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There were several places we would have liked to have visited, but either we did not have time or we felt it was unsafe to do so given the political unrest.

Adam's Peak- this is known by several names. It is called Adam's Peak because it was the place people believe that Adam first set foot on earth. It is also called Sri Pada ‘sacred footprint’ as there is a huge impression of a ‘footprint’ on the top.

We did not visit because between May and October the peak is shrouded in mist. You can still make the trip out of season but the route is unlit so you would need a torch. Travellers that we spoke to that had visited, told us to beware of leaches!

Adam's Peak
Adam's Peak

Shopping in Colombo-due to the political unrest in the Capital during our stay, we felt that it would be unwise to go shopping in Colombo. There are some large department stores that sell western clothes at large discounts. Factories produce more garments than are required for export and the excess is sold within Sri Lanka.

The cave temples at Dambulla-there are five separate caves that contain over 150 Buddha images.

The cave temples at Dambulla
Dambulla Caves

World's End- The Horton plains form an undulating platform more than 2000m high (about 20Km south of Nuwara Eliya). Sri Lankas 2ndand 3rd highest mountains Kirigalpotta (2395m) and Totapola (2359m) rear up from the plateau. Worlds end occurs when the plateau comes to a sudden end and drops almost 800m straight down.

World's End
World's End

National Parks on the East of the Island- unfortunately due to political unrest we could not visit the east and so missed out seeing the beautiful national parks.

One of the most beautiful train journeys in the world- from Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Views of Nuwara Eliya

Matara- further south along the coast from Unawatuna. It has ramparts and a well preserved Dutch fort. 3Km north of Matara is Polhena which is apparently good for snorkelling.