Hall Of Fame -Our History

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Sri Lanka's Largest Buddha Statue -Kurunegala.

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People who are residing long way from Colombo may feel embarrassed in finding a suitable place for them for lodging also for a place to just a spend in a day. Don't worry here are some useful tips for your personal plans.


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  • Galle fort is made from gneisses and coral limestheones.
  • One of the main places in Galle fort is the black spot. It had used as a main defence centre in the past.
  • In the past,Galle town had used as a trade centre.
  • There are various religious places which belong to various religions in the fort.
  • Sun spot is another place in the Galle fort.
  • And also we can see Galle habour,Rumassala mountion and Dutch store complex in the Galle fort.
  • There are many tunnels in the Galle fort.People can walk through those tunnels.Although nowadays people cannot visit those tunnels,in the future people will be able to visit them.
  • Galle fort covers an area of 36 hectares and encloses several museums,a clock tower,churches,mosques,a light house and several hundred private dwellins.
  • From GALLE FOR Tsunami of 2004 had a devastating effect on Galle Fort. Most of the buildings were either completely destroyed or were damaged to a large extent. Those that were completely destroyed are being rebuilt afresh and those which were damaged are being renovated now. These are being done under the supervision of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs so that the new buildings and the renovations retain the old appearance which was there prior to Tsunami-Imalka

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Sri Lanka Air Force Museum

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Air Force Museum is situated in Ratmalana, it is co-located with Colombo Airport Ratmalana which is used mainly for domestic flights. This is the only national museum dedicated entirely to aviation and the history of the Sri Lanka Air Force.
A visit to this establishment would be a unique experience for enthusiast of aviation of all ages. The museum offers an insight not only into the history of the Sri Lanka Air Force but also a comprehensive picture of aviation in general.
The museum is now open from 0900 am onwards for the general public after the modernizing except Sunday & Monday.
main hangar you can see 12 aircraft. out of that 5 aircraft (2 SF 260 TP, 2 Chipmunk, one Tiger Moth) are in air worty condition. further you can see historically valued aircraft such as Dragon fly, Pioneer, Pazmany, Dacota, Balliol,Bell 47G
Photo Gallary-History of the Air Force
Mini theater
Lecture hall to fcilitate the aviation related lectures and museum itself conduct lectures for vistors
No 2 hangar
history of the equipment, clothing , glass and cockery items used by the AF.
Vehicle hangar
Old type of vehicles
Flight simulator
Visitors are given opertunity of experiencing the take off and landing of aircraft.
.available cafeteria and milk bar
.Generator house
.vehicle park availble inside the museum
c.lrifications and bookings
pls go to http://www.airforce.lk/
display nearly 30 types of aircraft and availble children park

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“The Bawa gardens of Sri Lanka” –. Namely Geofry Bawa’s younger Brother Bevis bawa’s has created his own vision for the creation of this garden.
You could easily find this location when you travel through Colombo - Galle road, and when you reach Aluthgama, turn to the Muslim village called Dharga Town, and then you will find the destination.
Bevis has dedicated his life for the creation of arts, sculptures (nude) and fashioned landscapes as a recreation, as of considering the basics of dutch and sri lankan architect cultures. You will feel a work of art, a beauty with a passion in the garden, also the outbuildings and sculptures represent highpoints of tropical design in which architecture and landscape are intimately mixed.
0773019159- Dulan@ Bawa Garden

Madunagala Hot Springs

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Madunagala Hot Springs is a wonderful creation of nature in all its natural beauty. Historically, these hot springs flowed into a natural water hole which has become the most attracted tourist destination in the island of the southern province. This is monitored and controlled by the Southern Province Tourism Board. Changing rooms, western toilets and small shops with snacks and beverages are close by to the destination as benefits for the visitors. Special indigenous ayurvedic drinks such as “Belimal” and “Ranawara” and “traditional rice meals” from the ancient rice variety “heenati”, Kalu heenati” “suwandal” are available as local treats worth trying.
Further details could be obtained from Southern Province Tourism Board.Cabanas are available on call booking on 0714808029

