Another add-on to the things to do list in Dambulla lies past rows of ironwood trees that stand like silent sentinels to the foot of a dusty mountain range made of pink & violet quartz deposits. A half hour’s climb takes you to the barren peak of the Rose Quartz Mountain in Sri Lanka which rises high above the forest canopy. Miles of greenery, disturbed only by the occasional presence of lakes, spread out below in every direction. On one peak sits an immense statue of the Buddha.