Polonnaruwa – Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle Part 3

By | December 6th, 2012|Sri Lanka|

Polonnaruwa was the last stop on our weekend tour of the cultural triangle.  Of the 3 sites within the triangle, it was the furthest east and therefore in slightly dodgey grounds.  We were advised that due to the civil war we should only go so far north and so far east, and Polonnaruwa was right on the [...]

Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle Part2

By | November 21st, 2012|Sri Lanka|

Anuradhapura is the capital  of Sri Lanka's North Central Province.  It's a city  famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is also reported to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. If you haven't already guessed, Anuradhapura will be the focus of this second part [...]

The Dambulla Cave Temple – Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle Part1

By | November 16th, 2012|Sri Lanka|

The Dambulla Cave Temple is just one of the many jewels in Sri Lankas Cultural Triangle crown.  The Cultural Triangle is situated in the centre of the island and covers an area which includes the World Heritage cultural sites of: the Ancient City of Dambulla and its cave temple, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa and its palace [...]

Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Sri Lanka

By | October 18th, 2012|Sri Lanka|

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants all rolled into one.   Located at Pinnawala village, in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka, I was lucky enough to make a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage during my time in Sri Lanka, although I did leave it a little late - my last full day.  Here's a little bit [...]

Sigiriya Rock – climbing a big rock to an ancient fortress

By | August 15th, 2012|Sri Lanka|

In simplest term, Sigiriya is a town with a large stone and ancient rock palace ruin located on the top (Sigiriya Rock).  Located in the Matale District of Central Province.  The nearest city to Sigiriya is Dambulla, which itself is of major significance.  Dambulla forms part of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. Dambulla – Visit Dambulla’s sacred temple – the Golden Temple [...]

My Sri Lankan Bucket List

By | September 7th, 2011|Sri Lanka, Travel, Travel tips|

Having spent a couple of months living and teaching in Sri Lanka, I feel I got to know the country quite well during my time there.  When not teaching over the weekend, I would set out with friends to explore what this amazing country had to offer. If I didn't look up houses for sale in [...]

Volunteering – is it worth the money?

By | June 1st, 2011|India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Travel, Volunteering|

Volunteering can be quite expensive, it looks great on your CV and promises to get you as close to living in a local community as possible, but prices can sometimes reach into the thousand’s, add to that  the costs of your flights,  travel equipment and insurance and it can all seem very pricey.  But is [...]

Climbing Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

By | May 31st, 2011|Sri Lanka|

Adam's Peak is a 2,243 metres (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well-known for the Sri Pada "sacred footprint", a 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, in Buddhist tradition it is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Muslim and Christian [...]

Sri Lanka pt8 – Time to go

By | November 29th, 2006|Sri Lanka, Travel|

…. I’M IN A GLASS CAGE OF EMOTION!!! That’s it, all done at travelers, one more night then off to Thailand. Don’t think I’ve ever been this nervous about anything, actually feel quite sick … but I doubt you wanted to know that. Just said goodbye to Samie, she’s off home and now I’m on [...]

Sri Lanka pt7 – Back to Ja Ela

By | November 23rd, 2006|Sri Lanka, Travel|

Hello once again ladies & gents, boys and girls. As I sit writing this, watching rangers score a last minute winner over Cardiff (had to get that in! It was on TV too so everyone could see it, HA!) … I am once again back in Ja Ela, having arrived back in Sri Lanka yesterday [...]