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Day 18 – Ritigala….last day :-((

More ancient ruins famous for its herbal medicines and meditation. This site belongs to the late Anuradhapura period from 377 BC to 1017 AD. Hard to comprehend the age of my surroundings! Ancient stone for grinding herbs. Taking it all in, surrounded by giant trees and rocks. 2 hours spent wandering through this tranquil and very peaceful […]

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Day 17 – Snakes and spice and all things NICE!!

Early start…zzzzzz. Off to the mountains to the tea plantations….how very British. The Dutch planted coffee, we came along, dug it up and planted tea!!! What next?? The wonders of Angelo never cease and an impromptu stop at a herb and spice garden….I am taken around the garden by the owner who passion for Sri […]

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Day 16 – Sigiriya (Lion Rock) and Dambulla Caves & Temple

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is a monolithic rock rising 200m above the countryside providing the impressive home for an ancient citadel….amazing views, but also home to more neglected dogs :-(( Surrounded by water gardens and moats it must truly have been a magical sight 1500 years ago!! It’s other treasure are the frescos […]

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Day 15 – Road to Kandalama….

Disaster to find out you need an local driving licence to hire a car in Sri Lanka…note to self read the small print next time!!! But saved by the wonderful Angelo my driver and tour guide (Google you’re sacked!!) for the next 4 days provided by the rental company for £10 per day!!! Apparently this […]

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Day 14 – Coffee and back to Colombo

The Coffee House in Hikkadua was my favourite place – delicious coffee and this fruit salad was just the best! Mango, pineapple, papaya, banana, muesli (dates, figs, sesame seeds and chia seeds), and new delicious discovery buffalo curd (yogurt but more set) is sooooooo good – yum yum yum yum yum!!!!! The fruit in this […]

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Day 12 – Fishing, Photo shoot and last meal

Slightly frustrating this time round, I was not so successful with my fishing but still really good fun. Well it would be rude not to squeeze in a quick photoshoot in paradise! The last supper at “Refresh”, our hosts favourite restaurant. Such a lovely evening and wonderful 2 weeks with this group.

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Day 11 – Supporting the local Pre-School

Spent the morning engaging with a group of 60 pre-school kids. Another eye opener to the lack of resources, over crowded spaces and no proper outside play area. This just would not be allowed back home but the kids here are perfectly content and don’t know better (?…) Makes one realise how lucky and privileged […]

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Day 10 – Workout and Chill

  Same again with an early start. Decantering sea water into the turtle tanks after filling 24 barrels, but this time we completed 7 rounds from the beach to the tanks! Head into Hikkadua for an easy afternoon, found the perfect spot for sunset, watching surfers on the local reef break with some good old […]

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Day 9 – Back on the road to Galle via Paradise

Rakawa Beach is truly a stretch of golden glory with lagoons teaming with wildlife. Fruit stop! The pineapple here is divine, never tasted so sweet. Galle is GREAT! An historical walled port filled with treasures and stunning townhouses offering an oasis from the heat and bustle of the lively narrow streets. The walls even saved […]

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