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Mar 22, 2019 - Udawalawe

Left this morning after a beautiful breakfast overlooking the pool joined by monitor lizards peacocks and monkeys. I have meant to note this before but I am very impressed with how environmentally conscious the people are here. Everything is recycled, water bottles are glass and refilled as are the toiletries in the room. Almost everything at the hotels we’ve stayed at is ecologically conscious and mostly recyclable.We are now headed to Udawalawe and will be going on an elephant safari later this afternoon.When our driver Dama who has been...

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Sri-Lanka-Maldives

Jan 10, 2018 - Peacock, ma'dam

Last Saturday, we left the relatively cool hill country and headed down to Udawalawe National Park. Our lovely guesthouse owner, whose name I would absolutely butcher if I tried to spell it, drove us down in his taxi van, with both of his kids and a random neighbourhood boy tagging along for the ride. As we drove down the same mountain road we had crashed on the day before, we learned about Sri Lankan life from our chatty driver while his kids clambered over each other in the passenger seat vying for the best view of the countryside. Once...

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May 4, 2016 - Elephant safari at Uda Walawe

Our safari guide Max proposed that we take the shorter 3-hour trip into Udawalawe National Park, suggesting that we could see it all from 6 to 9 am. The six of us entered the park on one jeep driven by Max. No sooner did we enter the park than we came across a pair of young males who were clearly arguing over the attention of a nearby pretty lady elephant. It was entertaining to see the expression of their difference of opinion. We came across several other sets of elephants, including a mom with a very cute baby of perhaps 2 months. We...

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Feb 13, 2016 - Elephants at Uda Walawe

We left the tea plantation foothills, making the crazy extravagance of hiring a car and driver to ferry down the country to Udawalawe; for the scandalous fee of $100; our intrepid driver not only navigated the twisting, hairpin roadways with aplomb, but also stopped along the way to point out several local spots of interest. Driving away from home is always a challenge; no one seems to mind swerving into oncoming traffic; risking head on collision in order to gain a few car lengths. There is no "pass with caution". I am also struck by the...

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Cavorting in Ceylon

Jan 11, 2014 - Uda Walawa National Park

Very disappointed to leave Rainforest Edge this morning. We were not impressed when we got here but really loved it. The staff made us feel very welcome and it was great being the only ones here. Breakfast was again a huge plate of fruit, and then eggs, with Chris only requesting 1 egg this time. The drive out was horrible for about the next 20-30 kms, and then we got on to a good road. We traveled for about 2 1/2 hours to the Elephant Transit Home. This home is supported by the Born Free Foundation and is a transit home for orphaned...

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