Monkey Attack! Sri Lanka Photo Post

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Monkeys are everywhere here in Sri Lanka. I’m sitting outside our room watching them right now.

You may not see them at first, but they’re there, leaping through the trees. On the coast and in the hill country.

The Garrison Cemetery in Kandy has its own monkey trap. A police officer has to hide behind a tree holding the rope that springs the trap once the hungry monkey wanders inside for a banana. The monkeys are released a long way away from Kandy, we were told.

On the paradise beaches of Mirissa, our guest house owner spent most of his days poking monkeys with a long stick to keep them out of his mango tree. He had a different stick for every type of monkey poking opportunity.


In Kandy the monkey troop comes and goes. You can work out where in town they are by following the loud bangs and smoke trails. Kandyans are more high tech, they’ve abandoned the stick poking method in favour of monkey-scaring fireworks.

This notice was in our room.


Want to know what happens to people who don’t read the notice?


It looked to us like the monkeys got away with a roll-on antiperspirant and a bottle of shampoo.

At least the monkeys will smell good.

But don’t let the monkeys put you off coming to Sri Lanka, ( we love Sri Lanka!) they’re nothing like the horrible Ubud monkeys. Because of hand feeding, Bali monkeys will bite you as soon as look at you

Sri Lankan monkeys mostly stay away from humans. They know people don’t want them around and you can chase them off pretty easily.

My brother didn’t even try that approach when a troop of baboons invaded his house in South Africa, he hid in the bathroom until they were done with his kitchen, you don’t mess with baboons.

I’m going to miss the Asian wildlife. We’re in the UK in a few days, then we’re cruising to a freezing New York City. I don’t think we’ll be seeing many animals for a while.

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

5 thoughts on “Monkey Attack! Sri Lanka Photo Post”

  1. I’ve never been around wild monkeys and I really wonder if I’ll be completely terrified or not even care… to be determined…

    Haha at least they smell good. Nice.

  2. A monkey recently bit a piece out of our bag as I was lifting my toddler out of the way! They can certainly be cheeky, like their reputation.

  3. I put my washing all over the balcony in Varanasi – not a monkey in sight at the time, so I wasn’t totally stupid – but by the time I want out the building was covered in them. So raced back to my room, flung open the doors to the balcony – face to face with a monkey inspecting my pants. He didn’t give them back.

    And baboons – no, don’t mess with baboons. And if you have an outside toilet, or are staying on a campsite, close the toilet door. You really don’t want to sit on one when you get in the night for a wee.


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