Sri Lanka diaries, part two

Happy July everybody! I’m so happy to finally publish the second part of my holiday diaries from visiting Bentota in Sri Lanka. One of my favourite places to visit was the ‘Brief’ Bawa garden, by

Geoffrey Bawa, near Aluthgama, filled with exotic flora and wild monkeys in the trees!

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It seemed straight out of an Empire of The Sun music video with the colourful jungle habitat, meditative sounds, vines and tropical plants everywhere. I’d never been to a rainforest garden before and it was spectacular! The heat was almost unbearable at mid day and sweat glazed my brow but we were able to rest inside the house at the top until the worst passed.

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This statue looks straight out of a Narnian kingdom, its gleaming green eyes staring through the undergrowth. The area was so lush and green, blessed by the recent Monsoon rainfalls.

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The gardens were maintained but only so much that different kinds of wildlife, exotic lizards, birds, butterflies could live there and make their homes. Thankfully we didn’t spot any snakes!

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Spot the monkey! Above our heads wild monkeys thrashed about in the trees and as branches and fruit shells came out of nowhere, we fancied they were throwing things at us.

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Part of me longed to erect a treehouse and live peacefully alongside the monkeys, meditating by rock pools, eating fruit and bathing in rainwater pools perfumed with frangipani petals. 

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Frangipani flowers lay everywhere, scattered at our feet and the air was filled with the sweet, earthy scent of them. It was one of the most serene, peaceful places I’ve ever visited.

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After visiting the gardens, we saw the huge Buddha statue at Aluthgama belonging to the great Kande Viharaya temple. It was the most beautiful thing, surrounded by inscriptions and little offerings of flowers and rice. I left my own little bunch of flowers at his feet.

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I loved padding around the inside of the temple in my lotus skirt and bare feet and admiring all of the stunning handmade 3D paintings on the walls, depicting important Buddhist tales and teachings I’d heard about, and the history of the teachings I find still find so useful today, to help alleviate suffering. I loved picking out the different symbols and going over the stories again.

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It was a kind of pilgrimage I’ve always dreamed of taking! Stay tuned for the next part or go here to read about the first part of our visit, including the Bentota turtle hatchery.

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    Julia | Serendipityblog
    July 3, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Ahh, these photos are amazing! So in love with your blog πŸ™‚

    Love, Julia
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      elizabeth
      July 7, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Awww thank you so much Julia! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Emma
    July 3, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    Wow, this looks wonderful! I'd love to visit one day, I hope you're having a great time- it sounds like you definitely are! πŸ™‚

    Emma xo // thewallflowerwardrobe.co.uk/

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      elizabeth
      July 7, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      Hi Emma, thank you so much! It was a wonderful experience and I'd love to visit again someday! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Curls n Cakes
    July 3, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Wow! Such beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    Hope you are having a nice weekend.
    Much love,
    Mona

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      elizabeth
      July 7, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Aw thanks so much Mona, I'm so glad you like them! I hope your week is lovely too! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Yvanne
    July 3, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    These pics look amazing! Makes me wish I was there. Glad you're having a good time. Can't wait for the next part!

    xx,
    Yvanne | composedcollected.blogspot.com

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      elizabeth
      July 7, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Awww thank you Yvanne!! I'm so glad you liked them, I can't wait to write it! β™‘

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    Julia
    July 3, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    These gardens look amazing! Having monkeys all around you must have been so cool. That's not the kind of animals we're used to haha. The heat was worth it after all, you got the full experience here πŸ˜€ The statue is a bit creepy, totally looks like something from Narnia it's true!

    Julia x
    Last post: Tips To Visit Paris This Summer | juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/07/so-you-want-to-visit-paris-this-summer.html

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks so much Julia! It's amazing the little things you see on your travels! Wish I was surrounded my monkeys full time haha πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Amber Baker
    July 4, 2016 / 5:58 am

    These photos are stunning! Everything really does look so lush!

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

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Thanks so much Amber! I'm so glad you liked them! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Monique | WritingMonique
    July 4, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    These photos are beautiful, so pretty and everything looks almost magical!
    WritingMonique

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:51 pm

      Wow, thank you so much Monique!! I'm so happy you like it! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Rupa
    July 4, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Good photography!

