Nimnara Lake Sojourn
Travel Blogs from Anuradhapura
... to spend a moments reflection with their god. We also visited the spice gardens today.... Did you know that vanilla pods grow like beans, red, white & black pepper are all from the same plant, just picked at different times and nutmeg can cause drowsiness? The man that showed us round was VERY enthusiastic, "The herbal garden is not just for the physical well being, but the ...
... of temples, monasteries, etc.. built during Anuradhapura's 1000 years of rule over Sri Lanka. Some beautiful ruins, 1000 years old dagobas. Our tuk tuk drivers drive us from one spot to the other and give us some explanations. But it's hard to follow with all those funny king's names, so don't expect me to epxlain anything!!! It is a nice day, the kids have done well until about 14:00 and we decide to get back and have a nice Ayurvedic massage ...
... was a Buddhist and explained to us his beliefs and the culture of the time. It was really interesting to talk with him and answer his question about Christianity too. In its hey day over 8000 monks studied here so they even had toilets back then with a filtration system so all waste from the monks wouldn't harm the environment! It was here the 'natural' world met the tourist world - a guy called Rhianwyn over, as she went closer he took the lid off the basket by ...
... shelter long before Buddhist monks used them.
Templed out we seek refuge in the stalls, coming away with a 'silver' tin and a tiny Buddha. Questioning the veracity of our tradesman, I find a poor man's way to test for silver. By lighting a match against it, the silver combines with sulphur to produce silver sulphide, visible as a black mark left on the silver. It works on the test piece (Laura's necklace) and on the tin ...
... so I took that. The dogs, however, had not given up, and they spotted me on the road. The chase was on again. I thought, not a problem, paved road, I can beat them easy, then I looked ahead and saw that the road ended at a gravel path, with a berm and a ditch separating the path from the road. Yikes! Ben and Matt would have been proud of the bike handling that got me past the ditch onto the path, but I had to slow down so the ...
Other places to stay in Anuradhapura
Wasaladantha Mawatha , Anuradhapura | Hotelfrom $74
Wasasadantha Mawatha-Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura | Hotelfrom $76
New Town , Anuradhapura | 1 star hotelfrom $72
Puttalam Road, Pandulagama, Anuradhapura | 3 star hotelfrom $105
Galwala Road, Anuradhapura | 3 star hotelfrom $85