• Places,  Tourism

    National Zoological Garden in Sri Lanka

    National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka (also called Colombo Zoo or Dehiwala Zoo) is a Zoological garden in Dehiwala, Sri Lanka founded in 1936. And the Colombo zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Asia. The zoo has 3000 animals and 350 species as of 2005 and also the zoo is very popular amongst tourists and this is proven in the income of LKR 40 million. Dehiwala Zoological Garden is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Asia and one of the most abusive. It has a substantial collection of worldwide animals. It is open all year long and can be reached by public transportation. Diversity of the zoo is indicated by the…

  • History,  Places,  Tourism

    The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara in Sri Lanka

    The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera. Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the third and final visit of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka, Accoding to the chronicles, Lord Buddha on the 8th year after enlightenment on full moonday of Vesak, visited Kelaniya on the invitation of Maniakkhika the Naaga King of Kelaniya, seated on the gem throne the Blessed one preached the doctrine. The gem studded throne is enshrined in the dagaba. This Vihara was built by King Yataalatissa. The height of stupa is 80 feet, circumference is 180 feet.…

  • History,  Places,  Tourism

    Mihinthalaya in Sri Lanka

    Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures. 8 miles east of Anuradhapura, close to the Anuradhapura – Trincomalee road is situated the “Missaka Pabbata” which is 1000 feet in height and is one of the peaks of a mountainous range. Though this was called Cetiyagiri or Sagiri, it was popularly known as Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Thera Mahinda came to Ceylon from India on…

  • Places,  Tourism

    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka

    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an Orphanage, nursery and Captive breeding ground for wild Asian Elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 10965 elephants, including 4643 males and 968 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. This is just as the name suggests holds a unique disposition in the ex-situ animal care. It’s success and fame has travelled not just within the country but throughout the world to an extent where Pinnawala synonymous with the Sri Lankan Elephant. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation Currently being a home to 93…

  • Places,  Tourism

    Ambuluwawa Viharaya in Sri Lanka

    Located in the Galboda Korale close to Hatara Korale on the Egodagoda Pattuwa is Ambuluwawa Viharaya. This is also on example of the Kandyan period architecture, where the vihara is constructed on stone pillars. It is said that the Tooth Relic was placed here during a certain period. King Parakramabahu VI who ruled from Kotte, is supposed to have lived here in his childhood. This vihara would have been built here to commemorate it. On a foundation of 26 x 18 feet are rows of granite pillars. The granite pillars of the inner row are 9’10’’ feet in height, while the granite pillars of the outer row are 8’9’’ feet…

  • Places

    Katharagama in Sri Lanka

    Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka People from South India also go there to worship. The town has the Kataragama temple, a shrine dedicated to Skanda Kumara also known as Kataragama deviyo. Kataragama is located in the Monaragala District of Uva province, Sri Lanka. It is 228 km ESE of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Although Kataragama was a small village in medieval times, today it is a fast-developing township surrounded by jungle in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka. There are five main places of worship located at Kataragama. They are Kirivehera, Maha Bodhiya, Kataragama Devale, Sella Kataragama and Vedihitikanda. Kiri Vehera It is one…

  • General

    Logo of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    The national emblem of Sri Lanka used by Sri Lankan government is in connection with the administrative purpose and government of the country. The current republican emblem was adopted in 1972 after the country was declared as a republic state. The present emblem of was created in 1972 with the ideas and guidance of Mr. Nissanka Wijerathna.  At the time, he was Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Chairman of the National Emblem and Flag Design Committee. The designer of the emblem was Venerable Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Thera and Art Work by Artist Mr S.M Seneviratne. The emblem has a lion, holding a sword in its right for paw on…

  • General

    National Anthem of Sri Lanka

    The National Anthem of Sri Lanka “Sri Lanka Matha” is believed to have been written by Mr. Ravindranath Tagore and later composed by the musician Mr. Ananda Samarakoon in 1940 before the island nation’s independence from the British. In 1951, it became the national anthem of Sri Lanka. Firstly, it was written in Sinhalese and translated to Tamil. The first performance of the anthem was held in the fourth anniversary of Independence Day on 4 February 1952. The National Anthem is sang completely when the state leader, participate any occasions. At that time the whole nation should respect and honour. They should stand without moving and respect obediently.                  …

  • General

    National Clothes in Sri Lanka

    There is no official national costume in Sri Lanka. But the most popular items are sari for women and sarong for men. The traditions in men’s clothing are simpler and clearer – men of any age wear sarongs or trousers. It is a little bit more complicated with women. Their national costumes depend on the age, marital status and the event. Mostly women use sari or half sari. But there are different regional peculiarities. People use various types of clothes for various functions. For instance, wear white clothes for religious function. The Tamil, Muslims and Christian have peculiar costumes for different occasion.

  • General,  Natural resources

    National Gemstone in Sri Lanka

    The blue sapphire was declared the national Gemstone of Sri Lanka in October 2003. A postage stamp worth LKR 4.50 was issued on 2 October 2003 to mark the announcement. Sri Lanka is famous for blue sapphires, especially known for their size. The blue sapphire belongs to the Corundum family. While pure Corundum is colourless, the red variety is called ‘Ruby’. Blue Corundum is called Blue Sapphire. ‘Pathmaraga’ is another variety. There are others identified by the different colors like Yellow Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Green Sapphire and so on. Sri Lanka is world famous for Blue Sapphires with most of the largest sapphires in museum collections from around the world being from…