In September 2018, Jo & Lindsay Sharp went on our 14 Day India and Sri Lanka Private Tour. Jo took some wonderful photos that really captured the feeling of South India and Sri Lanka. We enjoyed the feeling of travelling with Jo and Lindsay, as along the way Jo sent us her photos and notes which we can now share with you. We hope you enjoy them too :)
Taking in the vibes of Kochi - a place where locals want to know where you are from, and if you are Australian want to talk cricket.
Locals busy using Chinese fishing nets to get the catch of the day
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Spice Plantation
Enjoying our boat ride on Lake Periyar to checkout the local wildlife.
India... you keep surprising me. Some magical moments on our early morning water safari on Lake Periyar. We were hoping to see some tigers and elephants but no luck – I like to think they all had a sleep in and wandered down to the watering holes later.
On the water safari, Lake Periyar
Big birthday celebrations with the staff at Spice Plantation.
Our captain at the wheel
Bon voyage – cruising out on our houseboat digs. Looked like our very own 'Noah’s Ark' but with all the mod cons and no animals.
Taking in the sights, sounds and activities of the tranquil backwaters
Sunset on the houseboat. Helping our 'captain' navigate through water ways.
Another magical sunset
We woke up to this view on our houseboat. Life was intertwined with the flow of the water.
Dawn breaks soft and blue -Watching the life on the Keralan backwaters float by
Other houseboats along our journey
View from our 'lounge room' on the houseboat.
Chilling out in Alleppey in our Spice Plantation bungalow before we indulged in a sublime Ayurvedic treatment which involved a slow stream of warm oil onto our forehead.
Hitting land from our houseboat to visit Champakulam Church. First built in 427AD (wow) and since then new buildings have been added.
Bahiravokanda Buddha is one of the biggest Buddhas in Sri Lanka. Beautifully sculptured, he sits at the top of a mountain in Kandy overlooking the city. Totally worth the steps up to experience the view.
An oasis of calm. Our walk though Palm Alley in the Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens.
Big respect to the women who do the backbreaking work of hand picking the tea leaves. It requires a delicate touch so as not to damage the leaves.
Chasing waterfalls in Sri Lanka
Horton Plains National Park
A trek called 'The World's End' was too tempting not to checkout. An early morning start had us trekking over misty plains until we reached 'the end of the world'. A stunning escarpment plunging 880m but the highlight of the morning was our surprise encounter with a majestic sumbar deer.
Yala National Park
The skies turning different shades of blue and pink as the sun says goodnight to another magical day in Yala National Park.
Safari Life in Yala National Park. An early start to sight leopards and elephants, no luck in the park, but we kept looking.
Waiting for some wild life to appear as the sun sets in Yala National Park
Just when I thought we wouldn’t see any wild tuskers in Sri Lanka this happened...On the way to our hotel Cinnamon Yala.