Jaffna

Jaffna, restricted beauty of srilanka since few decades. but not anymore, we started our journey from Hikkaduwa at about 8 am and had few breaks on our way and we reached Anuradhapura at about 5 pm. had a bath at " Nuwara Wewa" (huge tank in anuradhapura) and we visit the sacred Bo Tree and spent the night at Anuradhapura.
On day 2 we started our journey at about 7 am.  203 Km to jaffna from Anuradhapura. on our way we stopped at " Isin Bassa Gala" temple. its really a nice place to understand the Sinhalese concept " Tank - Pagoda - Village and Temple" you can see all in one frame and really nice paddy fields around temple and tank. we spent more than one hour at there and started our journey again. After few Km from "Vaunia" we reached to "Omanthei" (the main checkpoint) at about 11 am. make sure that you have your ID/Passport with you and if you are visiting for Film making or something special you will need some special permissions (because of that channel 4 fake video). After we pass Omanthei checkpoint we had a strange feeling something like that you are entering to a grave yard. many destroyed human signs, but no people, rarely you'll see a farmer or army person beside the road (on 2012 Oct).  Then we passed "Kilinochchi" next city after Vauniya. now its totally civilized and few memorials and signs of war left at there. specially the huge water tank destroyed by LTTE.  then again that grave yard feeling. paddys are cultivated, but no people nearby road. while we pass some villages we saw that group of school girls riding foot cycles, maybe its because of there are still not enough transportation facilities yet.

we stopped at Elephant pass, there are some important monuments and its the only one place that can see the Horizon of both East and West. After few hours drive from Elephantpass we reached jaffna. its about 7pm and little bit rainy. luckily we booked a place before, otherwise there are not enough logging facilities in jaffna (in 2012 Oct) specially in long weekends.

There are lot of places to visit in jaffna, Naga viharaya, Nallur hindu Shrine, Hot water springs, Jaffna fort are few of them, we missed Naga viharaya, because its a boat trip of 2 hours and unfortunately cyclone occurred and boat service has stopped. we went to Kites Island and even if its in a cyclone its really nice beside the way to kites. on a sunny day lagoon and fisher mans at prawn traps will be a haven to photographers.

There are some other special things that you have to experience at jaffna.  Ice Cream ,  Countless products that made by "Thal Tree" , Vegetarian food at Malayan cafe. jaffna is well known for ice cream, tobacco and grapes, but we strongly believe that Vegetarian food and other foods also will be very popular soon. food at jaffna is also cheaper than other cities in srilanka.

Here are some footage that we captured during a cyclone situation. this look of jaffna will not be available soon, because she is developing faster than we expect. only problem we saw there was lonely cities, still no lot of human activities between main cities. and some areas are still not allowed to people due to security reasons. (not cleared for landmines and traps - in 2012 Oct )

Visit Jaffna, feel the culture, Help her to cure.

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Kandy Esala Perahera

The month of (July) Esala - [according to Buddhist month system], during which period this annual pageant is usually hold, had been considered a month of celebrations and festivity, both among Indians and Sri Lankans. Even from the lifetime of the Buddha in the 6th century BC, the Esala festival was held to commemorate the Buddha’s Conception, his Renunciation and the First Sermon. Esala is also considered to be the beginning of the raining season (Vassana) when the monks commence their Retreat. Also, this month is considered to be the period when ritual performances to the protective divinities are held, (eg Pattini puja) as recorded in the text ‘Pattini-Halla’. Being considered a ‘chaste’ month, the period is held sacred for the availability of water, hence prosperity.

Kandy Perahara is the main Buddhist event in SriLanka, as a Buddhist country this festival is fully conducted by sri lankan government. "Dalada maligawa" is the main temple of all, so this festival is called as the heart beat of Sri Lankans which is most awaited through the year. thousands of devotees gather to see the "perahara" on this season and more than 50 elephants, +2000 artists  take part in this event,

 

Preparation

Most of the rituals are hidden and unseen, we were able to get some rare shots of dressing the elephant which carries the relic in perahara, and this time [2012] the elephant is called "Nadungamuwe Raja", and there is an amazing history about those elephants who carries the sacred relic and among those the most famous one is "Raja" who passed away few years ago and still makes people cry when they see him at its museum. , if you visit "Dalada Maligawa" dont miss Raja's museum next  to the temple at left side.

 

Esala Perahara

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Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya

The Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya said to be named to comorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally the park was used as the research field of Haggala Botanical Garden which is located about 04 km away from the city centre. It is known that this park was established by planting an Oak tree by a German Princes who visited Nuwara Eliya at the latter part of the 19th Century.
The park is 27 acres in extent and about 90% of the treeQueen Victoria Park species available are those of foreign plants. Nanu Oya which flows through the park and a number of lakes within it enhances its beauty. A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park. The park is a great tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya. It was estimated that over 100,000 local visitors as well as around 4000 – 5000 foreign tourists visit the Victoria Park every year.


Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see Indian Blue Robin, Pled Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park.

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