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dambulla to kandy

From Dambulla To Kandy

Once I’d freed myself from the toilet at the Dambulla Cave Temples and committed a bit of vandalism in the process we collected our backpacks from the ticket office where, it seems, they no longer sell tickets – so the left-luggage office then – and left the temple complex.

toilets in dambulla

Dambulla Cave Toilets

As I mentioned in my last post, I was very surprised to find that, even as a tourist, I was not expected to pay an exorbitant amount (or indeed any amount) to enter the Dambulla Cave Temples. Despite my research indicating that the entrance fee should have been around 1,500rs (10€), it was completely free.

dambulla cave temples

Dambulla Caves Temples, Sri Lanka

The Dambulla Cave Temples were one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, yet they still managed to exceed my expectations. It was at Dambulla Cave Temples that I realised that every day in Sri Lanka we were living new experiences:

why stay in habarana

Why Stay in Habarana for Visiting Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle: Pros and Cons

When I was researching where to stay for visiting Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle I found it hard to decide between the towns of Dambulla, Sigiriya and Habarana as a place to use as a base.

polonnaruwa gal vihara

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka in Photos

Polonnaruwa is one of the must-visit monuments in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. The vast grounds and ruins that spread throughout the UNESCO protected historical park need a full day to visit and are best tackled by bicycle.


Polonnaruwa’s Ancient Ruins by Bicycle

Polonnaruwa is one of the must-visit sites in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Steeped in history and legend, the vast well-kept ruins of Polonnaruwa are incredible to explore on a day out that takes you back through centuries gone by.

sigiriya and pidurangala

Sigiriya and Pidurangala

Sigiriya and Pidurangala are two rocks in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, and I had it very clear that I wanted to take on the challenge of conquering both on the same day… Most people that visit Sri Lanka have heard of Sigiriya: The Lion’s Rock.

tuk tuk to sigiriya rock

Tuk Tuk to Sigiriya Rock

Man it was hot when we stayed in Habarana. The day we went to Sigiriya Rock it seemed hotter than ever. To be fair, we’d only been in the country for about two and a half days, but it was definitely the hottest day yet. Well, apart from that first evening in Colombo… Anyway…

dewata vila

Where to Eat in Habarana

Well this isn’t going to be a very long post! If you are looking for places to eat in Habarana then the chances are you are staying there for a few days while you visit Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

where to stay in habarana

Where to Stay in Habarana

Before I left for Sri Lanka I did plenty of research about where to stay in Habarana and where to stay in Sri Lanka in general, because I knew that we would be booking accommodation as we went along rather than in advance.

Wild Elephants at Hurulu Eco Park, Sri Lanka

Wild Elephants at Hurulu Eco Park, Sri Lanka

I’m very pleased to announce that we did see wild elephants at Hurulu Eco Park in Sri Lanka! We had been in Sri Lanka for a grand total of twenty hours and so far we had: stayed with a local family in Colombo, conquered Colombo Fort Station, travelled on a train through the lush Sri Lankan […]

how to get from colombo to habarana

How to get from Colombo to Habarana

And How to get a Seat on that Damned 06:05 Colombo to Habarana Train! Back in Spain, before we even set off for Sri Lanka, I stressed myself out about how to get from Colombo to Habarana. I read so many conflicting reports about whether or not the 6:05am train from Colombo to Habarana did […]