Archive for September, 2009

Sinharaja

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

I went to Sinharaja Rainforest a couple of weeks ago for two days. It was just incredible. 🙂

I went with Wasana (Ranjith’s daughter). We got a three-wheeler first thing in the morning which took us from Nivithigala to the rainforest (about 2.5 hours). That in and of itself was really cool!!! The scenery in that part of the country is just incredible. 🙂

We got to the rainforest and got a guide who was really lovely. And the four of us (Wasana, me, the three-wheeler driver and the guide) spent a lovely few hours wandering through the rainforest. It was beautiful. We saw some exciting snakes (green pit viper – dangerous, green vine snake – not dangerous), and got to touch the vine snake!! 🙂 There were butterflies, birds, frogs, lizards, fish, spiders, leeches and lots of trees!!! We did about 10km that day (I think) and spent several hours at it. Including stopping at the Giant Nawada tree for lunch.

The next day was even better. We did the Lion Rock walk. Which is 29km (18 miles). It took us 10 hours. It was just incredible. Over waterfalls, under trees, over rivers, beside rivers, over rocks. Wonderful!!

Lots more plants and wildlife and lots more leeches. Dettol kills them it seems. 🙂 And I now know why Carom is the national sport (it’s a board game a little bit like pool, but involves flicking tokens into pockets) – flicking leeches is the best way to get them off. I was wearing my trousers tucked into my socks (I am the world’s most attractive human being!!) so wasn’t bothered too much but did get two leeches that got into my trousers. I discovered them much later when they’d drunk their fill and fallen off leaving a small open wound. Dettol and sticky plasters and it’s all ok now though. 🙂

The views from the rock were amazing. I’m trying to get some photos up on my flickr site. But they just don’t do it justice. One problem is that I’m rubbish at taking photos and the other is that no camera or photographer could possibly capture the beauty. I recommend going in person – I certainly hope to do so again sometime. 🙂