Yesterday’s morning safari began with a beautiful sunrise behind big cumulus clouds on the eastern horizon. We were on the road at 5:30 a.m., and the park was awake with activity. The highlights included a few small groups of elephants right at the roadside enjoying their morning meals of twigs and leaves, followed by a larger herd entering a pond with two babies. A big croc was the next one in, swimming slowly, surveying the potential breakfast buffet that had just arrived. The elephants gathered around the littlest baby, then turned tail and left the water. The food chain is on full display here. Wild boars, mongoose, hornbills, spotted deer, a hundred peacocks and a fleeting glimpse of a sloth bear filled the next three hours, then a brief rain storm signaled the end of our time in the park. We returned to Chaaya for a walk on the beach, decided to stay another night and relaxed for the rest of the day. Today we depart for a drive along the south coast to Mirissa where we hope to do a bit of whale watching before heading north to Galle and Colombo. This county has such a wide range of things to see and do. I suspect it won’t be the only time we visit, especially since people are very friendly and transport is fairly easy to arrange. More to come soon from the west coast of the country!


  1. Oh this is just exactly my cup of tea – how wonderful to see the wildlife!
    Hope to hear soon about the whales.
    “Animal Planet; surprisingly human” as the saying goes. WOW! Would not have guessed this about Sri Lanka!


  2. Wow sounds like a great trip. So lucky with your safari and the animals you saw. Congrats on climbing Adam’s Peak! Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and definately worth more than one visit. Looking forward to reading about the whale watching as that could be on list for my return visit.


    1. Yes, Sri Lanka is worthy of several visits. So much to see! We didn’t end up going whale watching, but did spend a couple great days on the beach in Mirissa and Unawatuna. Thanks for reading! Full post coming soon.


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