Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Western Endeavour - Issue No.: 812 Issue Date: 24 Jun, 2018

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Sri Lanka

Our best friend, Frank Crawley acted as honorary consul for Sri Lanka in WA for more than 20 years and always excited us with his stories of his many journeys to the island country. Once the conflict had ceased and Frank was getting to the end of his tenure as honorary consul he agreed to accompany Wendy and I along with his wife Sue on a guided tour of this exciting and beautiful place.

One of the places that I included in our itinerary was the port of Trincomalee in the North East of the island that was a naval base for the Royal Navy until 1956 and my father was stationed there during WW2 from April 1943 to April 1945 on his submarine depot ship the H.M.S. Adamant.

Some of the highlights of the trip included the following: -

  • Staying at the Mount Lavinia Hotel – originally a British Governor’s colonial residence
  • Seeing the wild animals in the Yala National Park including 3 Leopards – a very rare sight
  • Visiting the tea growing area in the mountains at Nuwara Eliya
  • The scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
  • Climbing Sigiriya, a rock fortress built by King Kashyapa between 477 and 495 AD that rises 200 metres above the jungle
  • Retracing some of my father’s footsteps in Trincomalee and being hosted by the Sri Lankan Navy
  • The visit to the Elephant orphanage
  • Experiencing an ancient Sinhalese and Tamil cultures so different from our own

Author: Jane O'Leary

Published: 8 October, 2017


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