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Gillian in rooftop infinity pool, Colombo

Despite not having a head for heights, here is Gillian in the rooftop infinity pool at the Cinnamon Red Hotel, Colombo.

Dutch fort on headland at Galle

Dutch fort on the headland at Galle, seen from our hotel.

Fishing boat and nets at Galle

Fishing boat and nets at Galle.

Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

Approach to the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy.

Inside one of the cave temples at Dambulla

Inside one of the cave temples at Dambulla.


Sri Lanka 2015

In July / August, we flew to Colombo with Emirates and joined a Voyages Jules Verne tour of Sri Lanka. It was a wonderful tour. We started in Colombo, where we saw the temple baby elephant on a flatbed truck setting off for the Esala Perahera celebrations in Kandy as well as going for a tour on the top deck of a London bus!

We toured the south of the country, seeing Galle and Yala National Park, before heading into Sri Lanka's wonderful hill country (Nuwara Eliya, tea country, hill train, Kandy, elephant orphanage).

We then saw the cultural triangle, before heading to the east coast at Trincomalee for a couple of days on the beach. Here we enjoyed seeing the local fishermen working together to bring in their catch (including turtles, jellyfish and a pufferfish!).

Post boxes in Colombo

Post boxes in Colombo - just like home!

Colourful fishing nets, Trincomalee

Colourful fishing nets, Trincomalee

Seema Malaka temple, Colombo

Seema Malaka temple in Colombo, designed by acclaimed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Sigiriya rock fortress

Sigiriya rock fortress. Gillian climbed about half way up before her dodgy head for heights overcame her.

Martin and tuktuk, Sigiriya

Martin went walkabout at Sigiriya instead of climbing the rock. He missed our bus - then we saw him following the bus in this tuktuk

Fishermen in an outrigger off Trincomalee

Fishermen in an outrigger off the coast of Trincomalee, when we went on an early morning dolphin trip.

Fishermen bringing in the nets at Trincomalee

Fishermen bringing in the nets at Trincomalee.

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