Cave Temples

Trip Start Oct 19, 2010
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Trip End Jan 19, 2011


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Friday, January 7, 2011

Today would be a pretty hectic day.  I was planning to bus it to Dambulla, jump off to see the Royal Rock Temple & then catch a second bus to Sigiriya to see Sigiriya Rock, a World Heritage site, before crashing at a guesthouse just outside that site.

I made it to the Kandy "bus station", found my bus & took off.  $1.20USD and three hours later (and only 72 km down the road) I was in Dambulla.  The guide book listed the Royal Rock Temple as a "must see" if you're in the area.  The temple is actually 5 "caves" filled with Buddhas and paintings.  It was OK, but certainly not a must see.  I cruised through in roughly 10 minutes and returned to the street to find a tuk-tuk.  Couldn't believe I spent $10USD to get into that place - more than a private room with shared bath for a night.

Tuk-tuk found...& was offered to go all the way to Sigiriya (22km further) via tuk-tuk for only $5USD.  Done - let's go!
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