Sigiriya – Habarana - Giritale

Trip Start Mar 01, 2011
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Trip End Sep 08, 2011


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Entry by Lauren:

Highlights:

Listening to music in Thilak's car: he played some traditional Sri Lanken music; 'can you feel the love tonight’ by Elton John – I had a Lion King moment
Climbing the rock fortress and seeing the monkeys
Taking cover under a tree at the almost top during torrential rain and wind
The views at the top of the rock – breath-taking
Riding on an elephant (called Raja) for the first time
Sticking a banana up the elephant’s nostril (accidental!)
Standing on the elephant in water kissing my new husband (ohhhh)
Having a shower after a long hot day and after getting mud all over me from taking a "Flavell" shortcut!

Animals Seen:

Mini Squirrels (don’t think that is the official name but they are cute and could fit in the palm of your hand), Water Buffalos, King Fisher (and other bird names that went in one ear and out the other – Mart got the bins out to have a look at them all, and he pretends he is not a bird watcher), cows, cats, dogs, elephants, geckos, tortoise, monkeys, and a deer.

Food:

Thillak bought us some Lychees from the side of the road – delicious! And we bought some bags of cashews from road stall – also very good.

Learnt:

To overtake cars during the day you beep your horn, to overtake at night you flash your high beams and sometimes leave the high beams on and try and blind the oncoming traffic.

Entry by Martin:

Today was our first day of the tour.  We left Colombo early and headed north-east.  It was a four hour drive to Sigiriya.  We were meant to be going to the ancient capital, Polonnaruwa, but the recent floods have wash away the road so you need a truck to get there.  At Sigiriya we visited the ruins of a 5th Century Fortress.  Although they are ruins it was built around a most magnificent rock which protrudes 180 meters above the surrounding tropical floor.  It is known as the Lion Rock and this is for two reasons from what I can gather.  Firstly from one angle it looks like a Lion’s head peering above the shrub, secondly there  was  a statue of a lion sculpted into the side of the rock.  We climbed to the top and on the way we saw a wild tortoise and lots of monkeys.  When we reached the summit it pissed it down with rain, Lauren and I tried to protect ourselves from the elements by couching behind a wall, under a tree.  This didn’t help much but the German couple ahead of us were soaked to the skin, the sadist in me found this very amusing! And just when we thought we had seen enough and were ready to go home our guide asked if we wanted to ride some elephants in the nearby National Park – what a treat. It what awesome, what powerful but gentle creatures they are. We even fed Raja some banana’s which he thoroughly enjoyed.
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Comments

Sharon on

Looks amazing guys and you're blog is great. Pleased the rain stopped when you were up the top of the fort!

Loved the piccie of you both standing on top of the elephant - awesome!
xx

Alex on

I've found it!!!! looks alright, i prefer catching the tube to work over an elephant any day ;) x

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