Heading further down the coast, it was time for Emma to check out the surfing scene at the world famous Arugam Bay. Emma grabbed her board to test out her skills at the remote bay of Peanut Farm. Emma was thrilled when a Tuk Tuk turned up, strapped her board to the roof and set off on an exciting journey down winding roads, passing by laid-back surf shops and even an elephant sighting en route!
Waking up early the following day, Emma set out on a sunrise hike to the Kudumbigala Monastery, nestled inside the vibrant Kumana National Park. A dramatically different landscape, Emma became encompassed by luscious flora and fauna that stretched below her for miles, meeting with the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean to create an astonishing scene. Reaching the summit and surrounded by beauty, this moment was made even more special by a “humbling exchange with a practicing Buddhist Monk”. Emma was incredibly lucky to cross paths with a monk where she learnt about his values alongside his experiences living at this remote monastery.