Sri Lanka 2017 – From Ella to Yala, Rawana Waterfall, Buddha Statue Buduruwagala and the Holy Pilgrimage Place Kataragama

Rawana Waterfall

Along the way from Ella to Yala (driving south about 125 km) we passed Rawana Falls, which is only approx. 10 km south of Ella.

There was a beautiful waterfall where people bathed in the good weather:

Rawana Falls
Rawana Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…. even though this sign indicates that it was dangerous and that there were 36 dead so far

Warning at Rawana Falls
Warning at Rawana Falls

But it took people very quiet

Rawana Falls
Rawana Falls

 

 

 

 

 

The 16 meter tall Buddha statue Buduruwagala

Driveway for Buduruwagala Archaeological Site
Driveway for Buduruwagala Archaeological Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way to the huge Buddha there is a beautiful natural area:

Nature by Buduruwagala
Nature by Buduruwagala

 

 

 

 

Nature by Buduruwagala
Nature by Buduruwagala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….. and there was also a pelican!

Pelikan
Pelikan

 

 

 

 

 

Then the famous Buddha statue Buduruwagala emerges, which is 16 meters tall and chopped directly into a high cliff.

In total there are 7 statues from the 10. century. Some of them are partially painted.

This is the great Buddha-figure. Note the person in the lower left corner (in blue shirt

16-meter tall Buddha statue
16-meter tall Buddha statue

Here are the 7 figures chopped in the rock

The 7 figures chopped in the rock
The 7 figures chopped in the rock

 

 

 

 

Impressions from the drive south

During the bus trip (incl. stops) these impressions appeared.

There should also be a picture of Sri Lanka’s flag in my report 🙂

The Sri Lanka flag
The Sri Lanka flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my childhood, I remember that there were Caltex gas tanks. It’s great fun to see that this petrol brand still exists – but in Sri Lanka!
Caltex gasoline
Caltex gasoline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so it is a bit opposite. In Denmark we have shopping carts in the Supermarkets – in Sri Lanka these shopping carts are the same with the Danish!

Shopping cart in Sri Lanka - could be in Denmark
Shopping cart in Sri Lanka – could be in Denmark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guava can also be bought in Denmark – here they are from Sri Lanka

Guava
Guava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our hotel in Yala was this turtle and Sunning himself.

Turthe - sunbath
Turthe – sunbath

 

 

 

 

 

Kataragama, a Holy Pilgrim Place for several religions

Kataragama is a Holy Pilgrim Place for Hindus, Buddhists and Islam.  Amazing that multiple religions can be a feast.

There was a myriad of people.

First, you go through a street with a lot of stalls, where fine offerings of fruit were sold. These were to be blessed by the Hindu priests and then distributed afterwards. We saw it later, where we got offered the blessed fruit.

Offerings
Offerings

 

 

 

 

 

More offerings
More offerings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the entrance to the area itself

The entrance to the area
The entrance to the area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As mentioned, there were Hindu shrines. mosques and Buddhist temple.

At the end was the temple itself, where we were supposed to be demure dressed and have shoes of.

There was a fun ceremony, people set fire to coconuts and threw them into a well so they went in two pieces.

There was a lot of other things. For example, there was some elephants on the way up to the temple. If you walk under an elephant three times, it should give happiness. We saw some children do it. I do not know if it works, but the owner of the elephant, however, got little Rupees – so he became very happy 🙂

Climb under an elephant three times and be happy!
Climb under an elephant three times and be happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There went also cows freely around and ate of, among other things. garbage buckets.

A treat for a cow
A treat for a cow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cow
Cow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, a ceremony was held with lots of bells and other noise.

From a ceremony
From a ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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