Cultural Triangle: Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa

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10th Apr 2015
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Sigiriya lotus pond
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Sigiriya Museum
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Sigiriya Museum
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View of the Sigiriya Rock
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Climbing the Sigiriya Rock
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Climbing the Sigiriya Rock
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Climbing the Sigiriya Rock
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Climbing the Sigiriya Rock
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Sigiriya Rock paintings
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Sigiriya Rock paintings
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Sigiriya Rock paintings
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Highly polished mirror wall on Sigiriya Rock
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Highly polished mirror wall (left) on Sigiriya Rock
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Graffiti on the Highly polished mirror wall (left) on Sigiriya Rock
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Highly polished mirror wall (left) on Sigiriya Rock
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Rock cut terrace
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Lions Paws carved out of rock
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Emergency unit in case there is a wasp attack
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Lions Paw Terrace on Sigiriya Rock
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View from top of Sigiriya Rock
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View from top of Sigiriya Rock
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View from top of Sigiriya Rock
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View from top of Sigiriya Rock
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Rock cut terrace on Sigiriya Rock
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Climbing down
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Dambulla Cave Temple and Golden Buddha temple
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Dambulla Cave Temple and Golden Buddha temple
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Climbing to the Dambulla Cave temple
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View from top of Dambulla cave temple
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Entrance to the Dambulla cave temple
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Entrance to first cave, dambulla cave temple
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Buddha carved out of a single rock, Cave 1
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Cave 1, Dambulla cave temple. Paintings on the cave roof
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My itinerary was as follows:

Got the eVisa to Sri Lanka

10 April

Bangalore → Colombo 03:25 — 04:55 on 10th April 2015 Sri Lankan Airlines (round trip cost Rs 15241)

Reached Colombo Airport on 10th April

Changed money from INR to LKR at the airport

Followed the Wikitravel advice: Bus from the airport to Kurunegala, changed to a bus to Dambulla. Cost was quite minimal around LKR 300.

Bus to Sigiriya from Dambulla bus stand. Bus was quite crowded and hot.

Took the ticket to Sigiriya costing USD 15 for Indian nationals (double for westerners)

Climbed the Sigiriya rock. That was very tiring and took a long time. Took loads of photos. Saw the museum as well.

Then in the afternoon around 4 pm, took the bus from Sigiriya back to Dambulla.

I went to see the cave temple in Dambulla. That didnt take very long.

The cave complex has 5 cave temples.

I was quite tired by this time, so checked in to my Ranmal tourist inn hotel in Dambulla which was near the cave temple.

Had nice food just outside the hotel.

11 April

Checked out of the friendly hotel and took the bus to Polonnaruwa.

Took a tuk tuk in Polonnaruwa. Did the full day of sightseeing. Here too, the entry ticket price for Indians is half that of other foreigners.

Also saw the museum at Polonnaruwa.

At the end checked in at Seyara holiday resort at Polonnaruwa.

12 April

Spent some time in Kandy seeing the temple of the tooth. There was a big procession for a senior departed monk in Kandy.

I took the bus back in the afternoon to Colombo from Kandy. Reached in the evening

Had food near Colombo fort. Then took the bus to the airport from Colombo fort costing LKR 110.

13 April

Flight back to Bangalore

Colombo → Bangalore Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:55 — 02:15 Sri Lankan Airlines

Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
Photo of Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Joy Bose
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