Sri Lanka, Canada ·
5 Days ·
11 Moments ·
7 August 2016
Aug 7: Headed to Colombo city. Reached only by evening. Out hotel was by the beach OZO Colombo. Colombo looked like any other metropolitan cities.
Next day we just visited a mall and the headed to the airport.
6 August 2016
From here we headed to the Hanuman temple. It's the local belief here that Hanuman rested here when he came to Lanka to look for Sita.
Chinmaya mission has build a big temple at the site. We were fortunate to get a Darshan.
Next stop was Sita temple. It is believed this is where Sita was kept. A huge indentation in the ground is believed to be the footprint of an elephant that Ravana would come on.
We stayed that night in Nuwareliya.
Day 3: Headed to Nuwareliya. Beautiful drive. Visited a tea factory.
5 August 2016
Day 3: After a sumptuous breakfast headed to Temple of Tooth Relic.
It's is believed whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. This made it politically significant.
After the parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, the tooth relic was preserved in Kalinga and smuggled to the island by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha on the instructions of her father King Guhasiva.They landed in the island in Lankapattana during the reign of Sirimeghavanna of Anuradhapura (301-328) and handed over the tooth relic.
The relic has moved several location depending on the ruler at that point.
4 August 2016
Day 2: Headed to Kandy from here to watch a cultural dance show. Kandy is a beautifully green city.
Day 2: Next stop the spice garden. I got a bad allergy from the cream they tried on my face. But the lunch was amazing. We were served an authentic vegetarian Sri Lankan meal.
First stop was the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It's a massive 200m rock. This was the palace of King Kasyapa 477-495 CE. The palace is on top of the rock and the sides are decorate with gorgeous frescos. Midway the climb you find a gateway in the form a huge lion. You also can see the mirror wall here. It's made of highly polished white plaster.
At the bottom of the rock you find the water garden, Boulder garden and terraced gardens.
Day 2 Started with an extensive spread of Sri Lankan Breakfast. Devoured the egg hoppers.
Walked around the resort untill we had to check out.
3 August 2016
We then headed to our beautiful resort Amaya resorts by Amaya lake. Our room was a lovely cottage. The resort by itself is spread across a huge area.
Next stop was Dambulla cave temple. Dambulla is a world heritage site. There is a total of 153 Buddha statues. Beautiful murals adorn the walls of the cave. It has 5 caves under a overhanging rock.
Cave 1: Cave of the divine king features a 14m statue of a reclining Buddha. At the base you have is Buddha's pupil Ananda and at the head is Vishnu.
Cave 2: The largest cave has 16 standing and 40 seated statues of Buddha. You can also find the gods Saman and Vishnu. The cave ceiling is adorned by beautiful tempera paintings
Directly from the airport headed to Pinnawela elephant orphanage