Boat trip Madu river

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At 8.00 am we (six persons) were picked up by a van and drove about 1,5 hours to get to the Madu River to do a boat trip. On our way we made a stop at a tsunami memorial. This area (Telwatta-Hikkaduwa) was the location of the train hit by the tsunami. The train was on its way from Colombo to Galle on Dec. 26, 2004. More than 800 bodies were recovered. On both side of the streets (close to the railway) you still see many remains of houses. These remains and the monument are very impressive.

Our driver did translate the Singhalese text on the memorial, but don’t remember it all. Only in Sri Lanka there were about 50.000 victims. 1.270 people from this village and 249 tourist among the 50.000. That’s what I think he told us.

 

After this stop we were all very quiet as we entered a boat for a nice trip on the Madu river. We spotted big lizards (goanna’s?), many birds and above all enjoyed the peaceful landscape.

On our way we visited ‘Kotdoowa Rajamaha Viharaya’, a monastery on an island where young boys are living and being educated.

 

Being back at the boat landing we had a nice lunch. Before lunch they showed us a typical wedding ceremony. Although a short play it was interesting to see.

Finally a stop at a ‘moonstone’ mine. Of course completed with a shop where you can buy jewellery J

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Tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Detail tsunami memorial
Detail tsunami memorial
Detail tsunami memorial
Detail tsunami memorial
Detail tsunami memorial
Detail tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Tsunami memorial
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Remains of houses
Monastery
Monastery
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony
Mone stone mining
Mone stone mining
Explanation about gems
Explanation about gems
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photo by: Vlindeke