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Halaba Steel Bridge : The Bridge that Never Was – අතරමං වූ හාලිඇල හලාබ යකඩ පාලම

The Mysterious Halaba Steel Bridge in Hali-Ela

Halaba is a small village in the Badulla Uva Paranagama area close to the Uma Oya. A spectacular 372 feet long steel bridge lies across Uma Oya at Halaba where no roads exists or ever existed

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Mutukelina Wewa and the Observation Point in Kandy – මහනුවර මුතුකෙලින වැව

Mutukelina Wewa and the Observation Point in Kandy

This one of the hidden jewels that Kandy which managed escape the average traveler. The Mutukelina Wewa lies in a tranquil background surrounded by mountains about 17 km away from Kandy town, The tank lies 1000 meters above sea level and is small with a surface area of about 15,000 square meters.

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Sunken Town of Maskeliya – දිය යටින් මතුවන පැරණි මස්කෙලිය නගරය

Sunken Town of Maskeliya

Once in every few years during extreme droughts, the old town of Maskeliya which has been lying under the waters of Moussekelle Reservoir since 1968 reemerge from the bottom of the lake like a ghost town. Temples, kovils, churches and remains of old infrastructure attracts large crowds to this area to witness this strange scene.

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Kahalla Bubula – The freshwater spring of Kahalla – කහල්ල දිය උල්පත

Kahalla Bubula - the spring feeding the Kahalla Reservoir

“Kahalla Bubula” is a fresh water spring on the upper lake bed of Kahalla Reservoir. Water from this spring is fed in to the reservoir. Little above this spring lies the Kahalla Archaeological site, an ancient Buddhist monastery in ruins.

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Kande Ela Forest Park – කන්දේ ඇල වනෝද්‍යානය

Entrance to the Kande Ela Forest Park

Driving past the picturesque road to Horton Plains from Nuwara Eliya, just has you pass Kande Ela reservoir you will come across the Kande Ela Forest Park (aka Kande Ela Forest Garden), an forested area developed for education purposes by the Department of Forest Conservation.

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Kande Ela Reservoir in Nuwara Eliya – නුවර එලියේ කන්දේ ඇල ජලාශය

Kande Ela Reservoir

Kande Ela Reservoir is is a tranquil lake surrounded by hills from on side and the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve from the other side on the route to Pattipola from Nuwara Eliya. The lake also known as Meepilimana Reservoir is  situated

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Ambewela New Zealand Farm – අඹේවෙල නවසීලන්ත සත්ව ගොවිපල

The landscape and the roaming cows of Ambewela New Zealand Farm

Ambewela is a small town in Nuwara Eliya district popularly known for its 2 dairy farms called “Ambewela Farm” and “New Zealand Farm”.  The wide grasslands Ambewela lies 6,064 ft (1,848 m) above sea level. The maximum temperature of this

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Kahatagaha Graphite Mine – කහටගහ මිනිරන් පතල

Inside the Kahatagaha Graphite Mine

Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, the Kandy war cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is considered one of the most beautifully landscaped and maintained war cemeteries in the world.

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Commonwealth War Cemetery at Kandy – මහනුවර පොදුරාජ්‍යය යුද සොහොන් පිටිය

Kandy Commonwealth War Cemetery

Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, the Kandy war cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is considered one of the most beautifully landscaped and maintained war cemeteries in the world.

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Meegahakivula Bingelanda Caves – මීගහකිවුල බිංගේලන්ද ගුහා සංකීර්ණය

Meegahakivula Bingelanda Caves

To reach the Bingelanda Caves, one needs to get to Meegahakivula and take the Ketawatta road for one mile. After you reach Akurukaduwa Gramaseva office take the rd towards Galkada and get in touch with a villager willing to act as your local guide.

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The Victoria Dam and the Reservoir – වික්ටෝරියා වේල්ල සහ ජලාශය

Victoria Dam from the Observation Point

Considered the crown jewel of Mahaweli Development Project, The Victoria Dam is built at a deep valley just above the Victoria Falls rapids, 300 meters below the point where the Hulu Ganga meets the Mahaweli River.

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Historic Sandarawala at Baddegama – බද්දේගම සන්දරවල

The mystic Baddegama Sandarawala

Rantati Deke Diya Bubula is an natural spring in the Balagolla area in Meegahakivula. Traveling 3.8 kilometers towards Kandeketiya from Meegahakivula junction will bring you to the road to Pallewela. Take this road for 1 km and it will take to the area called Viharalanda.

