Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Trip to Sri Lanka - Day 1 (Flight and Dambulla)

Story Board: The plan - Day 1 (Flight and Dambulla) - Day 2 (Sigiriya) - Day 3 (Kandy) - Day 4 and 5 (Colombo Beach)

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The start:

It was quite hectic start on 8-Oct-2008. It was Ayudha Puja day. We had to finish puja at home and then start. Flight was at 10:30 AM and as it was international check in we had to be there by 7:30 AM. We had realized that there is a BMTC bus to Airport at 5:20 AM from Padmanabhanagar. We targeted for that and got up at 3:30 AM, got ready and performed all Pujas and started at 5 AM towards BMTC bus station. Bus was around 20 min late but it was very comfortable. Reached Airport very early at around 6:45 AM. We had plenty of time so we decided to have some coffee.

The Flight

It was Sri Lankan Airways. Good that everything went very smooth and it took off on time. It was very bright and sunny day and clouds added some charm to the whole weather. We clicked few snaps from within flight.

This is India's border - Aerial view.

We reached Colombo on time and by the time we came out after Immigration processes, it was around 12 noon. Our driver cum guide was waiting with placard at the arrival spot. His name was Rohita (pronounced as Rohitho)


Golden Temple at Dambulla

The route from Bandaranayake Airport, Negombo to Sigiriya was almost 5 Hr journey. It was Nissan car and comfortable for us. Only problem was it was very low in height and little difficult to get in and out.

The route: Started north towards Chilaw on A3 till we reached Bolwatta and turned right into a smaller road towards Kurunegala. From Kurunegala we took A6 towards Dambulla.

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Dambulla has very old cave temple on the rock and you can see newly built Golden Buddha Statue which is visible from very far also. It was already 5 PM by the time we reached temple and we were dead tired already. Rohita bought the entry tickets for us and we reached the top in 45 min. It has got 5 cave temples and lots of paintings on walls and roofs.

By the time we came out of temple and Sun was already setting. It was very beautiful


We went to Hotel Sigiriya in Sigiriya and stayed there. It was raining cats and dogs. Journey from Dambulla to Sigiriya was around 1 Hr.

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The story Continues..

1 comment:

Goutham said...

magaa, very well narrated