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The next morning we went to the Dambulla Caves with Lalinda, an hour or two drive from Kandy. By the time we got there it was already quite hot, which continued for our entire visit to the cultural triangle. Dambulla has been a Buddhist pilgrimage site for over 22 centuries, but most of the paintings and statues inside the caves were done much later, during the 18th century.

Outside the caves







No, I wasn't smoking anything when I took this shot

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While we enjoyed the caves, sitting on the grounds of our guesthouse, MPS, was certainly more relaxing, and oh so much cooler. The rooms were nothing special, but the landscape. Well, you can see for yourselves.

In front of us was the lake, cattails swaying in the breeze as they caught the late afternoon sun.


The air is a bit fresher now, and the wind is drying the feathers of a dozen cormorants sitting on a dead branch, sticking straight out of the water.


A small mountain sits gently beyond the trees lining the lake. Catbirds cry out and swallows flit by trying to catch mosquitos. I wish them luck in their hunt. Immediately behind us is the pool, nobody using it but us.


Behind that, another mountain, low, but with a rocky incisor jutting up on one side, catching the softening light.


Enjoying a cold one

Dinner about to be served. Overpriced and not that good, but what a spot

Posted by jonshapiro 08:21 Archived in Sri Lanka Tagged postcards photography tourist_sites

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The ancient Buddhas and images are soooo beautiful. What a world we live in. Fabulous!

by Joan

Stunning yet peaceful pictures of the caves. The one reclining, are there names for the other statues or Buddhas? Beautiful area. Would have found me in the pool!

by Rhinda

Wow ! love your pics as always, love the place you stayed at even more !

by Pramila

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