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Day 3 - Morning

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

semi-overcast 32 °C

This morning we had an early start (06:30am breakfast!) so we could climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress before it got too hot.

The palace (now a UNESCO world heritage site) was built on top of Sigiriya or Lion rock for King Kasyapa (477-495 CE)

View from the Water Gardens at the base of the rock

View from the Water Gardens at the base of the rock

View from near the top back down to the Water Gardens

View from near the top back down to the Water Gardens

There are 1202 steps to climb (the King was always carried!) The halfway point is marked by a large Lion gateway.

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After the King died the palace was abandoned. Unfortunately when the Buddhist monks moved in they destroyed most of the frescoes so they wouldn't distract the monks.

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Day 2

Flight to Sri Lanka and drive to Habarana

semi-overcast 32 °C

Ater a 10 hour flight, we finally arrived at Bandaranayke airport in Colombo. We were met by our driver Mark and driven the 180k to Habarana in the middle of the island (an area known as the cultural triangle). We were very glad we had a driver as cars, lorries, buses, tuk-tuks and motorbikes came from every direction and vehicles seem to weave across the road missing each other by millimeters.

On the way we stopped for a little roadside refreshment....coconut milk.

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It took about 4 hours from the airport, so we finally arrived just after 5pm local time (20 hours total travelling time).

The Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana is a really nice hotel set in beautiful grounds.

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Day 1

Home to Heathrow

semi-overcast 14 °C

We left home on a pleasant sunny day to catch the night flight to Bandaranayke airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Setting off

Setting off

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Indian Ocean

Planning - Phase 1 - Flights are booked.

We're off on our travels again, this time to explore some of the islands in the Indian Ocean - we'll be celebrating both our birthdays and our 10th wedding anniversary.

09 Apr Heathrow to Sri Lanka
15 Apr Sri Lanka to Maldives
20 Apr Maldives to Dubai
22 Apr Dubai to Seychelles
30 Apr Seychelles to Mauritius
05 May Mauritius to Reunion
10 May Reunion to Madagascar
14 May Madagascar to Heathrow

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