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Starting the descent from the summit of Sri Pada

By now it is daylight and the views on the descent are spectacular

Helping family elders to make the pilgrimage

The cotton threads of the first time pilgrims

 Stunning views from the breakfast stop

Taking up the gas tanks for the monks who live at the summit

Just one of the many waterfalls

Collecting Holy water from the mountain streams, now piped for safety

Sri Pada from lower slopes

Shrine to the local Deity, Saman

Tea pluckers hard at work in the tea plantations  near the base of Sri Pada

Porters bringing down the contributions made at the Temple at the summit . This money has to be banked daily. They are guarded by a policeman.

Tea Factory at base of Sri Pada