Ex­plor­ing the un­ex­plored

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While in Si­giriya we were in­clined to ex­plore what else was in store for vis­i­tors other than hik­ing the Si­giriya Rock Fortress and you will not be­lieve what we dis­cov­ered! Ac­cord­ing to Si­giriya and Beyond, a thor­oughly re­searched travel guide writ­ten by Dr. Weera­suriya et al, you could ex­plore many undis­cov­ered re­li­gious sites, arche­o­log­i­cal sites and lakes within a 30km ra­dius from the Si­giriya Rock. Dur­ing our stay we took a boat ride at the Pa­hala Thalkotte Lake sit­u­ated a few kilo­me­tres away from the prop­erty. As dusk was near­ing, vil­lagers were seen hav­ing a bath, do­ing their wash­ing and chil­dren play­ing in the waters. Al­though we only spot­ted res­i­dent birds perched on the trees, a boat ride in this lake will present to you a clear panoramic view of Pidu­ran­gala and Si­giriya rocks. Cormorants, darters, Brah­miny Kites and over 130 species could be spot­ted dur­ing the mi­gra­tory sea­son. An even­ing snack on the lake per­haps will make you con­tem­plate on how time has stood still in ru­ral ar­eas lo­cated away from the suburbs. The greener­ies re­main un­touched and you could only pray that they re­main in­tact with on­go­ing threats of de­for­esta­tion. With dusk fall­ing in, we headed back to the prop­erty to see what more was in store for us. When at BOB you can’t just re­tire to bed af­ter din­ner be­cause the amaz­ing team will al­ways have some­thing planned for you. A Loris walk was what was in store for us. With red lights to find the way, we walked through the for­est patch, twist­ing and turn­ing branches fall­ing onto the way, al­most trip­ping on gi­gan­tic tree roots and fol­lowed the lights un­til we spot­ted those bright eyes! A tiny Grey slen­der loris was look­ing at us from a dis­tance and our mis­sion was a suc­cess.

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