“…Apply yourself to solitude. One who does so will see things as they are.”
— The Buddha, as quoted in the Samyutta Nikàya
Interior of a Buddhist hermitage, probably built in the 1960s by walling in one of the smaller Batadombalena caves. These caves in the jungled mountains close to where the Kuru Ganga Valley opens onto the Delgamuwa Plain were once home to Balangoda Man, a prehistoric human, who inhabited these rainforests 16,000 years ago; long before Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka. The caves have been unfortunately vandalised by recent visitors; the walls covered with graffiti, and garbage left behind on the floor and outside. To read more about these caves and Balangoda Man see my photo piece, The Cave in the Jungle, in the March 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.