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If your trip will include Animals, be sure to browse through all the Animals articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Animals, we've been there done that when it comes to Animals, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Animals.

Dambulla Cave Temple Photos

Saturday, November 12, 2011
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Budhas Stupahs Dambulla
Budha statues everywhere aroudn the Buddhist Stupahs

The Dambulla Rock Cave Temple is one of Sri Lanka's 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. In the heart of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, the caves are located conveniently between Kandy and the Siguriya Rock Fortress. At the base of the Dambulla Rock sits the World's Largest Budha statue (golden), then you climb up a flight of stairs for about 10 minutes until you reach the entrance to the caves. Inside there are 5 caverns, the large cavern being the most spectacular with it's painted ceilings, but all of them are pretty cool. The first cave has a big laying Buddha statue which was one of my favorites of the entire temple.

Funny Looking Animals From Around The World

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Ugly Goat
Maybe the ugliest goat I've ever seen, I had a soft spot for this guy at the Tiger Temple in Thailand

In my travels I've come across a lot of funny looking animals, and I always take pictures when I do. I don't know what it is, but I love photographing animals and catching them in that awkward moment of curiosity. I find them hilarious, their similarities to humans, and their differences. Unfortunately around the world a lot of these animals have lived in less than desirable conditions, but I do my best to give them a bit of food or love whenever possible. This is a collection of some of the funniest animals I've come across throughout my world travels.

Things To Do In Orange County – Whale Watching

Friday, October 28, 2011
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Blue Whale Tale Newport Beach
The tail of a large Blue Whale with the coast of Newport Beach in the background

Most people from the OC don't even know, but every year they have hundreds of giant whales swimming past them in their annual migrations. If you find yourself looking for things to do in Orange County, head down to the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Beach and hop on a whale watching boat. You'll find at least 2 companies running boats off the docks in the harbor, either one should be about the same, and tend to run a similar schedule. My mom lives in Orange County, and wanted to do a whale watching tour for her birthday, so we made a reservation on a boat for the family. On the day of the tour we were running late, and we went in the first whale watching company we found with our reservation, which they accepted and checked us in for the boat. It wasn't until a little while later that we realized we weren't at the same company we booked, but it was too late. Didn't matter in the end as we had a great tour anyways.

Sigiriya (Lions) Rock Fortress Photo Guide

Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Sigiriya Concubines Painting
One of the famous cave paintings at Sigirya

One of the coolest places in Sri Lanka has to be the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It doesn't look like much from afar, and even from a lot of photos you see online, but when you get there and get to walking around you see why UNESCO has declared Sigiriya as the 8th Wonder of the World. Monastery turned King's Fortress, turned back to Monastery, Sigiriya has had quite a dynamic past.

7 Day Sri Lanka Itinerary – Colombo to Negombo

Monkey vs King Cobra
A monkey taunting a spitting king cobra on the beach of Mt. Lavinia

Late this summer I visited Sri Lanka on my way from Singapore to India.  I flew into Colombo and spent a couple days in the city and down on Mount Lavinia beach.  Then, since my time was limited and I was feeling lazy, I booked a tour through a company so I could see as much of the rest of the country as possible.  I had a basic idea of what I wanted to do and see, and worked with the agent to come up with this 7 day Sri Lanka itinerary. The itinerary is something she wrote, and I added a few of my comments to each location. A fair warning the article may be a bit choppy because of this.

Some Quick Advice For A Mumbai Trip

Detailed Carvings in the Elephanta Caves
Some cool carvings in the Elephanta Caves

That Dussehra festival is tonight at about 6pm (Oct. 6, 2011), they’ve been warming up for it every night and its super loud up until midnight. Sounds pretty cool. No Goa, didn’t have time, didn’t even have time to see everything here, traffic is terrible and everything is really spread out, it’s a huge city. I feel like this must kind of be like how foreigners feel trying to visit LA. I didn’t do much it seems like, but I filled up 2 full days of sightseeing.

Sanjay Gandhi Lion Safari in Mumbai Sucks

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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Sleeping Lion, Sanjay Gandhi National Park Lion Safari, Mumbai
The only lion we saw on the entire lion safari, at least it wasn't completely caged like the tigers

I'm a huge fan of animals, especially getting to see exciting things like lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys, etc. in the wild. When planning my time in Mumbai, India I was happy to find the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the north of the city. With limited time, and considering what I read, I figured I'd skip the nature walk and mainly just do the Lion and Tiger Safari (supposedly there's a good chance of seeing some leopards as well). Sounds cool right? Well I'm here to tell you it's not...

Would You Expect Sri Lanka To Be Cheap?

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Lion Gate
Whats left of a once fantastic Lion Gate entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Palace.

I'm currently wrapping up my time here in Sri Lanka, a place I never planned to visit on this trip, but threw in last minute as I worked my way west towards India. I had about 3 weeks of time to fill from when I split with one set of friends in Vietnam, and before meeting another in India. Originally I was going to head straight to India, but instead I ended up cruising up the Mekong to Cambodia for 5 days, then stopped over in Singapore for a couple, and then noticed flights to Sri Lanka and on to India didn't cost much more than straight to India. On a whim I went for it and booked my flight from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

Swimming With Jellyfish – Bucas Grande, Philippines

Monday, September 5, 2011
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Snorkeling with the jellyfish in Bucas Grande, Philippines
A jellyfish up close with a snorkeler in the background

Last month I was travelling through the Philippines. We spent 5 days visiting a friend on the Island of Siargao, famous for its surfing break Cloud 9, and relatively unknown otherwise (for now). He took us around to all the cool things he’s discovered on the island, including a set of water caves a few hours away by boat. Apparently we lucked out with our timing, because the caves were nothing compared to what was going on in a nearby cove. I guess it’s seasonal, but every year a nearby protected lagoon becomes a breeding ground for jellyfish.

Getting The Fish Eating Feet Massage In Boracay, Philippines

Saturday, September 3, 2011
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Fish Eating Feet Borocay
Fish Eating Dead Skin Off Feet

Walking to the tuk tuk line on our way to a club in Boracay, Philippines we saw a spa advertising those fish that eat the dead skin off your feet. The next day we headed back to try it out. I’ve seen it before in other Asian countries, but never actually tried it. It’s a strange concept, and I don’t know that I could tell the difference afterwards (and my feet were all messed up from climbing Mt. Whitney), but it was worth trying.

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