Walked up the hill behind the golden temple in Dambulla... an amazing view, and more interestingly, a bunch of monkeys... I managed to take quite a few photos of the sunset, the view (you could see for miles around), and of the monkeys themselves, before a very er, excited, alpha male chased me away.
Woke up at 5AM this morning and caught a bus to Sigiriya, a massive rock about an hour away. It was beautiful.. reallly. and I managed to get there early enough to avoid most of the crowds. I'll post photos another time, but the view was just mindblowing. And the thought that humands carved a fortress into this rock thousands of years ago is very impressive.
On the way home, I had my first -real- taste of Sri Lankan busses... the one going there just wasn't busy enough to really experience it.
It seems that no matter how crowded a bus is, there is always room for one more customer. I kept starring in disbelief as more and more people packed on (I had my seat already, so I was happy)...at its peak, there were maybe 3-4 people hanging out of the door. Quite amusing.
Tomorrow, off to see some ruins, and should be back in Columbo by sunday-ish.