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Planetarium sri lanka

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Our Planetarium exhibiting the grandeur of the Universe Our Planetarium was a special feature of the Industry Exhibition held in the year 1965. It is administrated by the Ministry of Science & Technology. State Engineering Corporation. It was designed by Dr. A.N.S.Kulasinghe. The inner dome of the Planetarium was constructed by German Engineers. The main projector was from East Germany. In 1999 a mobile Planetarium, extra projectors and Audio & Video systems were donated by the Japanese Government,The Planetarium located in the Old Race Course,

Hummane (blow hole-sri lanka) හුම්මානය

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The Kudawella (South) Fisheries Co-operative Society, Kudawella, provides boat rides for locals and tourists interested in visiting the blow hole. The boat will station you 25 meters away from the blow hole in the sea, where you could experience the sprouts of water at close range.The Hummane Blowhole is the second hugeness in the world

Pitawla Pathana-පිටවලපතන

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* Road reaching to pitawala pathana
01. From Colombo - Mathale - Ratthota
Batandukappolla, pitawala pathana ( via Riverstone )
02. from Anuradhapura -Dambulla Road
Naula,Elahera Road Hettipola - Laggala - Pallegama -Pitawala Pathana
03. From Mahiyanganaya - Hettipola, Elahara- Laggala - Pallegama - Pitawala Pathana
* Pitawala Pathana Land - 50 Acars
* 1st Baloongala is situated 800 ms above the sea level at Pitawala Pathana
* The things that can be seems only at Pitawala Pat
* Pathana Ala
* Dumbara Ralu Galpara Madia ( frog )
* Mukalan huna
* Insects living as per the climate conditions
* Binara Mala ( Flower )
Pitawala Pathana
Historic background
* In the historic era of frag which means at the time of king Ravana it is said that many activition have taken place in this location
* The king Ravana Was used pitawala Pathana for runaway to his air bus called " DANDUMONARAYA "
* As the North side, what is the last tea estate opened by English was founded in pithawala.
* It's called " GONAMADA WATHTHA "
If you went to the Pitawala pathana you can seen all of the mountains in central Provience.
Those are,
* Lakegala
* Manigala
* Ath maluwa
* Rambuk Oluwa
* Malkirigoda Kapolla
After you can visit to Riverstan and Walasgamuwa pass Pitawala Pathana
More inforamation Dumbara mithuro,Naula Telephone : 0773558186

Gal Oya National Park -Gal-oya special*

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After the successful entry of “Nilgala”, the sanchare team visited “Gal-oya National park” for this week programme. Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka was established in 1954 with an area of 25,900 hectare surrounded by Senanayake Samudra. The park serves as the main catchment area for Senanayake Samudraya. Senanayake Samudraya was built under the Gal Oya development project by damming the Gal Oya at Inginiyagala in 1950

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Nilgala park which is in the Uva provinces of Sri Lanka is now open for the general public. The forest spreads over 26000 hectares and administered by both forest and wildlife conservation departments of Sri Lankan government. The park can be approached either from Colombo-Kandy-Bibila, on Bibila-Inginiyagala road or on Bibila- Batticoloa road.

Leisure World Sri Lanka-Kaluaggala

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Conveiniently located in the electrorate of "Seethawaka", leisure world is the 1st ever theme park in Sri Lanka with a rich bio- diversified surrounding in a serene atmosphere giving the visitor a once in a life time experience of novel water and amusement activities.We commenced operations on the 27th March 2006 and we have operated the park for 03 years. At present we have 08 amusement Rides , Log Flume which is a combination of amusement & water related activity and 04 pools & 10 slides in the water area.In addition to the above activities we have introduced many more activities such as the Game Arcade with over 20 different latest items from car racing, Motor cycle racing to Action and Fun games which could be experienced by both young and old.Bumper cars are another new item we have added recently. In the water area we have introduced 06 more slides called the 'Aqua Trail" which consists of 02 tunnel type of slides for the 1st time in Sri Lanka.

