To one side of the hotel is a crocodile infested lake, the other is the Indian Ocean. Hard to believe that this is where the Tsunami struck. Luckily the hotel and the immediate area survived due to the sand banks. Although looking at how big the waves were on a 35 degree summers day doesn't make you underestimate the power of nature. Yala national park is amazing and tomorrow we go searching for leopards!
The elusive Indian Jackal caught feeding at first light. 5am alarm and as the moon was still in the sky and the sun was on its way up I managed to spot them in the bush. We then watched the pair feed before heading back into the overgrowth. Really special moment! @canonuk 750d + @sigmaphoto 150-600 C.
Ranked as one of the best rail journeys in the world, our 7 hour train journey took us from Kandy way up into the hills of Ella. We passed many viaducts, waterfalls and tea plantations whilst crammed into a train like sardines. Luckily we had the best seat in the house, legs dangling out of the open doorway with the breeze in our faces. 2nd class is a far better idea than first class seated as even though you have to fight to get on in the first place, you get to share the experience with the locals. The whole journey cost about £1.50 each.
After a 4 hour car journey at night (an experience in itself) and 5 hours sleep, we were up early for a hike in 37 degrees to the top of that big rock! Sri Lankan scenery is sensational and the views from the top at something else! We stayed at the Sigiri Saman home stay just a 5 minute walk from the entrance to the area where you buy tickets and start your hike. A lovely family with great food and big rooms, definitely recommend 👌🏻