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Sigiriya: a long steep hike up a mountain to a palace

My travelling companions troop ahead without me, on the way up Sigiriya


At the top of Sigiriya, a rock fortress built at the top of a mountain by a king’s son. It takes two hours to climb to the top … fortunately my bum knee gave me an excuse to stay below and read a novel in the shade 

The Kandalama Hotel

The Kandalama Hotel, designed by the country’s most revered architect, Geoffrey Bawa, is now legendary in Sri Lanka – both for its beauty and for its ecological awareness. It’s near Dambulla, the what is known as the country’s Cultural Triangle, and is built on rock faces in the middle of a jungle. It overlooks theContinue Reading


An elephant is on his way home at twilight, below our room at the hotel 


The dining room at Kandalama 

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