut sambal at 'Pure Vegetarian' restaurant in Kandy. It was delicious and cost less than £4 for all of us ......... and that included drinks!
Traditional Kandian drumming and dance:
Terrapins at The Botanical Gardens in Kandy:
Flying foxes -we watched these for ages:
The Temple of the Buddha's Tooth, Kandy:
Snatching a yarny moment by the pool:
Our hotel in Pinnawala backed onto the Oya River. Pinnawala is famous for its elephant orphanage but our guide book implied that, sadly, the animals aren't treated terribly well there and the only way to improve matters is to boycott it until they clean up their act. So, despite it being just opposite out hotel we decided not to visit. Luckily for us, twice a day the elephants are taken down to the river to bathe, so it meant that we were able to get our elephant fix from our balcony and the dining room:
Some of them came very close and we fed a few some sneaky bananas!
I'm just off to catch up with all your lovely blogs.
Toodle Pip for now. x