Dambulla cave temple and Yapahuwa rock fortress

Today is our first day with our driver. We had set up a meeting point in the city center and met each other around noon. Our driver’s first mission was a simple one. He should just bring us to our accommodation in a small town called Naula.

Our transport for the next 7 days. Rented with driver from Mahaweli.lk in Kandy.

The beginning was a bit rush to get out of the busy trafic of Kandy, but once outside the city the road got calmer and we got to know our driver it little better. He suggested to stop in Matale for a quick visit of a hindu temple.

Sri Muthumariamman Temple in Matale, Sri lanka
Sri Muthumariamman Temple in Matale

It only took about ten minutes to walk around the temple and have a closer look at the numerous hindu statues on the temple. Next stop was a road side restaurant where we experienced our first rice and curry buffet.

Our driver needed a few phonecalls to find our remote guesthouse in Naula, but we arrived with plenty of time left to enjoy our wonderful chalet in the Sri Lankan jungle.

Chalet Honeyland in Naula, a wonderful stay in a very calm area.

For dinner we got again rice and curry. We tried our best to finish everything but it turned out to be an impossible job. When we were finished, there was still enough food left to feed an entire family.

Dambulla Cave Temple

The shoe stall and the entrance building to the Dambula cave temple.

A white corridor is built along the entire length of the Dambulla cave temple. Sri Lanka.
A white corridor is built along the entire length of the Dambulla cave temple.
The cave temple in Dambulla is full with Buddha statues and has painted walls and ceiling. Sri Lanka.
The cave temple in Dambulla is full with Buddha statues and has painted walls and ceiling.

Golden Temple of Dambulla

A little further north on the main road is this enormous Golden Temple of Dambulla. For those people wondering, it does not belong to the cave temple site. Sri Lanka.

A little further north on the main road is this enormous Golden Temple of Dambulla. For those people wondering, it does not belong to the cave temple site.

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

The path from the car parking to the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress,
The steep squares in front of rock are the most impressive remains of the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka.
The steep squares in front of rock are the most impressive remains of the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress,
Steep stairs indeed.
Hiking on the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress,, Sri Lanka
Getting closer to the top of Yapahuwa Rock Fortress,
At the top of Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, there is a small pond and a small ancient Stupa. Sri Lanka.
At the top of Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, there is a small pond and a small ancient Stupa.
Our accomodation near Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Our accomodation near Wilpattu National Park