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Dambora Ella Falls – දම්බොර ඇල්ල

Dambora Ella Falls

Height : 10 meters District : Colombo Dambora Ella Fall (10m in height) is created by a waterway of the Wakoya River and was formerly known as Demala Falls as the Tamil (Dravidian/Demala) labourers used to wash here. Dambora Falls is

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Horagolla National Park – හොරගොල්ල ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Horagolla National Park

Size 13.362 hectares Main attraction Flora and Fauna The latest National Park in the country, “Horagolla” is the smallest under the Department of Wildlife Conservation. The preilimenary works were completed for openning the Horagolla National Park officially to the public.This

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Pepiliyana Sunethradevi Pirivena – පැපිලියාන සුනේත්‍රාදේවි පිරිවෙන

Pepiliyana Sunethradevi Maha Pirivena

King Parakramabahu VI, built one of Sri Lanka’s greatest spiritual and historic monuments in honor of his mother, Queen Sunethradevi, whom he is said to have been extremely close to. The King, a great warrior who united Sri Lanka for

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Maligatenna Raja Maha Viharaya – Gampaha – මාලිගාතැන්න රජමහා විහාරය

Maligatenne Raja Maha Viharaya

The Maligatenna temple, Varana and the Gal Vihara at Attanagalla were three historic places of Buddhist interest that we visited not long ago. Not far from Colombo, about two miles from the Tihariya junction turning to the right, we came

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Korathota Raja Maha Viharaya – කොරතොට රජමහා විහාරය

Korathota Raja Maha Viharaya

Caves at Korathota, a little known village in the Kaduwela Divisional Secretariat boasts of cave inscriptions dating back 2000 years and are seen at the Korathota Raja Maha Viharaya, located on the road to Homagama, off the old Colombo – Ratnapura road.

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Kele Dambulla Raja Maha Viharaya – කැලේ දඹුල්ල

Kele Dambulla

It is believed that due to its association with King Walagamba this place has been named Dambulla, locally better known as Kele Dambulla. It is also believed that this site has served as a security frontier during ancient times. The

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Kelaniya [3] : Kelaniya’s Grand Temple of Dwarves

Kalaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

Sri Lanka is famous for its Buddhist art and architecture, particularly the massive dagobas, or stupas, at Anuradhapura and the images of Lord Buddha at the Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa. Yet many visitors don’t realize that another impressive repository of

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Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

Kalaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

The Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, which is a great place of pilgrimage ,is situated on the west bank o f the river Kelani (Kalyana) about 10 km north east of Colombo.The main approach to the Vihara is the road that leads

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Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya – කැලනිය රජමහා විහාරය

Kalaniya Raja Maha Viharaya

According the chronicles the Buddha visited the Kelaniya with 500 bhikkhus and preached dharma to King and his people on the spot where the temple stands today. From Kalaniya the Buddha proceeded to the domain of the Deity Sumana Saman at the mountain to of Samanthakuta now known as Sri Pada.

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Kalutara Bodhiya [5] – Gateway to the South

Kalutara Bodhi

The Kalutara Bodiya which is venerated by all Buddhists in this country and specially the ones that travel to and from the South, compels every one of them to stop over at the Sacred Shrine to pay their respects by

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Kalutara Bodhiya [4] – Queen Victoria in CGR history

Kalutara Bodhi

The 144th anniversary of the Sri Lanka railway or the former CGR and its history that appeared in the Sunday Observer of August 25 under Reader’s Forum needs an important addition to complete it. The railway extension from Colombo upto

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Kalutara Bodhiya [3] – Forgotten Heritage : Symbolic Kalutara Bodhiya

Kalutara Bodhi

On top of the mount overlooking Kalu ganga, the Portuguese built a fort in the 16th century A.D. The Portuguese destroyed the Gangatillake Vihara built by King Vikkam Pandya in the 11th century when they invaded Kalutara. After Portuguese once

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Kalutara Bodhiya [2] – කලුතර බෝධිය

Kalutara Bodhi

The famous Kalutara Bodhiya and pagoda are located by the side of Kalu river, in a clam and quite environment , at the northern entrance of Kalutara city. The Bo tree of Kalutara is one of the living relics of past slender, remains from dating over 2300 years, belongs to the 2nd generation sapling of Sri Maha Bo tree in Anuradapura.

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Kalutara Bodhiya – කලුතර බෝධිය

Kalutara Bodhi

It is recorded in the Sinhala Maha Bodhi Wansa that until such time when the maritime provinces were subjugated by the Portuguese in 1505 A.D., the historic Kalutara Bodhiya exited intact. In the 16th century this sacred site was turned in to a Portuguese fort.

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Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Viharaya – හුනුපිටිය ගංගාරාමය

Glorious jade buddha from China

The beautiful Gangaramaya Temple is famous for its imposing buildings, and is complete with a chetiya, bo tree, image house, Simamalaka, relic chamber containing the relics of the Buddha and Arahat Seevali, museum, library, pirivena, and residential, education and alms halls. It is decorated with stone carvings, brass work and many other forms of Buddhist art.

