A hidden Buddha behind the dunes and Yala NP
Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
41Trip End Aug 19, 2012
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Yala National Park
Madu Maha Vihara
On the advice of Bari, the owner, we headed towards the beach way earlier than I would have.
"The area itself is part of the ancient Ruhunu Kingdom and there are still temple ruins and forgotten shrines to be found in the vicinity. Notable is the Madu Maha Vihara on the coast by Pottuvil, the main town. It lies amid sand dunes and is said to mark the place where Queen Vihara Maha Devi and her entourage were washed ashore, and not at Kirinda. The ruins remaining are of a brick boundary wall of an image house with lots of tall stone pillars like sentries guarding a well-preserved statue of a Buddha and two Bodhisattva figures." from http://www.discoverlk.com/food-of-sri-lanka/94-meat.html
The issue is that the official government approved history and what all children are taught in school is that she landed in Kirinda and this site suggests that maybe she landed here, on the East coast. She is supposed to be the mother of the Sinhalese people meeting up with the aboriginal Veddha's. This area is populated by the Tamils which would encourage their importance and it is the Tamils who have been fighting the Sinhalese in the civil war up until about 3 years ago. The government is made up entirely of Sinhalese and very corrupt.
After Lunch, around 1:30 we jumped in the back of a truck and headed South to Yala National Park, This park is known to have the highest concentration of Leopards in the world. We were hoping to see one and even more illusive would be a sun bear. The paved road turned to a ruddy dirt road by the time we reached Panama and we still had a very long and slow 14 km to go.
We went in for about an hour and a half stopped to spend some time with some macaque monkeys and then turned around and headed back.
Got back and ordered fried bananas and ice cream, skyped with my mother and took care of the first weeks bill. We are averaging $97 a day for two beach bungalows and all the food eaten here which is our main source of food. Not bad.