Sri Lanka - Day 4

Trip Start Jan 04, 2013
Trip End Jan 26, 2013

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Central Province,
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tucked under our mosquito net we wake up to the sounds of bird songs and a light rain tapping at our roof. It's early morning in the forest and the weather is still comfortably cool. Monkeys call to each other across the forest canopy as we get ready for breakfast. A quick peek out the window of our tree top hotel reveals an outline of Sigiriya, mostly hidden by a blanket of low hanging clouds.

We climb down the wooden stairs of our room and then back up another set of wooden stairs to the dining area where we enjoy a breakfast of egg hoppers and a curry of fried onions with tomatoes and jam. We plan our day over breakfast then retire back to our rooms to pack for our trip to the Citadel of Sigiriya (Lions Rock).

Our favorite new tuck tuck driver (Charminda) picks us up just outside our hotel and whizzes us to our destination. Jutting 370m into the air, this rock fortress / palace is surrounded by a lily covered moat and ancient gardens. The walk through the gardens is a relaxing journey through an ancient time. The climb up the rock face however is hot, arduous and exciting. Along the way we pass a family of monkeys while scaling an old iron stairway latched to the rock face. Hidden within caves high up in the rock are wonderful ancient frescos of Sri Lankan dancing girls.

The view from the top of the rock fortress is well worth the clim as the wide green forest is laid open before us, stretching to the horizon in all directions. A giant statue of Buddha peaks out of the forest canopy in an otherwise see of green. We linger at the top of rock for a while, looking over the terraced gardens and pools and try to imagine what the area might have looked like 1500 yeas ago.

Rested and imaginations full, we make our way back down the Lions Rock where Charminda is waiting to take us to lunch. On the way back we pick up a few beers to enjoy them on our balcony overlooking the forest. Rested and relaxed We decide to take a short walk to check out a local temple down the road, before returning home and get ready another great meal made by our local innkeepers. The sun goes down and darkness overtakes the forest. Green turns to black and the call of birds are replaced by the song of crickets. That's our cue to make our way back to our rooms for a well deserved nights rest.
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