I experienced riding a motorcycle in Sri Lanka for the first time yesterday. Even though I have ridden all kinds of two wheelers and four wheelers in India for two decades, the ride from Mahawilachchiya to Tantirimale Temple was truly special. I rode solo as I followed Rajitha with Cristina behind him. When we started our travel, we had to endure a difficult and rough mud road until we reached the good service road that brought us to comfortably to Tantimale. On the way, we stopped and Rajitha went to a pond to collect some flowers.
As I rode, I could see a lot of kids dressed in white going towards Tantirimale Temple to attend the Dhamma School on Sunday. After reaching Tantirimale we entered the temple and offered the flowers Rajitha had gathered earlier. We then went around a pond by the temple and began to climb a rock. As we were climbing we saw a beautiful peacock fly by that both surprised and amazed us.
High up the rock, we spent time taking photographs and chatting before descending the mountain to see the Sanghamitta Cave near the Tantirimale Temple. We saw the ancient paintings in another cave and learned about its history. From there, we hiked around the temple’s property. It was a really wonderful experience and an unforgettable memory for me. As we were leaving, we could see many Buddhist students in their white dress with their teachers. Students regularly come on chartered trips arranged by local schools. We were able to see some of the Buddhist monks with pilgrims walking around the temple. We saw the famous reclining Buddha statue along with other magnificent statues here.
After the temple, we took our bikes and started our ride back towards Mahawilachchiya on route to the Mahawilachchiya reservoir where we spent time taking pictures and learning about the importance of the reservoir. We then ate our lunch prepared by Horizon student Tharani’s mother. It consisted of coconut rice (local Sri Lankan food) and some bananas. Although fairly simple, it was quite tasty and filling. Sharing our lunch was a memorable moment between an Indian guy Prince Leonard, Sri Lankan guy Rajitha and a Spanish girl Cristiana.
After spending time at the Mahawilachchiya reservoir, we decided to head home to our destination Nanda’s house, who is the founder and CEO of Horizon Lanka.
I am so happy to volunteer here at Horizon Lanka teaching English to the students. I already experienced teaching English in Gamini School, one of the public schools in Mahawilachchiya. The students enjoyed my teaching and were fascinated to learn from me. Nanda has been so accommodating to my ideas for classes and will allow me to teach Tamil classes in the near future. It’s indeed a pleasure to be here at Horizon Lanka in Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. My trip to Tantirimale was enjoyable and my experience so far at Horizon Lanka has been incredible.
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Report by Prince Leonard from Chennai, India.