Colombo House - my first guesthouse in Colombo, and a Lonely Planet thumbs-upper. A stately family-run guesthouse in the heart of the city. This is located opposite the official residence of the Ambassador of UAE, and is owned by a Sri Lankan lawyer and a Dutch lady.
Dambulla Cave Temples - This compound has 5 separate caves containing paintings and buddha statues of varying sizes! Entrance is 1,100 rupees.
Isurumuni Rajamaha Viharaya Temple. Belatedly realized that photography was prohibited inside. Ooops!
The intriguing Kandy Lake - Its construction in 1807 was ordered by the last Kandyan King, Sri Wickrama Rajacintha who ordered the execution of those who refused to work. They were accordingly thrown off this lake!
A soldier at one of the hundreds of checkpoints at the Kandy Hill - the street is Rajaphilia Mawatha where my guesthouse (Blinkbonnie Tourist Inn) was. The President was in Kandy when I was there. He wanted to offer prayers at the Temple of the Tooth Relic and he sought guidance from the Head Monk whom I was lucky to have met and conversed with. The 92-year old almost-blind monk even gave me a "protection neck brace" which I have kept with me since.
Touch-them-not! Frescoes of buxomy concubines of the king adorn this part of the rock complex. How could artists be able to paint them at such unbelievable altitude prior to the advent of the modern staircases that have been put up for the tourists? The complex was thought to have been placed atop a hill to avoid murderous invaders!
Cannonball Tree! Originally from Guyana (South America), this amazing sight is one of the garden's most popular "residents".
Predominantly Catholic Island of Duwa, just half an hour away from Negombo! This sleepy fishing village has the end-of-the-world feel to it, and it boasts of secluded beaches. In this photo, you see cross markers, religious markers that are scattered in almost every corner of this island. I saw 2 churches here, a legacy brought about by its European colonizers.
Moorish arches, painted in white. Impeccably clean and a generally relaxed atmosphere permeate Hotel Silver Sands.