Sri Lanka for a week very well spent...

Tripoto
1st Apr 2015

off to Colombo from Chennai ---courtesy Air India flight (at Rs 11,000 return)..

We were received by a warm welcome by our chauffer in a Nissan MPV ..first time when we saw him he was settling some payments with some foreigeners...later..he bundled us into a nearby hotel....relax ,ready and in lobby in 20 minutes....he started off to colombo..

He drove on the expressway telling us that it was a new one...

After reaching Colombo he slowed down at the market and docks ....looked like mumbai of 80`s when it rained....took rounds of the city and later retired to hotel bed.

Next morning drove to Pinnawala elephant orphanage....very nicely maintained orphanage and could see elephants in all grandeur... The elephants here were very active and were many....Also was very lucky to photograph a herd of 16 elephants.... first time in life....felt recharged......baby elephants... et al.

We also got to see how paper is made from elephant waste..a nearby factory cum shop showed us....never seen one before..also gotto see some awesome elephant memorabilia being sold on streets...

Next stop was Habarna town. We were asked to check into a five star resort---Hotel Radha...excellent interiors...they offered cold towels on arrival and the place was a buzz...completely natural and clean(meaning spick and span) The speciality of this place was that there were different kinds of old trees in their almost 40 acre hotel complex. we discovered a river stream running by and a bird watching tower. It was simply quality time with family....

Visited Anuradhapura temple complex old temples dedicated to Lord Buddha... ....

Next day started to Kandy to visit the temple of golden tooth.

Next day to Nuwara Eliya it was a superb hill station ...was cold even at 1pm. and all day long.....

next day to Dambulla another temple complex this one entirely different from the others...

next day to Yala national park.....mindblowing National park... we started at 4 am from our resort and landed in the national park...got to see elephants, crocodile, deer,wild bison, cheetah, peacocks and more...ultimate climax for a trip...