Phnom Kulen or The mountain of lychees
Kulen forest reserve, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phnom Kulen or The mountain of lychees Siem Reap Reviews
Interesting indeed Feb 15, 2013
Phnom Kulen I was given to understand was a mountain range of about 40 kms and about 500 meters high.A naturally bountiful mountain with a heavy forest cover and a place where you harvest a lot of lychee's.Was the first place from where the Khmer kingdom in the 8th century established it's supremacy and ironically the last bastion of the Khmer Rouge in the 19th century.A holy mount to both The Hindus and the Buddhists for a sacred river sprouting out of a spring and flowing into a mountain stream, it tumbles as a fall and breaks into a 20 metre high waterfall, beside a site where sages and saints of both religions along with their Kings once prayed for salvation, power, victory and peace.
Accessible by Helicopter,car or bike,Tuk tuks are scarce.Traffic uphill is permitted only in the mornings up to 2 pm.The winding steep mud roads must be dangerous during the rainy season.
I got to see all what was told and was also fascinated at the sculpted riverbed proudly proclaiming the 1000 sculpted sivalingam and reclining Vishnu with his concert.
The site I was told was the site from where all the sand stones used to build the various monuments in Angkor but surprisingly I believed that it was more of lava from volcanic eruptions.
Guided tours are available and the car may cost you about 60 USD and this is apart from the entrance ticket or the tour ticket for 4 or 6 days you may have purchased earlier and still valid.
I was acquainted by a few children going home from school and a local personality and we all sure had a meaningful and happy time.
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