Friday, November 16, 2012

Pigeon Island National Park

8th November morning was not as bright as the day before. There were lot of clouds in the sky and my attempt to shoot sunrise from Nilaveli beach was a failure yet again. But luckily there were no signs of rain. So as we have discussed with hotel management on previous day, they have arranged a boat for us to visit Pigeon Island. So as soon as we had our delicious breakfast at Pigeon Island Beach Resort, it was time for an adventure.
Sun lit lantern

We left the beach around 9 am and got to Pigeon Island in 15-20 mins boat ride. Since it was a weekday in a none peak season, the island was calm and quiet. Apart from us there were only few foreigners.  It gave us more freedom to walk around the island and take few good snap shots.

On the way to Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island National Park from the sea

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Enjoy Nilaveli Beach with the hospitality of Pigeon Island Beach Resort

It was 7th November 2012, after enjoying a day at Tangerine Beach Resort, Kaluthara our next plan was to visit Trincomalee to experience it's beautiful long shallow beaches. My wife was always wanted to go there though this was a surprise trip for her. She didn't know where we are going until we pass Habarana on the Trincomalee road.

I was planing to visit famous Pigeon Island National Park and stay most of the time enjoying Nilaveli beach. By going through list of available hotels, my choice was Pigeon Island Beach Resort which had a direct view of Pigeon Island.

Though our first impression was not so good when we get there, welcome drink was really tasty and refreshing which fixed our mood. There were only few guests and the place was very much peaceful. We received a room with the sea view. It was one of the six rooms they had with the sea view and the look through the window was amazing.

Check out these images which I shoot on the first day at Pigeon Island Beach Resort.

Pool at Pigeon Island Beach Resort

View from the lawn

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mannar round trip

It has been almost a year since visiting Mannar and I was tempting to go there again, especially in the middle of the migration season. I have called Mr. Laurance, the owner of Four Teess Rest Inn, many times since the season begun, but couldn’t go there due to some concerns. This time I was very determined to go there and ask my friends to join me from about month a go. Unfortunately most of them had forgotten it and arranged their own trips. Finally there was only myself and Lasantha, my good old friend were the only ones left behind. When we called Four Tees Rest Inn, our beloved rest, all rooms were already been booked for the long weekend. However Mr. Laurance was kind enough to give us other accommodation facilities available, but they all were already full. I was very anxious to go to Mannar, so we left Colombo on 3rd Feb hoping to find a place to stay when we got there or if we couldn’t find a hotel we were planning to return home on the same day.

We were traveling on the same root to Dambulla, which we had chosen to go to Kandalama on previous weekend to enjoy our Balloon ride (I’ll post about the balloon ride later when I get a chance to write). From there we were travelling on A9 to Madawachchiya. A9 is under construction at the moment which had reduced our speed a lot. Whole journey took us about 6.5Hrs to reach the Giant Tank (Yodha wewa).

We stopped there for a moment to have a look around the Giant Tank and I was delighted by the view from the bank of Giant tank, which made me run back to the car and grab my camera with landscape lens on it. But this one I’m going to share with all of you is the one I took from my phone.

Panorama of the Giant Tank
There were few fishermen working on fishing nets and the sunrise over the tank was remarkable. We spent about 20 minutes there enjoying the sunrise, after that started our journey toward Mannar. We have noticed that the area around the giant tank was very active with birds. We have spotted many bird species on the way to Thalladi including a flock of Brahminy Starlings.

Sunrise over Giant Tank