Leisure world inaugurated its tropical rain forest, where 50 species of what is in existence at Singharaja Forest has been introduced as a Model.This forest is created with the intension of educating and inculcating the value of protecting flora
Our package details are as follows,
Entrance Fee - Rs 230/- per person (Kids below 03 feet entrance and activities are Free- of charge)
Package A - (Total Package) - Rs. 1,750/- per person
08 Amusement Rides - Swing Around / UFO / Super Swinger / Crescent Swing / Happy Express / Space Ship / Junior Coaster / Pirate Ship/ Log Flume
Water Area Activities - (04 Pools) - Wave Pool / Lazy River / Kiddies Pool with slides / Pool exclusively for ladies
(05 Slides) - (Multi Lane / Thunder Cruise / Crazy Cruise / Octopus and Aqua Trail)
(****Nylon swim wear is compulsory when using the pools)
Package B - Rs. 1,100/- per person
Water Ride activities only
04 Pools - (Wave pool, Lazy River, Kiddies Pool with slides, Ladies Pool)
05 slides - (Octopus, Multi Lane, Thunder Cruise, Crazy Cruise, Aqua Trail)
(****Nylon swim wear is compulsory when using the pools)
Package C - Rs. 850 /- per person
08 Amusement Rides Only
(Swing Around, UFO, Super Swinger, Crescent Swing, Happy Express, Space Ship, Junior Coaster, Pirate Ship)
Other Activities which are not included in the package-
Log Flume - Rs. 250/- per ride / Game Archade - Rs. 50/- per coin / Paddle Boat Rides - Rs. 100/- per ride / Speed Boat Rides - Rs. 150/- per ride / Bumper cars - Rs. 150/- per coin / relaxing Chairs - Rs. 100/- (Without Music), Rs. 200/- (with music), Amusement Rides per machine - Rs. 100/-
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SAM POPHAM ARBORETUM (sanctuary of tropical trees)

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Arboretum is described as the Trees and shrubs preserved for study and display.

“Ask for sam popham arboretum”. Most people in Dambulla will shrug their shoulders as this destination is known as “suddage watta”, when you travel through you will meet the man make jungle just 3 KM’ s from the town on the Kandalama road.

This arboretum is established in 1963, by a British tea planter Mr. Popum with 9-1/2 acres and the wood land 27 acre property acquired and added into the property 1989 by institute of fundamental studies. The whole property was handed over to IFS by a deed of gift. Mr Popham has converted this abounded chena cultivated land to a beautiful forest. This arboretum is home for more than 225 plants species. (7 endemic plants) The arboretum is also home to wide range of animals, birds & reptiles. A small herd of spotted dear and mouse dear has made it home here. A large number of birds such as endemic jungle fowl, gronze wings pigeon, and grey horn bill, also can be seen. This is the only arboretum to be found in the dry zone which converted by Mr. Popum using his own method called popum method. Popum method does not entertain the cultivation of a new plant. It only permits the clearance of obstacles in the plant family.
From Pophahm garden
Who is Mr. Popum.
F.H Popul (Sam) was born in 1923 and educated at Eden, Majdalene and Cambridge. He first came to Sri Lanka then Ceylon as part of the Royal Navy during the 02nd world war, he then worked as a teacher in England and in Egypt and later came back to Sri Lanka in 1962 as a tea planter, he has no formal cultural qualifications but has been motivated by and abiding interest in of tree lovers. In 1992 he has devoted the first lanka conservation award, in recognition of his work in Dambulla. In 1995 he has nominated for the prestigious United Nations (SASAKAWA environmental prize) by the Ministry of Environment. The nomination has been accompanished by several letter of recommendations. In 1999 mr. Popum retired went up to his home land. Before he handed over this land to the present manager Mr. J. Amarasinghe to protect and look after the property till the new management takes over.
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Ancient City of Polonnaruwa - UNESCO World Heritage Centre පොලොන්නරුව

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Polonnaruwa period is the most prosperous era sri lanka ever had in its annuls. Polonnaruwa replaced Anuradhapura as the capital city of Sri Lanka, Because of the invasion of south India. It was the capital of Sri Lanka from 11 AD to 13
Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned Archeological relic sites in the country. During the 11th – 13th AD, number of 7'and 16 story buildings were put up and also rice the main agricultural product was exported to foreign countries either.
The sanchare team was able to cover gal vihara of polonnaruwa, the hidden ruins, suwasthika pond thiwanka pilimage, and incredible buildings without foundation, shiiva devalaya and etc. A whole lot of photo graphs are displayed in this site and if you wish to view our album please click on the slides displayed on the top of the page.
The best time to visit polonnaruwa is the period after the monsoon, while the greenery season turned on

