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Sri Lanka

Surfing Safari

I flew from Myanmar to Sri Lanka passing back through Bangkok airport. I saw this sign and thought it was so hilarious. Notice the reception area for Buddhist monks. Only in Southeast Asia!!
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Then I boarded my final Air Asia flight to Colombo.
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By the time I got to Sri Lanka, I was cultured out. After all, I had been to about a thousand temples in SE Asia :) Although there are great things to see in Sri Lanka such as the tea plantations in Kandy, etc, it's most well known for it's amazing beaches and surf. So surfing I did. For one week, I relaxed in my one-room hut by the shore and went out for a paddle every morning and afternoon to go surfing.

I went to world famous Arugam Bay on the southeast coast.
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Arugam Bay was really badly destroyed by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 that destroyed parts of Thailand as well. My surf instructor told me that the day of the tsunami, he woke up in his hut surrounded by water. He said it was like he was in a washing machine. He somehow survived being carried with the water for about 2 kilometers. He then helped collect and move the dead bodies (about a third of the town perished) in the days that followed. The town is getting back on its feet though, and it's a lovely area for relaxing and surfing all day.
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After Arugam Bay, I went to Hikkaduwa, another surfing town on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka to try the surf there.
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My favorite lunch place right on the beach :) Life is good :)
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Posted by kendallwallace 17:20 Archived in Sri Lanka

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