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Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya - The Rock Temple in Southern Sri Lanka

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Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya (MRMV) and the Monastery is an ancient Buddhist Rock Temple constructed by King Saddhatissa in the third century.  Built on a 673ft natural rock, MRMV, in Southern Sri Lanka is also known as 'Punchi Sigiriya' meaning Little Sigiriya. It's surrounded by four other rocks named Benagala, Kondagala, Bisogala, and Seelawathiegala. 'gala' denotes rock in Sinhala.
Great beaches as you drive further south from Matara before turning inland.



Once you pull to the parking area at the bottom of the temple complex, there are flower vendors. It's customary to place a flower at the feet of the Buddha with respect to his teachings of impermanence. I believe you need to pay for parking here.

There are seven caves within five compounds and in them many temple structures, statues and paintings.

First compound you come to is Siyambalamaluwa. This area has a museum, monks' residence and a pilgrims' rest house. This is as the same level as parki…

What We Did in Hong Kong

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1. Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery and Tai O Village in Lantau IslandWe took the MTR from the Central Station to Tung Chung Station using our Octopus passes acquired within the first few hours of landing in Hong Kong. Ngong Ping Cable Car Station is walking distance from Tung Chung Station. There is a outlet mall here. We bought the return on the Ngong Ping 360 because the teenagers indicated they wanted to spend sometime there. The crystal bottom option is worth the money and views of South China Sea, all the greenery around, and Hong Kong International Airport are amazing to prove there is a whole different side to Hong Kong than vastly talked about. Get there early for best views and shorter lines.