We were blessed enough to get invited on a real adventure last week! Our dear friend Banda wanted to show us ‘his special place’, deep inside of the rainforest of the world heritage Sinharaja. I feel so grateful for that, cause we would have never ever found this magical place without him. It is really a place off the beaten track, and we had such a unique experience staying in Bandas’ lovely friends’ house, like 50 meters below this waterfall, surrounded by tea-plantations.
As the rainforest is around 3 hours away from ‘our Sri Lankan home’ we travelled there by scooters. There was six of us – me and Bryan, Banda, our Austrian friend Flo and a lovely Australian/Indian couple – Sam and Teesta. Such a great group of people. We were so happy, roaming through teeny tiny villages and never ending tea-plantations, that we didn’t even care about the heavy rain that welcomed us as soon as we entered the rainforest.
We were cruising down quite empty roads, surrounded by ricefields and tea-plantations.
..and the sky got more and more dramatic as we got closer to the rainforest. We stopped in several tea plantations for a delicious fresh cup! Woman with very strong neck, cutting tea leaves and putting them in the bag attatched to her head.
As the rain was pouring down when we arrived to the village, we didn’t enter the rainforest by foot until the morning after. We enjoyed each others company, had enormous amounts of fresh tea from the garden, coconut rum and delicious rice and curry. I love how every family has their own recipe and ingredients, I never get tired of trying new rice and curry as you always get a surprise!
The next morning started with clear skies and sunshine, and we were all very excited to start the hike to the waterfall(s)! We hiked, or more like climbed, through the majestic old trees of the rainforest, up the steep mountains, over winding tree roots, through rivers and even waterfalls. There could be cobras and leopards and who knows maybe even crocodiles around, but I felt totally safe. I was too busy taking in the beauty of the tall trees and their mindblowing roots. (Too busy to even capture the beauty of it on photos I realized when we came back!) The path seemed very hard by the look, but it seemed like mother nature had made it easy for us to get forward. There was always a branch or root of a tree, a rock, or something to grab when the path became more difficult.
I can’t even describe with words how I felt when we entered the little valley of this waterfall. It was something so magical, peaceful, exciting and mystical about it. When you stand on a rock right in front of the waterfall you get surrounded by the most colourful rainbow. Like your own personal rainbow, cause no one else can see it. I wish I could have captured it with my camera but it would have gotten too wet. In general I must say that no camera in the world can capture the real beauty of this place. The sound of the waterfall almost sounded like music, and it seemed like we were in another world. In heaven. It truly felt like we were in heaven when we were swimming in the sacred water. And when we were chilling in the sunshine on the tree branch that nature placed perfectly just in front of the waterfall, as well for that matter. The whole place was just breathtaking. So green, so pure, so untouched.
Banda in his special place
We stayed there for hours, in fact it was hard to leave. But I know that we will come back. In the near future. Because you know what?! We actually went back to the capital to extend our visas once again, a couple of days ago. It just felt so right. We both love this country and we want to explore more. Much more. We want to learn more about the interesting way of life in Sri Lanka, the culture, Ayurveda, the wildlife ~ everything. We will start roaming around with a motorbike on Monday morning, for unknown time and to unknown destinations. All we know is that we’re gonna follow the universe and see where and to who it takes us, and then we’ll return to our little paradise, our ‘Sri Lankan family’ and friends, when we feel like that. We also have a lot of friends coming to Sri Lanka the coming months, so it is just a very beautiful time. I am loving the thought of the fact that we’ve only just been here half time. We have experienced so much, and we have so many adventures ahead of us, that I get butterflies of happiness in my stomach just thinking about it.
Now it’s time for the goodnight tea. (Yeah here you drink tea for everything, but no wonder when they have the best tea in the world here, and loads of it!) Tomorrow it’s my 26th birthday, fullmoon, lunareclipse and a meteor is passing earth. I am not sure what this coincidence means, but it sounds quite magical I must say.
So, goodnight from Sri Lanka! Enjoy the fullmoon everyone! And keep follow along friends, I promise I’ll share as much as I can of the Sri Lankan beauty with you all!
..and another beautiful waterfall we passed on our hike! I can’t wait to share Bryan’s videos, to show you more of this spectacular place. Stay tuned 😉