But first a stupa( where would you be without a stupa) and a wonderful temple ruin with Budha overlooking what’s left.
This one is 50 metres high!
Lunch with a local family
And here are the elephants
I like this view with mountains in the background.
This one is carved of solid rock. The flags fly at all Buddhist temples, shrines, stupas. The colours represent aspects of Buddhism. Red represents wisdom – find the others.
A real, live monk!
Behind the white facade are five temple caves each of which is home to 100s of statues and painted Buddhas.
And this big fella looks after it all at the bottom of the hill
Now the rains come & brilliant lightening storm. G&T tonight!
Breakfast by the lake – a cool, glorious morning for us to explore & the local monkey gang to set off on their Triumphs.
Today is all about Buddha arriving imn Sri Lanka. I’ll try get it right!
Having visited the sacred Bo-Tree,2,200 years old we go to Ruvanvalisaya Dagoba stupa- a shrine for monks and the man’s remains.
They clean the plaster dome very three weeks swinging around it on this ladder:
The highest stupa was over 100 metres high although the top is off it now.
To reach Mihintale where the monk Arahath prayed & converted locals you have to climb 1000 odd steps. Here he is at the top in his teaching pose.
Then the pre monsoon storm comes early and a retreat is beaten to the veranda to watch the lightening through the sheets of rain. Oh, accompanied by tea, of course!
Don’t believe all I write on here~yesterday was not Palm Sunday just some Catholicy service and it was a pretty monsoon storm that seems to occur every day during late afternoon.
Anyway, some images from the dried & fresh fish market. You can smell it from the UK!
It’s Sunday in Negumbo. Boys play cricket on the beach as families gather for Palm Sunday service
The lads Show off in Indian Ocean surf until afternoon monsoon rains come along. Only adds to their anticipation. While families pray under umbrellas the boys gather in bars to watch T 20 final against India.