It has been over 5 years since the Tsunami devastated the coast of Sri Lanka. Over 50,000 people were killed and thousands more injured and displaced. he wounds are slowly disappearing as businesses are being rebuilt, roads are cleared and the landscape has recovered, but the scars still remain and there are still signs of the destruction that the mighty ocean left behind. Dave has captured the southern coast of Sri Lanka today in photos. Its i a reminder of the great suffering that the people faced after the event but also the resilience of the human spirit and how a nation has slowly recovered over time.
Sri Lanka is located off the southern coast of India. It is a small country that packs a huge punch, there are so many things to do!
The sea turtle is in grave danger in this world. Fishing nets are scooping them up out of our oceans. Limbs are cut off by the nylon mesh, they suffocate and they are hit by boat propellers. Humans have had an enormous impact on the endangerment of the Sea Turtle. At the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Chandrasiri Abrew is working to make a difference. We came across the Kosgoda Turtle Hatcher by chance. After walking along the deserted beach while the sun slowly set, we ran into a man walking and yelled to him, “Turtles?”
Have you ever met an honest Tuk Tuk Driver? We did, and we never let him go. His name is Ajith and we lucked out on our first day back to Hikkaduwa. What is so special about this meeting? We have since gone to two charities with Ajith, had dinner at his house and watched him donate shoes to a school from money that he has raised with his friends from Italy. We talk to him everyday on the telephone.
The one thing that I don’t love about Sri Lanka’s beaches is the fact that they are so close to the Highway. That was something that we found to be refreshing change in Unawatuna. Unawatuna is a beach located right on the southern tip of Sri Lanka and it used to be the place to go. The highway bypasses this area and travelers can walk on quiet streets checking out shops and vendors and eating in cafés without inhaling fumes. Dave put it perfectly however. If Unawatuna had Hikkaduwa’s beaches it would be perfect. If Hikkaduwa had Unawatuna’s roads, it would be perfect. Unfortunately, neither is perfect.
We have seen some pretty extraordinary temples in our three months of traveling through India and Sri Lanka. From the Taj Mahal to the summit of Adams Peak, temples are a way of life in these spiritual countries. We will be seeing many more I am sure, but here is a photo story of some of the great temples that we have witnessed on our Asian Adventure.
One of the most pleasant ways of traveling around Sri Lanka is by train. Sri Lanka is a small country so you don’t have to worry about overnight sleepers as in India and booking is a dream. Just show up at the station a few minutes before your departure, buy a second class ticket and you are off! It chugs slowly along through Tea Plantations, dense forest and spectacular mountain Vistas.