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Rantati Deke Diya Bubula at Balagolla – බලගොල්ල රන්තැටි දෙකේ දිය බුබුල

The origin of Rantati Deke Diya Bubula - Balagolla

Rantati Deke Diya Bubula is an natural spring in the Balagolla area in Meegahakivula. Traveling 3.8 kilometers towards Kandeketiya from Meegahakivula junction will bring you to the road to Pallewela. Take this road for 1 km and it will take to the area called Viharalanda.

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Akurukaduwa Limestone Cave and the Cascade – අකුරුකඩුව හුනුගල් ගුහාව හා දියඇල්ල

The mysterious Limestone Cave at Akurukaduwa

Built on an ancient cave temple complex with drip ledged caves, the most important artifact of the Kataragama Kandasurindugama Gallen Viharaya is the partial pillar inscription of King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom.

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Farah III shipwreck at Mullaitivu – ත්‍රස්තවාදීන් කොල්ලකෑ ෆාරා III නෞකාවේ සුන්බුන්

The Farah 3 ship captured and stripped by the LTTE Terrorists at Mullaitivu

On the 29th of December 2006, the LTTE boarded the Jordanian owned MV Farah III cargo ship which was anchored 17 miles off the Mullaitivu  coast. The ship was carrying 14,000 metric tonnes of rice and has been forced to

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Poor Man’s Worlds End at Horton Plains – හෝර්ටන් තැන්නේ දුප්පතාගේ ලෝකාන්තය

Horton Plains

The Horton Plains National Park is well known for its Worlds End Trail and the Baker’s Falls. On this trail you will also find a another view point called Mini Worlds End. But a third view point called Poor Mans

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Tomb of Andare the Court Jester – හම්බන්තොට අන්දරේ සොහොන

Tomb of Andare

Andare was a witty court jester who lived during the 18th century during the reigns of Kings Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe and Rajadhi Rajasinhe of the Kandyan Kingdom. He is believed to have been born in Devinuwara in the Matara district.

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Tomb of Henry Engelbrecht in Hambanthota – හම්බන්තොට හෙන්රි එංගල්බ්‍රෙෂ්ට් සොහොන

Tomb of Henry Engelbrecht in Hambanthota

Henry Engelbrecht was one of the 5500 Boer prisoners of war who was brought from South Africa by the British Government who later became a first Game Warden of Yala National Park

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Gallows Tree in Hambanthota – හම්බන්තොට එල්ලුම් ගස

The official bungalow used by Leonard Woolf in the early 20th century when he was the AGA of the Hamanthota District lies on a small hillock by the Hambanthota fisheries harbor overlooking the sea.

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Bungalow of Leonard Woolf in Hambanthota – හම්බන්තොට ලෙනාඩ් වුල්ෆ් නිල නිවාසය

Bungalow of Leonard Woolf in Hambathota

The official bungalow used by Leonard Woolf in the early 20th century when he was the AGA of the Hamanthota District lies on a small hillock by the Hambanthota fisheries harbor overlooking the sea.

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Ranugalla Ravana Cave – රනුගල්ල රාවණා ගුහාව

Inside the Ravana Cave at Ranugalla

According to legend, Ranugalla Ravana Cave was the entrance to the waterway built over 5000 years ago by Kumbakarna, the brother of King Ravana and also the minister in charge of Agriculture.

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Hingurakgoda Diya Bubula – හිඟුරක්ගොඩ දිය බුබුල

Bathing at Hingurakgoda Diya Bubula

About 1.5 km away from Hingurakgoda town lies an underground water spring known as Bubula which never dries up. This spring pumps up water at a remarkable speed through the year and even throughout the worst droughts in the area.

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Analaitivu Lighthouse – අන්නලදූව ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

The Lighthouse of the Analaitivu Island

Analaitivu is a small island off the coast of Jaffna Peninsula in north Sri Lanka. The only access to the island is by boat or ferry from Karainagar, Kayts or Eluvaitivu Jetties.

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Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Ramboda – කොත්මලේ ශ්‍රී හනුමාන් කෝවිල

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple built by Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka.

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple is built by Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka. Located in Ramboda on Kandy-Nuwaraeliya Road located approximately 30 odd kilometers North of Nuwara Eliya on A-5 route.

