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|Year and Month||June, 2014|
|Number of Days||Three Day Trip|
|Accommodation||Lake View Chalets – SLAF, Sella Kataragama. This is available only to Officers of SLAF|
|Activities||Pilgrimage, Photography, Chilax|
|Route||Dehiwela -> Kottawa -> Along E1 to Matara -> Weerawila -> Sella Kataragama|
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Taking time off to relax saw us heading deep down south a few weeks ago. Our destination was Sella Kataragama where SLAF has chalets for its officers. Travelling was easy as we took E1 to Matara. The drive was a breeze! A short stop at Devundara was all what we needed.
Our destination was the SLAF Lake View Chalets. Bordering the Akkara Vissa tank, they are ideal for a quiet holiday.
And the view from the chalets……..
The road by the chalets lead to Kiri Vehera, a place where one can find peace any time of the day. Yet, the best for me is the night time………..
A day at the Chalets
The day begins with a spectacular sunrise over the lake. My usual insomnia is a god send at times like these and I am the only human to witness it……………
The sun makes its appearance…..
….. and the day begins
It is time for the other two to join me for an exploration of the area and we took a walk along the tank bund.
And as it was a week day, children were going to school and the adults to work
Well “life is motion” anyway and this camera shake is “moving with the tide” 😉
The days at Sella are usually hot and not for the outdoors. A good time though for a visit to Gana devi kovila (aka Gange Devale) and well in time for the thevava too.
The evening at the lake sees a return of life……..
In life there is always choices as these pipits found!
A trip deep down south is not complete without a visit to Yala and we did one game safari one afternoon. For the first time we went through the Katagamuwa entrance and what a change from the Palatupana entrance! No ques for tickets or to the gates.
It was a bird show all the way and only deers, a mongoose and a lone elephant for mammals. No sign of leopards. But many evidence of bears – paw marks, broken palu brances – sans actual bears 🙁
And on the home run…….
And that was it for the day, or so we thought. The time was 6.15 pm and we were late. And almost near the exit at Katagamuwa was……
Needless to say we went wild with joy! And trigger happy too, despite the low light!
He was patient, gave me some shots and then crossed the road……….
Yala – just like my Canon – delights me always 🙂