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Travel Blogs from Giritale
Today we saw the ancient city of Polonaruwa. The city is located by the side of parakrama samudra.
The ancient city has been renovated over the past 10 to 15 years and attracts a lot of forein tourists.
The city was built in the 11 and 12th centuries.
The meticulous planning that has gone in gets one to think the technical …
Travelled from Nuwaraeliya to Gritalle.
On the way visted the rock cave temple at Dambulla.
The boys enjoyed the sleeping buddha's statues and the cave in which the Buddha is sleeping
Late in the evening visited the Minnerya House wher we lives from 1975 to 1977. It looked dilapidated and haggard with the fences broken,
... to see us. One English couple on our tour brought pens and notebooks and handed them out to some very excited and grateful children. We stopped for drink of coconut water and a quick game of backyard cricket. I went to bat first (no one on English team wanted to play) after a 4 and 2 runs the bowling got a lot more serious - as did the batting!!! More cycling before we stopped at a farm house for traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch ( its always rice and curry not curry ...
... ploughed on. When I reached the caves, they were not busy, which was a relief. Dating from the first century, there are five caves containing about 150 Buddha images and many paintings, although most of these were considerably younger.
It was an interesting place with great views of the Sri Lankan Highlands to the south and the plains to the north. The very flat plans northwards stretched as far as I could see and were only interrupted by ...
... are very dangerous because they tend to bite people in the eye when they see eyelashes flutter. If I'm honest I stayed away from most trees after that (and also tried my hardest not to flutter my eyelashes in any way...including blinking). Oooh we also saw chipmunks, they are cute and less rat like than a squirrel!
There were a few pretty cool trees, a giant fig and a Coconut tree with 12k coconuts, giant ...