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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Sinharaja Rain Forest

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The location of the Sinharaja Rain Forest is in the South Western part of the island and covers an area of 11,187 ha. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is bordering three districts of the island, namely Galle, Matara and Ratnapura districts. The Rakwana Massif with its mountain ranges are part of the area covered by Sinharaja rain forest.
There are few interesting facts on the formation of the Sinharaja Rain Forest in Sri Lanka and how it came in to being. There had been three strips of large rain forest lands called Amazon, African and Far Eastern at that time. However these large extents of rain forest areas were later became less in area content and were confined to smaller areas. Then about 140 million years back, during the Paleosoic era, a part of land from the Southern hemisphere called Gondwana land , where present day India and Sri Lanka also were situated, started its slow process of separating from the main land. About 55 million years back during Cretaceous era that land mass called Decan plate , where Sri Lanka and India were located separated from the Southern hemisphere , started drifting towards the equator and joined with the Northern hemisphere called Laurussia.

Monday, May 9, 2011

THE BEACHES IN SRI LANKA

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Beaches of Sri Lanka are the most fascinating sites among foreigners. There are several beaches that took attention of the foreign people. They like to come here and have a sunlight bath in the beaches. There are a lot of beaches all around the island,
  •  Negombo
  •  Mount Lavinia
  •  Kalutara
  •  Beruwela
  •  Bentota
  •  Pasikudah & Kalkudah
  •  Unawatuna
  •  Mirissa
  •  Weligama
  •  Polhena
  •  Hikkaduwa
  •  Koggala
  •  Tangalle
  •  Trincomalee
  •  Nilaveli
  •  Batticaloa
  •  Arugam Bay
  •  Casuarina Beach
  •  Kilali Beach
  •  Vankalai
  •  References
Nilaveli Beach
Nilaveli beach is the most attractive beach in Sri Lanka.  The place located in east of the country 120 km from Colombo and 14 km from Trincomalee. The natural habour and beach is one of finest in world. Nelaveli is ideal place for water sports like scuba diving.
Arugam Bay
The place located in south east of the country 116 km from Colombo is a fine beach near associated with fishing villages. It has been identified as the best surfing beach in Sri Lanka and 4th best in south east Asia. It also comes with the ten best surfing beaches in the world. Wide sandy beaches and lagoons associated with neighbouring Kumana bird sanctuary are added values for visitors going to Arugam bay. Lahugal National Park are Yala East National Park are also located within 10–30 km radious from Arugambay centre. Magul Maha Viharaya (Buddhist temple), Kudumbigala Temple (Buddhist temple), Shastrwela Buddhist Temple, Okanda Hindu Temple are some of places with heritage values. In addition to beaches, wildlife, culture heritage and nature places of interest make Arugambay a unique tourist attraction in Sri Lanka.

RUWANMALI SAYA

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Ruwanmali saya is one of the biggest stupa in Sri Lanka. It is considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. The great King of the Sri Lankan history, King Dutugemunu made this magnificent stupa. King Dutugemunu has become a great King in Sri Lankan history because he defeated the Chola King Elara and established the unity. The stupa is one of the world's tallest monuments, standing at 300 feet (91 m) and with a circumference of 950 ft (290 m).
According Sri Lankan history King Dutugemunu‘s treasury was empty because of the war. King Dutugemunu was fed up with wars. And he was so sad of the people who died during the war. But all the bhikkus consoled him and encouraged him to do good things. So he decided do social service. He has done many meritorious acts for Buddhism. He made Stupas and gave alms for the monks.
 He had to spend a lot of money on wining the war. So the King was so sad and he thought that he can’t make the Ruwanmali Stupa as he wish. Bt he worked hard to achieve his success. At last he made it, the world largest Stupa.
From the bank of the river Gambhīra, situated a yojana (a distance measure) to the north of Anuradhapura bricks were acquired. From the village Avuruvininuggets of gold, from the village Tambapittha copper, from the village Samanveve gems were acquired.

POLONNARUWA

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Polonnaruwa Rock Temple
Sandakada Pahana



Polonnaruwa is an ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka. It was the biggest Kingdom. If you visit there you can see the amazing works done by past Sri Lankan people. Polonnaruwa situated in North Central Province in Sri Lanka. It is full of lakes and ruins of the kingdom. It was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 AD to reunite the country once more under a local leader.
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
You can watch the Royale Palace, Lankathilaka Temple, Thuparama, Sandakada pahana(Polonnaruwa Moonstone), Medirigiriya watadage, Nissanka latha mandapaya, Polonnaruwa watadage, Statue of King Paracramabahuand ruins at Polonnaruwa city when you visit ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is also in the world heritage list.