Feb 7 - Exploring Galle

Ekka and Batu drove us around to see some of the sights of Galle. The morning started with a visit to Yatagala Temple in Unawatuna. (Check out: http://lanka-houses.com/sightseeing/yatagala-temple-raja-maha-viharaya.html) There, we learned a bit of the history of the place, and enjoyed watching a group of young school children all dressed up visiting on their first day of school. We then went to the Ayurvedic Village Garden where we walked around the herb garden and were instructed about their medicinal uses by the owner, Raju. A lovely massage was then provided to all of us by the intern students there, and we ended our visit by a tour of the pharmacy where local herbal products are sold. After lunch at a local roadside restaurant (very spicey food), we then went to the Handunugoda Estate in Ahangama. This is a small working tea plantation, 200 acres, where we were shown the process of how tea is harvested, dried and sorted. We enjoyed sampling a few of the blends and bought a bit for our future enjoyment. The afternoon wound down with a visit to one of the local mines, where we were shown gem stone polishing and hand made jewelry. The fact that Valentine's Day is coming up did not escape our notice.

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