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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla February 27th 2019

Today we were privileged to experience a very special place, the ruin of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa being the second oldest of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms. Wandering through the main ruins it had an almost living feel & it was easy to visualize how huge & spectacular the kingdom must have been at its zenith. The key ruins included the Quadrangle, Royal Palace, Council Chambers, Vihara temple, Parakrama statue and the Siva temple. The city had all the facilities of a modern city, waste recycling, hospital etc. water was essential & the king had the foresight to build a huge dam that runs for 16 kms in length. Even by current standards it’s an engineering marvel as the surrounding land is a flat valley requiring high walls to hold back the water yet it is still ... read more
Circular Tooth Relic House
Relic House
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla September 25th 2018

Ducks AWAY! After a week of desk work finalising the trip we made it to Heathrow for our first flight! We were pleasantly sent off by Sophie’s Mum and Dad, and Matt’s mum, step dad and Auntie. Our flight was due for departure at 2130hrs, with that in mind at 2045hrs we went for a coffee. 2100 approaches.... FINAL CALL FOR SRI LANKA - FLIGHT CLOSING We charge off, Sophie knocking coffee all over Matt.... which was so kind. Straight to the desk, last people to check in. As we enter they call our seat, straight on the plane, no messing. We were sat next to one another by the window, with a selection of movies in the head rests. Flight delayed... 2230hrs take off Arrive at Colomobo 1245hrs the next day. Pretty worn out by ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla August 13th 2018

R: I decided to split the last post as it was getting a bit lengthy. After our brief stop for a rest and pool time, during which time I managed to get myself very sunburned indeed, we got dressed again and headed to the Dambulla Cave Temples. As we wound our way through the roads on the way to Dambulla we came across several bullock carts that Ranjan explained were the traditional way of travelling. Though the one we could photograph clearly had tourists in the back, and was creating traffic chaos. On the way, we stopped in at the Dambulla produce market for a wander around. Its the biggest produce market in Sri Lanka due to the area's significance as a growing region, so you can see enormous amounts of root vegetables, bananas, onions, green ... read more
Cave Stupa
Amazing Roof Art
Cave Temple Complex

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla January 26th 2018

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” - Helen Keller 14th January There is nothing worse than your alarm clock not going off. The panic when you realise you slept in – whether you’ve got to catch a train, plane or be somewhere at a certain time. With an 8am departure scheduled for today to head into Dambulla to visit the Dambulla cave temples, a loud thudding at my door at 810am woke me from my slumber. My alarm had failed and everyone was waiting for me….. Rather impressively (even if I do say so myself, it took me 12 mins exactly to be ready and on the bus with Ella. That’s right – from both of us asleep to ready to climb another mountain in 12 minutes). Carlie had kindly got the hotel to ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla September 10th 2017

Dumbulla is an important ancient capital of a Kingdon. Massive caves were used to build the kingdom and all were full of Buddha relics. All internal surfaced of the caves had incredibly well preserved frescoes. It was overwhelming walking into 5 large caves.... read more
Dambulla Ancient city (10)
Dave at Dambulla Ancient city
Scenes on the way to Dambulla - Buffalo herd (2)

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla March 15th 2017

HE SAID... Today we were travelling inland (north-east) from Negombo to Dambulla and Sigiriya. We left Negombo around 9:30am after an early morning visit to the beach town’s fish markets and lagoon foreshore. We initially travelled north, hugging the western coastline for about an hour until we arrived in the small township of Madampe. We visited a colourful Hindu temple (Murugan Kovil) on the main road, and I was struck by the modern tin-clad structure that protected the statues from the elements. It had the feeling (to me) of a gigantic farm shed, where bales of hay could easily have been stacked from floor to ceiling. The statues themselves were very colourful and impressive, albeit a little too modern and garish. There’s a captivating charm to old stone temples… Unfortunately, this temple hadn’t captured much charm ... read more
coir rope factory
fresh toddy
coconut plantation lunch - chilaw prawn curry

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla January 26th 2017

Today consisted of rain, heavy rain, light rain and drizzle. Having seen the size of Sigiriya Rock and seen the pictures of the steps up there was not a cat in hells chance of me attempting it. Mum how you did it I do not know! Much respect!! Howard fully intended to but the weather was so lousy and it costs £30 to go up now - regardless of weather or if you make it or not, that he opted to do Pidurangala another massive rock formation and ancient monastery which cost just under £3 instead. I stayed in bed! A couple of hours later and as I was attempting to eat the most enormous breakfast I have ever seen (sadly not bacon and eggs) Howard and Sajith returned looking rather wet and knackered. We said ... read more
Sigiriyia Rock
Dambulla Caves
Dambulla Caves

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla January 12th 2017

At 5 am we were awakened by the sound of chanting booming from loudspeakers. It was the full moon and a religious holiday. Although the local town authority had agreed not to broadcast early morning prayers, today was a religious holiday so the prayers were broadcast! We set off at about 9 am for Kandy via Dambulla. The roads are really narrow and when we arrived in the centre of towns we realised that there are no traffic lights! At major junctions it’s a case of “he who dares wins”. However, there is a degree of politeness in that car drivers do let in other drivers. Israeli drivers could learn a lot from them, not least regarding the use of indicators. We passed a place where people were lining up to get their drivers’ licences so ... read more
Dambulla Caves Temple complex
Dambulla Caves - so many statues!
Cave 2 - Dagoba under spring flowing through ceiling crack

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla February 27th 2016

After a long drive from the coast to Dambulla, in the Central Province, we started our small group tour of the "Cultural Triangle". We visited the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, dating from the 9th to the 12th centuries. There were well preserved temples, dagobas, pools and ruined palaces. All proved to be interesting, colourful and provided a vivid insight into life in Sri Lanka prior to any European influences. We moved on to Sigiriya Rock, also known as "Lion Rock" a vast granite monolith, 656 ft high, with an ancient citadel on the summit. There were also wonderful frescos dating from the 5th century. The afternoon tour provided a welcome respite from ancient ruins when we visited a nature reserve. We drove through verdant grassland, dotted with palm, teak and many other ... read more
Lotus leaves for sale - Dambulla Market.
Across the lake to Sigiriya Rock
Sigiriya Rock

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Dambulla January 31st 2016

Day 1 - Kevin and I arrived in Sri Lanka this morning and made a full day of it... we were picked up at the airport by our driver, Raj, and whisked away to the countryside through teak groves and rice fields, stopping for a delicious Sri Lankan breakfast with many spicy dishes and hoppers (red rice noodles formed in the shape of a pancake) scooped up with your right hand - YES, YOU GET TO EAT WITH YOUR HAND! Along the way we also took time to take pictures and drink fresh king coconut water straight from the machete-hacked nut. Raj loves that we love spicy foods and he continually stopped to introduce us to his favorite street food treats, including fried dahl, boiled egg and dahl cutlet balls, curries, and string hoppers and fruits ... read more
Biking around the ruins of Polinaruwa
Polenaruwa
Tuk Tuk Bakery




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