Passikuda and Kallkuda-පාසිකුඩා සහ කල්කුඩා

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Sri lanka’s most perfect pristine beaches are on its east coast. Its assets include wide endless expanses
Silky white sands, shallow jewel-blue. Surf enchanting bays. Sweeping harbors sleepy lagoons, vest underwater coral meadows and plentiful bird-life, the choicest of beaches are at pasekuda and kalkuda
It’s a famous swimming point, 30 km from Batticaloa and 60km from Valachchanai
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KATARAGAMA SEASONAL SUPPLIMENT -kataragama athramaga- කතරගම අතරමග

There are two pathways to reach Kataragama during this festive season.
The very first comfortable pathways is when you travel though the Country side;From Colombo –drive through to Ratnapura and then reach Kataragama.
Secondly via the beach side; travel through the seaside from
Colombo - Galle- Matara and then easily reach Kataragama
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Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary

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The Anawilundawa wetland sanctuary is located between the coast and the Chilaw (10km)Puttalam railway line, in the Puttalam District of the North western province of Sri Lanka and covers an extent of 1400 hectares. From Chilaw Puttlam road, you will find a junction named anavirundawa. From that end if you have to travel through, then you will reach the anavirundawa bird watching site

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In recent times Sri Lanka is well known as a paradise for tourists. But have you ever thought which the first tourist attraction of this splendid island was. It was Kalpitiya which became first tourism location with the arrival of" Iban Bathutha" centuries ago.

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

You might have seen the ‘goggle-eyed lions’ either at the Independence square in Colombo, or on a ten rupee note. But the first one of those lion statues is still there at Yapahuwa Rock Fortress.

Yapahuwa is an ancient Rock Fortress built by king Buhwanekabha at the beginning of the Yapahuwa era in Sri Lankan history. King Buhwanekabha built this rock Fortress in 1272, in order to transfer the capital to Yapahuwa from Polonnaruwa in the face of marauding Dravidian invasions from South India, bringing the Sacred Tooth Relic with him. But following the death of King Bhuvenakabha in 1284, the South Indians invaded Sri Lanka once again, and succeeded in capturing Sacred Tooth Relic too. Following its capture, Yapahuwa was largely abandoned & inhabited by Buddhist monks & religious ascetics..

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Maduwanwela Walawwa-මඩුවන්වෙල වලව්ව

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If you are interested in discovering about noble families in the history of Sri Lanka, Maduwanwela Walawwa is a place which you must visit in your life. Maduwanwela Walawwa was the official residence of Maduwanwela family. It was built by “Maduwanwela Maha Disawe” after facing a strange experience at that place (when he went on hunting one day he has seen a rabbit was chased by a fox. But all of a sudden, the rabbit has started chasing the fox. Supposing that it was a victorious place, he has built his mansion at the same location.)

But the most popular owner of this mansion was Wickramasinghe Wijesundara Ekanayake Abeykoon Mudiyanse Ralahamilage Sir James Williams Maduwanwela who was known as Maduwanwela Disawe, even among British rulers. Sir Francis Molamure became the owner of this mansion after the inherits of Maduwanwela family. Construction work of this huge mansion was started in 1700 and was completed in 1905. This place consisted of 121 rooms and 21 central gardens during its glorious era, though 43 rooms and 7 central gardens only remains at present.

When you enter this great mansion, you will find that it has very low door frames at each entrance. So when the British Agents visit this place, they had to bow their heads to enter this house which meant to honour the Disawe.

