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Monday, November 2, 2009

Waking up to birdsong...

When nature speaks, it is best to be silent...

How true!
I spent a heavenly weekend in a remote forest lodge at Galkadawala - which is somewhere off Habarana - about one hour drive from Anuradhapura. The house is made from bricks, wattle and daub, wood and some iron. There is one bedroom on the ground floor, another two in the first floor, and about 8 people can sleep on the deck - which roughly functions as the second floor. Oh - and there arent any stair cases :) Just a sort of wooden ladder thing.
Sleeping on the deck was amazing...Imagine the night winds gently blowing in your face while you fall asleep listening to the distant sounds of elephants...and then waking up at dawn to the sounds of birdsong...














There is no TV or internet. Which make this a escape from the electronic jungle - especially for computer junkies like myself :)
I wish I could have spent more days there - to take long walks to the now dried up reservoire where hundreds of birds flock to in the early morning... To wait silently while a lonely elephant crept away to the forest...To finally be able to catch a glimpse of that elusive peacock who had been calling to its mate for hours...And to return to the lodge by dusk and stand under those refreshing outdoor showers...And then to savour a delicious drink of fresh wood apple juice...