We had a month long vacation and now kids are back to school giving me a little free time to blog again. We have been traveling again and this time again to Yala National park to see wild animals. Boy weren't we lucky this time. We did three trips to the park and we enjoyed it immensely. We were dust covered every time we came out but it was fully worthwhile. My last trip to Yala is featured here.
Sinhala and Tamil New year is on the 13th and 14th of April. I have featured it many times before in my blog but I will post a few more pictures of the celebration which we had this year. The design of the peacock is done with colored rise. At the dawn of the new year a pot of milk is boiled in the traditional way and it is been allowed to over flow. There is an auspicious time that the hearth is been lit and crackers are also been lit to announce the new year at this time. Many games are been played. More of this can be seen in this post here.
However, we celebrated the New Year in Yala. We stayed at the new Jetwing Yala hotel. It used to be Yala Safari but it completely got destroyed to the ground during the tsunami and it was re-built from scratch and opened early this year. The hotel is beautiful with a gorgeous view of the sea. Cant believe that this place has been transformed so beautifully from what it used to be. Only thing the choice of food is not up to standard. It could have been better. The buffet was the same all three days when we were there therefore, no variation at all. Normally hotels in Sri Lanka offer excellent buffets and it was actually disappointing to see such a limited variation offered. All in all it was a great stay. Photos of our safari with leopards, bear, and elephants with many more animals will be in my next post.