    Jenny’s Bicycle-Indian Fashion Blog!!

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:51 pm

      Aw thanks Rupa! β™‘

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    Eatlovemerry
    July 4, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Beautiful post! x

    Eatlovemerry

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Awww thank you!! β™‘

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    NewOutfit
    July 4, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Beautiful post and pleace….
    Love,
    Visit my blog: newoutfitfashionblog.blogspot.ba

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Aw thanks so much! β™‘

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    Stevia
    July 4, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    What a beautiful garden!
    So lucky that you got to see other part of the world πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to read more about your Srilanka pilgrimage.

    <3
    The Sweetest EscapeΒ 

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Thank you so much Stevia! So glad you liked it and want to read more πŸ˜€ I wish I could go back, it's such a beautiful place! β™‘

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    Venus Smileygal
    July 4, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Youve greatly captured the beauty of nature. Will be looking forward to see more.

    (β—•β€Ώβ—•βœΏ) EmoteraGoddess.com | Bloglovin | Instagram

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much Venus, I'm so glad you liked it! The nature and wildlife was so different to what I'm used to, it was magical! β™‘

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    Jess | The Indigo Hours
    July 5, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Beautiful photos! It must be amazing to see the wild monkeys playing above you <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      Awww thank you Jess! If only we had such things in the UK! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    MsSparkleAndGlow
    July 5, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    beautiful photos!!!!
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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:55 pm

      Wow thank you Kerona!! β™‘

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    Unknown
    July 5, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Such a beautiful photos, everything looks so amazing! ^^

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks so much Beauty, I'm so happy you liked it! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Savannah
    July 6, 2016 / 1:24 am

    It looks like you had an amazing visit! I've never thought about visiting Sri Lanka and these gorgeous pictures definitely make me want to visit! Love your blog πŸ˜‰

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Awww thank you Savannah! I'm so glad, I really recommend visiting as it's so beautiful there! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Unknown
    July 6, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Such a beautiful place I love your photos from the trip!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Aw thanks Amy, I'm so happy you like them! β™‘

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    Unknown
    July 6, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos. I would love to visit Sri Lanka, it looks so beautiful. I love your blog Cara, it is so pretty xx

    mylifeasmarinaa.blogspot.com

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Wow thank you so much Marina! That's so sweet, I hope you've had a lovely week! β™‘

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    Unknown
    July 7, 2016 / 2:45 am

    These photos are beautiful! I'd love to go there one day!

    xx Genevive
    genevivelaurenn.com

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      Wow thanks so much Genevive! Bentota is a wonderful place! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    @anissamarieb
    July 7, 2016 / 7:07 am

    Fantastic photos (my favourite is the buddah taken from the low angle) and it looks like you had a great time! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, it's highly appreciated! Xxx

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks so much Anissa! I'm so happy to meet you and that you liked my pictures, thank you for your sweet words! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    β™₯β™₯ SzandraVNR β™₯β™₯
    July 7, 2016 / 10:26 am

    I found your blog randomly, but I love it. You have amazing photos. Thanks to share them. πŸ™‚
    Bye, Shiki

    [Beauty and Destroy]

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Aw wow, thanks so much Shiki! It's so great to meet you! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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    Alice Grace
    July 13, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Wow! Sri Lanka has always been on my travel wish-list and you have definitely made me want to book a trip asap!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

    x

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      Awww thank you Alice! It is such a beautiful place, I honestly can not do it justice with my photos haha πŸ˜€ the locals are so friendly and accommodating, defo book a trip! β™‘

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    Ellie-Jean
    July 14, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Hello! I love your blog so much; you have a really beautiful design, it looks so gorgeous! I hae always wanted to travel; this looks like such a fantastic trip! I have followed your blog because I think it’s so good!!! I would love it if you had a look at my blog; I’m a very passionate blogger but I’m quite new and really need the support! Perhaps we could become friends? Thank you so much, Jeani xxx jeanithoughts.blogspot.co.uk

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      elizabeth
      July 15, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Wow thank you so much Jeani! It's so great to meet you and thank you for your sweet words, I would love to be friends! Sure thing and drop me an email whenever! πŸ˜€ β™‘

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