Kaladiya - Dambulla
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... but far, far less touristy and a damn sight more authentic, this other temple on a nearby outcrop, about 2 km from Sigirya, is a much more exciting (and affordable) option. We managed to get lost twice near the top, realising we must have gone wrong as plenty of people make the climb and ropes would have clearly been needed the way we were heading!
Seen some interesting creatures here, a lot residing in our room! Attracted in by the light, if we ...
... eating delicious South Indian and Maldivian cuisine. The curries and different kinds of rice were so flavorful.
Because of the exclusivity of the Maldives, vacationing there can be very expensive. We found that by attaching it onto our Sri Lanka trip and researching and finding a reasonably priced resort, we were able to enjoy this paradise. The pictures you see on Google Images, or Pinterest do not lie and are not Photoshopped. This place exists, and ...
... and unwind before heading of on a safari to a nearby National Park. Elephants really do swing their trunks from side to side as we found it before long after entering the Minneriye National Park. Picked up in a jeep from our hotel we drive for about half an hour before entering the dense jungle of the park. Seriously, we only drove a short while before we came across our first elephant chewing away on leaves behind some trees. Further along we saw the rest of the herd, including ...
... sloshing through mud. The trail ended, but Monica kept going and we spent the rest of the ride in water. The water in the reservoir was high, so the trail was underwater. We never got wet, but the water got almost as high as the elephant's eyes. Well, we did get a little wet as the elephant following us kept try to spray us with water. One of the passengers dropped his bottle of DEET, but the trailing elephant immediately picked it out of the water and gave it to his ...
... we obediently listened to the spiel about the benefits of their Ayurvedic products. We sampled the oils, salves and balms until there was no more room left on our hands and arms. The guide was clearly disappointed when we didn't choose to purchase. But he didn't pressure too hard.
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