Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sri Lanka

"Welcome to the jungle, We've got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want. Honey, we know the names" - Guns and Roses

I meant to share this sooner, but.... well things have been hectic.  Anyway, without further ado, here is an overload of the highlights, photos and video of our recent trip to Sri Lanka: (you have been warned, there are A LOT of photos)

Sri Lanka is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It reminded us of Hawaii but without the sheer cliff mountains and with a whole a lot more poverty and people. We spent two days in Kandy (The high country) and two days in Bentota/Beruwala near the ocean. There was a lot of driving involved but the scenery was gorgeous and fascinating.

Yvonne had this to say about the driving: "I thought driving in Dubai could get crazy. I didn't know crazy until we went to Sri Lanka. Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road but there is an invisible third lane that everyone in both directions uses all the time. The roads are small and curvy and in the high country have steep drop-offs. We had a hired driver the entire time so we could just sit back and relax. The kids loved that there were no seatbelts in the van."

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
We rode elephants, fed elephants, watched them bath in the river, took pictures with them and got totally grossed out by their poop-eating antics.

Tea Party
Even though we are not tea drinkers, we visited a tea plantation and took a tour of a tea factory. It was fascinating. Advise: Watch out for the tea leaf pickers. This photo cost a fortune and they were still begging for more as we walked away. Everyone begs and/or demands money everywhere you go. It's sad but we finally had to start saying no. We started offering food instead but no-one wanted food.

We saw lots of waterfalls, lots of wild monkeys, a python, lizards, a land monitor (They are huge lizard things), baby alligators, so many many wild dogs, cows, tons of water buffalo, crabs, birds, turtles etc.

We went to a turtle hatchery and got to hold little baby sea turtles that are waiting to be released back into the ocean. It was surprising how much they let us handle and play with them. Rigdon was not gentle.


We took a river cruise down the Bentota River (It's huge) and saw baby alligators, went through mangroves, saw more monkeys and birds and roasted in the sun.

Buddha, Beach, and more...


  1. I have been waiting for this post! It's more beautiful than I imagined. What a great trip.

  2. You guys are incredibly amazing! Your kids are so darling. What great adventures you have!

  3. How awesome! We miss you guys so much! What a bunch of wonderful memories you've created.

  4. BEAUTIFUL! These are such cool pictures, of a cool vacation! I think the sea turtle hatchery would be my favorite place.

  5. I love your description of the driving. When we did this trip nine years ago... we were not even on Facebook so I never wrote about it anywhere. It was a good memory to see your images. (We did have photos in the old days, so I have several similar ones. :)

    But the driving on those roads is like no other. My six month old baby finally couldn't take it anymore -- trying to hold her head up on her neck with all of those bumps and swerves for hours and hours was an exhausting task for any age but my little human baby had it the worst. I finally figured out that I needed to cuddle her tight on my chest for the entire road trip to keep her comfortable.

  6. AMAZING! I can't get over how incredible your adventures are. You are one lucky family.

  7. Yvonne and Matt, I am trying (and failing) not to be jealous of you guys.

  8. Twa's so awesome. The kids would treasure this when they grew up.