Ancient City of Polonnaruva ruins
We spent a lot of time on back roads and tracks, and were never without a phone signal. Even better, we were never without smiles and welcomes from the local people.
In one local town we waded into the river to watch the elephants being scrubbed, ate great local food and generally felt that we were very welcome everywhere.
The historic sites here are plentiful and spectacular, if a little expensive for foreigners to enter. But do pay the money and walk on to see some amazing sights.
|Sigiriya - Water Gardens Leading To The Lions Claws|
Perched on top of a monumental chunk of rock, this was certainly a defendable site for a palace. An amazing perspective on the countryside from up there, a forest of green punctuated with lakes as far as the eye could see.The next 830 steps (down) were very much easier.
From our base in Trincomalee we were able to travel widely and return to the boat each evening. Some of the island's attractions, including the national parks, do really require overnight travels, but we were keen to get moving again.
A collection of our Sri Lankan images can be viewed here.
Sigiriya - Cave Frescoes
We'll depart here in an hour or so and sail to Male in the Maldives. Our transit time should be four to five days.
Sigiriya - fabulous views from the palace on top of the rock.