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architecture, history and travel of Sri Lanka

 

Sri Lanka - SriLanka-Sinhala script Rankoth Vehera, Polonnaruwa

 

 

The Paradise on Earth

 

The Finest Island in the World- That's how Marco Polo, the famous explorer, described Sri Lanka on his travel accounts. He set foot to Sri Lanka in 1292 AD and was one of the many famous travellers who visited the country that is called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Many of the Cultural Sites in Sri Lanka are Archeological Sites which are preserved and protected by the Sri Lankan Government with a considerable reserved land area uninhabited by people. These places are well endowed with ecologically rich scenic beauty and ancient Sri Lankan architectural monuments of traditional features. Travelling to these places takes the visitor across the country with vast changes of climatic conditions and unimaginable landscape patterns inherited to this small Island.

 

 

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an Island in the Indian Ocean which has a history well chronicled in the great scripture "Mahavamsa" . It states historical events from the times of Lord Buddha from around 550 BC and the chronicle was maintained from the 3rd Century BC.

Scholar Rhys David has stated that 'The Ceylon Chronicles would not suffer in comparison with the best of the Chronicles, even though so considerably later in date written in England or in France'.

Sri Lanka has been called by several names by the earlier travelers to the Island and few to mention here are Sinhaladwipa, Lanka, Taprobane, Serendib and Ceylon. It was also referred as The Pearl of the Indian Ocean and the Tear drop of the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka has a land area of about 65,000 square kilometers and approximately 16% of it is forest land. It is slightly smaller than Ireland.

The country has a tropical climate with a northeast monsoon (December to March) and a southwest monsoon (June to October) .

The center of the island is the hill country and the low country is the area surrounding it. The highest mountain is the Pidurutalagala which is 2524 meters high .There are 103 rivers in Sri Lanka and the longest is the River Mahaweli , which is 335 km long.

Sri Lanka is the country which preserved Buddhism in the history of almost 25 centuries after the Parinirvana of the Lord Buddha. Today the Theravada Buddhism is very much vibrant in this Island nation where 74% of the population are Buddhist Sinhalese.The heritage of Sri Lanka is unmatched to any other country of the world mainly due to its association to the Buddhist Culture. Kandy , Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are the main cultural cities and numerous other places are scattered around the island.

The Nature is the second greatest asset of the country and there is abundance of wildlife still. The Government has kept aside 13% of the land as Sanctuaries. There are several National Parks in the island, out of which Yala and Vilpattu being the foremost. Singharaja Forest is the most famous rain forest of the country, situated in the south-west lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka.

 

SriLankaView web site is a free modern day Armchair travelogue with Photographs, on Ancient Sri Lankan Architecture from around 3rd Century BC , her History and Nature Travel to her ecological wonders.

Ancient Cultural sites of Kandy, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Kelaniya, Polonnaruwa, Degaldoruwa,Lankatilaka Temple, Embekke Devalaya, Hattikuchchi, Ridi Vihara, Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple are included up to now and more will follow in future.

Knuckles Mountain Range, Sinharaja Rain Forest , Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve, Nuwara Eliya, Pidurutalagala Forest Reserve and Udawatta Kele Sanctuary are displayed under Nature Travel. The page Flora of Sri Lanka covers many tree species found in forests of Sri Lanka.

Under Places of Interest, there appears places that are of importance in historical, architectural and cultural values.

Information on the country's Highway network E01,E02 and E03 also are included for the traveller.

A Weather Page with latest Satellite Weather Images will assist anyone on real time weather on the island as well as the Asian region. Weather Hot Spots of famous Cultural and Nature Sites offer hourly weather forecast from Yr.No weather forecast.

Free High Resolution Desktop Wallpapers for your PC on Sri Lankan Nature and Cultural Sites are there to be downloaded

All these sites are accompanied with hundreds of 800 x 600 resolution Photographs with an accompanying essay on each Photograph so that the visitor will be able to enjoy a tour from the first to the last photograph in it's series.

 


 

 

SriLankaView invites its viewers to become mindful of the ecological surroundings and habitats that are being threatened by human activities that would one day cause irreversible damage to the Nature of our World. If one has even a faint desire or a wish of hope that the Nature survives us, that thought alone would make one more unselfish and a true guardian of the future generations.

