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.
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
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
YOU CAN LISTEN MAHA BO WANNAMA
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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