Friday, August 06, 2010

Hello Srilanka!

A journey that refreshed me a lot and really had wonderful relaxed time. We said bye bye to our cell phones, laptop, stressful days at work place and said hello to Srilanka. This journey took me through the cities Colombo to Kandy to ELLA to Unawatuna.Most of us aware of that the Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is in Southern Asia.

It's a beautiful and incredible island country in the Indian Ocean. The Conflict was finally ended last May and it was more peaceful island rich in natural beauty and cultural splendors. it feels like one big tropical zoo elephants roam freely, water buffaloes idle in paddy fields and monkeys swing from trees. Driving through the streets of Sri Lanka was certainly different from what we had become accustomed to in India.

Buddhist statue that is a symbol of hope for the mental and spiritual rehabilitation of the people in Sri Lanka. We continued our journey through several little beach towns and headed to the South West near the seaside village of Galle to Unawatuna.Unawatuna is a curved-shaped beach resort located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, a few miles south of Galle. "Una-watuna" meaning "fell-down" refers to the myth of Hanuman who had to move a mountain as he could not locate the herbs he required and in the process a chunk of it "fell-down".
A small and beautiful beach town near Galle popular with tourists and Sri Lankan's alike. Normally packed with Germans and British at this time of year, the impact of the political troubles has reduced the numbers to a wandering few, quiet. Walking along the beautiful blue beaches the one thing that you notice is that the beaches are lined with locally owned boutique hotels, guest houses and small rustic restaurants. No big chain restaurants or fast food outlets. No big hotels. No one hassling you to buy something. No one begging. Just pure local Sri Lankan peaceful paradise with the soundtrack being the waves crashing against the beach.

Unawatuna best beaches of the world its for safe swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving & surfing. That was the first time for me to see people doing snorkeling and surfing. Snorkeling experience was really thrilling which brings goosebump all over. I saw group of yellow and blue colored fishes swiming together and a sea tortoise roaming here and there.What is a group of fishes called? is it School. Fish is a cold-blooded animal with backbones and its capable of breathing under water with the help of gill rakers. Snorkeling is fun and it was my first experience. I didnt expect there would be so many fish swimming around me. Under the sea waves the fishes just play and play and play around freely. I was super excited to see them. Fishes liked to come charging to our faces and then swim away . It just stopped my breath for a sec and pulled my head off rushed to reach boat :). I know i was stupid..this bloody cannibals scared the hell out of me.


Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

What a beautiful place! And it sounds as though you had a refreshing, relaxing time.

Malini Mohan Kumar said...

yeah it was way away from my laptop so i have had full time relaxing and Srilankans are so warm. you must visit :).

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