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Negombo This is one of the most touristy places of Sri Lanka. Although there are some good reasons for that, that also means that the locals here are well-trained in milking the dollars out of you. Be prepared to say 'No, thank you' several times per, well, every moment or two. But even in a place like this, not all people are like that: in the fishing harbour, people don't ask anything from you. I did feel a certain out-of-placeness there. Apart from the fishermen - and women, so I've been told - with their primitive boats, there is off course the sea. The beach is great, though the water can be pretty rough. Then there's also the canal system, mainly dug by the Dutch (and before them by the local Singalese). T...

Arugam bay

Arugam bay Arugam bay is one of the world's top ten surfing spots. It is situated 320 km drive from Colombo in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's south-east coast. Arugam bay consists of three small villages with approximately 3.500 people. November to January is coolest and April to August, when the surf is best, could reach above 36 C in the shade. The three international renowned surfpoints close to Arugam Bay are Arugam Point, Pottuvil Point and Crocodile Rock. In the summer of 2004 the ISA (International Surfing Association) staged Arugam Bay's first international surfing competition. The nearest town is Pottuvil, a bustling town with about 12 000 people....


Kandy The city of Kandy lies at an altitude of 488.6 meters (1629 feet) above sea level in the center of the island and surrounded by the ranges of mountains. It is still very much a focal point of Sri Lankan culture. It was the capitol of last generation of Sri Lanka`s kings until it fell in to the hands of British in 1815. Kandy was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. Many of Sinhalese people call it as Mahanuwarameaning the Great City. But the name Kandy was derived from the Word Kanda, which means mountain. Due to it’s geographical location Kandy was not an easy target for the foreign invaders who could gain the control of coastal area of the island. Thus Kandyan cul...


Kurunegala In Kurunegala, you can feast your eyes with coconut plantations and paddy fields. The countrys hilly southern part offers a perfect place for tea plantations and the accompanying villages, such as Nuwara Eliya. Dense rainforests cover the south-western part and this is the area to go to when you want to see wildlife. Kurunegala is the royal capital for only half a century, starting with the reign of Buvanekabahu II (1293-1302) who was followed by Parakramabahu IV (1302-1326).There is little left of the Tooth relic temple save few stone steps and part of doorway....


Mihintale Mihintale in North Central Sri Lanka is the cradle of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka . According to the story Indian Emperor Ashoka had sent his son Mahinda to Sri Lanka to spread the teachings of the Buddha. Mahinda met King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura during a royal hunting expedition. He converted the king and hence the country to Buddhism. The date of this meeting is believed to have been on the full moon of June in the year 247 BC. This Poson pya is celebrated throughout Sri Lanka but especially at Mihintale...


Nugegoda Location About 10Km to the South East of Colombo. Major roads High Level Road, Stanley Thilakarathne Mawatha, Pagoda Road, Old Kesbawa Road. How to get there From Colombo by bus with route number 138 or catch a taxi, or a three wheeler. Shopping Nugegoda Super Market: A shopping complex with shops selling a large range of items ranging from cloths, electronic goods, toys, etc. Sarasavi Book Shop - Looking for a book then you must have a stop here. Cargillas: Modern style air-conditioned grocery/consumables shopping centre. Sausiri: Modern style air-conditioned shopping centre. French Corner: Clothing shop. Also there are multitudes of other small/medium/large shops to cater for any shopping need. ...


Pinnawela Pinnawela elephant orphanage has existed since 1975.This prompted the Sri Lankan government to found an orphanage for elephants that had lost their mothers or herds. DAILY ACTIVITIES At Pinnawela an attempt was made to simulate, in a limited way, the conditions in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day and a herd structure allowed to form. 08.00 - The babies are fed on milk in the mornings 10.00- The animals are walked to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath. 13.00 - The babies are fed on milk in the afternoon 14.00 - the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath. Between 16.30 and 18.00 - In the evening the animals are taken to their stalls ...


Polannaruwa Polannaruwa is located 216km north east of Colombo and was the second ancient singhalese capital for around 300 years from 1100AD. the ancients sites are much more compact than in anuradapura. The sites show the height of ancient architectural and engineering accomplishments for example a 7 storey palace for the king and a 20-30m high vatadage - circular relic house usually with 4 buddha statues facing out at the cardinal points with stone pillars encircling it which held up a huge conical wooden roof (now missing)....

The South

The South As well as containing many excellent beach resorts such as Tangalle and Hambantota, the southern region of Sri Lanka is alive with culture and religious activity. Sites to visit include Werehena temple near Matara with a five storey building enclosing a Buddha statue filled with comic strips of the Buddha's life and Kataragama where the Lord Kataragam, an incarnation of the Hindu wargod Skanda, is worshiped....


Trincomalee This could have been one of the major city's of the region because of its huge natural harbor, yet it became a quiet town - for Asian norms that is - off the beaten track. War sometimes beats the track though, so check with the locals if it's safe to go there. Things that you might remember most: the strong smell of curry, filling whole streets. Wild monkeys on the road south, following the sea. Some of the best beaches of the country, in Nilevali. Authentic little fishing villages to the north that have never thought of the possibility that a passing tourist might think they're authentic little fishing villages. In Trincomalee itself some temples. A weird kind of deer living in a 'Natural Reserve', right in the ci...




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