Amaya Lake-Sygiria (cycling) Sigirya-Polonnaruva(cycling)
11.12.2009 - 11.12.2009 23 °C
In the morning we made an plan to go visit Sigirya lion rock first and later maybe take train from small town Habarana to Polonnaruwa. Cloi was travelling with bus and we were meeting here onthe way...
We start cycling after breakfast and arrived to Sigirya lion rock in 1,5 hours. This is rock with a shape of lion, nothing else.
We had some dificulties with locals wanting to guide us. Most of the people in Sri Lanka are friendly and nice and they dont bother you a lot, but this guys were something different.
We had to pay each 25 USD for entrance (all money on us) to climb a rock in humid and hot day and for reward we got heavy rain shower. Only thing that is worth to see is the view from the rock, but not 25 USD if you ask me. There is also 1 historic painting and this is it.It was funny, because we meet couple from Slovenia from same town we live in...
After climbing back down we were really pissed off. We decided that this was the last entrence we payed on our Sri Lanka tour.On the way to Habarana we cycled 15 km in jungle. Car passing by stopped us and told us that there is an elephant 3 km up the road and that it could be dangerous. We didnt want to go arround so we pedaled in elephants direction. After 2 km we saw a huge elephant on the road. We were so afraid that we emediately start to pedal in direction we came from. Elephant was also afrain of us and he escaped into the jungle. After few minutes we continued and I was able to hear the elephant in the bushis, but was not able to see him.
Shortly we reached Habarana raiway station and found out that next trains goes on next day. We were really hungry and wanted to eat something before start cycling to Polonnaruwa. Bad luck, because we didnt have time since it was 2 hours before dark and we still had 55km to go. We bought 1kg of bananas in first shop and eat all of them. After this we had to cycle 3 hours in rain. Last two hours we pedaled in dark. Road leads trough national park and surrounding is beautyfull. Here a lot of army has camps. It is alaso nice lake here suitable for holidays.
Cloui arrived in Polonnaruwa 1 hour before us. She was clever and told owner of the hotel, to wait on the astreet for 2 european guys on bicycles. When we arrived, they stopped us on the road and lead us to restaurant where Cloi was eating rice. We went together to hotel where we also had dinner. After dinner we were to tired to do anything so we went early to sleep.
We cycled 85km in arround 5,5 hours.