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James Taylor’s Loolkandura : The First Tea Plantation in Sri Lanka – ජේම්ස් ටේලර්, ලූල්කඳුර වතුයාය හා ලංකාවේ ප්‍රථම තේ වගාව

The only remains of the James Taylor's log cabin

Loolkandura Estate is the very first patch of tea was planted as a test after the failure of coffee plantation in Sri Lanka. With the wild success of this plantation, then 21 year old planter James Taylor who was in charge of this plantation has been forever immortalized and has become a part of post colonization history of Sri Lanka.

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Corbet’s Gap at Knuckles Range – නකල්ස් කෝබට් කපොල්ල (අට්ටාලවෙට්ටුව)

Corbet's Gap @ Knuckles Forest Reserve

Corbet’s gap is a one of the most popular view points in the Knuckles mountain range which spans the Kandy and Matale districts covering an area of 18,512 ha.

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Hoods Tower Naval Museum at Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය නාවික කෞතුකාගාරය

The remarkable history of the Sri Lanka Navy from the World War II up to the defeat of the LTTE Terrorists is presented to the visitor At this Hoods Tower Naval Museum at Trincomalee.

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Arisimale Beach – අරිසිමලේ මුහුදු වෙරල

Arisimale Beach

Arisimale Beach lies off the beaten track about 50 kms North of Trincomalee in the town of Pulmude. In Tamil arisi means rice and malai means mountain. Thus this is the ‘Mountain of Rice’ in Tamil.

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Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm and World War II – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය තෙල් ටැංකි සංකීර්ණය

Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm

On the morning of April 9, 1942, a Japanese pilot made a kamikaze dive on to this tank number 91 at the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm which resulted in fire which lasted for 7 days and melted 1 inch thick metal sheets like pieces of paper

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World War II British War Cemetery at Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය දෙවන ලෝක යුද සොහොන් පිටිය

World War II British War Cemetery at Trincomalee

The Trincomalee war cemetery was originally the Combined Services Cemetery, but was taken over by the Admiralty from the military authorities in April 1948 for use as a permanent naval cemetery.

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Kotmale Reservoir – කොත්මලේ ජලාශය

The sun setting over the Kothmale Reservoir

The picturesque Kotmale Reservoir was impounded way back in November 1984 and power generation at the hydro-electrical power station commenced in June 1985. The electricity generated is 206 megawatts.

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Delft Island in Jaffna – ඩෙල්ෆ්ට් දූපත

Wild Ponies of Delft Island in Jaffna

The whole island of Delft is built on coral and limestone. The island is a typical remote Sri Lankan village. Simple housed built of coral and limestone, laid-back life and the most popular form of transport is bicycle.

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Weheragala Reservoir and Archeological Ruins – වෙහෙරගල වැව හා පුරා විද්‍යා ස්මාරක

Veheragala Reservoir @ Lunuamvehera National Park

The Weheragala Reservoir was built in 2009 by damming the Menik Ganga at Weheragala to store and divert the excess water of Menik Ganga to Lunugamvehera Reservoir to supplement the water collected from Kirindi Oya.

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Wewalthalawa Plateau of Halgolla Tea Estate – වේවැල්තලාව තැන්න

Cable car infrastructure which once carried tea leaves of the Wewalthalawa Plateau to its tea factory at the bottom.

Wewalthalawa is part of the Halgolla Tea Estate and the top of Wewalthalawa is covered in Lush Tea bushes all around as if a velvet has been spread over the whole area. It is a high altitude plateau surrounded by number of peaks rising above it.

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Dripping Rock at Halgolla Tea Estate in Yatiyanthota

Dripping Rock at Halgolla Tea Estate

Halfway on the winding narrow road which leads to Wewalthalawa is vertical rock named the Dripping Rock for that a small stream of water at the top of the rock falls over the vertical face of the rock producing a eternal shower at the bottom.

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Whale watching in Sri Lanka

A Blue Whale diving in the waters off Sri Lanka

While the world was counting whales elsewhere a small population of whales around Sri Lanka, was growing unseen and unchecked by everybody due to the 30 years of old terrorist war.

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Eth Athuru Sevana – The First Elephant Transit Home in Asia – උඩවලව ඇත් අතුරු සෙවන

My Turn

Asia’s first rehabilitation center for elephants. Established in 1995 by the Wild life Conservation Department the center lies on a 200 acre land on the western boarder of the Udawalawe National Park. with the Udawalawe Reservoir as the south boarder.

