We have recently returned from our holiday and Sri Lanka is paradise!
Sri Lanka had been kept of the map for many travellers due to the long civil war which ended in early 2000, the end of conflict followed by the clearing of land mines lead to the growth of tourism in the country.
My husband and I spent two weeks travelling around the south central and southwest of the country this October and I could not have dreamt of more perfect holiday!
The Temple of the Tooth is Buddhist temple, housing a very sacred relic, a tooth from Buddha. The tooth is held in series of golden caskets, housed under a gold roof. Despite being situated in the bustling city of Kandy the Temple and surrounding grounds are blissfully tranquil.
Heading up into the Hill Country of Nurawa Eliya, once dense jungle, is where you will find a plethora of tea plantation, introduced by the British in the Colonial era. WE were given a tour of the factory and had a go at tea picking too! At an altitude of 1,800 meters above sea level the views of the surrounds hills and valleys are breath-taking.
Elephant safaris is a must in Sri Lanka. Udawalawe is one of several National Park, home to an array of wildlife and picturesque scenery. Udawalawe has a Transit Home for orphaned elephants, here the babies are cared for until they are able to fend for themselves. The elephants are truly majestic creatures.
Sadly, we were not lucky enough to see a leopard, they are few in Udawalawe, Yala has a large population, but there is plenty more wildlife and beautiful views.
The Southwest coast is home to more of Sri Lanka’s wildlife and the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean. The coast of Bentota has several turtle hatchery’s, safeguarding the next generation of a variety of sea turtles and home the victims of the 2004 tsunami, shark attacks, many of whom lost flippers and suffered damaged shells and turtles deformed from polio. Take a boat trip down the Madu river and meander through the many islands, stop off at Cinnamon Island where locals demonstrate how to prepare cinnamon, weave roofs from palm leaves and produce mats from fibres of coconut shells.