Turtles!

“…. The moon’s light cast a silver rippling glow across the ocean as the stars of the Milky Way twinkled impossibly brightly above us. The palm trees swayed gently in the warm tropical wind, while on the horizon the distant lights of cargo ships passed the south coast of Sri Lanka… However our eyes were drawn…

The Forest of the Lion King

“… I propelled myself through the cool murky water before breaking the surface underneath the cascading waterfall… The powerful flow of water washed over me, crashing off my shoulders and head. I pushed the water away from my eyes and looked over the deep pool of water towards the rainforest… A thousand trees stretching towards…

Ella to Ohiya – The Hill Country

“… The fog began to lift and in its wake lay a landscape of pure wonder… The cliff dropped away suddenly exposing a lush valley of tea plantations, waterfalls and tropical vegetation. Beyond the mountain peaks that framed the valley, the hinterland spread out in a tapestry of lakes, jungle and plains until it met…

To the Ends of the World…

… A whole village stretched before us… Swallowed up by the encroaching sand and jungle, the village was completely deserted apart from a colony of monkeys . The air was thick and humid as we followed a path in the sand down to a hauntingly deserted beach with a perfect point break unloading 5 foot…

Pottuvil Lagoon – Magic of the Mangroves

… Gliding across the lagoon, the surface pristine, calm and flat… The sun directly overhead reflecting off the water… Slowly and carefully we worked our way across the lagoon passing tangled mangrove roots interlaced with thick jungle vegetation providing an impenetrable sanctuary for the water monitor lizards who watched us warily as we passed… Suddenly, barely 30m…

Be Careful Sir… This is Elephant Area

Driving down a rutted sandy track just before dawn, our Tuk Tuk driver turned round and whispered “be careful sir… this is Elephant area”…. In the darkness it was not difficult to imagine every rustle from the surrounding vegetation coming from one of the huge animals. After working our way south from Colombo and then…

Elephant Adventure

There was commotion coming from within the thorn scrub… A crunch of wood and the rustling of leaves broke the silence as we sat barely daring to breath… A bead of sweat rolled down my forehead as the punishing sun beat down from its impossibly overhead position… A small lizard ran across the track an…

An Ode to Sri Lanka…

A teardrop island at the foot of India, bathed on all sides by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, therein is a land of stark beauty and wonder the like of which can not be found anywhere else on Earth. For no other land has sand this soft, water this inviting, mountains this mystical,…

Paradise Beach Marakolliya

From Mirissa we continued east along the south coast, past Tangalle to Marakolliya Beach where paradise awaits… The road was stunning; following the coast and verged on either side by dense jungle, interrupted only occasionally for tantalising views of the sea or for the buzz of a roadside village. From Tangalle, we followed a dusty,…

Whale Song

As the train to Weligama left Galle Train Station, we found ourselves not in the second class carriage for which we had bought tickets, but with the train driver at the front of the train! By a stroke of luck we were invited to ‘ride up top’ and in doing so got to have a…

Majestic Galle

At the south western tip of Sri Lanka lies an historic paradise. The Dutch began its journey, the British added to the fortifications the Sri Lankans’ added the colour and culture and then the tropical air provided the vegetation, leaving a wondrous mix of crumbling walls, colonial architecture, tropical vegetation, sandy beaches, pounding surf and…