An early start to the day again, leaving the resort at 5.30am to Yala National Park for an early morning animal safari. Yala National Park has a spectrum of terrain: dense jungle, scrub jungle, open savannah, riverine woodland, rock pools, streams, freshwater lakes & a long coastline which curves around Sri Lanka's southeast coast.
We spotted plenty of birds, peacocks and peahens, jungle fowls (the national animal of Sri Lanka), a male jumbo all by himself, and later two female elephants with a baby. There were also several huge monitor lizards, crocodiles, monkeys, several herds of spotted deer and a herd of sambar deer, wild boars, wild buffaloes, mongooses, and a rabbit.
Rabbit, crocodile & monitor lizard
Green birds, peacocks, mongooses
The very shy wild boar
The handsome Hanuman monkeys
We hunted the elusive leopard and finally spotted one sleeping atop a tree – unfortunately it was really too far for us to get a decent shot of him.
Fellow animal hunters
Our jeep driver with our tour driver
We went back to the resort for a quick freshening up and checked out, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant – rice with devil chicken, curry fish and chicken. It was a rather expensive lunch! After filling our tummies, we hit the road again to Ella (water fall in Sinhalese), about 2.5hr away. The small village sitting tight at the southern ridge of the Central highlands is aptly named in the backdrop of numerous waterfalls, small & large, which crash, gush or trickle down the mountainous terrain. On the way, we stopped by the Rawana Ella (Falls) for a quick photo stop.
After checking into Sky Green Resort, we headed out to hike up the Little Adam’s Peak, for a view of the surrounding mountains and the Ella Gap, a treacherous downhill highway formed by the opening in the chain of mountains all the way down to the southern coast. Only mum and I made it to the top, me with Yan Yan on piggy back. Hubby, MIL and Yiu Yiu decided to just wait for us halfway up.
Girls posing at the resort
Please pardon the 'Ah Soh' look
The Ella Gap, too bad it was a cloudy day
Yan Yan trying to make the V sign
Back at the hotel, it was time for a good shower and a 3-course dinner comprising a soup, main of rice with devil chicken, chicken chop suey (which is basically Chinese style mixed vegetable) or roast chicken, and desserts.