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15 Jun 2016

Sri Lanka diaries, part one

This is a little unusual for me as I'm rarely a travel blogger, I adore my little corner of the globe and am rarely one to venture out of it. There is nothing like experiencing a completely
different climate though, with new wildlife, new foods, sights and experiences, and that, plus a lot of wanderlust, is what got me on a two part eleven hour flight via Doha to Sri Lanka.

We landed in Sri Lanka in the evening there, which is five hours ahead of UK time. Stepping outside was like stepping in to a sauna, the air was sweet and balmy with the scent of flowers and it was incredibly hot and humid. We had a long drive from Colombo to our base in Bentota and on arrival were greeted with cold flannels and mango juice in glasses adorned with flowers, it was magical. The sheets on our bed were sprinkled with frangipani flowers!
I had the pleasure of photographing this darling little foal and it was a treat to have horses, monitor lizards and roaming around the garden whilst we were there. Being monsoon season, we experienced a mix of rain and sun, including the most stunning thunderstorm display, but it remained incredibly hot, perfect spa sauna weather all the time.
On our first day in Sri Lanka, we visited the turtle hatchery and conservation project, located right on the beach. They had an amazing array of grown turtles, some with deformities, which meant they wouldn't survive out in the wild, plus a couple of rare albino turtles.
Of course, they had babies too! *remembers all Finding Nemo quotes* there were literally hundreds in there, all clambering over each other and were absolutely adorable. We were able to release a few in to the sea in the morning and they quickly paddled out in to the waves.
Sadly, in the wild, only one in ten makes it to adulthood, as they are at risk of falling prey to bigger creatures, more so as they make their first passage from beach to ocean. They are also vulnerable to poaching for their shells, especially the rarer varieties, and we met a few turtles that had suffered the wrath of stray fishing nets and had lost limbs as a result.
Once hatched in a special sand plot, the babies remain in here until they are two days old, when they are released back in to the sea. We were encouraged to scoop up a handful of them and watch as they wriggled off back in to the tank. Look at this photogenic little cutie! 
Do stay tuned for the next part! From our time in Sri Lanka, we released turtles in to the sea, visited the Gautama Buddha in Aluthgama and stunning ornate temples, received a blessing from a monk, watched cinnamon being made, saw wild monkeys and went river exploring.
For me, the most beautiful things here are all the wildlife, the colours in the natural landscape, the peaceful vibes, the thick, hot air sliding over your skin, the smell of spices and flowers always adrift in the air, my camera lens steaming up from humidity, but it was so thrilling to experience such things that I only could have dreamt of doing before.

25 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful photos Liz! It looks like such a beautiful, natural place - a world away from industrial cities in England. The little turtles are so adorable. Looking forward to the next instalment!

    Angi www.twodifferentworlds.com

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    1. Awww thank you so much Amgi! How kind! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D ♡

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  2. This is such a lovely read, and your photos are stunning! I could definitely get an idea of how beautiful it must be.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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    1. Thank you so much Amber, that's so lovely! It's so beautiful there :D ♡

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  3. What a beautiful trip! I wish I could visit. I can't wait to read more!

    Via Sora

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    1. Thanks so much Sora, that's so sweet! I'm so glad you liked it :D ♡

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  4. You have a gorgeous blog! I love when people can capture their travels in a style that is still very unique to them. Awesome post!

    xx
    scarlettandgiselle.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww so kind, thank you so much Jenna! I love reading posts like that too, I'm so glad you got that from mine :D ♡

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  5. The first picture has my heart. It's a real life fairytale.
    and those turtles... looks like such a great adventure xx so happy for you!

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    1. Awww wow! Thanks so much Kynia, that's so lovely to hear, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! :D ♡

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  6. Seeing a turtle hatchery project is a dream of mine, so amazing and I love your photos you've captured the magic of this country perfectly.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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    1. That's so kind, thank you Amy!! I really hope you get to - I'm longing to see the Northern Lights after seeing your gorgeous photos! ♡

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  7. Gorgeous shots! Looking forward to reading more about your holiday.
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Thank you so much Mona, your words always make my day! :D ♡

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful trip, the baby turtles are so cute!
    Gemma
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Awww thank you so much Gemma, so kind! :D ♡

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  9. It must be incredible to discover a place that is so different from what we're used to. The smell of flowers everywhere sounds awesome, I'd love that! But at the same time, humidity is horrible haha. Observing and releasing turtles in the sea must have been such an interesting experience, something you'll remember forever! I can't wait to read part 2 of your adventures!

    Julia x
    Last post: A Vikings Makeup Tutorial | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/06/lagertha-vikings-makeup-hair-tutorial.html

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    1. Haha aw thanks so much Julia! I love reading about your trips so much too, you have wonderful travel diaries and I am so new to writing them haha xD it smelled of flowers and incense everywhere! But yes, the humidity did nothing for the mosquitos haha xD it was, thank you so much for reading! ♡

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  10. Wow, beautiful scenery, seems like you really enjoy your vacation! By the way, I like the filter on your photos, they're amazing! <3

    xoxo,

    |CHELSHEAFLO BLOG|
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    1. Thank you so much Chelshea! It really is a one of a kind place, awww that means a lot! :D ♡

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  11. What a lovely trip ! I'm so jealous it looks absolutely gorgeous there :) By the way I love your dress in the last picture honey :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Awww thanks Marianne, so lovely of you! I hope I get to go back soon, it's beautiful and the people are so friendly :D ♡

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  12. Look like you are having a absolutely incredible time!! I have always wanted to do a turtle mission xxx

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    1. Awww Rosie, so kind!! I really want to go to New Zealand, please show me around if I ever get to travel there? :D ♡

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  13. Sounds like a beautiful trip! How cute are those turtles!? <3
    Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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