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Sri Lanka Stories: Day 7 - Udawalawe to Unawatuna

Today was a day I had been looking forward too, as we were heading for the coast, where as much as I’d enjoyed the jam-packed exploration and absorption of the local culture in the days preceding it, I was looking forward to some chill time, and maybe even some surf?  But first, another driver recommendation before we left Udawalawe. 

There was a facility nearby where wild baby elephants came for feeding.  The facility was setup to help the local population of elephants and they just that charge a small fee for the public to come a watch the 30-40 minute feeding.  Although it wasn't as close an encounter as at Pinnawala on day 2, or even at the safari yesterday, for the very low price it was worth stopping by and I didn’t get the impression there’s an awful lot more to do in and around Udawalawe.

Feeding time...

Feeding time...

Feeding Elephants
This poor bugger with a prosthetic leg. 

This poor bugger with a prosthetic leg. 

Quite a popular attraction. 

Quite a popular attraction. 

We approached Unawatuna via Matara and travelled along the coast for the final part of the journey.  My eyes glued to the coastline all the way checking out the local surf breaks.  

One of the better surf spots that you could see from the road.

One of the better surf spots that you could see from the road.

We quickly settled at our new hotel, which was set to be our home for three nights - our most permanent residence whilst in Sri Lanka.  It’s terrace led directly onto the sea front and the weather was really warm, so we quickly emptied our bags before going down to relax in the sun.  After the chaos of the first few days, we felt like we were due a bit of relaxation.  Plus, the next morning was another early one for whale watching. 

Read the rest of my Sri Lanka Stories, here.

The view from our balcony at Aqua Beach Club, Unawatuna was alright, I guess.

The view from our balcony at Aqua Beach Club, Unawatuna was alright, I guess.

 
Sunset from the balcony.

Sunset from the balcony.

 
Not long before the sun faded away. 

Not long before the sun faded away.