Once you enter this place you will be able to see several significant places. One of this mansion’s central gardens has been beautified by tiles (taken from breaking Dutch plates). At one end of this garden, there is a tile of Queen Victoria placed on floor, which is supposed to be treaded unknowingly. According to the archaeologists, there has been a secret upper floor (attic) which enables some one to move over each room secretly. Most of the rooms of the mansion have many similar characteristics, though they differ from each other by fewer aspects
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A separate Pirith Mandapa, shrine room, machine room, living room, dining hall for nobles, court hall also still remains there to be seen. The lively portrait of the Disawe in the living room is a special one which makes you to think that Disawe looks at you, from whatever the direction or angle you face the picture.

The water management system of the mansion has been based on a special well (Kumbuke Linda) which releases water with a high pressure.

If you need to visit this mansion with historical value, firstly you will have to get to Pelmadulla, from Rathnapura. Then get to Madampe junction, which leads you to Rakwana. Then get to Sooriyakanda to Kolonna Maduwanwela. It is a place really worth visiting as it depicts a grand picture about the nobles in our history.
විජේසේකර මුදියන්සේලාගේ මඩුවන්වෙල දිසාවේ නම් මහා ක`ඵ සිංහලයා වාසය කළ මේ මහ මන්දිරය අධිරාජ්‍යවාදීන් හමුවේත් රට ගැන හැ`ගීමකින් ඔවුන්ටම වැඩ කළ අභීත ලාංකිකයකුගේ සුඛිත මුදිත ජීවිතය පිළිබඳ අපට සාධක සපයන මධ්‍යස්ථානයකි. ඇඹිලිපිටියේ පිහිටි මඩුවන්වෙල වලව්ව ඔබ එක්වරක් හෝ යා යුතුම ස්ථානයකි. ඒ ගමනේදී මෙවැනිම අභීත නායකයකු ලෙස අපේ මතකයේ සිටින පනාමුරේ ඇත් රාජා සිහි කරවන පනාමුරේ ඇත්ගාලද නෙතට හසු කර ගන්න අමතක නොකරන්න.

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JUL 30 TO AUG -02

These beautiful sceneric coral areas can be visited in Hikkaduwa sea area by glass fitted boats. In this area stones with the shape of butterfly and other ...
Sri lanka has 138 species of corals in beautiful chaps and colors, among them are stag-horn, dome, star, flower and black corals, madrepores, mille pores , pocillpores and dendrophyllia
Beautiful reef fish and other exotic species include parrot, lion unicorn, porcupine , Moorish idol , emperor angel , powder-blue surgeon and clown as well as grouper, stingray, marlin, caranx , jack, tuna, snapper barracuda ,shoe – lobster , octopus ,murrayeel and manta schools of whales can also be sighted off the east coast, especially at

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Walawe nadee river safari

The walawa nadee eco tours organization, provides boat raids those of you interested in spotting in some wildlife in an area Known for its rich bio diversity www.deepsouth.lk cont:tel:0602481076, 0776600463
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වලවේ ගං කොමළිය සයුර සිප ගන්න ඔන්න මෙන්න තිබියදී ලංකාවේ දක්ෂිණ වෙරළ තීරයේ මැවෙන සුන්දර ඩෙල්ටාවක බෝට්ටු සවාරියක යෙදීමට ඔබට දැන් අවස්ථාව තිබේ. මෙම චාරිකාවේදී ගගට නැමුණු කිරළ, වල්මිදි වැනි ගං දෑලේ සරුවට වැවෙන තුරු ලතාවෝ යටින් නිවසැනසිල්ලේ ගංදිය මත චාරිකා කරන්නත් අතු පතර හිද ගී කියන වර්ණවත් විහගුන් නෙත්මානයට හසු කර ගන්නත් සමහර විට ඔබ ජීවිතයේ පළමු වතාවට රස විදින කිරළ හා පතොක්වලින් සෑදූ ස්වාභාවික ෆ්ලුඩා පානය කරන්නටත් අවස්ථාව ලැබෙනු ඇත. මේ සියල්ල විද ගන්න මේ අංකවලට අමතන්න.

''Walwe River Delta''

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The Historical way to Buttala - Katharagama ( Kataragama )-පරණ පාරක් දැන යමු කතරගම

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Whatever is your religion, you might have gone to Katharagama at least once in your life. But the route which took you there might be either the road through Hambanthota or the road through Ambilipitiya. But there is another path which leads to Kathragama though it is not much popular during recent times. That is the Buttala – Sellakatharagama road which begins from Badalkumbura.

