• 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…

  • Places,  Tourism

    Beach Destinations in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka possesses nearly 1600 km coastlines with tropical beaches which are popular among both local and foreign tourists. Most of the coastlines of the country are studded with varying coastal features such as bays, lagoons, sandbanks and rocky headlands. Marine recreation activities, such as sea bathing and Swimming, surfing, boating, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, underwater photography, and Scuba diving can be seen at most of these beaches and related resort areas. Beaches at Tangalle, Beruwala, Mirissa, Bentita, Unawatuna  Arugam Bay, Pasikudda, Uppuveli, Hikkaduwa and Negambo are considered as famous tourist beaches in the country. Beach Negambo Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the west coast and at the mouth of the Negambo…

  • Forest & Gardens,  Places,  Tourism

    Gampaha Botanical Garden

    Gampaha Botanical Garden also known as Henarathgoda Botanical Garden is situated in the suburb of Gampaha, about 18 miles (29 km) north-west of Colombo and within 1 kilometre (1,100 yd) from the Gampaha Railway Station, and not more than 500 yards (460 m) from the Gampaha-Minuwangoda road. It was established in 1876 by the British to conduct experiments on exotic economic plants such as Rubber and explore plant wealth and development of economy in the Colony. The altitude of garden is about 33 feet above the sea level. It has a tropical low-country climate. The total area of the botanical garden is about 36 acres and recently it acquired another 7 acres for its expansion process The total area of the…

  • Forest & Gardens,  Places,  Tourism

    Hakgala Botanical Garden

    Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve.The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve in Nuwara Eliya. The garden is believed to be the highest set botanical gardens in the world. Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a Cool temperate climate because of altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level. The mean annual temperature ranges between 16 °C to 30°C during course of a year, From December to February it has…

  • General,  Places

    Capital city in Sri Lanka

    Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. It is the financial center of the island and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the Greater Colombo area which includes Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, the legislative capital of Sri Lanka and Dehiwala Mount Lavinia. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo. But the ancient Colombo had bullock cart transport system with the development of Colombo this place gradually; Colombo became the busiest place. It is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka and the district capital…

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    Light House in Sri Lanka

    There are 14 active lighthouses in Sri Lanka. Most of the lighthouses in Sri Lanka are operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). However several are operated by the Sri Lanka Navy, while some are inactive. There are twenty five lighthouses in Sri Lanka, with sixteen of those being still active. Most of these lighthouses now fall under the control of Sri Lanka ports authority, whilst the remainder is under the control of the Sri Lanka Navy. Light House in Galle     This is Sri Lanka’s oldest light station, and it’s located in the southern province. Its built by the British was located about 100 meters…