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Wandering Ivy

by

Justin Ouyang

Documenting my adventures in travel, style, and food.

Ecotourism in Sinharaja

Ecotourism in Sinharaja

February 2016

After hours of winding roads up through hills and tea plantations, we arrived at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Sid had booked our stay at the Rainforest Eco Lodge, encompassing sixteen repurposed shipping containers set within the heart of the tropical rainforest. The modern and industrial converted chalets set against the rainforest and its accompanying mist felt like a James Bond landscape.

We signed up for the group afternoon hike and Sid was mischievously excited when we were provided stern warnings about the dangers of leeches and subsequently handed out leech socks to prevent us from leech bites. As we left the hotel clearing, the guide pointed out interesting bird and plant species before leading us to a stream filled with toothless nibbling fish that served as nature's mani-pedi salon. 

Misty days at Sinharaja.

Misty days at Sinharaja.

After the hike, we retired to our villainous lair to read and relax within the hugging mist. Dinner and breakfasts at the resort's one restaurant were upscale and delicious. The dining room looks out onto the entire resort complex and provides an incredible view for your meals. Our stay here was short, as we prioritized the upcoming portions of our trip: Galle and the Maldives.

The extensive Sri Lankan breakfast platters.

The extensive Sri Lankan breakfast platters.

The next day we jumped into another hired car and found ourselves aggressively speeding through open hills and plains interspersed with clogged towns toward the port town of Galle. We looked at each other with a mixture of concern and excitement as our driver weaved through traffic indifferently and dangled our lives with each aggressive pass. But I think we had learned to embrace our experiences at that point and just hoped for the best. 

Dutch Colonial Galle

Dutch Colonial Galle

Elephants in Uda Walawe

Elephants in Uda Walawe