Our Sri Lanka Adventure over the Chinese New Year 2016
The Chinese people are expected to travel back to their homes over the Chinese New Year. This is the largest migration of people at any one time, and it makes for interesting travel. Flights must be booked at least 6 months ahead of time, train tickets sell out and hotels are full.
Sri Lanka, prior to 1972 known as Ceylon, lies just off the ... Read Full Entry
Temple of the ToothSupposedly, the temple houses one of Budda's teeth. It is the largest and most sacred temple in all of Sri Lanka.
Royal ElephantThis is the most revered elephant in Sri Lanka. He carried the tooth twice while in service. He passed away in 1988 and his remains were stuffed and placed in a separate building adjacent to the Temple
Head MassageThe girls were treated to an amazing head massage by the workers at the Herbal Spice Garden.
Elephant RidesDuring the tour at Sigiriya traditional village tour we saw this elephant ride but chose not to have one.
At Sigiriya we visited Lion RockThe 5th century King Kashyapa had a Summer Temple on the lower level and a Winter Temple on the top of this rock. When water ran out on top, they moved to the Summer Temple.
The Hike Up to the Top of Lion RockThe hike was gorgeous and challenging. We were all able to keep up to our guide that does this hike once a day. The monkeys kept us entertained as we hiked.
The Hike Up to the Mirrored There was a line of school children, all dressed in white, experiencing the hike to the top of Lion Rock. The line-up to the path up to the mirrored wall. A wall with over 1000 verses and good wishes.
The Protection RockThe rock/boulder sits, apparently ready to be tumbled down on an attack on the upper palace. It waits and has been waiting since time began.
The Base of Lion RockJust a 1/3 of the hike to go. This is the bottom part of the upper section. Check out the lion paws! Man was it HOT!
On Top of the WorldHere we are, on top of the Sri Lankan world. This was what was left of the King's throne overlooking the countryside.
360 Degree ViewWhat a great view of the Sri Lankan landscape from 'on-top of the world'.
Cobra RockAnother naturally occurring rock formation called Cobra Rock. A place of worship.
Mud BricksLulu tried her hand at making natural mud bricks. The worker makes 400 a day to ensure his job.
On the Boat/Ferry Near the mud making is a lake. We are paddled around the lake on a boat fashioned out of 2 traditional boats fastened to planks for the boat bed. It was crude but it worked.
Lunch Being Repaired3 village ladies prepared a delicious meal out of all the local foods; fish, coconut, peppers, rice, cucumber salad, rotti and more...delicious!
Outside the Kitchen/Dining RoomWe were given directions on how to make the roof part of the cabana....because women do everything including the building of roofs.
A Bullock Cart and OxenThe oxen are used by the farmers in the rice fields. This one got to pull a cart with some of the tourists. Yep, that's Leah.
A ReservoirThis reservoir provides water for the local needs. You can see the trees still standing from where the flooding of the area took place.
Dambulla Cricket StadiumWe were not allowed to enter.... but Jimmy has played at this stadium and persuaded the guards to let us have a look and marvel.
Caves of DambullaA Golden Buddha greeted us as we approached the hike up to the caves. The military has spent much man power to develop and restore the caves for use and tourism.
Statues of Monks The statues of monks line the crest of the hills that naturally occur in Dambullla. We begin our climb to the top where the caves house elaborate buddha statues and designs.