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This 4th Century AD statue of the Buddha in meditative pose is a world famous Buddha statue and acknowledged as a masterpiece.
It is a picturesque rock temple built in the 3rd century BC. The beautiful stone sculptures seen at the temple are considered the most beautiful works of art in Anuradhapura.
Thirteen kilometers from Anuradhapura is the sacred mountain of Mihintale, the site of ...
... their mother, leapt for me. I mean full on jumped me. Or at least tried to; I managed to scarper just in time, with ever Sri Lankan local pointing and laughing at me as I stumbled up towards the temple in vague terror of contracting rabies! Again I removed my shoes, and went in through the female entrance to the temple grounds. After a peek around and some chill time listening to Buddhist monk chants, I left to head over to another temple nearby. Or at least ...
... through ruins of monasteries, big reservoirs of water, palaces, and buddhas.
We even saw a peacock open it's feathers and do it's mating dance in the ruins.
The whole experience was so charming, so perfect.
We probably spent three hours biking around?
Our guide left us in the city and we grabbed some more snacks and then headed for a much needed rest at the hotel while we waiting out another huge rain storm.
... considering how old they are, and the fact that they were constructed out of brick rather than the longer-lasting stone (which was not locally available). Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Anuradhapura ruins, though, is the size and scope of the city. The main area is about three square kilometers, but it sprawls well beyond that, too. We had a blast biking around and discovering hidden ruins everywhere.
Our photos tell a better story than I can, but a ...
... cheese, yogurt, fruit and juice in a supermarket.
At 9.00 we walked to the main road to catch a bus going to Dambulla (RS 44 per person). It took us approx. 20 minutes to get there.
Dambulla means "rock water" (damb = rock, ulla = water).
From the bus stop we took a tuk-tuk who was willing to drop us off in front of the Golden Temple of Dambulla for RS 200. The Golden Temple can be found 2 km from the center of Dambulla. The tuk-tuk was cheap and we ...