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Pahala Wewa

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  • Day4

    Wasseraufbereitung deluxe

    January 2, 2020 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Mit meinem Steripen mache ich mir überall auf der Welt sauberes Trinkwasser. Einfach den Stift ins Wasser halten und nach ca. 1 Minute hat das UV-Licht das Wasser gereinigt. Keine Plastikflaschen kaufen und kein Müll. Ich finds mega!Read more

  • Day5

    Dambulla

    January 19, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Up early again and on another bus, heading south out of Polonnaruwa towards the town of Dambulla. Very crowded again, though at least we were able to get a seat. Also slightly terrifying given the speeds that the drivers go at - it might not be all that fast, but in a big heavy vehicle packed with people it sure feels it!

    Arrived in Dambulla around lunchtime and dropped off our luggage at the guest house. Our main reason for stopping here was to check out the nearby Golden Temple, which was only a few hundred metres from where we were staying. So off we went!

    First up is a large modern Buddha statue, one of the world's largest, painted gold which sadly looks quite tacky. It's not actually associated with the World Heritage site though, which is a series of cave temples located up in the hills behind.

    The climb was tiring but not super tough, though we made it harder for ourselves by taking the wrong entrance and having to backtrack a fair way to the ticket booth. Ticket prices here are really expensive - most of the attractions are $20-$30 USD for foreigners, though this one was a bit cheaper. Locals of course get in for a token amount. No cards accepted either, so we've been constantly visiting ATMs.

    The caves themselves were quite nice, five in total and packed with wall paintings and statues of Buddha. Some of the paintings were hundreds of years old, though a lot of it had been repainted in the 19th century. Although the shrines have been used for millenia (probably since not long after Buddha himself), it was fairly unclear how old a lot of the decoration etc was. And we didn't hire a guide either; they don't really fill you with confidence when you hear them saying stuff that completely contradicts what you've just read!

    All in all a fairly short visit, only about 90 minutes all up, so we headed back down the hill, grabbed some lunch and then relaxed for the afternoon. Had dinner at a nice local place down the road where we were the only customers!
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    Trish Forrester

    The face is also quite different from the usual depiction of Buddha - much more square. From where the photo is taken, it also appears to have a very strange anatomy until you realise he is sitting cross legged!

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  • Day7

    Stepping up the culture

    February 26, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Untill today it's been all about the animals and nature, now we are getting into Sri Lanka's culture. We are in Dambulla at a lovely homestay run by the nicest old lady, her garden is full of butterflies and birds.

    Dawn saw us heading off to Sigiriya hoping to beat the crowds and the heat. We didn't! Lion Rock, the ancient fortress and palace surrounded by jungle, is truly breathtaking. We brought tickets and proceeded to climb all 1200 steps to the top. Now, I was already red from the sun beforehand but after the climb I achieved a unique kind of neon red, but it was worth it - the view was out of this world!

    We climbed down, which was far worse in now some ways - dose of vertigo anyone? - and headed back to our room to recover for a bit.

    At around 3.30 we felt sufficiently recovered to catch another tuktuk to the famous cave temples. These were absolutely stunning and a mere 365 steps up. For a while I followed a French group who had an English speaking guide they couldn't understand so I translated his Singlish them when he wasn't watching!

    On the way down we enjoyed a king coconut - so silky! - and visited the giant golden Buddha. An early dinner was lovely at Sapura, watching the sun set, turning the clouds all pink above the paddy fields.
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  • Day1

    Sigiriya

    July 20, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Zuerst besuchten wir den Zentralmarkt in Dambulla..Gemüse ..Früchte ..Farben und Gerüche.. Hektik und trotzdem tolle Stimmung auch wenn wir manchmal etwas im weg standen 🤭Den Höhlentempel von Dambulla haben wir auch besucht ( ...und ich habe endlich meine Äffchen gesehen 🐒🐒)Read more

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