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Location - Indian Subcontinent; Capital - Colombo; Population - 20 million; Currency - Sri Lanka Rupee

I returned to Jakarta from Bali and flew back to London via Sri Lanka, in February 2000.


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sri1Parakrama Samudra lake at Polonnaruwa



sri2The 12th century Hatadage, which was said to house the ancient tooth relic centuries ago, Polonnoruwa


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sri3Workers at the ruins, Polonnoruwa















sri4Reclining Buddha at Gal Vihara, Polonnoruwa
















sri5The lion rock fortress of 5th century Sigiriya $600 Bonus


sri6The lion paws sit either side of the steps at Sigiriya



sri7Take the steps to the top of the rock, Sigiriya
















sri9The elephant orphanage, Kegalle, a train ride from Kandy



sri10Elephant orphanage, Kegalle


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sri11The elephants are taken on a short walk from the orphanage to a river for bathing, Kegalle















sri12Scrubbing the elephants, Kegalle
















sri13It's an enjoyable day and draws huge crowds of tourists, Kegalle



sri15View of Kandy and it's lake
















sri17There's a chance to see traditional music & dance, and of course, some firewalking, Kandy















sri18The local market at Kandy



sri20Natha Devala temple, Kandy. The huge Bodhi tree is said to have grown from the one under which Siddhartha Gautama, the Supreme Buddha, attained enlightenment



sri19The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy is apparently where a tooth of the Buddha is kept















sri21Lawyers' advertising boards, Kandy
















sri22Colombo city centre



sri24Slave Island area of Colombo



sri25On top of the city walls of the colonial town of Galle















sri26The lighthouse and old town of Galle
















sri27Galle's old town



sri28Galle old town and the Indian Ocean



sri29Hikkaduwa beach on the south coast of Sri Lanka
















sri30Fishing at sunset, Hikkaduwa

















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