After spending the morning at the elephant orphanage we started our long drive back towards Colombo, and then started down the coast towards Galle. Our final destination was Hikkadura Beach which is about 18km west of Galle. The drive took us close to 5 hours, we stopped off to eat and take photos along the way. I was really surprised by the amount of tsunami damaged buildings visible 6 years later. We passed many deserted unlivable places. It was really heart wrenching to think of what these local people went through, and the destruction that remains is a constant reminder. We stopped at a couple Tsunami Memorial sites to pay our respects. At one of the memorials I met a local woman who showed us one of the mass burial sites that sits alongside the sea. Her 22 year old son is buried there along with some 1700+ others. Meeting her brought me to tears. Her house was completely ruined, and she is now raising her grandson. Everyone we met had been affected by the Tsunami. After visiting Ground Zero and Hiroshima I can say that this was much more somber. This was a disaster brought on by nature, and these locals have to live by and look at the ocean everyday, wondering when it will happen again.