In the Land of Lanka with Zev’s Parents, Part 1

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…

Before hiking Sigiriya Rock, all smiles.

Before hiking Sigiriya Rock, all smiles.

The gorgeous frescoes at the top of Sigiriya Rock.

The gorgeous cave frescoes at the top of Sigiriya Rock.

Don and Claudia at the top of Sigiriya Rock.

Don and Claudia at the top of Sigiriya Rock.

A herd of elephants gathering at Minneriya to feed on the rich grasses.

A herd of elephants gathering at Minneriya to feed on the rich grasses.

The whole gang, and the elephants too!

The whole gang, and the elephants too!

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.

Beautiful stupas at Polonnoruwa. I love all the details carved in the stone.

Beautiful stupas at Polonnoruwa. I love all the details carved in the stone. The steps are being held up by little figures.

The famous seated buddha at Polonnoruwa.

The famous seated Buddha at 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.

An enormous monitor lizard we encountered on the roadside.

An enormous monitor lizard we encountered on the roadside.

A lily pond near our hotel in Sigiriya.

A lily pond near our hotel in Sigiriya.

One more elephant for good luck. I really couldn't get enough of these guys.

One more elephant for good luck. I really couldn’t get enough of these guys.

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5 thoughts on “In the Land of Lanka with Zev’s Parents, Part 1

  1. i love your photos and travel log; on one hand i wish it would never end and on the other hand, i am missing you both and would like you to come home soon. with all of my love – ad.

  2. Pingback: In the Land of Lanka with Zev’s Parents, Part 2 | Z and E Around the World

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