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Published: February 8th 2012
I never thought that I would be able to get up at 2.30 in the morning to start this great tour to the UVA Province in Sri Lanka, but I'm glad I did. We started our journey around 4 am and first we started our vacation by going to the Kalutara Temple which is a very scared place to the Buddhists and all the other Sri Lankans as well as the Tourists. With the blessing of the Lord Buddha we continued our journey and we all had an early breakfast while enjoying the see breeze and watching the Sunrise from the ancient city Galle.
After breakfast we had some fun in the beach with catching the waves and all and then continued to go to Katharagama.
On the way there we stopped in a very famous tample called " Wavurukannala Temple". This temple was famous for it's huge Clock which has the biggest clock in the country and the "HELL". They have a museum of hell which was literally scared to see it for real but it explains the religion very well. This place explains "KARMA" down to the letter 😊
We reached Katharagama around 6 pm and
as soon as we came to the Hotel, we had to go get ready to go to the "Kiri Wehera" bcz there was a blessing ceremony which was suppose to start at 9pm. Since this was a long holiday to all the Sri Lankans the entire city was crowded with tourists and pilgrimage groups. This was the first time that I got to see such a massive crowd from anywhere and when i say "Massive" Crowd.... believe me it's Massive :P There were more than 100,000 people in that night. After that blessing Ceremony we did a little bit of street shopping and then walked backed to the Hotel around 10pm. We all were too tired to do anything so we all just went to bed and within seconds we all were sleeping like rocks 😉 On day 2,
We woke up around 6 in the morning and had a delicious breakfast "KIRI BATH with LUNU MIRIS". We then got ready to go on a mountain hike to "Wedihiti Kanda" and this was another sacred place in Katharagama. The whole hike took about 4.5 hours and it was insanely exhausting but it was all worth it bcz this
would be my 2nd mountain hike and when you go to the top of the mountain you could see almost the entire city including some of the animal sanctauries and bird parks. The view from the top was absolutely amazing and all the tiredness that we got from the hiking was all worth it at the end.
After that hike we came back to the hotel and got ready to go on another small mountain hike along with visiting another sacred place called Sithul Pawwa. This place is actually situated in the middle of the jungle and you could see elephnats, wild boars, rabbits and all kinds of animals coming to the road and coming to this temple all the time. Mostly in the evenings. The elephants and the other animals are not tamed but they won't harm humans as long as the humans keep the distnace away from them.
We ended day 2 by having a small swim in a lake which was really beautiful. But later on we found out that , that lake is filled with crocs. It was a terrible and a shoking feeling bcz we were having fun in a lake where a
dozens of crocs nest and rest. But at the end it turned out to be a great story to tell to our grand children in the future :P Day 03,
We gathered all our belongings and started to head back to Colombo in the morning. Then we decided to stop in another couple of ancient cities including "Tissa" and "Ratnapura".
On the way back to Colombo we came acorss the Udawalawe National Park and we got lucky to feed a few elephants who were in the roads looking for food. I actually felt sorry to see their skinny bodies bcz they don't have any food in the forest since this is the dry season in that part of the country.
Anyhow I'm really glad to experience the life and the culture in that part of the country. As a Sri Lankan I'm really proud of my country for beeing such a wonderful place that almost every tourists say that this is such an amazing country.
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