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Dec 15, 2018 - Dambulla

A transit stop at the Cave Temple proved interesting in more ways than one. A minor ticket stuff-up resulted with only two of us visiting the caves but the other two were more than a little entertained by the local monkeys. They were cute but not clean. Of the 5 caves some date back to the 1st CBC and all are covered with Buddhist murals. A later visit to the 5thC Sigiriya Rock Fortress confirmed why it is a Sri Lankan icon while our hotel on Jetwing Lake was a big winner with us. The setting was especially gorgeous and very peaceful.

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Jan 4, 2014 - Dambulla & Matale Spice Garden

Left the hotel at 8.30 this morning after a quick look at the rest of the hotel. Our rooms were considerably bigger than the others although the raised platform for the king size bed was to Chris' detriment. She got up during the night and, although being very careful on the slippery floor, her feet slipped, she fell backwards and hit her back on the edge of the very sharp step. The bruise is very impressive! Got diesel for the first time at 121.2 rupees a litre which works out to about $1 a litre. We then drove to the Dambulla Cave...

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Oct 20, 2013 - Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Today's main event was a visit to the Siririya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising about 600 feet above the jungle, the monolith is visible from miles away. It is called "The Lion Rock," because bricks and stucco were originally added to the natural rock to form the shape of a giant lion. Today all we could see was the lion's paws since the rest has worn away in the 1500 years since it was erected. Around 477AD King Kashyapa, the son of King Dhatusena, murdered his father by walling him up alive and then usurped the throne...

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Oct 19, 2013 - in the boonies

Our missing fellow travelers caught up with us at breakfast after a grueling trip here, which began when their Air India flight from NYC was cancelled. When they finally did get to India, they endured a ten hour layover before flying on to Sir Lanka. After all that they have been through they are a remarkably alert and cheerful group. The conversation about countries visited and future trips planned began almost immediately. Because they had missed the Colombo tour yesterday, the guide made time for us to stop at the fish market in...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 7 - Sigiriya Rock Temple

Our tuk-tuk driver picked us up at 7am, first stop was at a local bakery where we purchased two vegetable samosa's, two dhal cookies and a square peanut cream puff to go. We ate our goods on the way to the temple. The roads around this area are in horrible shape, pot holes and construction are everywhere. Buses rule the road, as we found out yesterday, you either move over or it's prayer time - the drivers only know how to play chicken and they're not the chicken! Welcome to Sigiriya, a city, palace and garden complex centering around a...

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Jul 23, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 6 - Dambulla Temple Caves

Woke up this morning, very bright and early. Checked out of our hotel room, said good-bye to our friendly coconut vendor and his daughter. Hopped on a bus bound for Dambulla and hung on for dear life as the driver drove at top notch speed. Zig, zagging in and out of on coming traffic. Honestly, what was the hurry?.......there was enough “garbage” hanging from the mirrors and window that we wondered how the hell he could see out of it to drive. Good thing there were fresh offerings and a photo of Buddha to keep us safe! Dambulla is part of a...

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Jan 23, 2008 - Back in Unawatuna

Die reine Fahrzeit retour nach Unawatuna wird heute ca. 8 Stunden dauern (fuer 260 km). Bevor wir diese restlichen Kilometer aber unter die Raeder nehmen, besuchen wir noch den Golden Tempel mit den Felsentempeln in Dambulla. Es ist Morgen beizeiten und schon wieder tierisch warm. Apropos tierisch. Bei den Tempeln tuemmeln sich viele Affen herum - wie fast ueberall in Sri Lanka. Unterwegs treffen wir immer wieder auf Speed-Kontrollen. Auszug aus dem Bussenkatalog: Zu schnelles Fahren kostet 1100 Rupees, Betrunken Fahren 25000 Rupees,...

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