String hoppers, steps and sunshine
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Mulkirigala rock temple
The pups followed us as we explored the guest house biting dunc's ankles and my skirt the whole way. To one side of the guest house was a lagoon and to the other was an idyllic beach where you could catch some relief from the intense heat by the cool sea breeze.
Our main reason for visiting Tangalla was to visit the Mulkirigala rock temple, which dated back to the 2nd century BC. luckily the day we arranged a tuk tuk to take us, was cloudy and cool
On our way to the temple the landscape was flat with rice fields, forests and ponds, the sudden appearance of Mulkirigala Rock, sticking 200 meters into the air, came as a surprise. When we arrived we seemed to be the only visitors, which added to it's peaceful and calming atmosphere. We paid our entrance fees, removed our shoes and headed off on what looked like a long hike to the top. Our steep climb was broken by several terraces with ancient baths, beautiful painted caves, friendly monkeys and reclining Buddha's. Reaching the top we were rewarded with a wonderful view of what looked like an endless palm Forrest.