Culture and beaches make Sri Lanka
Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
30Trip End Mar 12, 2012
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The first two days we did the cultural triangle in Northern Sri Lanka. It was very impressive, but too overwhelming for us. I took many pictures of overviews and details, so we will treat each site in separate postings.
The first one is Anuradhapura, the most celebrated of Sri Lanka's ruined cities. It is the first Kingdom, Capital and Centre of Buddhism in the island and carries the reputation of being the hub of the present Sri Lankan civilisation that has grown in 22 centuries
The drive from Colombo took us nearly five hours. The site is only accessible through a mediocre museum and at a cost of US$ 25 per person. But what you get is spectacular, ruins, shrines, Buddhas, old stupas spread over a great distance.
Susil drove us around and gave short explanations. Many sites brought many impressions, but after a while they became too many and we stopped taking in anything.
The most intriguing feature is the many long piles that are in front of a Buddha statue, stupa, or shrine. They are called dagabas, constructions of small sun-dried bricks that helped support a sort of roof, we learned later. The most notable of these dagabas are the Ruvenweli which dates back to the 2nd Century BC and is 300 feet in diameter and the Thuparama which enshrines the collarbone of Lord Buddha.
Susil knew that combining this in one day with Sigiriya, the Lion Rock was impossible
We noticed only that night that the tour operator, Tangerine http://www.tangerinetours.com had not included Galle in our itinerary, but instead Hikkaduwa in Galle district, 13 km away. When we phoned them we settled for two nights at Hikkiduwa and do Galle on the second day.
For an overview o the cultural triangle online see