Dambulla and Sigiriya Rock
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Headed off from Negombo early morning for a day long trip towards the region known as â€˜The Cultural Triangleâ€™ (Rough Guide). Our destination - Dambulla.
Along the way Upali enlightened us on many things Sri Lankan and stopped along the way for some Sri Lankan tucker - cashews, bananas and coconuts. This was also our introduction to Sri Lankan driving which comprises a series of crap cars, kamikaze bus drivers, a lot of dogs and as much of the horn as is possible, always good fun.
Our first stop once entering Dambulla was the famous cave temples. There are five cave temples dug out of the granite rock which house many statues of the Buddha, in his various poses.
First stop cave temples, next stop elephant ride. I felt like Indiana Jones in The Temple of Doom riding towards
We stayed the night in Dumbulla at one of Upaliâ€™s friends places.
We got up early in the morning (about 7) and headed off towards Sigiriya or as Upali calls it â€˜the seventh wonder of the worldâ€™. Sigiriya is a rock that rises sheer out of the surrounding plains. Story goes it was a fortress developed by a prince known as Kassapa who killed his father and waged his wars against his brother from Sigiriya. The walk to the top looks pretty daunting but isnâ€™t as tough as it looks, you start through some water and terrace gardens around the base of the rock then ascend towards Kassapaâ€™s palace at the top. It would have been a pretty tough place to invade in its day, but for a couple of athletes like us, no problem.