Life In An Eco Village – Day 2
The temple across the river starts broadcasting pre-recorded chanting at 4.30 in the morning. Howling Hanuman Langurs in the Cashu trees add to the noise pollution. Trains to Galle and beyond thunder past the Andadola station. Sleep becomes impossible. It is light at six and mercifully, steaming black coffee arrives from the kitchen.
A blue mist rises from the river. A fisherman paddles his canoe lazily towards the prawn nets. A bulbul flies in with a bright red berry in its beak. Orchids sway in the morning breeze.
My Ideal Sri Lankan Breakfast
I love Kola Kanda – a Sri Lankan ‘herb porridge’ made with boiled red rice, gotukola (Centella asiatica) and coconut milk, seasoned with curry leaves, garlic and ginger. People here believe that gotukola has miraculous health benefits and consume copious amounts of it in Kanda and salads. In any case, it is delicious and filling and after half a ripe papaya and black tea afterwards, is the perfect start to the day.
Galgoda Temple is only a short drive from Kadolana. 208 ancient stone steps lead you up a rocky outcrop to the 35m reclining Buddha statue, said to be the longest in South East Asia, in the renovated Image House. It was first built of clay and lime over 800 years ago in Sri Lanka’s Dambadeniya Period and was renovated about 200 years ago after treasure hunters vandalised it.