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Photo Samples, Sri Lanka

 

For many years, parts of Sri Lanka has been off limits to travellers due to the insurgency of theTamil Tigers in the far north. Fortunately, these things are a thing of the past, and the island country is rapidly re-gaining it's deserved reputation of being a great place to be, right from the colonial charm of the capital to the beaches all the way around the coastline.

As usual, all photos are  Claus Qvist Jessen, and none of them are to be used without my permission.

The yard of the famous Galle Face Hotel, built 1864 and by far the most "colonial" of all Srilankan hotels; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Newly-wed Catholic couple; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Dancer/musician from Kandy, before performing at a Catholic wedding in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

 

Pulling the merchandise; Colombo market, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local butcher; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

"Sleeping partner" at a coconut shop; Colombo market, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Tattoo, Srilankan style; Colombo market, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Buddha statue, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Friendly monk; Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Ivory-framed shrine; Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Filling the oil lamps; Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple; Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Negombo, 30 kms north of the capital is a rather touristy beach town, but also very colourful and friendly. Oddly, it's a center of Christianity; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Despite being a Buddhist country, Sri Lanka leaves plenty of space for other beleifs, such as Hinduism. Here a gopuram from Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Coconut transporter; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Picturesce fishing boat; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Fishermen tending the nets; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Fishermens wives, preparing for spreading out the fish for drying; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Laying out the fish to dry; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Want some crabs? Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Fisherman enjoying the evening in good company; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Fish vendor; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Bathing the kid; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Same boy, not exactly shy; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

But she is; Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Entrance to the holy Bodhi Temple; Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Most likely the oldest living tree on Earth, the sacred Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura. More than 2000 years old, the is a sibling of the original tree in Bodhgaya under which Prince Siddarta, 2500 years ago, achieved enlightenment and thus became Buddha. Central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Prayer flags; Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Sacrificial gifts for the spirits; Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Lankarama Dagoba (= stupa); Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The massive Jetawanarama Dagoba (stupa); Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

 

Tuk-tuk driver; Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The famous Sigiryia Rock; Sigiryia, Sri Lanka. About 400 m's up to the top, and up there the remains of a temple complex is found.  Claus Qvist Jessen

One of several famous cave paintings on the way to the top of the Sigiryia Rock, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Buddhist pilgrims at the top; Sigiryia, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Less holy, but equally decorative; Sigiryia, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Toque macaque, mother and baby; Sigiryia, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The entrance of the famous Vatadage Complex; The Quadrangle, Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Vatadage Buddha; Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Atadage temple; Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Lying Buddha, Gal Vihara group; Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Big stupa, right south of the Gal Vihara; northern part of Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Yet another temple, also south of Gal Vihara; northern part of Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

 

Angry Toque macaque male; Polonaruwa, central Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The yard in front of Dambulla Caves, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The largest cave of the Dambulla Caves, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

One of the smaller ones; Dambulla Caves, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Washing the pachyderms; Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary, western Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

A gentle scrub; Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary, western Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Enjying an almost fence-less world; Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary, western Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Banana vendor; Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary,western Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

A sure sign that tourism is a major industry: The ever-present Lonely Planet-signs; Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea picker at a plantation right outside town; Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The entrance to the sacrest part of the Tooth Relic Temple. Reportedly, one of Buddhas teeth is here - somewhere. Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Sacrificing flowers in the Tooth Relic Temple; Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Musician at the Tooth Relic Temple; Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Selling bethel nuts and leaves to go; Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Toy man; Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Nuwara Eliya is the highest village in Sri Lanka and home of the best tea - or so they say. The highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local tea plantation worker; Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Tea plantation; Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Most work in the plantations is done by Tamil women, here weighing in the tea; Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Freshly picked tea leaves; Nuwara Eliya, the highlands of Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The slow train to Haputale, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Shy girl in the arms of a happy mother; Dambatenne, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Dambatenne Tea Factory; Haputale, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Freshly fermented tea leaves from the Dambatenne tea Factory; Haputale, Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Wild elehants, an increasingly rare sight. Here in the Udo Walawa National Park, southern Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Male Indian elephant chewing the grass; Udo Walawa National Park, southern Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The beach at Merissa, one of the less developed beach regions of southern Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Fishermen, Weligama; southern Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local shop lady; Weligama; Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The old, originally Dutch made fort at Galle, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The lighthouse of Galle Fort, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Lazy lizard; Galle Fort, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Cricket playing prodigy; Galle Fort, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Making tea; Galle, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Tiny Buddhist shrine in a small shop; Galle, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Precious and semi-precious stones after polishing; Galle, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The train station in Galle, south Sri Lanka.  Claus Qvist Jessen

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