Day Five: Sri Lanka
After a day of trekking through the Indian jungles and short swim across the Laccadive sea, we’ve ended up going through the distinctive island of Sri Lanka and finally ended up rowing out in the middle of the Bay of Bengal. A journey that took us 1536km away from our previous stop in India. After nearly 150 years of British rule, Sri Lanka became an independent country in 1948, famous for its Ceylon tea, breathtaking scenery, the extensive range of wildlife, love of cricket and Theravada Buddhism.
Sri Lanka is home to some of the most abundant and varied wildlife in the world. Despite being small, the island doesn’t hold back when it comes to wildlife. Hosting 8 different national parks, you can expect to see a wild range of animals such as Asian Elephants, Leopards, Turtles, Sloth Bears, Sambars, Blue whales and a multitude of unique bird species. Let’s see if we can go on safari while we’re passing through and see as many as possible.
Despite the national the sport of Sri Lanka actually being volleyball, by far the most popular sport in Sri Lanka is cricket. In the mid-90s the Sri Lanka national cricket team achieved considerable success, winning the 1996 cricket world cup. Former cricketer,= Muttiah Muralitharan, an off-spinner, is wildly regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Cricket is a great way to stay active, either for fun or competition. It improves overall fitness, hand-eye coordination and stamina and is a very technical sport. Short sprinting between wickets, running for balls and bowling all improve your general cardio and fitness.
Distance Travelled: 9,824km
Journey Finished: 23.92%
Money Raised: £3,495
Countries Visited: 15 Countries
Day 5 Leader Board
- Kimberley Langley – 124km
- Darren Fox – 103km
- Dan Cumberworth 101km
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