Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Arugam Bay

We got up early Friday morning and headed to Rathnapura. Most of the family had arrived the day before and were loading up the bus...



we left Rathnapura at around 8.30, and took the upper route that would take us across Balangoda and a portion of the Haputhale climb, the majestic southern slopes of the central mountains...




The view below was simply amazing!


(stitched two images together for this one so excuse the rather crappy blending! click for larger image)


Passed Diyaluma, which was pretty dried up because it's not raining on the eastern slopes these days...



...and a few dusty elephants at Lahugala, which was quite extraordinary given the drought in the area!



and by sundown, we had arrived at the eastern coastline! After months of dreaming about the it after reading Kirigalpothta's and The Unsilent's posts, finally made it there! :D


On the following two days, we were treated to the wondrous sunrise on the eastern coast!







We did make a small excursion to Panama and Kumana, but nothing much came out of that except a pretty long journey time. I later regretted not visiting Komari instead...

The waves at A-Bay were pretty amazing! I had never experienced such powerful waves before, we all had a whale of a time getting struck down by waves and getting dragged back to sea! :D (it sounds pretty un-fun and dangerous, but seriously, it was the most fun I've ever had at a beach! lol) :D

On our way back we passed through Udawalawe, where we spotted about a dozen Elephants on the fence living off what the tourists were feeding them...





We also visited the Elephant Orphanage, but couldn't stay for long because it was getting late and we had quite a bit to go to get back to Rathnapura and then Colombo. We did witness this cute little baby getting smacked in the rear for being a bit early for dinner though... (reminded me of that unfortunate incident at the Maligawa...)



We made it to Rathnapura at around 8.30 and immediately commenced our journey home! made it back in 1 hour 45, which is the fastest I've been from Rathnapura to home! :D

so now you know why I went missing for a while! ;)