We then saw some steps going up on a rock and when we climbed to the top discovered a small Buddhist temple with one young monk there. We started chatting to him and it turned out he lived and worked in Dubai for a while and kept reading about Buddhism and then about 10years ago he decided to return to Sri Lanka and follow a path of a monk. He was in his late thirties and seemed radiant. We asked him to tell us a bit about Buddhism and the path he has chosen and it felt very inspiring...
When we returned back to our homestay it started pouring and rained all night so we were happy to just stay in and have light dinner on our porch.
In the morning the weather cleared out and we had a nice hike up the Sigiryia rock. It is not a difficult climb and took about an hour with some small stops to explore the surroundings. It would have been better to go earlier to avoid the crowds of people but it was still nice. We got a nice view from the top and it reminded us a bit of pictures of Machu Picchu- green terraces around with a view of a valley... I still think that entrance fee of $30 per person is extremely high, but it was a nice experience. We heard there was another hill you could climb for free, but we haven't tried it and didn't want to stay another day to try..
At about 6pm we hopped in a bus and headed to Trincomlee on the northeast coast. We only stayed there one night before heading to Nilaveli famous for it's beach :-)