Flight 62) Ratmalana – Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has some truly amazing sights to offer and once again I find myself wishing I could visit these destinations first hand. Many of the YouTube videos I have seen certainly make the various holidays seem lovely and relaxed whilst providing much in the way of entertainment. One of the most impressive sights I have learnt about is that of King Ravana’s Palace atop of Sigiriya’s”Lion Rock.” This is a huge stone rising from the Sri Lankan terrain with sheer cliff edges which looks extremely impressive from below, but not until you are above do you see the remains of a ancient settlement. There are many theories about what this sight was through the ages ranging from old Buddhist monasteries, Kings Palaces and even a gateway for extra terrestrial contact.

I was keen to fly over this impressive sounding piece of history so plotted my route within the Flight Simulator to ensure that I would view it from above. I found the local airstrip “Sigiriya” quite easily and noted the direction of “Lion Rock” on Google Maps. With the flight path set, I was ready to set off. I was soon rolling down runway 22 at Ratmalana Airport just after 13:00 and quickly found myself above the ocean spotting many small ships and boats. Being on the South end of the island I turned to face north and flew back over land. I had initially wanted to stay low in order to see all that Sri Lanka had to offer although the low cloud at 2,000 ft wasn’t particularly dense, but was enough to obstruct a good view. With this in mind I decided to climb higher and see if there were any mountain peaks which would poke through the cloud.

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The GPS advised that there were 23 minutes until I reached the Sigiriya waypoint which I had programmed in previously so that I could see Lion Rock, so I began my descent and kept an eye on the horizon. The clouds were easing off a little as well so I was hopeful to get a great view. I was able to spot the landing strip I was expecting, and looked in the right direction to see Lion Rock but was disappointed to realize that it was not modeled within FSX simulator. I circled the mound which I believed was the equivalent just to check if I could see any other obvious large rocks rising from the ground but didn’t get any luckier. Still, I grabbed a photo knowing that the location in real life would be a lot more spectacular.

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As I continued further North the clouds began to build up once more until I found myself punching through several large thick clouds. I enjoy travelling through clouds like these as the zero visibility available is slightly disconcerting but worth the wait for the moment the world rushes back into view. The North shore seemed to have more in the way of tropical shores and many large rivers. Touching down on runway 23 of Jaffna Airport it certainly felt very much like another military airbase. The entire flight didn’t take very long either. The map certainly makes Sri Lanka seem bigger than it is.  Sigiriya-9jaffna-peninsular-sri-lanka-sigiriyasigiriya6Sri-Lanka-temple-jaffnaking_sagili_palace__jaffna__sri_lanka_by_jennystokes-d6b6mv31sri-lanka-jaffna_2530892b

Sri Lanka Road Trip Jaffna City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mhD0-oSY_Y

Jaffna Jetti Northern Sri Lanka – Early Morning – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsp-gIHX4kw

Jaffna music show dance – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWJI0Q6aPYE

Sri Lanka Trip 2013 | Sun & Surf | GoPro – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjqjziSkefU

We Go Sri Lanka – The Movie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akg3Wc5SfRE

SRI LANKA…Kandy trip hd 2015… vacation gopro 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzRARACISn8

Palace of King Ravana Over 5000 years ago – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgLHp3Fd9as

Ravan – King Of Lanka | HD 1080p | With English Subtitles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNH2PGjce88

Adams peak, Sri Lanka – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM0rd89crvg

Sri Lanka – the Wonder of Asia – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1KEHbSFI1A

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