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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Udawalawa elephant park

Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawa is 142km and a huge descent but we were delayed and frustrated by 45km of construction works, with no alternative path. So we began at over 1800m at 6.30am, stunning views, ‘stoked’ as Sarah would say, but dusty and tired by lunchtime after climbing back up to 1400m. The afternoon was … Continue reading »

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Ella and Nuwara Eliya: a cool climb into the hills

Plenty of climbing to reach Ella, a scruffy hilltop village surrounded by tea plantations and spectacular views. We planned to stay for just one night, then catch the scenic train towards Nuwara Eliya but we were charmed by the landscape, cooler temperatures and the warm friendly people. Loved the train journey: it seems madness to … Continue reading »

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Into the hills

   

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When Kings ruled the central plains: Polonnaruwa

For 300 years Polonnaruwa was royal capital of first the Chola and then Sinhalese Kingdoms. It’s young compared to Anuradhapura, almost 1,000 years old, so more complete. From its remains, I can imagine I am walking along a thriving market street, I can see the Buddhist and Hindu temples where the pious prayed, very evocative!!

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The Rock!

Sigira plug is all that remains of an ancient, extinct volcano. From AD477-495 it was a King’s palace and garden, then abandoned and re-inhabited until its final occupants, monks, left in C14th. Ruins were discovered and excavated from 1898. We arrived early and were impressed: peaceful water gardens, and commanding views of a forested landscape. … Continue reading »

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Trincomalee and the east coast

Some of the hottest cycling we have ever experienced! Still into wind, the breeze cooling my sweat, a mixture of sweat and suncream stinging my eyes!!! But it is wonderful. So many birds, clouds of butterflies, pretty scenery, and quite empty! We were surprised to see homes made of mud! And some big distances between … Continue reading »

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A very recent war

Victory at Elephant Pass                                   ‘Friends now, see!’ said the Tamil refugee, embracing the soldier who had stopped join in our conversation. Moments earlier, he is angry: why not england come? why? Why no- one help? We are cycling … Continue reading »

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