King Country

Scary. Climbing up Sigiriya rock.

Scary. Climbing up Sigiriya rock.

UNESCO world heritage site – an enormous granite outcrop first used by prehistoric man in the natural caves. Then used by Buddhist monks. How they received their food is mind boggling.  An ancient king had the vision after killing his father to build a fortress kingdom on top of the rock, surrounded by a moat filled with crocodiles and spikes. Mainly to try and appease the guilt, maybe. Or maybe a crazed power hungry psychopath. Either way the engineering is phenomenal – a system of water collection in vast tanks on the arid dry plains, fed the people and kept him in power. Just.

 

 

 

1500 year old art.

1500 year old art.

Some very erotic art painted in the 3rd to 5th century AD, high up on the walls of the rock rediscovered in the 1800’s. They has feelings, and urges.

Mirror wall, Sigiriya

Mirror wall, Sigiriya

Knuckles range

Knuckles range

A tough climb of 200m basically straight up to the top of the citadel. Worth the reward for the most amazing views across the plains; currently green at the start of the wet season.

Sri Lankan health and safety

Sri Lankan health and safety. Thanks for the tip.

Pre historic home. No bike shed.

Pre historic home. No bike shed.

Macaque monkeys

Macaque monkeys

Lunch, yummy

Lunch, yummy

We could get used to this. Suranga and Ganash (Mr T) hard at work. Thanks chaps

We could get used to this. Suranga and Ganash (Mr T) hard at work. Thanks chaps

Running water

Running water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curry lunch, always delicious. Thunder, lightning and such heavy rain made such a noise. Decided on a long lunch before heading back to Dambulla. And it stopped raining, yea.  A lovely back road through the villages and paddy fields.  Big fights between the locals and elephants during the dry season.  As usual, not enough funding to maintain electric fences and elephants poisoned or shot if they encroach into the hard worked fields.

 

Egrets, not seagulls. Still hard work.

Egrets, not seagulls. Still hard work.

Great rice fields

Great rice fields

Fishmonger - only Tilapia today. And every day.

Fishmonger – only Tilapia today. And every day.

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