Posts Tagged "Sri Lanka"

Galle Sri Lanka

On March 15, 2017, we traveled to Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after docking in Colombo, Sri Lanka. On our way we stopped at the Handunugoda Tea Estate, the only producer of Virgin White Tea in Sri Lanka. Here we took tour of the grounds and sampled the tea in the owners home. After visiting the tea estate, we stopped just outside of Galle to watch the stilt fishermen, that sit on poles while they fish. Then it was off to Galle Fort, that was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. Today it is still a...

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka was our port of call on March 21, 2016, where we docked just outside the city. The Harbor master tower  resembles  a giant stupa and can been seen from anywhere in the port. Also visible from the port is the Jamiul Alfar Jummah Mosque, with its’ candy cane paint scheme. We left the port to go outside of Colombo to the Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, which lies 7 miles from Colombo. The temple was crowded with worshipers that were celebrating the full moon. Once inside the temple there was a large  Reclining Buddha, and  many carvings and wall paintings. Outside the temple...

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Hambantota, Sri Lanka

On March 20,2016, we docked in Hambantota, Sri Lanka in a very rural area of the country. Our day was spent visiting Yala National Park, which was 40 miles away and took about a hour and a half to get there. We boarded 4 wheel drive vehicles and started our journey on paved roads until we got to the park entrance, where the roads became dirt and some had large ruts in them. Along the way we passed several small towns and roadside stores. Once in the park there was sightings of Water Buffalo, Macaque Monkeys and Sri Lankan Axis Spotted Deer. There were also many bird species there such as...

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

March 15, 2015 brought is to Colombo in Sri Lanka formally known as Ceylon. Today we rode around the city to take in the sights. Leaving the port there is the Port control tower that is shaped like a giant stupa. The architecture of Colombo is a mixture of Moroccan and Colonial as well as todays modern buildings. Being very religious, there are many Buddhas located throughout the city.  We stopped in the National Museum which housed many of the antiquities of Sri Lanka. The Gangaramaya Temple complex in the heart of the city had many Buddha statues in various styles, from Thai through Sri...

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Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka was our port of call on March 15,2014. We decided to go to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage  outside Rambukana about 56 miles from Colombo. We boarded a coach to take us to the Fort Railway Station where we started a rail journey to Rambukana. From there we had a 30 minute bus ride to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. At the orphanage we had lunch at the Pinnalanda Hotel as we watched the elephants below us bathing and frolicking in the river. After our lunch we entered the orphanage to see the feeding of the baby elephants and to watch them grazing on the savannah. We...

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