Last revised on March 7, 2017.
Previous Post: Walking In Sri Lanka’s Hill Country and Cultural Triangle
Early this year, I avoided over three weeks of an unusually bitter Toronto winter by visiting Sri Lanka for the first time. For two weeks, I joined a small group organized by Exodus Travels, a UK small group adventure travel company. I did a walking tour of the island’s hill country (see here for the tour description at the Exodus website).
I followed that up with another week of visiting “the cultural triangle” on my own.
Sri Lanka’s “Cultural Triangle”
I found a fascinating multi-layered society with welcoming people, stunning scenery, and a rich – and yes, somewhat tortured – history. What follows is a collection of some of what caught my eye as the tour unfolded. Individual posts on various topics will eventually make their way to the blogosphere! In the meanwhile, click on the first image to enter the slide show format and see why Sri Lanka is back on the list of “must” countries to visit.
Tip: Click on the first image to start the slide show…
Dambulla Cave Temple #1
The Knuckles Range
breakfast on the banks of the Thelgamu Oya
(Knuckles Range) The Thelgamu Oya at dawn
Knuckles Range trail
Knuckles Range pathway
rice field in the Knuckles Range
walkers and ploughman in the Knuckles Range
Mini World’s End – Knuckles Range
the view from the Oruthota Chalets
Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth
candle chamber outside the Temple of the Tooth
devotees lighting candles
Kandy – newsstand
Kandy -traditional dance performer
Dickoya tea plantation
near Upper Glencairn Bungalow – Dickoya
gazing at Sri Pada from Dickoya
Dickoya dirt path
Warleigh Church near Dickoya
toursits at dawn on the side of Sri Pada
a dawn view from Sri Pada
Nuwara Eliya park sign
Nuwara Eliya pond
local dog and rejected kibble
Nuwara Eliya street corner
on the way to Horton Plains
Sri Pada from the east
Horton Plains – World’s End view!
World’s End with a bit of cloud
train at the Pattipola station
Ambewela Railway Station
tea pickers seen from the train to Ella
railway station arrivals
railway bend to Ella
a view from Ella’s Grand Hotel
Ella Rock and the Gap from the Grand Hotel
railway tracks outside of Ella
village shrine in the hills near Ella
Ella Rock summit – custodian!
resident cat at Ella’s Dream Cafe
cricket/volleyball/football field at Ella
looking south from Ella
dagoba on the outskirts of Tissamaharama
Tissa hotel room – deluxe!
Yala National Park – bird
same, same…but different Yala
spotted deer at yala N. P.
elephant at Yala
eagle at Yala
Yala N.P. elephants
leopard spotting time – dusk at Yala
stupa at Kataragama
Kataragama wall with peacocks
entrance to Kataragama shrine
Buddhist monk residence with flags
fruit offerings for sale
the South Coast
Unawatuna beach from the stupa
a view of Colombo harbour from the Grand Oriental Hotel
bridesmaid and small boy
Check out the Sri Lanka section of the Easy Travelling folder in the header for any of a dozen posts for more on the various places I visited during my too-short stay!