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Swimming with whales

I had wanted to go swimming with whales for a while, ever since I picked up freediving. I gave up freediving, but that’s another story. Having gone scuba diving with sharks and other big creatures, swimming with whales was an obvious next step. Sri Lanka was a good candidate location. I could potentially visit Sri […]

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Quaint guest houses of Sri Lanka: Part 1

I ended up staying at a beachside hotel in Hikkaduwa. Here is the view from my chair at breakfast. I tend to not pay much attention to hotels while travelling. They are no more than a bed to rest, a toilet and a place to store my belongings. If I am travelling, my time will be spent outdoors seeing the area, not in a luxurious bathroom of a fantastic hotel, even if I could afford it. I usually go for cheap hotels at a good location. On account of the fact that I often do not plan my itiner […]

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Ascent of Adam’s Peak

There are plenty of scenic treks up and along hills in Sri Lanka. 2243m high Adam’s Peak is one of them, Adam being the biblical progenitor of humanity. The Sinhala name of the hill is Sri Pada (sacred foot / footprint). At the peak is what appears to be a footprint on a rock. Locals of various religions claimed the print for their own: Buddhists regard it as The Buddha’s, Muslims and Christians as Adam’s, some Christians as that of St. Thomas and Hindus as that of Shiva […]