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Pannipitiya Devram Vehera – පන්නිපිටිය දෙව්රම් වෙහෙර

Pannipitiya Devram Vehera

– Preserving the Dhamma in stone -A unique temple and its sole monk’s mission to document the entire Thripitakaya – Religion has always played a foremost part in our culture, and an even bigger part in our daily lives. And

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The birth of the Buddhist flag

In recent history, we have not heard of Vesak full moon Poya day falling in April. Vesak has always been celebrated in May. One hundred and twenty two years ago, however, in 1885 Vesak Poya fell on April 28. A

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Deepaduttaramaya of Kotahena – දීපදුත්තමාරාමය

Deepaduttaramaya

It was a temple where Sri Lankan Buddhist history was made. Deepaduttaramaya built initially in 1785 was the first Buddhist temple in Colombo and was home to Ven. Migettuewatte Sri Gunananda Thera,

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Colombo harbour south breakwater lighthouse – කොලඹ වරාය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදීපාගාර

Colombo Harbor new terminal breakwater lighthouse

The Colombo harbour south breakwater lighthouse lighthouse was commissioned in 2013 with the opening of the south breakwater of the latest international terminal of the Colombo Port.

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Colombo Harbor Breakwater Northeast Lighthouse – කොලඹ වරාය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදීපාගාර

Colombo Harbor Breakwater North End Lighthouse

Colombo Harbor Breakwater Northeast Lighthouse is one of the six lighthouses in the Colombo Harbour. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1907 and is currently active. It has a focal plane of  13 m (43 ft) and has a continuous red

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Colombo Harbor Breakwater North End Lighthouse – කොලඹ වරාය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදීපාගාර

Colombo Harbor Breakwater North End Lighthouse

Colombo Harbor Breakwater North End Lighthouse is one of the six lighthouses in the Colombo Harbour. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1907 and is currently active. It has a focal plane of  13 m (43 ft) and flash  green every

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Colombo Harbor Southwest Breakwater Lighthouse – කොලඹ වරාය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදීපාගාර

Colombo Harbor Southwest Breakwater

The Colombo Harbor Southwest Breakwater Lighthouse lies at the end of the Southwestern Breakwater of the Colombo Harbour. This breakwater was completed in 1885 at cost of £705,000 using 300 convicts to load / unload rocks from a query at Mahara.

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Colombo Harbor Pilot Station Lighthouse – කොලඹ වරාය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදීපාගාර

Colombo Harbor Pilot Station Lighthouse

Colombo Harbor Pilot Station Lighthouse  is one of the six lighthouses in the Colombo Harbour and was completed along with the breakwater in 1885. This has  a focal plane 17 m (56 ft) and is a 19 m (62 ft)

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Colombo Harbor Breakwater South End Lighthouse – කොලඹ වරාය ආශ්‍රිත ප්‍රදීපාගාර

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The Colombo Harbor Breakwater South End Lighthouse is one of the six lighthouses in the Colombo Harbour and was buit in 1905.  This is a 12 m (36 ft) round stone tower with a lantern and gallery, painted white. This

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Old Clock Tower Lighthouse in Colombo – කොලඹ පැරණි ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

Old Lighthouse in Colombo

This Old Clock Tower Lighthouse is not operational any more, but functions as a clock tower and is designated as a monument. It is located at the junction of Chatham Street and Janadhipathi Mawatha (formally Queens road) in Colombo fort.

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Colombo Galbokka Lighthouse – කොලඹ ගල්බොක්ක ප්‍රදීපාගාරය

Colombo Lighthouse at Galbokka

Colombo Galbokka Lighthouse in Sri Lanka is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. It is located at Galbokka Point south of the Colombo harbour on the waterfront along the marine drive, in Colombo fort. The lighthouse was built

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Malwana Fort – මල්වාන බලකොටුව

Phuru Ela

The Malwana Fort was of defense importance placed on the right bank of Kelani Ganga, a river which leads to Sitawaka. Malwana was first selected as the adobe of the Portuguese Captain General Azevedo in 1590s who had his headquarters there.

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Kalutara Fort – කලුතර බලකොටුව

Fort of Kalutara

Kalutara Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1622 after completely demolishing the Buddhist Temple called Gangathilaka Viharaya. Later this fort was captured by King Mayadunne of the Sitawaka kingdom.

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Historic Colombo Fort – කොලඹ බලකොටුව

The business district of Colombo, with Government buildings, banks and other commercial ventures, 5 star hotels and department stores, is still called ‘Fort’, because that is what it once was. The Fort of Colombo, which like Jaffna and Galle was

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Arulmihu Sivasubramania Swami Kovil

Arulmihu Sivasubramania Swami Kovil

A temple for all faiths There are countless reasons why tourists visit Sri Lanka -the tropical weather, the golden beaches, or the spectacular sights. While the areas of Colombo 1 and 2 remain the hub of tourist life with the

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