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Colombo

I spent two days in the capital of Sri Lanka, one at the beginning and one at the end of my visit to the country. It feels like a long city, stretching along the coast in the south-west of the … Continue reading

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Sacred City of Anuradhapura

As trailed in previous posts, my last WHS in Sri Lanka was Anuradhapura where, learning from my experience in Polonnaruwa, I opted to hire a bike for two days to get around the extensive remains of this ancient capital. And … Continue reading

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Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Moving on again by bus from Dambulla, I went to Polonnaruwa, the capital from the late tenth to late 13th centuries, after the destruction of Anuradhapura, the place I’ll be covering in the next post. TheĀ archaeologicalĀ remains to be seen in … Continue reading

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Ancient City of Sigiriya

Less than an hour by bus from Dambulla is this impressive WHS, so I went on a day trip. There was a lot of road resurfacing taking place on the route and all the workers were wearing hi-vis vests, hard … Continue reading

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Golden Temple of Dambulla

Around 70km north of Kandy is the small linear town of Dambulla, unremarkable of itself but home to a terrific group of Buddhist cave temples. As a Buddhist religious site, it has been occupied by monks continuously since the 3rd … Continue reading

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Sacred City of Kandy

After a bus back from Galle to Colombo, I managed to snag a seat in the popular observation carriage on the train to Kandy, with its well known scenic ride up through the hills. My seat was on the aisle … Continue reading

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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Galle is a port on the south west point of Sri Lanka, reached by a sweaty three hour train journey from the capital Colombo (where I’d spent a couple of nights on arrival, in a guesthouse conveniently located behind an … Continue reading

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