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Tea Plantation, Yatagala Temple, Mini Hell, Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda & Dutch Church (Sri Lanka) [Aug. 30th, 2016|01:53 pm]
Thursday 18 August:  Tea Plantation, Yatagala Temple, Mini Hell, Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda & Dutch Church (Sri Lanka)

Simon sister had found a local guide through trip advisor and send him details of what we wanted to visit. He came to collect us at 9am.
Our first visit today was to a tea plantation, especially known for their virgin white tea (completely untouched by human hands). Very interesting to see the whole process and got to try many at the end. Got some super yummy yogi teas and cinnamon teas as well as unusual Suicide club tea with brandy in it.

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our little guide
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they do lots of flower tea too
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the drying
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so many teas to try
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Side of the road fresh coconut stop
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Yatagala raja maha viharaya temple.
Ancient Buddhist Temple built by Sri Lankan Royalty dating back to 2300 years when a sapling of the Sri Maha Bo Tree in Anuradapura was planted here during the reign of His Majesty Devanam Piyatissa.
The temple looks out over paddy fields and small hamlets. One large statue, a stupa, lying Buddha, great rock formations and a magnificent Bodhi tree

love this shot
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shame not allowed to have back to buddha's so hard to pose near it but loved the scale
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Bodhi tree

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Buddha under rocks

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loved that tree
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Reclining Buddha (sadly no photos a shame as it was quite an explosion of colours but i got a few from first room before i realised)  Love the mixture of styles and the colours inside.
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inside from internet

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Our favourite bit of the temple...The little hell cave kitsch and bloody
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on the way to Galle we stopped at a fish market

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Galle town, a mix of colonial architecture and Dutch/Portuguese/English fortifications .
Very different to all the town's and villages we went through with its clock tower, lighthouse, bastion, mosque, temples and churches.

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Dutch reformed church. Some lovely skulls and crossbones gravestones

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more from around the town and remparts
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amazing temple on edge of town
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Went to see how gem stones were made and treated...so much shininess inside the shop/factory although can only imagine the price tags ! More in my price range we went to do a but of browsing in local downtown shopping streets failed at working out the fabric shops but got a cool demon's statue.

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As usual guides have got their own ideas and our was lovely but didn't quite understant the concept of shopping..so finally made him dropped us in town for 30 min so had a chance to look at shops but it was a bit of a rush and a street full of saree shops . Failed getting fabrics but managed to get a big blue demon at least :)

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Last visit of the day the Japanese peace pagoda
A gift from the Japanese, with impressive views of the coast line and Galle Fort and lighthouse.

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Back to hotel

luckily caught a stilt fisherman just outside our hotel
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Back in the hotel in much need of jumping in the pool after a hot day sightseeing; pretty much stayed in it till dinner time, then back in to digest afterward ... sunset & cocktail
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