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Travel Blogs from Dambulla
The golden Buddha at the foot of the mountain is bold and dominates the skyline but isn't beautiful or breathtaking. It borders on gaudy or tacky and is softened only by the lovely flowers dotted around its entrance and the square in front of it.
The steps to the cave temples are to one side. Our driver Udayi said 'its a quick climb, no more than 100 steps' which turned out to ...
... at all. We were all 5 going to be riding the SAME elephant....yikes. The first one I saw was walking down the street with on coming traffic. It was bizarre to see such a strange mix of old transportation with modern cars and tuk tuks. The elephant wasn't fazed by the oncoming traffic. I guess he figured he could crush anything that got in his way. He was enormous...or so I thought. I looked the other direction, and saw the one we would be riding coming ...
Dambulla was to be our base for exploring Sri Lanka's Ancient Cities. The cultural, historical and indeed geographical heart of the island, this area saw dynasties rule for centuries, and as such it is now home to no less than four World Heritage sites lying in close proximity to each other that protect the highlights as national treasures. Our journey from Negombo to Dambulla was seven of the most uncomfortable hours of our trip so far. A short journey into Negombo was followed by ...
... 65km away is supposedly visible on a good day, today, a patch of weeds around 2m away was about all the viewing spectacle we got!
On a slightly funnier note, it was quite entertaining seeing every Sri Lankan on the mountain bundled up to the eye balls in warm clothing, but still sat there with teeth chattering. It wasn’t warm, but I was comfortable in a shirt and my mac!
Today's trip was to the Rock Caves at Dambulla, the Spice Gardens of Matale and Sri Lankan traditional dancing.
What more could you want the day after Sigiriya Rock but to climb another 650 steps to see another temple!! Once again though we had made an early start and though it was hot it was bearable. At the top of the hill you hand in your shoes and walk bare foot to visit 6 ...
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