Long ago this route has been the most famous route to Katharagama. But later this route has been abandoned, which became quite unpopular. But when the Gammudawa construction work was done this road was developed to a certain extent. Yet it is not very famous. May be that is why the evidence of the travelers in the past, still remains there. At that time the consumers of this road might have travelled either by foot or cart, which were the popular means of travelling at that time.

Once you get Badalkumbura you can reach this track which has a length of 20 km. This road has fallen mostly parallel to the Manick stream though it moves away at certain places.

There are a number of places where our ancestors have rested on their way to Katharagama. Madama is one such a place where a wayside rest (Ambalama) has been situated. Waanemangkada, Thimbulketiya, Galge, Bhaay Lindha, Galkema are few other such places which are worth mentioning. Walliamman Aru, a place that we meet on our way is another place which should be mentioned. According to folk tales Walli Matha had swung on a swing at that place. Though this route has a history as well as a story unknown as that, it has been abandoned unfortunately.
This might be a great experience if you intend to follow the footprints of our ancestors.
If you intend to have this experience, Hena Holiday Resort is the best option. They will arrange this trip for you along with comfortable accommodation. Contact 0772990299.
-Dilan Dharshana-
කතරගම වන්දනාවේ යන උදවියගේ ජනපි‍්‍රයම කැලෑ පාර වන්නේ පොතුවිල්, ඔකඳ පානම හරහා යාල උද්‍යානය ඔස්සේ වැටී ඇති මාවත වේ. එහෙත් බඩල් කුඹුරෙන් ඇරඹී බුත්තල, පැලවත්ත හරහා සුන්දර මැණික් ගග ඉවුර දිගේ කුඹුක් ගස්, මාර ගස්, වැලි තලාවන් පසුකර සෙල්ලකතරගම දක්වා කිලෝ මීටර් 20ක් පමණ වන අප සංචාරය ඔස්සේ ඔබට නැවත මතුකර දෙන්නෙමු. දැනටත් තැනින් තැන හමුවන මේ පාරේ ශේෂයන් අතර කිඹුල්කැටිය මඩම, වානේ මංකඩ, හැඳි කෙම, ගල් ගේ, බායිගෙ ළිඳ, වැනි සංධිස්ථාන මේ පාරේ චමත්කාරය පිළිබඳව අපට සේයාවන් සපයයි. හැත්තෑවේ සමගි පෙරමුණ ආණ්ඩුව විසින් බුත්තලම - කතරගම නව පාර කැපීමත්, කතරගම ගම්මුදාවට මෙම පාර අලුත්වැඩියා කිරීමත් නිසා ඌවේ සහ ඒ අවට අපේ පැරැණ්නෝ කරත්තවල නැග නැතිනම් දෙපයේ පිහිටෙන් හරෝ හරා කියමින් ගිය මේ අතීත මාවත කාලයේ වැලි තලාවට යටවී ගියේය. නැවත එය මතුකර ගැනීමට අපට හැකීවීම අප ලද භාග්‍යයකි. ඔබත් අප ගිය මේ පාරේ කතරගම යන්න. ඒ සඳහා හේන නිවාඩු නිකේතනය ඔබට මග පෙන්වාවි. 0772990299

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Elephas maximus maximus

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Sri Lankan Elephant
Common Name: Sri Lankan elephant -ALIYA(sinhala)
Scientific Name: Elephas maximus maximus
Habitat: Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Location: Southwestern Sri Lanka

Elephants hold aesthetic, cultural and economic importance in Sri Lanka. They are used for carrying timber and have a special significance and role in religious events. Many local and international tourists visit the county’s national parks to observe elephants in the wild, thus boosting Sri Lanka’s economy through tourism. Elephants can be observed in protected areas such as Yala, Wasgomuva, Udawalawe, Minneriva and Kaudulla.

However, the subspecies continues to be threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and the conflict between government troops and the Tamil Tigers in the northeastern region of the country.

More on the Ecology of the Sri Lankan Elephant
Physical Description
The Sri Lankan species is the largest of the Asian elephant genus, and has patches with no skin color on its ears, face, trunk and belly. This is the darkest of all Asian elephants.

