Trip Start Dec 28, 2009
38Trip End Apr 26, 2011
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The guest house was quiet, but a few other tourists were staying there which gave us a great opportunity to have a chat. One couple were cycling around the whole of Sri Lanka and had brought their bikes all the way from Denmark.
The main attraction of Wellawaya is the stone reliefs set into a cliff side. There are 7 figures all in all; 1 Buddha and 6 other deities. A return tuk-tuk from the guest house to the site was 300Rs including waiting time. The journey was so picturesque that I was a little disappointed that we hadn't walked, but the sun was really too hot. The tuk-tuk veered off the road and down a narrow country lane which had no tarmac and was really only a dust road. Here, there was a small school and shack-like houses set back in the wooded areas around the road. We crossed a small lake and continues up a hill to a monastery and the site.
The relief's were quite imposing, especially as the Buddha was so tall. From the look of him he was once covered in plaster had had painted robes, although now most of the paintwork had eroded away. The cliff was oddly set right in the middle of a clearing in the woodland and was quite serene. There was a small pool and brightly coloured dragonflys went about their business hurriedly. It was great to have the whole place to ourselves, and it made for some great photos; and just as we were ready to depart, a German tour group pulled up.....great timing!