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Travel Blogs from Giritale
An exiting day today, we had Sigiriya to climb and an elephant safari booked!
We were raring to climb Sigiriya at 9am, it was so hot, even at that time. It was not too bad a climb as it was all steps and it was quite slow moving due to the amount of people climbing up. I will confess though it was pretty horrible in places as it was climbing up …
Sri Lanka felt a lot closer to home than India. The roads were generally better, and sometimes downright good. There was much less litter and infrequent, less elaborate horn blowing. We drove northeast for about four hours and arrived at the Hotel Giritale in the lakeside town of the same name after dark. We would be based here for the first two …
It started raining heavily in the night and it has mostly got heavier rather than lighter during the morning. Thunder and lightening and more rain - torrential rain. There's a leak in the roof in the kids' room, and our decks are flooding. It's evident we will not be taking our bike ride around Polonnaruwa today, so a sleep-in was welcome.
... straight after breakfast
(yeah pretty obvious in hindsight)..
have done craftwork with younger afterschoolers, games and helped them make
cards for their sponsors. It’s a bit hard to imagine that the cards they were
making are now going to be displayed on lots of fireplaces in the UK. Also it
turns out the “Titanic” song is a fav song amongst young Sri Lankans…I think
they enjoy ...
After I had said goodbye to the Van der Poorten’s at their beautiful Plantation Home, it was a full hour before Nuwshad reached the northern town of Dambulla in the dry area of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is famous for its Royal Rock Temple caves carved into the side of a huge rock some 200m high.
The climb was relatively straight forward, but the full heat of the dry area was fierce. Pilgrims of all ages were managing easily enough around me, ...