Shortly after we visited the Hummanaya blowhole, it was on to the Wewurukannala Vihara Temple in Dickwella. I won’t rehash my words on the subject of Budhism, religion or spirituality as I did in a previous post, but I will say that Sri Lanka’s rich spiritual heritage is one of the defining reasons you visit a place like this. The Wewurukannala Vihara Temple is a good, if wildly eccentric, example of that.
We’d return to Ranna for another good night’s sleep before heading up the coast the next morning. With Columbo and the Cultural Triangle in our sights, we stopped to document the various fishing cultures found along the western shoreline–everything from stilt fisherman using ancient techniques to multi-person nets and wooden boat excursions.
From there we continued on through Galle Fort. Worthy of a drunken Hemingway or wayfaring stranger, antique fishing shacks, still in use today, slouched against the battered coastline. The predominantly Muslim area, basked in Portuguese architecture from the 1500’s and later rebuilt and fortified by the Dutch, boasts of narrow streets, small storefronts and tucked-away eateries full of character and culinary gems.
From there, we headed towards Baddegama to see my father-in-law’s childhood home. While a lot has changed, there are somethings that simply remain the same for a reason.
And then we were headed north through Colombo towards the Cultural Triangle. As my previous post mentioned, we approached the Cultural Triangle in the order of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy. We stayed at the Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana first, then stopped in on the Giritale Hotel for a drink and continued through the other World Heritage sites.