Monkey business

Breakfast
Breakfast

Day two starts late, with another breakfast overlooking the beautiful pool and beach below ...I love south and south east Asia, the fruit is so amazing; it seems to taste more like fruit than fruit itself, if you know what I mean...the bananas more banana-ey, the mangos more mago-ey... We lazed by the pool for a few hours in the sun, cooling off at regular intervals, slipping into a doze every now and then as the sun and humidity of the midday sun was all around us...the pool at Amanwella is incredible...54 metres in length, it seems infinite as you look out from it over the bay and the Indian Ocean in front of us...we were spoiled to have it all to ourselves all day today...

Beautiful Bay
Beautiful Bay

4pm rolls around and we are heading to the Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara temple - otherwise known as the Rock Temple - about 30 minutes drive inland from the coast.  On our way we pass through bustling villages, bursting with people, cars, tractors, cows, chickens and scooters, all vying for position to get where they are going on a steamy southern Sri Lankan Sunday afternoon...we bisect rice paddy fields, complete with water buffalo, through the lush countryside and as we approach the temple site you can see the 670 foot rock escarpment which pierces the jungle canopy rising up into the humid sky.

Steps
Steps
Monkey
Monkey

Accompanied by our guide we scale the 533 steps to the summit, passing temples as we go, each adorned with brightly coloured Buddhas in various poses...my favourite is the classic reclining Buddha.  We are told by our guide that the temple site is around 2,000 years old, each temple cave carved out of the rock by Buddhist monks millennia ago...it feels so ancient.  As he recounts the history of the site to us, a family of macaque monkeys surrounds us, staring at the humans who have encroached on their domain.  Matt asks me whether I think they're going to attack us; he says: "don't catch their eye and don't smile", half jokingly trying to cover for actually being quite afraid of the small monkeys.  They watched us as we walked off their particular patch - Matt and I being more relieved than them - and continued on our way.

As we reach the top of the rock and the last temple we stand on the natural granite ledge on the very edge of the rock and look out a the green valleys beneath and for what seems like hundreds of miles beyond to the central Sri Lankan highlands...it is so beautiful...as we turn away from the view the heavens open, thunder rumbles and a tropical downpour starts...which is actually a welcome respite from the fierce humidity and heat that has been with us as we climbed the rock...

Valley
Valley

We descend back as we came, down narrow staircases carved over thousands of years from the rock back to our waiting car to return to Amanwella...and dry clothes...

Looking up
Looking up

I am loving this beautiful island. #immaclife

Piper x

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