Welcome back to Sri Lanka!

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After having to postpone our trip several times, it finally happened last November. Traveling back to Sri Lanka! A trip I had looked forward to for what seems like ages. It had been more than five years since I was last there, and I am very curious to see how things stand after all the problems of the past few years.

Flora and fauna

The country is still pretty empty in November in terms of tourists. That has its advantages such as in national parks, where you sometimes feel you are the only visitor. I visit the lesser-known Wilpattu and the usually very busy Yala National Park. At very close range I see a bear and in both parks I spot a leopard several times. That the big crowds are absent is a bonus during the game drives. I see only a few other vehicles and often we are the only ones to spot a particular animal, which makes me feel extra privileged. Elephants also show up, although it is difficult to see them because of the heavy rainfall. Migratory birds have also already arrived in Sri Lanka in large numbers. Sri Lanka is and always has been a great destination for nature lovers with a large number of national parks and a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Spiritual Anuradhapura

I experience the spirituality of the country during a visit to Anuradhapura, the site of the sacred bodhi tree. I am here on the weekend, as are large groups of families, whole villages brought in buses, everyone dressed in white. Offerings of brightly colored flowers, food as well as colored slippers and monk’s robes are on the tables. The people find togetherness and strength in religion, and…

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