Another day in Paradise

The path to Sigiriya

03.26.11 | 3 Comments

My parents finally made it out to visit me here in Sri Lanka. Their visit was short but we made good use of the time. I took them off for a Sri Lankan journey filled with wildlife, temples, culture and the incessant nagging of locals trying to sell us their crap. Our first stop on a 4 day excursion was the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala. We were there just in time to see the elephants bathing in the river.

The orphanage was originally setup in in 1975 to care for baby elephants whose mothers had died. This is one of the largest in the orphanages in the world.

Next we stopped at Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Vihara, a Buddhist temple built in 1344.

We also made a quick stop to a Hindu temple.

Nalanda Gedige temple: circa 7th – 11th century BC (History unknown)

Dambulla Cave Temple (1st Century BC)

And Finally we made it to Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock, 5th Century BC). Supposedly, there are 1,200 stairs before you reach the top. It was a long haul for sure, but the view is well worth it (1,214 ft above sea level).

Ancient Fresco paintings on the rocks.

The Lion’s paws… Still a ways to go to the top!

Finally at the top.

Feeding a strange creature (Sri Lankan Giant Squirrel)

At the Hotel they had a village farm house (an all organic farm). Here are some familiar creatures…

One last look at the Giant rock, Sigiriya, and a long tormenting car ride back to Colombo.