Dambulla Cave Temple
Day 3: Dambulla and Sigiriya are part of Srilanka's cultural triangle which are situated approximately 80 km north of Kandy. Buses ply frequently to Dambulla which takes approximately 3 hrs from Kandy. The Golden temple and Rock cut caves of Dambulla are located in the Kandy road approx 2 km from Dambulla bus station. So you can ask the driver to drop you directly nearby the entrance.
The Gangaramaya Temple was my first stop and lacked any and all instructions and you are also forced to pay donation for keeping your shoes without any prior intimation. There is nothing written in English anywhere so there is no way you can know any history or why what is placed where. I was even yelled at by a local man for taking a picture while there were no signs of 'pictures not allowed'. The Buddhas everywhere were a beautiful sight inspite of the rains but I had no clue what I was looking at. And then there was a room filled with glass cupboards and many things inside them kept shabbily... even a shelf full of watches.. and sunglasses. Again.. dirty, dusty and unexplained.
Seetha Amman Temple
Seethe temple: same bus from city stand for lake goes further to Seetha temple. Here ravana kept goddess Seetha after kidnapping her from lord ram and this is where first lord Hanuman found goddess Sita.Pedro factory: from the bus stand take a bus to pedro factory for 20 RS. You can have a guided tour for tea processing here for 200 LKR. If you are a tea connoisseur then you can buy some tea here. I bought 250 gm of bop tea ( you know what is it once you have the factory tour) for 250 LKR.
Bodh Gaya is a small town and is probably the holiest Buddhist location of all. This temple is an architectural wonder and stands tall at 54 meters and has stories to tell which covers Pala king of Bengal to Chinese scholar pilgrims and Muslim Invaders. It now has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.