when you get there arrange a trip to see the elephants and have a ride.The blood pumps round your body and your pulse will rush.To have such a wild and powerful animal walking along with you on his/her back(no seat). you can put your hand out straight and touch the power of the back and the shoulders.a must to do....
on the way back ( between Udu walawa and Ratnapura) we went to see some caves recomended by the Hotel Centauria Inn.
you will only like it if you don't mind getting dirty ( Bat sh*t , insects,...)
nice experience !!
- put something on your head (plastic bag).
- your shoes will get covered with ***.
- only go if you are mobile ( jumping from one rock to another, crawling, ...)
- take a good lamp with you
Situated 170 km. South East of Colombo the Uda Walawe National Park is approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This Park which lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts acts as the catchment to the Uda Walawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry Zone. This Park comprises grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park and a variety of avifauna is seen.
uda walawa national Park:
Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted Deer, Water Buffalo , Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar,and Jackal !
yala national Park:
within 1200 square kms you will find roam bear, elephant, boar, leopard, deer, sambhur and peacock. And many other birds and reptiles. you will see Water holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the animals and birds. situated 309 km. from Colombo.
Go early or later in the afternoon 5 P.M. :
they don't like the heat
known for its nice hotels, the villas and less tourists.
very close to Beruwela, almost near each other. if you go a little more down south you'll come to hikkaduwa witch i liked more. the coral reefs, nicer village, youth , pubs, ...witch is not really the case in Bentota.
visit Brief Garden and also here you will find alot of seaturtles !!!
It might seem a little strange that I've put up a picture of this board instead of a picture of any animals, but unfortuneately I was left with a greater impression of the Sri Lankan nature by the prices of park entry, in any case you can see the pictures of the Sri Lankan wildlife on the photo album on my main page.
If you enlarge the photo you will notice that the price for a Sri Lankan local is 23 rupees ($0.25) whereas the price for a tourist (top right of photo) is $14.00, shocking.
The park itself is very nice. You will get to see several elephants, and birds as well as buffalo and deer and if you're lucky you might even get to see a monkey. You also have the opportunity to swim in a baking hot river.
You can stay overnight (although we didn't as it would have been too expensive) which might be a little more exciting.
Is it worth the cost? Most definately so. A worthwhile day out.
I have to admit that the botanical garden wasn't the most interesting thing that I saw in Sri Lanka, but if your a flower lover then you'll be in heaven here.
I ate the first Western meal here that I'd eaten for weeks, at a nice little circular coffee house in the middle of the gardens, (The service was incredibly slow though) and as you eat you can look onto these bizarre trees that bend in all sorts of directions.
If thats not enough, theres tonnes of orchids and other flowers as well as giant bats that hang from the tree.
Be careful not to get caught out by the cheeky locals though, some of them showed me a scorpian they had found and then tried to charge me for looking at it.
Mirrisa has a beautiful long and quiet beach. In the dry season the water is calm as a swimming pool, and just as clear. During the rainy season it gets quite rough and is good for surfing. The accomodation is simple but fine and all along the beach front. There's a very good little beach bar/restaurant. Life in Mirrisa is simple and relaxing, much like me.
Kandy is Sri Lanka's 'second city', although to the locals it's just 'The City'. It's in the Hill Country and therefore at altitude so the temperature is bearable most of the time.
Around the lake it's pretty nice, and the Golden Tooth Temple is worth a visit, but if you wander from the centre to the back streets it becomes a bit pokey, especially in the evening.
There's loads of spice gardens around Kandy, which are quite interesting although they often end up as a trade show for their products.
It's best to get to Sigiriya early in the morning because the steep climb in the midday sun would be too much for even the sternest monkey/camel hybrid.
Once you've arrived in your Tuk Tuk, paid your entrance fee and chosen the least irritating guide (it is worth it, and only costs a couple of quid), you then head out through the extensive water gardens. They were built by a 5th-century King for his 300+ concubines. The path through the gardens takes you up to the big sticky-out rock - like Ayres Rock's little brother.
The King built a fortress on the top to guard his kingdom, and a very steep climb, much of it up more recent spiral staircases, takes you to the top. There is thousand-year old graffiti, cave paintings of female nudes and then the palace at the top. You get great views from the top and just about see the huge gold Buda at Dambulla.
A sweaty half hour clamber up to the Dambula cave temples is definately worth the soggy t-shirt at the end.
The temples are built into the actual cave and inside you are met with an odd view of 50 or so gold Budas, sitting standing and lying. There are a few temples to see and it's worth getting one of the official guides to explain why what looks like a reclining Buda is in fact dead, and vice versa.
Note: Beware of the cheeky monkeys everywhere.
no reason to stay there but if you're interested in Gems you can visit the museum.
It can rain very hard !!! ( floods)
there is a good resthouse where you can have lunch or diner !
there is some volunteering work for travellers conserning the progress of the turtles.
Saving there eggs from birds, ....
there is more than one orphanage