Dambulla and Sigiriya Rock

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Big Buddha - meditation pose.

Headed off from Negombo early morning for a day long trip towards the region known as ‘The Cultural Triangle’ (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.

Me, Upali and a king coconut.
The caves are amazing and were our first real Buddhist experience, good karma for us. At the entrance to the caves you are met by a giant golden Buddha, where the tickets to the caves and other gringo crap are sold on mass. It’s a nice 5 minute walk to the top which has a great panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, including Sigiriya Rock.

 

First stop cave temples, next stop elephant ride. I felt like Indiana Jones in The Temple of Doom riding towards  Pancot Palace. Our first elephant ride, was good fun.

 

We stayed the night in Dumbulla at one of Upali’s friends places.

Sarah and her coconut, no upali.
Here we were introduced to Sri Lankan rice & curry, a lot of it, and Upali introduced us to every Sri Lankans best friend, the bottle of Arrack. We didn’t now it yet, but rice & curry and Arrack would fill our schedules for many more nights to come.

 

We got up early in the morning (about 7) and headed off towards Sigiriya or as Upali calls it ‘the seventh wonder of the world’. 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 isn’t as tough as it looks, you start through some water and terrace gardens around the base of the rock then ascend towards Kassapa’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.

stabber911 says:
I am in Sri Lanka working, but I have not have a chance to go Sigiriya Rock. Do you recommend it?
Posted on: Dec 01, 2007
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Big Buddha - meditation pose.
Big Buddha - meditation pose.
Me, Upali and a king coconut.
Me, Upali and a king coconut.
Sarah and her coconut, no upali.
Sarah and her coconut, no upali.
Buying up cashews on the side of t…
Buying up cashews on the side of …
Small children
Small children
Tuk tuk.
Tuk tuk.
Arrack - lethal stuff.
Arrack - lethal stuff.
On the way to Pancot Palace.
On the way to Pancot Palace.
Elephant Cam.
Elephant Cam.
Ahoy.
Ahoy.
Lift that leg Phant.
Lift that leg Phant.
Lunch time.
Lunch time.
The Nature Hotel. Very impressive.…
The Nature Hotel. Very impressive…
Lookout over Dambulla
Lookout over Dambulla
The golden uddha from the side.
The golden uddha from the side.
The golden buddha at the base of t…
The golden buddha at the base of …
Inside the temples
Inside the temples
Inside the temples
Inside the temples
Sleeping buddha.
Sleeping buddha.
Inside one of the cave temples.
Inside one of the cave temples.
The women in white.
The women in white.
A local house.
A local house.
Approaching the base of the rock.
Approaching the base of the rock.
The path through the gardens towar…
The path through the gardens towa…
View from the top.
View from the top.
The entrance to the summit with li…
The entrance to the summit with l…
This was the workers way to the su…
This was the workers way to the s…
The view from below.
The view from below.
Upali and me with the damsels.
Upali and me with the damsels.
The Sigiriya Damsels.
The Sigiriya Damsels.
The stairs to the summit.
The stairs to the summit.
Whos that good looking bloke?
Who's that good looking bloke?
Nice view from the top.
Nice view from the top.
Dambulla
photo by: Lotus28