Colombo, Sri Lanka
As soon as I stepped into Sri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil in Colombo, Sri Lanka I felt as though I was stepping into a Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie. Made of South Indian granite the inside of the temple was cool and dark, the only light coming from small windows towards the roof of the temple, and the flicker of candles set about the various shrines. Photographs were not permitted, so I took my time walking around the temple, admiring the intricate hand carved stone, and the Hindu shrines.
Sri Lanka is a fascinating country, one that can be chaotic and overwhelming a times, but a place I need to explore more fully. I stayed in Colombo, mostly out of spite. Many travellers told me Colombo was a bad idea, that I should venture into other areas of Sri Lanka, but as I was on a 4-day visa run, and I tend to disbelieve people when they say a destination is bad, I stayed in Colombo. It was a challenge. After 24-hours I wanted to leave, but I was stubborn and stayed, and in many ways I’m glad I did.
My visit to Sri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil was the result of meeting a kind rickshaw driver whom I later hired to take me to various temples in the city; buddhist, hindu, and muslim temples.
I’d love to go back with a sketchbook and pencil, and spend an afternoon inside the temple trying to capture a little of its beauty.