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We left Bandarawela and were given a nice colonial send off by a man in full ceremonial get up. Travelling through the highlands past Ella, a popular tourist town, we stopped to view the Rawana Ella Falls. We also stopped to see the magnificent Buddha rock statues at Buduruwagala carved in the 9th century and which were overgrown by jungle in this most tranquil of ...
... tranquility. After a quick change we headed down to the beach, although it is off season for the west coast it was still a lot busier than Nilavelli was and by the amount of sun beds, cafés and a places offering water sports you can tell it's a lot more of a tourist area. The beach was still nice enough in my opinion though, most of the cafés also offere free wifi. We had a quick snack lunch before some of us headed into the sea, lots more waves here so spent quite ...
... thought to be a crocodile. It turned out to be a large water monitor about 2 meters in length - what a sight. We took few pictures and continued through the countryside full of small tea plantations towards our destination. We passed through cauchuk plantations as well and we learnt how the cachuk milk is being harvested from the trees.
After we arrived to the rainforest we paid the entrance fees and picked up our guide (this is a ...
But, I can say I have ticked off another thing on my never-ending bucket list; to drive a Tuk-Tuk! I can’t even drive a manual car, but picked up the gear changing quicker than I anticipated.
The next move from here, I am not sure.
Further down the south coast with Ali, then into the Hill Country and beyond by myself?
The south coast and home?
Work at this hostel (asked for a job and ...
... done this before. A register came around asking the 30 or so people on board for name and country allowing us to see that we were now serving in the German navy. One name stood out though "Rob Smith" so in our childish, still drunk from the night beforeness we bet a beer on who could identify him first. I won. To prove it Grant staggered up to the poor lad sitting at the front of the boat, told him I'd won a beer 'cos it was him; then handing him his camera, ...