Ecotour of southern Sri Lanka (4) : Dondra Head Lighthouse

When:  October 2014      Weather: Hot  25-30C

The Yala Leopard Lodge where we stayed was a wonderful place, staffed by friendly people and also a great cook who looked after us. It’s owned by a Sri Lankan naturalist Mr Mahibola who told us great stories about his travels and love of nature.  He published a magnificent wildlife book detailing a lifetime of wanderlust and recording the miracles of nature in the 4 corners of the globe.

The lodge itself is airconditioned and has a swimming pool and about 20 monitor lizards and lots of birds etc to entertain guests…

 

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Purple sunbird on fence

Purple sunbird on fence

 

spotted doves

spotted doves

 

front of purple rumped sunbird

front of purple rumped sunbird

 

back of purple rumped sunbird showing why it's so called

back of purple rumped sunbird showing why it’s so called

 

 

One of the ladies in our group found this wonderful little snake in the garden...

One of the ladies in our group found this wonderful little snake in the garden…

 

Dendralaphis tristis or the common Bronzeback..a non-venomous species

Dendralaphis tristis or the common Bronzeback..a non-venomous species

 

Leaving Yala, we took the coastal road towards Matara before joining the highway back to Colombo.  And it was on this drive to Matara that we discovered one of these serendipitous events where we did something without high expectations and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip!  Our host had told us that there was a lighthouse at the southern tip of Sri Lanka at a place called Dondra Head and asked if we’d like to stop and see it…it was about noon, the overhead sun was blazingly hot and it was tempting to skip it and just head on back to Colombo..but something made us stop..so glad we did…

 

the surf and coconut trees made for a stunning vista

the surf and coconut trees made for a stunning vista

 

The lighthouse emerged between the coconut fronds

The lighthouse emerged between the coconut fronds

 

gleaming in the sunlight

gleaming in the sunlight

 

amazingly, we were allowed to climb up the lighthouse...

amazingly, we were allowed to climb up the lighthouse…

 

It's 222 steps and 55m up...

It’s 222 steps and 55m up…

 

shuttered windows from another era//on the way up

shuttered windows from another era//on the way up

 

we got a hint of the view halfway up through the open windows

we got a hint of the view halfway up through the open windows

 

this is what greeted us at the top!

this is what greeted us at the top!

 

the water in the adjacent lagoon was so clear we could see the fish in the water from up there!

the water in the adjacent lagoon was so clear we could see the fish in the water from up there!

 

view in the other direction down the coast

view in the other direction down the coast

 

coconut grove below

coconut grove below

 

waves sweeping in

waves sweeping in

 

rugged coastline

rugged coastline

 

the lighthouse lights

the lighthouse lights

 

old brass detail on vents

old brass detail on vents

 

stocks of glass panes for the cockpit at the top in case of breakage

stocks of glass panes for the cockpit at the top in case of breakage

 

naval officer at the radar screen monitoring ship movements

naval officer at the radar screen monitoring ship movements

 

Thanks for following my blog...this was the end of our Sri Lankan journey

Thanks for following my blog…this was the end of our Sri Lankan journey with great friends 

 

Dondra Head lighthouse is a gem; I can only imagine what a sunrise or sunset would be like here. If you are in the vicinity for whalewatching or snorkelling, don’t miss it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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