In the heart of Sri Lanka the Sigiriya rock soars 200 meters in the air. King Kassapa (477 - 495 CE) selected this place for his palace and designed the entrance in form of a lion, where the name Sigiriya comes from (lion's rock in sinhalese)
Early morning at 5:45 am on the road to the Horton Plains national park near Nuwara Eliya. The first hikers are arriving to do the 9 kilometers trail before it's getting too hot or rainy around noon.
The fresh picked tea leaves are loaded into a truck in the mountains of Narrangala and beeing transported to the next tea factory.
In the mountains of Narangala tea pluckers are filling the fresh picked tea leaves into sacks and weigh them before a truck comes to transport the sacks to the next tea factory.
Tea plantations after a short and heavy rain at the Lipton's Seat.
Crossing the 9 arch bridge in Ella
Heavy traffic on the Yala road.
At the safari in the Yala national park.
The spice man from spice art in Galle is serving finest organic ceylon tea in a coconut shell.
Organic cinnamon sticks at spice art in Galle.
Spice art, a small shop on the Galle road, where the spice man sells organic, homemade and regional spices.
My bicycle is getting ready for the Galle city tour.
A typical fishermen's boat at the beach of Negombo
Sunset at the seaside of Colombo.
At the lagune of Negombo, many boats are parking and ready for a boat trip in the lagune.
Dried fish at the coast of Negombo
Fisherman washes the catch of the day before it's getting to the further process.
Fishermen in Negombo with the catch of the morning.
Fishermen preparing the fishingnet
Sigiriya rock, seen from Pidurangala rock.
When I was hiking in the knuckles mountain range and walked the stony and steep path back down, I came across a tea plucker, who really impressed me. I was hiking this difficult path with hiking boots and did each step very carefully not to fall or slip and she just walked down very relaxed and smooth as it was a normal path - with flip flops and a big sack of tea leaves on her head and still had a nice smile on her face. Greatest respect for the hard working tea pluckers.
King coconut water is always a tasty and healthy refreshment in Sri Lanka. You can find many coconut sellers on the streets of Sri Lanka.