After a days romp through the staid Dutch built Church, Fort and other monuments, I started digging around for the history of Matara and its legends.
One of the legends that emerged is of the scholar poet King Kumaradasa or Kumaradhatusena son of King Kasyapa of Sigiriya fame and the poet and dramatist, Kalidasa who is supposed to have lived sometime between, 170BCE and 634CE. Matara likes to claim Kalidasa as a son of theirs but our big neighbhour India thinks otherwise. The salacious bit of the legend is that the handsome King in flagrante delicto with a courtesan, spied a bee entangled in the petals of a lotus flower, and was inspired to write two lines of poetry.
Read more about how the lives of the King and the Poet Kalidasa changed with this poem on my new website myislandlanka.com