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  • Kandy Esala Perahara

    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.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/culture-a-heritage/festivals/kandy-esala-perahera.html

  • LEOPARD'S PARADISE

    Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhuna National Park for the (best known) block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area.

    http://visitslpc.com/wildlife/national-parks/yala-national-park.html

  • Jaffna Life....

    Jaffna, restricted beauty of srilanka since few decades. but not anymore....

    http://www.visitslpc.com/city-a-regions/jaffna.html

  • Kabbale kanda Hike

    Kanneliya Forest Reserve located in theGalledistrict is the largest of the KDN, or Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, forest complex. Kanneliya supposed to be the most biologically diverse forest in the country which even surpasses theSinharajaRain Forestin terms of bio-diversity.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/out-door/adventure/kabbale-kanda-trail.html

  • Knuckles Camping...

    Knuckles Range is one such popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka that is ideally suited for both amateur and veteran hikers. You can pick anything between a 2 to an 8 km hike, and find yourself spotting a variety of aviaries, animals, flora and fauna.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/out-door/adventure/hiking-in-knuckles.html

  • Wilpattu National park

    Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/wildlife/national-parks/wilpattu-national-park-sri-lanka.html

  • Traditional Wedding...

    Weddings vary according to religion, region, caste, ethnicity and language. The following traditions are of the Sinhalese ethnic group, predominately Buddhists, whose traditions also differ between north and southern regions.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/culture-a-heritage/festivals/traditional-wedding.html

  • Elephant orphanage

    Situated just outside the town of Kegalle, some forty kilometres west of Kandy the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (daily 8.30am-6pm; Rs500, video cameras Free of charge now) is one of Sri Lanka s most popular tourist attractions.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/wildlife/orphanages/pinnawela-elephant-orphanage.html

  • Amazing Arts - Sigiriya

    The paint has been applied in sweeping strokes, using more pressure on one side, giving the effect of a deeper colour tone towards the edge. Other paintings of the Anuradhapura period contain similar approaches to painting, but do not have the sketchy lines of the Sigiriya style, having a distinct artists' boundary line.These ladies in the pictures below are known as the daughters of king Kashyapa.He painted them in gold and black color so,they can be remembered.The King was very fond of his daughters.that's why he painted their portaits on the Sigiriya cave walls.

    http://visitslpc.com/culture-a-heritage/arts/sigiriya-drawings.html

  • Beach - Trincomalee

    This coast of long white beaches, great surf and mangrove lagoons has been largely off the tourist routes during civil unrest. Now is the time to visit – no crowds and a particularly warm welcome by local people wanting to re-establish tourism. May to September is the time to go for the weather, activities and general up keep of the beach cleanliness. Trincomalee and the Cultural Triangle can easily be combined to offer a wide range of holiday interests.

    http://visitslpc.com/nature/beaches/trinco-beach.html

Sinigama Esala Festival

Sinigama Devalaya (temple) is located on Galle - Colombo main road 3km before Hikkaduwa,the well known tourism paradise. This temple is devoted for god "Dewol" since 300 years, some folks says this temple is older than 1000 years but there are no proves.

There are two temples, the main Devalaya is on land and other is an island, only way to reach that is a boat. Thousands of pilgrims are coming to this temple daily to get blessings & the annual Festival will held on August every year.

 

Cultural Show

Before the first procession there is a cultural show, some dancing items are going to take part in this event and the dancers shows their talents on this day.

 

Processions

There are four processions, two day processions & two night processions. First procession is towards Thelwaththa ancient temple and second is towards Hikkaduwa town. Giant tuskers, facinating kandiyan and low country dancers makes Galle - Colombo main road look fabulous. Photos below are from those four processions.

 

Special thanks to Mr.Sampath Viraj & Mr.Nishantha who gave us the opportunity to cover the event.
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Train trip from Colombo to Bandarawela

The journey starts 6 in the morning and after nearly one hour the best part of the journey unfolds before your eyes.

Many a time does the train pass over lush green paddy fields and tea estates and through iron bridges standing heavy over the rivers rushing by enriched with the rains falling now and then. Yet the best view the journey offers is the one of the seven renowned falls, St. Clair’s, now threatened by the proposed Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project (UKHP) among many waterfalls and waterways which stream down the mountains along the railway track.

Even many small train stations built during the colonial period with their little patches of flower and mist-covered platforms hold their own naive beauty to many a traveller and the villagers clad in bright colours selling ‘vade’, mango and ‘pera’ to the train traveller.

 

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Gregory's Lake

Gregory Lake is located about one kilometer away from Nuwara Eliya town and built during the year 1874 by the governor Gregory. By stopping the “Thalagala” stream which starts from the “Piduruthalagala” mountain. It is believed that the main intention of building this Lake is to generate Electricity to the town. The water was taken away up to a place called “black pool” using a tunnel and has generated Electricity there.

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