Rani Beach Resort
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... then takes us past the massive rock carved lion paws that flank the main entrance to the top. Again the climb is pretty easy despite being stuck behind a couple of oldies. It is amazing that they built on old citadel on top of Sigiriya. The view is equally spectacular. I'll let the pictures tell the story. From here we travel another few hours to the elephant orphanage. Nice, but nowhere near the same experience as the national park. Long drive home to ...
Firstly, to the logistics. The place is a little
intimidating to get to as it lies beside the police station in the
sealed off dock area (there were many bombings in this part during the
war with the Tamils recently) and there are always plenty of police and
security men around. If you ask for the Grand Oriental Hotel, any
tuk-tuk will take you there. As you face the main door, walk down to the
right past the security guards ...
The final destination in Sri Lanka was Negombo. My train from Nanu Oya arrived at six in the morning. I felt like seeing wildlife animals, so I decided to go to a wetland for birding. Actually, there was an interesting marshland in Colombo, but it was hard to access by bus. Therefore, I took the second choice Muthurajawela Marsh. Because the Marsh was close to the International Airport, it was easier to travel after that than the first ...
... the surreal nature of our surroundings, we had a quick catch up before stowing away on their coach tour for the next 24hrs to see cultural shows involving firewalking, Elephant orphanages involving elephants and gem factories involving nervous husbands hiding their credit cards.
This short, wonderful (my God, the food) respite from our humble pilgrimage had to end unfortunately, but we cracked on with our sightseeing including climbing a large ...
... my sea view room!) that I was missing a lovely sunset, so raced outside to watch. Rather than venture too far, I had dinner in the hotel. The menu was mostly western food - and nasi goreng! However there was a 'Sri Lankan curry with rice' option, so I thought I would try that. With no idea what it would turn out to be. Turns out, the best choice! Wow. For a whole £3.50 (which is probably quite expensive for food here - I'm sure I will find out in the coming ...