No matter where I am in the world, one of the things I love to do is to visit a fresh produce market. It’s such a great way to see what local farmers are growing and learn about different and interesting fruit and vegetables that we may not see at home.
On the morning we visited, the market was a busy hive of activity, open 24 hours. Brightly painted trucks drove in bearing loads of bananas, coconuts, pumpkins and green beans and the strong and lean mean swiftly unloaded the sacks so they could be purchased.
On the ground sat full boxes of round green avocados (locally known as butter fruit), green bananas still attached to the branch, carrots, beetroot and potatoes lightly dusted in fresh dirt and piles of thin, purple eggplant so bright that the colour made it look like a sugary lolly and not a fresh vegetable.
Another great spot in the area to check out is Dambulla Cave temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – where one huge rock houses five caves, with the second most spectacular and beautiful.
The Royal Rock Temple is an important holy site, sitting 160m above the road, with five caves and 150 Buddha statues and paintings. It’s been a place of worship since the 1st century BC and on a clear day it offers a beautiful view of the Dambulla countryside.
Walking up the rocky path to the caves we passed a group of giggling school girls in their crisp white uniforms who happily waved hello and beamed bright smiles for my camera.
At the bottom of the hill sits The Golden Temple where a huge and magnificent gold statue of a cross-legged Buddha sits on top of the building. It’s yet another of Sri Lanka’s impressive places that’s worth adding to the list if you visit.
Up next: The first of two elephant safaris in Sri Lanka where I get up nice and close to these enormous animals.
To see more of this visit, click on the photo below to view the Flickr album.
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