Sri Lanka 2015 – first part
Sri Lanka 2015 – first part
Sri Lanka was not on the top of our wish list, but after seeing some photos on the Internet we decided to spend in this island one of the most important journeys of our life: our honeymoon! We booked our flight with Emirates and organized our trip with a local driver, Buddhi Jayasekara, owner of Siriranga Viaggi agency.
He is very clever from every point of view; if you want to contact him you can find him on Facebook!
We left from Milan, then had a stopover in Dubai and at last we got to Colombo. there we found Buddhy who took us to the first of the hotels we would visit, the Aliya Resort, a real wonder! We had a nice shower, then a very nice buffet dinner and then we went to sleep.
The morning after we started to Polonnaruwa; but on the way we stopped a lot of times to take photos of things that for us are unusual. An elephant bathing in a river, a group of buffaloes and so on!
At last we got to Polonnaruwa: it is an ancient archaeological site, very well kept, one of the ancient capitals of Sri lanka. A guide shows us around, we saw the museum first, then the remains of the royal palace. By car we visited other interesting places, a Buddhist temple, a very huge pagoda. In the end there was an enormous rock where some statues of Buddha have been carved, showing the different phases of his life.
Be careful! When visiting Buddhist temples or in general holy places, you have to take off your shoes. So wear trainers or keep some socks in your bag; I was wearing flip flops and I burnt my feet on the hot ground!
When the visit was over, Buddhi took us to Passikudah Bay at Maalu Maalu Resort, where we spent two wonderful relaxing days at the sea. The water was very hot, the sand was white and the beach was completely desert! A real paradise!
On the third day, Buddhi was back to take us again to Aliya Resort, driving near the coastline, admiring other white beaches and stopping every now and then to take photos and… why not? have a dive in the warm water!
We had dinner in a typical place, we ate rice and noodles. Our last stop was in Trincomalee to visit the Hindu temple of Koneswaran Kovil. It is so beautiful and we liked it quite a lot! it is completely different from Bhuddist temples, so colorful and with its statues that almost seem cartoons!
We ended the day in our beautiful resort but… the day after our program was to visit Sigiriya Rock, something that frightened me very much!| There are 1200 steps to get on top to enjoy a wonderful view and admire the remains of a fortress a king had built in the past! I must confess it was really hard, it took me a lot of time (I had to stop every now and then), but it worthed while. Once we got down we enjoyed seeing a lot of monkeys which begged for food. What I liked more was to give them bread and bananas… they were really funny!
As we were tired, we asked Buddhi to take us to the hotel, but on the way we stopped in a place where they made wooden things, we bought a couple of masks.
The day after we greeted the Aliya Resort to go to Dambulla. We had another stop on the way in a clothes shop; there were lovely silk clothes, t-shirts and I even tried a sari on (it is the typical dress for women). It was beautiful but I didn’t buy it because I felt ridiculous!
Dambulla Caves are so very nice, they are natural caves in a huge rock wall. During the century they were turned into temples by the kings who wanted to thank Buddha for his benevolence. They are very well kept, the roofs are richly decorated and there are lots of Buddha statues!