 

 

 

 


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Anuradhapura

 

Thuparama dageba, Anuradhapura

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Abayagiri Stupa, Buddha Statues, Eth Pokuna, Famous Architecture, Stone Bridge, Jetavana Stupa and Ruwanweli Stupa

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Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

 

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Travel ,History,Devaraja Lena Temple, Maharaja Lena Temple, Alut Vihara Lena Temple, Paccchima Vihara Temple, Devana Alut Vihara Temple , Cave Layout plans and Inscriptions

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Degaldoruwa Temple

Rock Painting, Degaldoruwa

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Temple premises, Shrine Room, Wall Paintings, Buddha Images, Paintings in Rock ceiling, Stupa and Bo Tree

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Hattikuchchi Temple

Vatadage, Hattikuchchi

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Caves and Ponds, Chapter House, Image House, Hattikuchchi Rock and Inscriptions, Hospital, Bodhigara, Vatadage,Cave Temple, Pond on Rock Summit ,Balancing Rock and Site Map

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Kandy

Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Temple of the Tooth Relic, Royal Palace, Audience Hall, Temples of God Natha,Pattini, Vishnu and Kataragama, Kandy Lake and Queen's Bathing pavilion

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Kelaniya Temple

Dageba, Kelaniya Temple

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Image Houses[ earlier and recent] and Dageba, Kandyan era paintings, Modern paintings, Bo Tree and the Court Yards

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Lankatilaka Temple

Dageba, Kelaniya Temple

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Location, Stone Stairway, Main Temple and architecture, Bodhigharaya and Siripatula image, Chetiya

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Mihintale

Aradhana Dala [Mihintale Rock], Mihintale

 

Images with descriptions of

Ancient Stairways, Monastery, Kantaka Chetiya, Kalu Diya Pokuna and Sinha Pokuna [Pond]

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Mulkirigala Temple

Mulkirigala Temple

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Mulkirigala Rock, Cave Temples, Buddha Images, Wall Paintings, Ancient Stone Stairways, Monastery

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Polonnaruwa

Lankatilaka  Image House, Polonnaruwa

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Vatadage, Lankatilake Image House, Gal Viharaya, Tivanka Image House and Nissankamalla Council Chamber

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Knuckles Mountain Range

Knuckles Mountains, Passing Cobets Gap

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Route from Kandy, through Rattota passing Riverston, Pitawela Patana to Teligam Oya crossing

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Ritigala Nature Reserve

Stone Circle, Ritigala Nature Reserve

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Route from Maradankadawala, Ritigala archeological Site, Ruined Pond, The Three Stone Circles, Ruined Buildings, The Nature reserve and the Landscapes

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Sinharaja Rain Forest

View from Mulawella peak

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Route from Colombo and Ratnapura, World Heritage Site Topographical, Climatic, Ecological conditions

 

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Ridi Vihara

Ridi Vihara Temple

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Route from Kandy and Kurunegala, The Raja Maha Vihara , Gedige Temple, Main Temple and Upper Temple

Image Houses, and Sinhala Arts and Crafts

 

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya Lions Paw

 

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Route from Colombo, History, Royal Pleasure Garden, Sigiriya Frescoes, Mirror Wall, Lion Paw Stairway, Rock Summit and the Citadel

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Udawattakele Sanctuary

Sigiriya Lions Paw

 

 

 

Images with descriptions of

300 Year Old Pus wela Liana- Entada pusaetha, Pond, Kodimale, the 1800 ft Highest Point, Forest Trail with surrounding landscape

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya early morning

 

 

 

Images with descriptions of

NuwaraEliya Climate, Route to Nuwara Eliya, Gregory Lage, Tea Plantations, Physiological Map of Nuwara eliya regio

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Pidurutalagala Forest Reserve

Pidurutalagala Forest Reserve and Mountain

 

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Pidurutalagala Mountain, Forest Reserve, Flora and Plant Life, Geography and Climate

 

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Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains national Park

 

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Horton Plains national Park History, Route to Horton Plains, Information Centre, Trail to Worlds End, Bakers Falls, Chimney Pool and Cloud Forest

 

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Embekke Devalaya

Embekke Devalaya

 

 

 

Images with descriptions of

Embekke Devalaya History, God Kataragama Temple, Wood Carvings, Buddha Image House and Travel details

 

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