Peacock Beach Hotel
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Friday 17th April...
*Disclaimer: due to a very unfortunate circumstance (ie, the cheap one I bought has broken!!) we no longer have a camera connection kit and therefore pics will follow when we can purchase a new one!!
We had a very early start today, being rudely awakened by our alarm at 4:30am but dozily got up and got ready for our safari adventure.
We boarded the safari jeep along with 4 others and set off to Yala National ...
... the world, so whatever it was called I wanted to be a part of it.
I had had advice from a fella that I met at Rekawa that the park would be full of tourists, and that I should consider Lunugamvehera, but with time being so short and Yala having such a reputation I didn't put in the effort that would have been required to find a driver willing to go there.
That meant that there was time to spend ...
Up at 5.30 and out at 6 for the first of 2 safaris today (as yesterday pm not possible). It was starting to get light which makes the effort worthwhile! Beautiful weather today too. The amount of dogs out though at this time of day was incredible. You see quite a few limping around but we are constantly surprised not to see dead bodies along the road as they lie in the midde of the road and reluctantly seem to get up and move! It is obvious the drivers don't want to hit them ...
... costs 300 rupees, around 2 euros!
We checked into our hotel (Okrin Hotel) and then went to Kataragamam temple. There is a Buddhist temple area (dating from the 1st century) and nearby, a Hindu temple, plus a mosque (which we didn’t see!). All so well kept that its always difficult to understand how old some of the things we are seeing actually are.
We then went on to lunch and were ...
... says “Welcome to the Colombo Beach Hostel, Mr Smith.”
A cafe opposite the hostel called Food Corner has stayed open late for us and we gratefully pile in for an excellent meal of curry and rice served with side dishes of dal, pol sambola, poppadoms and mango chutney, washed down appropriately with a huge pot of wonderful tea. The owner, a gentle soft-spoken chap becomes a good friend to us over the next few days with reliable advice on itineraries ...