So I mentioned in my Cultural Triangle post about our first Safari, well this one was the one we had actually planned ahead of our trip. I don’t know about you, but I just assumed all the Safari’s would be the same in terms of landscape but this was so different. The other national park was very open and you could see for miles whereas Udawalawe national park had loads of different tracks you could follow, which suited us better, it basically meant that you didn’t get all the jeeps racing to one spot when there was an elephant sighting, personally we didn’t like that, it felt quite unnatural and also was overwhelming for the animals, one jeep got so close to a mother and baby who were trying to cross the path that they freaked out and ran away. NOT. GOOD.
Our guide was really good in ensuring that our driver didn’t do this, instead we just drove slowly and hoped for the best… and we got lucky and actually saw 40 elephants.. which may not sound a lot as sometimes you can have sightings of hundreds in a herd but that was also different in this national parks, the groups of elephants were smaller, I don’t think we ever spotted more than four together at one moment.
We did the safari late in the day and were the last ones out in the evening, it was amazing to see the beautiful sunset while on route, definitely the best time of day to go!
The cultural leg of the trip ended at Udawalawe and it was now onto the Galle Coast… BEACH! I didn’t really know what to expect of the beaches in Sri Lanka as it isn’t the first thing people mention when discussing Sri Lanka but we wanted to see as much as we could so we didn’t want to miss out on this.
We started out at Mirissa for just one night, mostly just to do whale watching (again so sorry no good quality pics of this… but trust me its so so much better to see it with your own eyes).
We were so impressed by Mirissa, it actually reminded me of what I had expected Bali to be like, it was laid back no frills live music everywhere and super fun, we could have stayed here longer. We spent the night at Hotel Palace Mirissa which featured cabana style huts and was set up on the hills of Mirissa but only a 10 minute walk (if that) from the main beach. It was by no means the plushest place we stayed but I can’t say any of the hotels were super luxurious, I think those will come within the next few years… watch this space.
About 30 minutes down the road from Mirissa (give or take) was Unawatuna, an even more laid back beach town. It was quieter, which came as a shock at after buzzing Mirissa but it was the perfect place to unwind AND we found our fave beach bar Kingfisher. I am all for trying new places, but when something is so good, you should go back right?! say and lunch and dinner.. on two consecutive days… ah well we loved it!
Our last stop in Sri Lanka was Galle Fort, again we spent just one night, which was the perfect length of time as its beautiful but it is just a small town within fort. It was really trendy though, it almost felt like it’s own separate country. The buildings were different the shops were different, it had a very classic feel to it, with some fancy hotels and restaurants and loads of classic cars, this was all a result of it previously being colonised by the Dutch. It is definitely worth a stop by, either to stay or just en route to elsewhere.
So our time in Sri Lanka was up, it was tricky to compress it into three posts, but it wasn’t quite the end of our trip, we added on an extra few nights in The Maldives… check back soon to see the beautiful island we stayed on.
peach dress|| reformation
blue and white dress || Tularosa
Sandals || Valia Gabriel