Night Camping in The Jungle

Night camping in woods is a great experience, which should be experienced by any nature lover at least once in life. This experience is possible to be had here in Sri Lanka too. In any National park in Sri Lanka you can have this experience which mesmerizes you to the utmost.

We had our night camping experience at Elephant pass camping site at Udawalawe National park. This is situated 20km away from the main gate of the National park. It is a gorgeous place near the Walawe stream. This becomes an even more significant experience as we were able to travel in a Caravan prior to reaching our camping site.

Anyone who knows something about nature must understand that woods are far more beautiful at night, than it is during the day time. Simultaneously it is the time, during which you might get mesmerized by the tranquility of woods. A night under a tent in woods gives you a thousand of feelings and experiences other than mere enjoyment. Spending a night at a bungalow in a National park even cannot be compared to this experience.

Apart from Elephant pass camping site in Udawalawe National park, there are two others too (one of them is named as French Edge). Night camping at a camping site after travelling in a Caravan also is a new experience to Sri Lankans. -Dilan Dharshana-

If you intends to have it contact Rohan – 0773059295 (Yala Edge Caravans)

First caravan trip ever in Sri Lanka.ලංකාවේ ප‍්‍රථම කැරවැන් චාරිකාව

First caravan trip ever in Sri Lanka.

Yes for the first time in Sri Lanka Yala Edge has introduced a caravan concept for ever in Sri Lanka. This is called “thawalama” in Sinhala. The sanchare team was being given an exclusive change to facilitate in the caravan trip from Colombo – Udawalawe.

Great! It is like a walking house. This has various facilities including cooking, sanitary services, bed room services. 

This caravan concept was initially launched to transport animals from one place to another and then used to transport battle for war related matters. 

Now even Sri Lankan’s can enjoy a caravan trip from Colombo to Udawalawe destination just paying Rs. 28,000.00 for 10 pax. For further details call  on 077-2990299

ලංකාවේ ප‍්‍රථම කැරවැන් චාරිකාව 

අසිරිය නිම් නැති මේ පුංචි කොදෙව්වේ සංචාරය පිළිබඳව අලුත් අදහස් පොපියන මොහොතක කැරවෑන් චාරිකා සංවිධානය ව්‍යාපාරයක් ලෙස අරඹමින් දියත් කළ පළමු චාරිකාවම නෙත් සංචාරය කණ්ඩායම වෙනුවෙන් සංවිධාන වීම අප ලද මහත් භාග්‍යකි. 

කැරවෑන් යනු සිංහල අර්ථයෙන් ‘‘තවලම’’ වුවත් වර්ථමාන කැරවෑන් රථයක් යනු තරු පහේ හෝටලයක පිහිටි සුඛෝපබෝගි කාමරයක් මහමග ඇදගෙන යෑම වැනිය. කැරවෑනයක් තුළ සුව පහසු ඇදක් ද වැසිකිලියක් සහ නාන කාමරයක් ද පුංචි මුල්තැන් ගෙයක් ද ශීතකරනයක් ද හෝටල් කාමරයක් තුළ තිබිය යුතු බොහෝ අංගයන් ද ඇත විශේෂත්ව වන්නේ මහ මග ගමන් කරමින් ම මේ සියලු පහසුකම් නොඅඩුව බුක්තිවිඳිය හැකි වීමයි. අපව රැුගෙන ගිය ශ්ක් ෑාටැ කැරවෑන් රථයේ ම ගොස් උඩවලව වන උද්‍යානයේ් වලවේ නදීය අසල සොªරු තුරු ගොමුවක රාත‍්‍රියක් ගත කර සියලු රසමසවුලු සමග 10 ක කණ්ඩායමකට වැයවන්නේ රුපියල් 28000 පමණි ලංකාවේ ඔිනෑම තැනකට සංචාරේ යාහැකි කැරවෑන් චාරිකා සඳහා  අමතන්න 077-2990299

Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya-සංඛපාල රජමහා විහාරය

Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient temple situated in Pallebedda in Rathnapura district.

