BC: A journey by Jenny, Jack, Peter, Eric and John Oudyn.
FC: SRI LANKA March 2013
3: Interesting construction style. | There are many shrines in every neighbourhood.
5: Contrasting construction styles abound throughout Sri Lanka.
7: Enjoying a cold beer before heading off to the absolutely stunning buffet lunch.
8: So much fine detail in carvings and mouldings.
9: Downtown Colombo highrise with kites flying over the shorefront common.
10: Husband and wife team making 1000 bricks a day. | Stacks drying for a few days before firing in a kiln.
12: These coconut huskers were a wiry lot.
13: We were fortunate to have spotted a rare Grizzled Giant Squirrel while having lunch.
21: Asanka explaining various aspects of the Polonnaruwa World Heritage Site.
22: A very unusual pyramidal form of a stupa.
23: The Royal Bath.
24: Known as the Galvihara (Northern Monastery) in the chronicles, this is one of the most outstanding sites of symbolic Polonnaruwa art. There are four stone statues carved out of existing granite rock.
27: "We need to live as Buddha taught us to live, in peace and harmony with nature."
28: Sigiriya (Lion Rock) was developed into a complex city and fortress. Most of the elaborate constructions on the rock summit and around it, including defensive structures, palaces, and gardens, date back to 477 to 495 AD. It was worth the hard slog negotiating over 1100 steps to reach the summit.
29: Of course, our adventures in Sri Lanka weren't always a slog. As a matter of fact, we were pampered to the utmost degree.
31: School's out. Scott hamming it up with the local kids.
36: Dressing up for the Hill Club Dinner at Nuwara Eliya.
37: Elgin Falls. | Most signs are written in 3 languages: Sinhalese, Tamil, English.
41: Tea pluckers on their way to collecting their 18kg quota for the day.
42: The lads enjoying some air-conditioned, quiet time while the regular commuter train whizzes by.
43: Typical scenes from the train.
44: Viceroy Special at Colombo Fort station. | Our train would stop at any interesting location for us to disembark and take in the sights.
47: Temple of the Tooth - Kandy was where we experienced the most congested mass of humanity during the whole trip.
48: Eric and Peter alongside a guardstone. | Our bus driver was a legend.
49: Another Sunday gathering / celebration. | One of the myriad of food stalls in the central town markets.
50: Kandyan Dancers.
53: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Twice a day the herd walks through the village down to the nearby river for a drink and to cool off.
56: Pretty close to the same spot - 60 years on.
57: Jack, Eric and Peter - revisiting the Kelaniya Elephant Temple in Colombo.
58: On the last day of a most memorable journey on the Viceroy Special.
59: Street dogs aren't always on the streets. | And they don't usually worry about having humans in close proximity.
60: More typical railside / roadside scenes.
61: 2004 Tsunami Remembrance Buddha statue at Peraliya.
64: Peter having a go at stilt fishing. Check out the needlefish on the end of his line.