Sigriya Rock Fortress and Polonnuwara

Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
Trip End Jul 08, 2011

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Thursday, June 2, 2011


Day 41

I woke up and my laundry had not finished from the night before, so I decided to not check out yet and go to Sigriya with the owner of the hotel. It was 10 KM away and I paid him about $7.50 for the morning.  Sigriya was a rock fortress that is a world heritage site.  It was way over priced at over $30 and all three of the main attractions in Sri Lanka was more than $50.  Out of all the 47 countries that I have been to, I have never paid $30 for some tourist attraction or site.  Sigriya fortress is nothing special as a fortress, but it is at the top of a rock and that made it different from any other fortress that I have been to.  It was 1200 steps to the top of the rock.  The remains were definitely not well presevered and the walls were only about one or two feet high.  At the bottom of the Fort, a tour guide entered the fort with me and started giving me a tour without me asking.  After five minutes I told him I wasn't interested in paying him money and if the price wasn't so high to enter, I would be able to afford a tour.  He became extremely angry with me and said I didn't know what I was missing out on and this was the 8th wonder of the world.  I told him that I have been to the 8th wonder of the world in China called the Terrra Cota Warriors and I have been to the 8th wonder of the world in Australia called the Great Barrier Reef and Philippines also has the 8th wonder of the world in the rice terraces.  My cousin told me he has been to the 8th wonder of the world in Zimbabwe called Victoria Falls.  How many 8th wonders of the world are there?  He then got even angrier and said I didn't know what I was doing.  He said I should leave his country and go back to USA and get more education.  I asked him how much education it takes to brush teeth.  He only had two teeth left.  He said 8 years old Sri Lanka have more education than me and I told him two year olds in USA know how to brush their teeth.  He keeps on going and I offer to knock out his last two teeth and he gets mad and walks away,then later returns and apologizes, but I don't really care to talk to him.  It was quite a work out to get to the top and it got me very tired.  It's like climbing Mt. Peak only climbing through ruins.  I went back to the guest house, picked up my laundry and was on a bus to Polonuwara.  Polonuwara was the 2nd oldest civilization in Sri Lanka that is now destroyed.  It has some of the usual Buddha statues, ruins of old temples, houses, bathrooms, baths and all that.  It was the same stuff I've always seen with a lot of monkeys again.  I met a Portugal man to share the price of a taxi and also to take my pictures.  It took about two or three hours to walk through the ruins.  They were somewhat impressive, but nothing like India.  Maybe it's getting harder to impress me since I have seen so much in my life.  I went back to use the internet, then to my guest house, showered, then had dinner with the man from Portugal and tried to main beer of Sri Lanka called Lion.  It was an OK beer. 
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