The history of this temple expands to Anuradhapura era. During the period of king Dutugamunu this temple has been built by the giant Pussadeva. The giant Pussadeva is one of the great ten giants (Dasamahayodayo), who was awarded a Gamvara by the king after the war. That was the Pallebedda Gamvara. Later the giant Pussadeva built a temple in Pallebedda and offered it to Buddha shasana, which is Sankapala Viharaya. This history has been revealed by a stone pillar erected in the temple.

Later during the Kandian era a Buddhist monk named Karathota Dhammarama was offered with this temple. That was during the period of king Rajadhi Rajasinghe. But due to a dispute aroused between the king and the monk, the monk was taken into custody and kept under house arrest. At that time the monk Karathota Dhammarama wrote a 'Harasa Kawya' (a peice of poetry which includes 12 poems in one poem which is written in a circular shape) to show his intelligence. Afterwards king begun to respect the monk evenmore and monk was offered the Gamvara again by the king.

This temple includes a Sathsathi Vihara Mandira which has two Buddha statues in sitting posture and an ancient Buddha statue in standing posture. All of these statues have similarities to the statues of Kandian era. And the paintings on walls of the Viharaya, which were painted with indigenous material, also resembles Kandian era.

Apart from Sathsathi vihara mandiraya there is another shrine room in the middle of the temple, which is called 'Maha Viharaya'. This shrine room also consists of several Buddha statues as well as two statues of God Katharagama and God Vishnu.

This is an ancient temple, which should be preserved and which must be seen by you despite religious differences.-Dilan Dharshana
රත්නපුර සිට ඇඹිලිපිටිය දෙසට ගමන් කරද්දී කොළඹගෙආර ප‍්‍රදේශයේදී කුඹුක් සෙවණට ඉහළින් හුදකලා කඳුවැටියක් අසල අපේ නෙත ගැටෙන සංඛපාල රජමහා විහාරය දිගු ඉතිහාසයක් ඇති අප යා යුතුම තැනකි. මෙය දුටුගැමුණු රජතුමාගේ දස මහ යෝධයන්ගෙන් කෙනෙකු වන පුස්සදේව යෝධයා විසින් සසුනට පරිත්‍යාග කළ මහා පිංකමක සාධකයකි. පසුව පුස්සදේව රහතන් වහන්සේ බවට පත් වූ පුස්සදේව යෝධයාගේ සොහොන ද ඒ අසලම තවමත් අපට දැකිය හැකිය. එමෙන්ම අනුරාධපුර යුගයේ සිට නුවර දයුගය දක්වා විශ්මය දනවන බොහෝ දෑ ද, ගල් ලෙන් ද, හක්ගෙඩි ගළ ද එහි යන්නවුන්ගේ නෙත් සිත් පිනවයි

The Bodhi-සුභ වෙසඟක් වේවා


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The Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) or Bo-Tree is a species of banyan fig native to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, southwest China and Indochina east to Vietnam. It is known by a wide range of local names, such as Bo or pou , bawdi or bawdi nyaung in Burmese, Bodhi (in Thai, though pronounced Po), Pipal (peepal, peepul, pippala, pimpal, etc.), arasa maram or Ashvastha tree. It is a large dry season-deciduous or semi-evergreen tree up to 30 m tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 3 m.
The leaves are cordate in shape with a distinctive extended tip; they are 10-17cm long and 8-12cm broad, with a 6-10cm petiole. The fruit is a small fig 1-1.5cm diameter, green ripening purple.

The Bodhi tree and the Sri Maha Bodhi propagated from it are famous specimens of Sacred Fig. The known planting date of the latter, 288 BC, gives it the oldest verified age for any angiosperm plant.

This plant is considered sacred by the followers of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, and hence the name 'Sacred Fig' was given to it. Siddhartha Gautama is referred to have been sitting underneath a Bo-Tree when he was enlightened (Bodhi), or "awakened" (Buddha). Thus, the Bo-Tree is well-known symbol for happiness, prosperity, longevity and good luck. Today in India, Hindu Sadhus still meditate below this tree, and in Theravada Buddhist Southeast Asia, the tree's massive trunk is often the site of Buddhist and animist shrines