Before we run off for a few days of hiking and internet silence in the Himalyas, I wanted to share some photos from the first few days of our family (minus Ezra) vacation in Sri Lanka. The theme for the first few days was ‘Nature and Ancient Ruins.’ I’m getting too creative, I know…
We hiked ancient rocks to see beautiful cave frescoes, took an elephant safari to see the annual gathering of elephants on the lush lake bed of Minnerya, and saw the stupas and viharas of the ancient Sri Lankan capital of Polonnoruwa.
We stayed in the jungles outside of Sigiriya at a fabulous eco-lodge called Vil Uyana. The hotel is set around a pond with gravel trails cutting through the marsh. In our bathroom alone we found frogs, bats, and a koi pond (!). We were even woken up in the morning by a mischievous monkey trying to get into our room.
Touring the north of Sri Lanka, we literally stumbled across wildlife at every turn, spotting creatures as varied as monitor lizards and elephants on the side of the road.