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Kudawella Down South Sri Lanka

Kudawella is a small coastal town near Tangalle on the South East coast of Sri Lanka.

There are some good guest houses localy and bigger hotels in nearby Tangalle.

You can find some beautiful beaches and walks through the coastal jungle.

Landmarks

  • Hummanaya Blow Hole
  • Wewurukannala Vihara Temple
  • Dickwella Beach
  • Tangalle Lighthouse
  • Parewella Natural Swimming Area
  • Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project
  • Dondra Lighthouse

Hummanaya is a natural blowhole, and caused when sea water rushes through a submerged cavern and is pushed upwards. The sea water flows underneath the shore, and then comes out of this hole due to pressure. The water fountain created by the geological feature shoots up every couple of minutes, depending on the nature of the sea, with the spray often reaching as high as 25 m (82 ft) to 30 m (98 ft).

Hummanaya Blowhole is the only known blowhole in Sri Lanka and it is considered to be the second largest blowhole in the world. “Hummanaya” (Sinhala: හුම්මානය = හූ+මානය) refers to the noise, “hoo”, that can be heard a distance away when the blowhole is active.

This site has now been developed as a tourist attraction, with a small visitors’ information centre on marine life and a viewing platform

The Hummanaya Blowhole is located 1.1 kilometres (0.7 mi) from the small fishing village of Kudawella, which is 28 km (17 mi) from Matara, 5 km (3.1 mi) from Dikwella and 12 km (7.5 mi) from Tangalle, in the Southern Province.

 

 

 

PADI Open Water scuba dive certification – Poseidon Dive Station Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

PADI Open Water scuba dive certification – Poseidon Dive Station Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

After years of awe at the magnificence that is the beautiful ocean, coupled with a fear of what might be lurking in there preventing me from jumping in and enjoying the great pool, I finally lady-sacked up and completed my PADI Open Water scuba dive certification.

Yup. Jess Hooper donned a mask and air tank, rolled backward off of a boat into the Indian Ocean and explored. Who is this person?! I like her better than the scared version of Hoop (Jess) who would hold her best friends hand, dip in a toe and run away as if there was a shark waiting right there at the end of her leg.

PADI Open Water scuba dive certification – Poseidon Dive Station Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

The confined dive in the shallows of Hikkaduwa Beach got me excited and hungry for a deeper dive. Breathing under water is so strange but so beautiful and had me chuckling to myself as I felt like a cross between a very awkward little mermaid and Darth Vader combined. The following day, I finally got into deeper water and boy, did I suck at diving.

Dive #1. “You kick your legs sort of like you’re riding a bike”. Well shit. I have a couple of friends who will love this as me on a bike of any kind is a logistical fail of epic proportions. “It’s okay, we can work on it, it will get better”.

The instructor Erin was a legend and just what I needed, the perfect combination of professional and calmingly casual. I couldn’t have asked for a better leader when it comes to learning how to literally jump out of my comfort zone and into the deep end. I semi-lost my buddy Nimantha but later found out he was holding my tank and guiding me along because the frog legs were getting me nowhere. Try, try and try again right?

Dive #2 was ever so slightly more successful and I almost had the leg coordination and not freaking out that I’m under water down. New mountain to climb…don’t over inflate your Buoyancy Control Device and float towards the surface like a derp. Grace never was my forte.

Dives #3 and 4 were so much better and I think (am almost sure anyway) that I had the legs, buoyancy and calm down. I loved it! It really is a whole other world down there, an indescribable world of peace, quiet, marine life, beautiful rock formations and conquered fears. I faced another scaredy too and jumped off the boat and swam on the surface. I won’t lie and say I was ready and willing, I had to pee and in the ocean is much better than in a wet-suit on a boat in fear of somebody seeing me pee in the ocean. After that first one, swimming became glorious, truly glorious and free compared to wearing the weight of equipment.

Being asked to get back in the boat so we could set off filled me with pride that not only was I in there bobbing around, I was enjoying myself.
I can’t wait to get back out there and explore more of the sea bed, Walt Disney’s’ “Under The Sea” rolling around in my head and am so grateful to be in picturesque Sri Lanka to keep practicing and experience more.

To the Poseidon Dive Station team, you’re the tits*. Truly great at what you do, awesome humans, professional and the best people to have started this underwater journey with. Thank you and I’ll forever have a place in my heart for the people who made me feel at ease in natures wonder – and on a high powered speed boat 😉

*This has caused confusion before so to clarify; just as breasts are beautiful, functional, great fun and lovely overall, people who are ‘the tits’ are all of the above and more.

I found my lady balls and took a dive…Literally

United Arab Emirates UAE National Holidays 2018

United Arab Emirates UAE National Holidays 2018

Occasion Date Date Days
Greg. New Year 13 Rabi Al-Aakhir 1439 Monday 1 January 2018 1
Israa Wal Miraj night 27 Rajab 1439 Saturday 14 April 2018 1
Half of shaban month 15 Sha’ban 1439 Tuesday 1 May 2018 0
Beginning of Ramadan 1 Ramadan 1439 Thursday 17 May 2018 0
Bader Al Kubra 17 Ramadan 1439 Saturday 2 June 2018 0
Fateh Makkah 20 Ramadan 1439 Tuesday 5 June 2018 0
Lailat Al Qader 27 Ramadan 1439 Tuesday 12 June 2018 0
29th Ramadan 29 Ramadan 1439 Thursday 14 June 2018 1
Eid Al Fitr 1 Shawwal 1439 Friday 15 June 2018 3
Arafat (Haj) day 9 Thul-Hijjah 1439 Tuesday 21 August 2018 1
Eid Al Adha 10 Thul-Hijjah 1439 Wednesday 22 August 2018 3

Dates of Islamic holidays are subject to change in accordance with the moon sighting


January 1 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is fixed on January 1 to celebrate the dawn of the new Gregorian year. The UAE joins the global party with fireworks, parades, and parties. Every year, the Burj Khalifa is the centerpiece for one of the greatest firework displays in the world.

