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SRI LANKA HAS A DOCUMENTED HISTORY THAT SPANS OVER 2,600 YEARS, BUT THERE ARE FACTS TO SUGGEST THAT SRI LANKA HAD PREHISTORIC HUMAN SETTLEMENTS DATING BACK TO AT LEAST 125,000 YEARS. ITS GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AND DEEP HARBORS MADE IT OF GREAT STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE FROM THE TIME OF THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD THROUGH TO WORLD WAR II. SRI LANKA IS A DIVERSE COUNTRY, HOME TO MANY RELIGIONS, ETHNICITIES AND LANGUAGES. IT IS THE LAND OF THE SINHALESE, SRI LANKAN TAMILS, MOORS, INDIAN TAMILS, BURGHERS, MALAYS, KAFFIRS AND THE ABORIGINAL VEDDA. SRI LANKA HAS A RICH BUDDHIST HERITAGE, AND THE FIRST KNOWN BUDDHIST WRITINGS OF SRI LANKA, THE PĀLI CANON, DATES BACK TO THE FOURTH BUDDHIST COUNCIL IN 29 BCE .

THE PURPOSE OF THIS SITE IS TO CREATE A DEEPER AWARENESS OF ALL THE ATTRACTIONS OF SRI LANKA THUS DEVELOP A RICHER APPRECIATION OF WHAT OUR ANCESTORS AND NATURE HAS PROVIDED US WITH.
SRI LANKA IS HOME TO ONE OF OLDEST CIVILIZATIONS IN THE WORLD WITH A WRITTEN HISTORY COVERING THE LAST 2600 YEARS.

SRI LANKAN CIVILIZATION WAS NATURED AND NOURISHED BY BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY AND WAS BUILT ON A THEME KNOWN AS “WAWAI DAGOBAI, GAMAI PANSALAI” WHICH SIMPLY MEANS EVERY VILLAGE CONSISTED OF A IRRIGATION TANK, A BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND A STUPA.

SEVEN PLACES IN SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS WORLD HERITAGE SITES UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WORLD CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE ADOPTED BY UNESCO ON NOVEMBER 16, 1972. SRI LANKANS ARE PROUD TO HAVE SEVEN WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SUCH A SMALL COUNTRY.
Heritage of Sri Lanka (New Additions)
ALTHOUGH THE LAND AREA OF ​​SRI LANKA IS RELATIVELY SMALL, IT HAS A WIDE DISTRIBUTION OF ECOSYSTEMS DUE TO DIFFERENT CLIMATIC CONDITIONS AND TOPOGRAPHY AND HAS A LARGE VARIETY OF FLORA AND FAUNA. THE FORESTS ARE ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE THE BIODIVERSITY OF LANKABE IS AT ITS MAXIMUM BECAUSE OF THE RARE FLORA AND FAUNA ENDEMIC TO SRI LANKA. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT SRI LANKA IS ONE OF THE 34 BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS IN THE WORLD.
Wildlife and Biodiversity of Sri Lanka (New Additions)
CONSIDERING ITS SIZE, SRI LANKA PERHAPS HAS THE LARGEST DENSITY WATERFALLS IN THE WORLD. THERE ARE CLOSE TO 500 KNOWN WATERFALLS NAMED AND UNNAMED, SEASONAL AND PERENNIAL WITH THE TALLEST BEING 241 METERS AT BAMBARAKANDA
Waterfalls of Sri Lanka (New Additions)
CONSIDERED THE LOST PARADISE BY ANCIENT TRAVELERS DUE TO WHAT NATURE HAS OFFERED IN FORM OF PRISTINE BEACHES TO ROMANTIC LANDSCAPES GOVERNED BY RISING MOUNTAINS, LUSH FORESTS, TANKS AS LARGE AS OCEANS AND ROAMING ANIMALS, SOME MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS WHO FIRST LANDED IN SRI LANKA BELIEVED THAT THEY HAVE DISCOVERED THE ORIGINAL GARDEN OF EDEN.
Attractions of of Sri Lanka (New Additions))
SRI LANKA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD WHO INVENTED AND PERFECTED THE VALVE PIT SYSTEM CALLED BISO KOTUWA WHICH ENABLED THEM TO CREATE GIGANTIC IRRIGATION RESERVOIRS STARTING FROM 3RD CENTURY BC. THE EUROPEANS DISCOVERED AND USED THIS TECHNOLOGY IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND BY THIS TIME, SRI LANKA HAD ALREADY BUILD OVER 30,000 TANKS WHICH USED THE BISO KOTUWAS TO MANAGE PRESSURE CREATED BY THE GIGANTIC WATER VOLUMES
Water Heritage of Sri Lanka (New Additions)
  • යාන් ඔය විලේවැව පුරාණ අමුණ - Ancient Wilewewa Amuna on Yan OyaAncient Wilewewa Amuna Across Yan Oya
    Built on a natural rock foundation, the Wilewewa Amuna is 42 meters long and 9.5 meters wide. It is difficult to get an idea of ​​the height of the amuna as the top surface is completely destroyed. […]
  • නව අමුණෙන් විනාශ වූ ඉලුක්වැව පුරාණ අමුණ - Ancient Ilukwewa Amuna on Yan OyaAncient Ilukwewa Amuna on Yan Oya
    This ancient Ilukwewa Amuna is located below the Hurulu Wewa, which is located about 500 meters away from the main road of the Ilukwewa village on the Galenbindunuwewa - Kahatagasdigiliya road […]
  • කොක්එබේ පුරාණ අමුණ පිහිටි ස්ථානය - The location where the Amuna at Kokebe liedAncient Kokebe Amuna across Yan Oya
    This amuna is located in the Anuradhapura District of the North Central Province bordering the Kahatagasdigiliya Divisional Secretariat. Remains of this ancient stone weir can be seen across Yan Oya which flows from the edge of the village of Ethalawetunuwewa on the Dachchahalmillewa - Kekirawa road. […]
  • යාන් ඔය නිම්නයේ පුරාණ වාහල්කඩ අමුණ - Ancient Wahalkada Amuna on Yan OyaAncient Wahalkada Amuna on Yan Oya
    This amuna is found across the Yan Oya in the jungle about 3 km from the D2 zone of the Wahalkada farming colony bordering the Anuradhapura and Trincomalee districts. […]
  • පුරාණ යකාබැම්ම අමුණ - Ancient Yakabamma Amuna on Kala OyaBuit by the Demons : Ancient Yakabamma Amuna on Kala Oya of King Mahasen
    King Mahasen (276-303) is said to have been able to work even with demons (Yakas) and the villagers call it the Yakabemma Palama as it is believed that this structure was built by the Yakas. […]
IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT THE FIRST SETTLERS FROM INDIA HAD REACHED SRI LANKA AT LEAST AS EARLY AS ONE MILLION YEARS AGO – PERHAPS EARLIER.

BY ABOUT 125,000 BP IT IS CERTAIN THAT THERE WERE PREHISTORIC SETTLEMENTS IN SRI LANKA FROM THE EVIDENCE DISCOVERED AT BUNDALA. NUMBER OF CAVE SITES HAS BEEN DISCOVERED WITH EVIDENCE OF PREHISTORIC SETTLEMENTS HAS BEEN FOUND AROUND THE COUNTRY.
Pre Historical sites of Sri Lanka (New Additions)