After a big Sri Lankan breakfast that we couldn’t finish (or even get through half of it) we set out on our drive to Sigiriya. The drive was very busy to start with whilst we got out of the traffic in Kandy but it soon cleared out becoming much more enjoyable. It was so great having the tuk tuk as it allowed us to stop and look at the beautiful landscapes on offer along the way! The drive took around 2-3 hours, we headed to our first preference for accommodation online which was another homestay called Green Bamboo House. The room was beautiful and even had a private ensuite. The family speak a lot less English but enough to get by. It is also a little bit out of the main area but as we have our own ride it really doesn’t matter for us.
After dropping our bags we headed to Dambulla to see the Buddhist Cave Temple there. It a massive temple built inside a rock and it was free to go to. The walk up wasn’t too bad but of course – there were lots of monkeys around. They looked a little bit evil too, so as usual Charlie stopped to take photos of them whilst I constantly was on edge trying to keep an eye out for any near me. These ones were the cute ones…We paid 25 rupees each for someone to mind our shows and headed inside. It was quite nice there were lots of paintings on the walls and different rooms arranged with different Buddha statues.I wouldn’t go this way just to see this temple but it’s a nice free thing to do on the way to Sigiriya.That evening we went to a restaurant called Garmagedara Village Food which is number 1 on trip advisor for the area. It’s a local run family restaurant that doesn’t really have a menu. The lady cooks 8 curries and you just help yourself. It was quite a different experience however the food wasn’t as good as I expected from the raving reviews. Still it was nice to be able try so many different dishes.We woke up in the morning after a great sleep at our homestay and headed out to Sigiriya Rock (also known as Lion Rock). The drive was really easy and quiet as the area is just a small village. We decided to climb Pidurangala rock instead of climbing Sigiriya as it was a third of the price and had an amazing view of the Sigiriya rock (which is what you go to see after all).The climb was steep but really fun, it started with a lot of steps but then turned into a jungle path and then turned into some rock climbing towards the end!The 360 degree views from the top made everything worthwhile!We picked up our bags from the homestay and headed back to Kandy where we would spend the next two nights.