In 2018, New Year’s Day falls on a Monday, so it won’t be a long weekend unless you book the 31st of December off. Plan well in advance.


April 13 – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj – Ascension Day

Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj is an Islamic holiday, which is observed annually on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab, according to the Hijri calendar. The holiday marks the night Allah took Mohammad (PBUH) on a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem, and then to heaven. The journey was made in a single night, hence the name.

In 2018 the holiday falls on Friday, April 13.


June 15 – Eid Al Fitr

Roughly translated, Eid Al Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast”. The holiday is a celebration which marks the end of Ramadan (which is forecast to end on June 15 or 16). It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah.

Eid Al Fitr begins automatically after the last day of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal. Holidays vary between one or two days from the start of Eid Al Fitr.

June 15 and 16 fall on a Friday and Saturday respectively.


August 21 – Arafat Day

Arafat Day is the second day of the annual haj (or pilgrimage). The holiday takes place the day before the start of Eid Al Adha. At dawn, Muslim pilgrims make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside called Mount Arafat and a plain called the Plain of Arafat.

In 2018 Arafat Day falls on a Tuesday.

The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.


August 22 – Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha translates to the “festival of sacrifice”. The holiday honours Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah. Ismail is happy to oblige before Allah sends his angel, Jibra’il, to inform Ibrahim that he has already accepted the sacrifice from his heart.

Goats are sacrificed and divided into three parts: one part for the family, one part for relatives, and one part for the poor. The holiday begins on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja – the last month of the Hijri calendar.

In 2018, Eid Al Adha is expected to begin on Wednesday, August 22. A two day holiday for Eid Al Adha, including a one-day holiday for Arafat Day on Tuesday, ensures a (very) long weekend in August.


September 11 – Al Hijri – Islamic New Year

Al Hijri is the Islamic New Year. Expected to fall on Tuesday, September 11 in 2018.

The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.


November 20 – Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday

The birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Arabic, the holiday is referred to as Eid Al Mawlid an Nabawi.

In 2018, November 20 falls on a Tuesday.

The date is subject to moon-sighting and could change.


November 30 – Commemoration Day

Commemoration Day (sometimes referred to as Martyr’s Day) is a public holiday on November 30. The day was declared by His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2015 to honour Emiratis who have died for their country.

The remembrance will fall on a Friday in 2018.


December 2 – UAE National Day

The UAE’s National Day is fixed on December 2 each year. Although the UAE – or the Trucial States as it was known until 1971 – was never part of the British Empire, it was a British Protectorate. The protectorate treaty was withdrawn on December 1 1971, paving the way for the federal unification of the Trucial States.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah made up the original UAE, with Ras Al Khaimah joining in a year later in 1972. 2018 will be the UAE’s 47th birthday.

One or two days are granted as public holidays, and as December 2 is a Sunday, we could enjoy a long weekend.

Top Tips when planning Sri Lanka Tour Holiday Vacations

Sri Lanka is an awesome tropical island with steady temperatures generally remaining between 25°C and 35°C.

rainfall down south sri lanka

There are windy and rainy seasons one side of the island, whilst the other side tends to be less windy and drier.

You can choose your dates for the side of the island that you want to explore, alternatively, if you have fixed dates, choose the side of the island that has your desired weather.

Here are some top tips to enjoy your visit.

  • Seek our advice – it’s free
  • Select one of our preferred tour guides – you will see more for less!
  • Let us take the strain – we can supply a good driver to collect you at the airport – no stress after your flight
  • Be realistic in what you want to see in your time frame – there is o much to see on one beautifully diverse tropical island.
  • Get the right accommodation for your needs – AC is desirable in some months and not needed in others.
  • Travel light to enjoy the freedom of the island – or – we can escort you and your travel baggage at arm’s length.
  • Sample the local foods – not all are super spicy!
  • Bring a good camera and/or smartphone – but don’t flaunt it – be discrete
  • Do some research (through our websites)  and select what you want to see/experience.
  • Discover the cultural beliefs and ceremonies which are as diverse as the scenery on this lovely island.
  • Ask loads of questions – we love it!

 

 

 

 

Polhena – Pathum Sri Lanka

Polhena

TUKTUK DRIVERS POLHENA MADIHA MATARA SRI LANKA

Tours and Tuk Tuk

Good TukTuk drivers can arrange taxis and tours in and around Polhena and Matara. There are some great tours to see in Sri Lanka

Mr Pathum Kosala is a “happy and friendly” Tuk Tuk driver and local guide – highly recommended.

A well presented young man – good English and huge smile 🙂

pathum kosala tuk tuk driver

Call him +9477 540 3039

or contact via facebook

Polhena and Madiha – Suresh Sri Lanka

Polhena and Madiha

Suresh operates a first class service with his Toyota Car.

He is based “down south” and operates throughout Sri Lanka with a pickup car service from the main airport in Colombo.

The airport pickup service is a fixed fee – enquire for details

Suresh is an experienced guide and will show you areas not covered by the standard “run of the mill” tour guides.

His car is an environmentally friendly  Toyota Prius

 

+9477 230 24 56  sureshmadiha@gmail.com