A selection of photos and a video taken at the busy fish market in Negombo. A variety of fish including prawns, crabs and seer is traded here each morning when the fisherman return to the shore with their catch.
Suriya Luxury Resort in Negombo
En route to Polonnaruwa, Richard and Katie stopped at a local market.
Polonnaruwa is an ancient city, relatively well preserved and showing the glory of Sri Lanka's past. Here you can see the Royal Palace and Quadrangle.
Here you can see the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite – a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving.
The rock of Dambulla is the centre of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century B.C. and occupied continuously to this day. The site has been in continuous use for over 22 centuries, when it was occupied by a Buddhist monastic establishment, following the arrival of Buddhism on the island.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a world heritage site built by King Kashyapa between 473 and 491 A.D. The “lion rock” is a citadel rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the famous water gardens.
Cinnamon Lodge in Sigiriya
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is set amongst the green hills of Kogalla and is a unique orphanage - the world's first and only elephant orphanage established to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers. Other occupants are elephants displaced from their natural environment by development projects or those found wounded. Visitors can see the baby elephants being fed milk from gigantic feeding bottles or bathed in the river which flows nearby.
Surrounded by tropical rainforest and set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, the city of Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are kept alive.
Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lanka's famous tea country. Some of the world's best tea comes from this area.
Horton Plains National Park is a one hour drive from Nuwara Eliya and is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka covered by grassland and cloud forest. This plateau, at an altitude of 2,100– 2,300 metres, is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. The walks here are spectacular.
Richard and Katie took the train from Nanu Oya to Ella - which they loved and highly recommend. Their driver dropped them at the train station in Nanu Oya and met up with them again in Ella along with their bags. Here is a sign from the train station.
Yala National Park
Below are some photos from their safari in Yala National Park - Sri Lanka's most famous National Park. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and a national park in 1938. Ironically the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under the British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, the majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks and crocodiles.
Tangalle and Galle
Tangalle and Galle are on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Galle is an old fortified city founded by the Portuguese and is now a living World Heritage Site.
Thank you Richard and Katie for sharing your amazing holiday with us all.