The funniest bus journey of our year away
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We visited Sigiriya as a day excursion from Dambulla. It's only a relatively short bus journey to get there. The bus journey on the way back was particularly entertaining, however.
Sigiriya is a huge rock which was the site of an old palace and fortress. It's an amazing place: the rock is just sitting there in the middle of some predominantly flat land. Very unusual, and you can see why they chose it for building a fortress. It's a bit of a mystery to me how they ever managed to climb it, however. Today there are slightly scary iron staircases which take you up the rock. It's actually not too bad, but I'm not great with heights. I still got up, though.
The two things for which Sigiriya is most famous are the Lion Gate and the Damsels.
At the foot of the rock there are some water gardens, which are laid out along the approach to the rock. You get a good view of the gardens from the palace at the top.
The bus journey back was in many ways the most entertaining part of the day. We managed to emerge from the site at the same time as the local school was closing, and the bus we'd boarded got fuller and fuller with school children, to the point that we couldn't quite believe how many had fitted on. By the time the bus was at its fullest there were at least five people hanging onto the outside of the doorway. It took ages to get passengers off whenever the bus stopped, because the whole thing had to be emptied and reloaded, in order to let people at the back get off. To round off the whole spectacle, one of the passengers was a man in handcuffs accompanied by two policemen.