Linda and our hostess Ayesha saying goodbye.
Breakfast at 6:30am to get an early start on the bikes before the heat and the traffic. Bright sunshine and already 26c. Cycled past young Hindu girls heading for the temple, dressed so smarty in bright yellow saffron sari’s. Sad that we ran out of time and didn’t get to explore more of the village, the dolomite quarry and the craft workers. We hope to come back, great place.
The team: Paul from Silicon Valley, Suranga our cycling guide, Linda, Paul, Janice and Bill from Glasgow.
Crazy driving, crazy road
Workers in rice fields
Paul experiencing some Ayurveda treatment at the spice and herb garden.
Our group, plus Marcus, our main guide and Dinesh, Tata driver and Mr T lookalike.
Cycling on the roads is fun, exhilarating and a challenge. You have to keep listening and watching, both in front and behind you. Blue private buses are crazy, fast and on a mission: to get to wherever they need to by… a few minutes ago. Roads mainly tarmac, but quite a lot of mud at times. Sadly a dog met his end by the side of a road today.
Cycling through busy villages, and workers in paddy fields. They don’t know it’s Sunday.
Actually rather relaxing. Saw loads of spices growing, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, cocoa, coffee and an interesting plant called cocaine.
Neck and shoulder massage – spot the cyclist.
Entrance to Golden Temple
Home of the highest Buddha in Sri Lanka.
And great caves with loads of Buddas, dating back over 500 years. Some of the caves are over 2,000 years old, each one filled with various Buddahs, created by kings to show their spirituality. Not so sure. Buddha isn’t a God, but seems to be treated like one by some.
The recumbent Buddha carved into the granite cave
The feet of Buddha
Buddha statues carved out of brick and clay.
Sundown over Matale plains – centre of Sri Lanka.
This recumbent Buddha is carved out of the rock itself. Still some of the gold leaf can be seen. Impressive.
Lovely end to the day.
Now to food.