Everybody on the bus!
Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
79Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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Once again it was a great drive and this country is really lush and green. The landscapes are scattered with statures of Buddhas and Dagobas. Some just little small shrines on the side of the road while others are massive carvings sticking out of the jungle. Drivers just pull to the side of the road, hop out and pay their respects and a few rupees at roadside shrines.
After Anuradhapura was destroyed, a new capital was set up in Pollonaruwa. This became the medieval capital. Again huge temples and structures were built and a massive city expanded over the years
Two of the highlights for me was firstly the Gal Vihara rock sculptures that were carved out of one huge granite rock by unknown artists. These three massive but beautiful carvings depict 3 images of Buddha, one sitting, one standing and the last one lying down. The craftsmanship is unbelievable. The second site that impressed me was a fairly small structure called the 'Lotus Pond'. This was a small carved bathing pond with concentric circles forming the shape of a Lotus Flower. What amazed me was that each stone was hand carved and individually shaped so that no two stones were the same. These were then placed without mortar to create this beautiful bath
We stopped off for lunch and Angel decided he was staying as he was heading north. So the Welsh couple and I headed off with Jimmy to Sigiriya. The Welsh guy was teaching every local we came across to say in Welsh "what is the time" but actually teaching them to say " I have an itchy fanny". This amused him greatly and the rest of the trip he was in convulsions of laughter and no one could understand why!!! Arrived in Sigiriya where the Welsh couple decided to climb Lion Rock and then head off on their travels. I decided that I would spend the night here and climb in the morning when it was cooler.