Sri Lanka 2017 – Sigiriya (Lion Rock) and Golden Temple of Dambulla

Sigiriya (Lion Rock)

On the way to the Lion Rock we also had an opportunity to look at the rice fields where there was activity. This despite the fact that the temperature regularly exceeds 30 degrees Celsius:

Being busy in the rice fields
Being busy in the rice fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sigiriya is the ruins of a Royal Palace. The cliff is 200 meters high and can be climbed through 1,200 steps!

Sigiriya is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
Sigiriya (Lion Rock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you do not have the great skills to move in the heights (ie fear of heights) it may not be the best activity to do.

From home we looked at some youtube-videos from the Sigiriya Lion Rock, and it confirmed us that we should not get up and see the rock above. But it was a good experience to be on the spot anyway.

This dog also did not move all the way to the top of the cliff:

Dog's life on Lion Rock
Dog’s life on Lion Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the way to the stairs leading to the Lion Rock
On the way to the stairs leading to the Lion Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the start of the stairs with over 1,000 steps:

Here are steps no. 1-50 of the 1,200 steps to the top of Lion Rock
Here are steps no. 1-50 of the 1,200 steps to the top of Lion Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Temple of Dambulla

Golden Temple of Dambulla is also known as Royal Rock Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple.

So we went to the Buddhist Golden Temple of Dambulla. This time there were only 600 steps and stone paths up to the cave temples. 🙂

At the cave temples in Dambulla
At the cave temples in Dambulla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the cave temples in Dambulla
At the cave temples in Dambulla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like Sigiriya is Dambulla Golden Temples of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On site there are five caves where there are more 150 different Buddha statues – quite impressive. The temples are built into the original caves in the rock.

In the first little cave there was a large-lying Buddha of approx. 15 m.

Large lying Buddha
Large lying Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Buddhas are made of different rulers from about Year 0 to up in the 1800s.

It was a good experience, and this time there was no reason to get fear of the heights up the 600 steps.

Here are some of the Buddha-figures:

Buddha-figure
Buddha-figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buddha-figures
Buddha-figures

 

 

 

 

Large Buddha-figure
Large Buddha-figure

 

 

 

 

 

Buddha-figure
Buddha-figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the area there were also other things than Buddhas to look at:

Water with water lilies
Water with water lilies

 

 

 

 

 

Water lilies
Water lilies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

……….. and the phone may suddenly call 🙂

Monk with mobile phone
Monk with mobile phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end there was still a Buddha-shape. And this is gilded. The place is called Golden Temple, where there is also a museum which, however, we did not get to look at. It must wait until the next time we come here!

At the Golden Temple
At the Golden Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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