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Worlds End at Moon Plains – Nuwara Eliya – නුවර එලියේ සඳතැන්න ලෝකාන්තය

View from Moon Plains of Nuwara Eliya

Moon Plains is the latest attraction open to public in Nuwara Eliya. The main attraction of Moon Plains is the mini Worlds End at the edge giving a 360 Degree view of the surrounding peaks and towns.

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Paravithota at Ingiriya – ඉංගිරිය පරෙවිතොට

Paravithota is a bathing place in Ingiriya bordering Medakanda Forest. Due to its proximity to Colombo, this has become a very popular destination for one day outings which has become a burden to the environment.

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Nil Garunda Rock of Walapane – වලපනේ නිල් ගරුඬ පාෂාණය

Garunda Oya flowing over Nil Garundwww.silumina.lk/2011/10/09/_art.asp?fn=av11100921 Rock of Walapane

The Nil Garunda Rock of Walapane is a rare type of rock found in very few places in the world. The uniqueness of this rock is that this is bluish green in colour and glitters in sun. The surface of this rock is soft and soothing to the hand

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Dambana Vaddah Village – Adobe of the Aborigines – දඹාන ආදිවාසී ගම්මානය

"Wannila Aththo" at Dambana

Dambana Vaddha Village, the primary home of the last surviving aboriginal people of Sri Lanka, lies about 20 kms from Mahiyangana on the boarders of the Maduru Oya Wildlife Reservation.

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Mutugalwela / Gurukumbura Hot Spring – මුතුගල්වෙල / ගුරුකුඹුර උනුදිය උල්පත

Gomarankawala Rangiri Ulpotha Hot Springs

According to aborigines in the area, there has been two springs in the area Mutugalwela which had been a guaranteed water supply to this rural village. One spring called kurutiyavinna has been gone under the waters of Kirawanagalkanda reservoir when it was built. The second spring has has been inside the Maduru Oya National Park which is now not accessible to the villagers.

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Pilkington Point

St. Catherines Seat

The Pilkington point is a panoramic view point for travelers who visit Haputale and Bandarawela which lies about 45 minutes away. The view point is known by the name of Sir Pilkington, Manager Poonagalla Group, who used this location to scan the vast tea estate of Poonagala in late 1800’s.

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St. Catherines Seat at Haputale – හපුතලේ සා. කැතිරීන් අසුන

St. Catherines Seat

St. Catherine’s Seat, situated in the upper division of Nayabedda Tea Estate provides breathtaking views of Bandarawela, Diyatalawa and the surrounding mountains of the Uva Basin. Nayabedda tea estate is located in the Poonagala hills and has plenty of scenic views of the surrounding mountain range.

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Kudiramalai Point (Thambapanni) – කුදිරමලේ තුඩුව

A view of Kudiramalai Point

The historically significant Thambapanni or Kudiramalai is an ancient sea port which lies in the western coast in the Wilpattu National Park.

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Lipton’s Seat at Haputale – හපුතලේ ලිප්ටන් අසුන

The Lipton's seat, Haputale

Lipton’s Seat is considered the number 1 attraction in Haputale is a viewpoint on the Poonagala Mountain on Dambethanne Tea Estate.  The view from here is considered only rival to Worlds End view at Horton Plains. This view point is

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Hikkaduwa Beach – හික්කඩුව වෙරළ

Sunset in Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa is a coastal town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka 100 kilometers away from Colombo. Beaches of Hikkaduwa has been a popular tourist destination since 1970’s and was the most popular beach known internationally for a very long

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Pasikudah and Kalkudah Beaches – පාසිකුඩා හා කල්කුඩා වෙරළ තීරු

Kaluda Beach

When it comes to great beaches, you will be spoiled for choice along the east coast of Sri Lanka. Pasikudah  and Kalkudah are two great beach stretches just 33 kilometers away from Batticaloa. The two beaches lie on the two

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Beaches of Trincomalee – ත්‍රිකුණාමල මුහුදු වෙරල

Uppuveli Sunrise - Trincomalee

Trincomalee is considered one of the newest hot spot for tourism. 30 years of terror of the Tamil Tigers had saved the beaches of east cost from being commercialized. Kilometers of empty white sandy beaches  with crystal clear sea has

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Arugam Bay Beach – ආරුගම් බොක්ක

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Arugam bay is considered the undisputed best surfing spot in Sri Lanka. Lying hidden in the laid back eastern coast, it lies in 312 kms from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Arugam Surf Point is a small bay which

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