Yesterday Mark and I headed out to two points of Sri Lanka’s “cultural triangle:” Dambulla and Sigiriya. Dambulla, a series of several small Buddhist temples housed by one large temple cut into a cliffside, was our first stop.
About to enter Dambulla
Each small temple housed a variety of Buddhas: reclining Buddha statues, Buddha paintings on the ceiling of the cave, golden Buddhas, and more. We spent a while checking out each temple (and the temple monkeys, of course) and then got caught in a downpour. We waited inside the dry large temple until the rainstorm passed some while later.
Luckily, the rain did not ruin our plans for the rest of the day. In fact, the rain cooled off the air quite a bit which made our afternoon climb at Sigiriya much more pleasant.
Ready to climb to the top of Sigirya
Sigiriya stands 370 meters tall and is a historical site. The views climbing up were amazing– I could see the entire valley surrounding the rock on all sides. The view also made me realize what a green country Sri Lanka is– I could see trees, fields, ands lakes but hardly any houses or buildings. The rain clouds and rolling mist yesterday also seemed more fitting with the view than sunshine– they seemed to shroud the countryside in mystery.
At the top 30 minutes later
The view from the top
I’m loving Sri Lanka and everywhere I go, I just can’t help but think what a beautiful country it is.