6th December, 1935

Left Kandy early – through Matale and Nalanda to Dambulla in a torrential downpour. Then to the Rock of Sigiriya which is a mass of rock rising sheer up to 495 feet. It was used as a fortress by one of the Kandyan Kings and was considered impregnable. At the time of the occupation of Sigiriya the Kandyan Kings were being attacked by the Tamils who had come from S. India to find some of the amazing wealth believed hidden in these old fortresses an temples. Mac and Bell climbed to the top but I returned to the car and rested. Very hot. We then continued to Polonnaruwa Rest House. In the dim light of the rest house we watched the Gecko (lizards) fly hunting. They are very quick and can run up walls and along the ceiling as though they were on the floor. Retired for the night encased in mosquito nets and lulled to sleep by the clicks and clucks of the Geckos. (Bell gives us our doses of quinine each night at 6 o’clock.)

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