Arugam Bay ( & back)

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We got up early Friday morning and headed to Rathnapura. Most of the family had arrived the day before and were loading up the bus…

we left Rathnapura at around 8.30, and took the upper route that would take us across Balangoda and a portion of the Haputhale climb, the majestic southern slopes of the central mountains…

The view below was simply amazing!

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(stitched two images together for this one so excuse the rather crappy blending! click for larger image)

Passed Diyaluma, which was pretty dried up because it’s not raining on the eastern slopes these days…

…and a few dusty elephants at Lahugala, which was quite extraordinary given the drought in the area!

and by sundown, we had arrived at the eastern coastline! After months of dreaming about the it after reading Kirigalpothta’s and Unsilent Dawn’s posts, finally made it there! πŸ˜€

On the following two days, we were treated to the wondrous sunrise on the eastern coast!

We did make a small excursion to Panama and Kumana, but nothing much came out of that except a pretty long journey time. I later regretted not visiting Komari instead…

The waves at A-Bay were pretty amazing! I had never experienced such powerful waves before, we all had a whale of a time getting struck down by waves and getting dragged back to sea! πŸ˜€ (it sounds pretty un-fun and dangerous, but seriously, it was the most fun I’ve ever had at a beach! lol) πŸ˜€

On our way back we passed through Udawalawe, where we spotted about a dozen Elephants on the fence living off what the tourists were feeding them…

We also visited the Elephant Orphanage, but couldn’t stay for long because it was getting late and we had quite a bit to go to get back to Rathnapura and then Colombo. We did witness this cute little baby getting smacked in the rear for being a bit early for dinner though… (reminded me of that unfortunate incident at the Maligawa…)

We made it to Rathnapura at around 8.30 and immediately commenced our journey home! made it back in 1 hour 45, which is the fastest I’ve been from Rathnapura to home! πŸ˜€

so now you know why I went missing for a while! πŸ˜‰


3 Responses to “Arugam Bay ( & back)”

  • Nice Pics. I’ll be traveling my self there to take some pictures…

  • What an amazing tourist spot! Than you for sharing these scenic views with us!


    Makuluwo said…

    Fun pictures yo.
    YAY @ elephants! πŸ˜€
    September 8, 2009 8:12 PM
    mommythecook said…

    Wow…So cool Chavie ! Sounds like a fabulous time… beautiful picture too… LOVE the elephants πŸ™‚
    September 8, 2009 8:26 PM
    Gadgetgirl said…

    The pictures are FAB men! =D. Stunning. & Hooray to Elephandoos. AM with MTC! I loove elephants too! XD
    September 8, 2009 8:28 PM
    The Puppeteer said…

    Great pics! =D

    I was at Arugam Bay in 2002. It was badly affected by the tsunami so I wasn’t sure if it had changed since then but seems to look the same =D

    Sad though… I don’t think the people who worked at the hotel I was at survived.
    September 8, 2009 8:33 PM
    Kirigalpoththa said…

    Awesome man!
    You have gone pretty long distance pass kirigalpoththa πŸ™‚

    Those pictures bring fond memories of at least 2-3 trips I went recently..

    That 3rd picture of ABay sunrise is out of this world!

    Elephant – is he charging?

    Pity that you didn see much at Panama side. May be you need to do a seperate trip..a hike trip perhaps..

    Komari is a superb place if you like to see a lonely beach with no soul around. Again may be a seperate trip – Go to
    Pasikudah, Come down to Batti and move along the beachside towards ABay passing Kalmunai n Akkaraipattu..

    Ratnapura to CMB in 1.45hrs would surely make Schumacher proud.
    September 8, 2009 9:09 PM
    Harumi said…

    Wow.. such a wonderful trip covering so many places and absolutely stunning sights. You’ve narrated it concisely yet beautifully.

    Love those pics of the hills, ocean, elephants and the sunrise! And that was a pretty cool merge, cuz when I enlarged I could hardly spot their boundaries.

    The sight of the cane right behind that baby elephant is really distressing. Wish these mahouts could empathize with the elephants. -__-

    Anyway this is a super duper cool trip. Thanks a lot for sharing. =D
    September 8, 2009 9:11 PM
    Chavie said…

    @Maks: Thanks! πŸ˜€ yep, the Elephants were amazing to watch so up-close! πŸ˜€

    @MTC: it was a great time! and we went there with the whole family/cousins so it was even more fun! πŸ˜€

    @GG: Glad you liked them GG! πŸ˜€ hooray for Elephants indeed! πŸ˜‰

    @The Puppeteer: yeah, the Tsunami totally devastated the area… the place we stayed at infact was owned by a former millionaire businessmen and his family, he owned lorries and pajeros back in the day, but lost everything in the Tsunami save the cloths on his back… πŸ™ he now runs a small inn at the place where his house used to stand…

    @Kirigalpoththa: yep indeed! πŸ˜€ glad you liked the pictures, it was taken over the small lagoon at the south end of Arugam Bay, which adds the calm reflective water to the shot! πŸ™‚

    the Elephant was infact waiting pretty still, but when we got ready to leave he picked up some dust from the ground and threw it on himself! πŸ˜€

    Yep, the trip to Panama should’ve included a stopover near a beach or something… and sadly due to the drought there’s not much wildlife to be seen in Kumana… πŸ™

    Yep, I sooooo want to visit Pasikudah too! πŸ˜€ a small tour all along the eastern seaboard would be fun! πŸ˜€

    hahaha yeah! πŸ˜€ it was pretty surprising that there was very little traffic that night, taking into account that it was the last day of a long holiday! πŸ˜€

    @Harumi: Thank you! I’m glad you liked my narration… πŸ˜€

    yeah the stitching isn’t that obvious, but when you look from a distance you see a black-ish blur on the border! πŸ˜€ and the horizon is curved too! πŸ˜‰

    yeah… sad to see a baby being beaten like that, especially since the Udawalawe home’s mission is to re-introduce these cubs into the wild, and putting emotional scars and hatred of humans into such powerful and deadly creatures is kinda dangerous, for everyone concerned… πŸ™

    It was and you’re welcome! πŸ˜€

    Thanks guys for your comments! πŸ™‚
    September 8, 2009 10:16 PM
    Sigma said…

    That last sunrise show is an amazing one – BRAVO!
    September 8, 2009 11:43 PM
    Chavie said…

    @Sigma: thank you!! πŸ˜€ I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚
    September 9, 2009 7:57 AM
    Azrael said…

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. excellent pics as well πŸ™‚
    September 9, 2009 8:34 AM
    u4j10 said…

    super pics of sunrise!
    September 9, 2009 9:13 AM
    surani said…

    wow your pics are great! I did wonder why you went missing for a while..and now I know.
    The poor baby elephant ;o(….
    September 9, 2009 9:23 AM
    blackexists said…

    you are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO lucky!!! πŸ˜€ i LOVED the three pics of the unrise – just beautiful! πŸ™‚
    sounds like you had an awesome time, good on ya mate! (said with an aussie accent) πŸ˜›
    September 9, 2009 9:56 AM
    Anonymous said…

    Ado chavie pakaya
    September 9, 2009 12:23 PM
    Lady divine said…

    I really want to go to Arumgam Bay! Lovely pics.. they make me want to go there so badly!
    September 9, 2009 2:47 PM
    Lady divine said…

    also love the sunrise pics!
    September 9, 2009 2:48 PM

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