Sri Lanka is one of those places where looking upward pays. From majestic trees blocking out the sun to dagabas and statues perched at the edge of cliffs or on mountain tops, there’s always something singular to be seen from below.
Ailsa’s Height Travel Challenge this week offers me an opportunity to give you a sneak peek at some of the highlights from my farewell trips around Paradise. Come, step aboard my magic carpet …
We’ll stop first at some of the ever-present signs of religion in this deeply spiritual society
I loved this view of the stairs to the belfry at St. Anthony’s Cathedral in Kandy, so reminiscent of the simple 17th century stairs at the temple at Dambadeniya
Speaking of Dambadeniya, the 200 metre outcrop was the site of a 13th century fortress from one of the ancient kingdoms. These stairs are part of the ‘road’ up. I sure wouldn’t have put my hand up to be a chair bearer for the monarch or his wives: though it was breathtakingly steep going up, coming down was hair-raising
Waterfalls are greatly loved by Sri Lankans, and they abound. This splashing rock face was a surprise discovery on the way up to Maskeliya
Ancient, Kandyan-style rood tiles and finials
A bit of colonial – Galle Fort
Finally, the quintessential coconut tree, soaring skyward, each at its own individual trajectory
A mistake we often make is looking up… look at what you would have missed 😉 I also learned to walk around things… you never know what you may find on the side you can’t see. A friend of mine loved my photos of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and asked where it was… and was shocked to learn when I told her. Turns out when she went she never thought to walk around assuming the back was plain. Such a shame, but taught me an important lesson so I didn’t make the same mistake she did.
Good on you! I’m enjoying your ‘tourist in my home town’ series (sorry I’m not catching up personally these days – one day I’ll have a routine again and can get back to the communicating aspects of blogging!). 🙂
Thanks Gene. I think I have it ironed out now with a regular schedule thanks to a few fellow bloggers suggestions.
I know what it is like to not get emersed in the blogging world as much as you would like. So many other things to distract us. For me it is work…
You certainly achieved great heights for this post!
Hahaha! Thanks for dropping by Gilly. 🙂
This is a magnificent share.. thank you.. love the photos…
So nice to see you bulldog – many thanks. Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
So easy to see why you loved it, Meredith. Delighted to share your memories 🙂
It’s such a pleasure to show some of the different aspects of this fascinating country Jo – so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Thanks for reminding us all to look up. I loved particularly the photograph of the coconut palm, so graceful and elegant.
I love that one too ! Coconut trees in general are a favourite subject but these, through the high grasses were a special capture on one of my final days in Sri Lanka.
Meredith, I can’t take my eyes off these mesmerising pictures from Paradise – all point to an island that I would certainly adore. The old lighthouse and peeling walls of Galle, those lovely Kandyan roofs (in terracotta?), the mystical, jungle-shrouded outcrops and of course the soaring coconut palms… was there any way you could have stayed just a little bit longer? Maybe three months, or six, or even a year?
That was the trouble, James! I packed up the house at the end of April and every week there was some compelling reason to stay a little longer until at last, around the middle of August I woke up one morning and realised I’d never leave unless I did something to set deadline. Even then, I couldn’t settle on a date until I went to the Immigration Department to get a release for my money … and they demanded a departure date. The end of August, I stuttered, heart pounding as though in fear. The 30th, then?, the officer prompted, and that was it – the date was set at last!
What wonderful things there are to see – great pictures!
You’re so right, Meg – what a wonderful world we live in 🙂
What a stunning gallery of view-from-below! The photo of the waterfalls is magnificent, and the coconut tree is an awesome shot!
I’m so glad you like the coconut trees too – I loved taking these pictures (lying on the floor of the car, shooting up through the windows) and was so pleased with the way they turned out – just how I saw them 🙂
Really amazing scenes!
Beautiful place, isn’t it?
Absolutely beautiful photos!
What an incredible farewell trip that must have been. Tremendous photographs, Wanderlust.
Thank you for sharing, brings back old memories in me, where I have been in Sri Lanka some 35 years ago and stayed as well in Kandy.
Ummm – 35 years ago – in Kandy you’d hardly notice the difference, that is if you took the new Sri Lanka Air Taxi amphibious plane, or the train – the drive up, unfortunately will reveal the extent of the changes that have taken place. Off the main roads though, it’s still Paradise.
Beautiful photos, Meredith, and wise words to look up. Still, the though of some poor chair bearers trying to make their way up or down those steps is mind-boggling. If I were the monarch, I would have insisted that I walk. I cannot imagine how terrifying it would have been going down those steps in a chair!
Super photos M …. I will look again at leisure when we are home next week … Brisbane tomorrow, not far from your new Paradise 🙂
There are a lot of stairs here. I’m not sure I would make it up or down any of them. I love your wonderful “up”lifting photos of Sri Lanka.
I can tell you my legs were wobbling for days afterward after that little adventure! I was also glad I was doing it alone where nobody I knew could see how red in the face I was, or how often I stopped to ‘look at the view’!
The photos are fabulous. I love the one with the waterfall. It looks like it is completely vertical. It’s nice to be able to enjoy things I might never see. Thank you for posting such a nice selection.
These photos are really beautiful. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Maybe the roof tiles, but the waterfall was really lovely. Thanks for sharing.
Great idea to do a post about a change of PoV. Compositions are often improved by looking up, or down!
You have shared a lovely perspective and my neck thanks you that I can view it from the comfort of my computer screen 🙂
A wonderful set of photographs Meredith, even if I do get a queasy feeling at the sight of those stairs – I’d still be there, slowly inching my way down!
You take wonderful pics!
Ahhhh…the dreaded last lap around, committing every little detail to human and digital memory.
Leaving places is hard for me, even if I’m equally excited to get somewhere else!
Where exactly are you these days? Are you still enroute to Australia or already unpacking?
Interesting perspective you have taken. Have you settled to the Oz way of life yet? I’ve misplaced the link to your Australia posts can you send it to me please?
The closing shot of those soaring palms is my favourite from your fabulous gallery Meredith. Hope you are comfortable settled in your new home.
THOSE STAIRS!!!! My heart races even thinking about it.