Feb 11 - Road Trip

The six of us piled into Ekka's van with Batu and a driver for the several hour trip to our hotel outside Yala National Park. We figured we'd see some sights along the way, and stoppd at Weherahena Temple outside Matara. This large tunnel temple complex is interesting in that it houses thousands of wall paintings which depict the life and times of Buddha, and there are devotionals and statues all around, including a very large statue outside which can be viewed from many terraces; the views of the surrounding countryside are beautiful. We arrived at our small hotel in the late afternoon and took a long walk around the lake which fronted it. It was an early evening, as wakeup was 0400 for the 0500 pick up to get to the Park.
Pic: We saw a lot of birds, crocs, and monitor lizards on our scenic walk by the lake. The friendly locals always wave or say hello.

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