Visiting the Turtles and down to Galle where the Tsunami hit worst, is a must see, as a little donation to turtle sanctuaries will go a long way. It was sad to see where so many people had lost their live though.
This was just amazing. The work that went into it was staggering. The food was just wonderful. As you can see, we loved it. But, if you want this while your there, be sure to make sure it's included in your package, or you could end up paying a lot otherwise, as some did.
These cave temples are the best preserved and biggest in Sri Lanka. The rock rises to a height of 160 m (520 ft.) from the surrounding plains and houses more than 80 documented caves along its 2000 feet length. However, the most important are 5 caves, which contain priceless statues and paintings relating to the life and times of Buddha. I counted over 150 statues of Buddha in various poses, one statue each of Vishnu and Ganesh and a few of the Kings of Sri Lanka. The paintings on the walls of the caves are unique and include Buddha's first sermon. Cave 1 contains a huge statue of the Buddha in a recumbent posture on a pillow with the right hand; Cave 2 is a larger one and joined with Cave 3, which contains over 55 statues of the Buddha, an image of the future Buddha (Maitreya Buddha) and a dagoba in the middle of the shrine; Cave 4 houses 10 images of the Buddha and two dagobas. There is also a huge bo-tree outside the vihara.