Sri Lanka

Boat safaris in southern Sri Lanka

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During our last two days in Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to take two boat safaris or tours in the southern part of the island. One of them was on Koggala Lake, east of Galle, with Malgosia and Wojtek, the other one was on Madu River, west of Galle, with Dorota and Ewa.

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Here are ten highlights of both trips:

  1. admiring mangrove trees along the lake and river:

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IMG_11002. looking for monkeys:

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3. looking for Asian water monitors, varanus salvator, large lizards native to South and Southeast Asia:

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4. looking for birds:

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5. meeting local fishermen:

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6. looking for Hindu temples on tiny islands:

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7. visiting islands inhabited by Buddhist monks:

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with 300-year-old temples:

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8. getting to know what balsa tree and fruit looks like. Balsa tree wood is used in Sri Lanka for production of their traditional masks.

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9. becoming familiar with cinnamon production on Cinnamon Islands:

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10. realizing how wonderful this world is:

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8 Comments

  1. Basia
    July 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    All ten were so cool! I didn’t know cinnamon looked like that.

  2. Christina
    July 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    Joanna,

    Love that you organized this post as a top ten! I would have trouble placing them in order!

    Christina

  3. Bozena Stoch
    July 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    Czy na 5-tym zdjeciu od konca to jest sklep z owocami na wodzie?

    • July 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm — Reply

      Wlasnie, zwlaszcza z kokosami z ktorych pije sie sok.

  4. Pamela Roth
    July 29, 2017 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Thank you again Joanna for a good trip! I miss travelling and so your blog is a great way to have new experiences. Where are you off to now, back to Poland to visit your family? I really learned some things about Buddhism. Fascinating.

    • July 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm — Reply

      Sweet Pam, I am very glad you learned new things about Buddhism and Sri Lanka. It is a gorgeous country, with amazing people. Now I am in Poland with my parents, my brother and his family. On August the 1st, we will commemorate the beginning of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Every year, Warsaw stands still for one minute at 5pm on that day. I am planning to be on one of the busiest streets of the city at that moment. Stay tuned, I will post some pictures from my native city. These moments are very emotional. I will try to share the emotions with you through this blog. Thank you Pam for your enthusiasm.

  5. Angie
    August 2, 2017 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Enjoyable and educational reading. Merci!

  6. Pulcheria
    August 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm — Reply

    You have compiled your top ten with a blend of traditional, beliefs, architecture and nature. Viewing Sri Lanka through your eyes has been an inspiration. Thanks.

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