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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 (Blue Marble 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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Dharma Gunawardena Muhandiram Memorial – Leading Buddhist of revival period now forgotten

The neglected Dharma Gunawardena Muhandiram Memorial

Colonel Henry Steele Olcott wrote in 1890 that: One of our very best and most beloved Buddhist Colleagues, A. P. Dharma Gunawardene, Muhandiram, lay dying. He was in his 80th year,

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Bathalegala Rock (Bible Rock) – බතලේගල

View of the Bathale gala (Bible Rock) through thick mist from Kadugannawa - on the Colombo Kandy route View of the Bathale Gala (Bible Rock) through thick morning mist from Kadugannawa - on the Colombo Kandy route

It was during the British Period that the Bathalegala rock was named Bible Rock, as its appearance is quite akin to an open book when viewed from the Kandy Road, which the British built.

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Kapurella Hot Spring – කපුරැල්ල උනුදිය උල්පත්

Kapurella Hot Spring

Kapurella Hot Spring is now considered the warmest spring in the country with temperature recording of 64.5 Celsius. Until the defeat of the LTTE terrorists in 2009, this area was continiously under threat from the terrorists group and access was

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Wilpita Bubula – විල්පිට බුබුල

Wilpita Bubula

“Bubula” at Wilpita is a natural water spring lying close to the Wilpita Lake. This Bubula lies in the hamlet of  Galagawadeniya bordering the Wilpita Oliyagankele Forest Reserve on the Kamburupitiya – Akuressa road. The Bubula consists of 2 overflowing

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Surungamuni Point – Hells Gate in Haputale

Surungamuni Point - Hells Gate in Haputale

Hike to Surungamuni Point, the highest peak in the area through lush tea plantations in a chilling cold climate for a breathtaking view. The location is guarded by a local Hindu God Surungamuni for whom a kovil has been built,

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Negombo – මීගමුව

beautiful beaches of Negombo

Negombo is a town of about 65,000, approximately 37 km north of Colombo, in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon, about 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Negombo has a small port, and

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National Zoological Gardens – Dehiwala – ජාතික සත්වෝද්‍යානය – දෙහිවල

National Zoological Gardens – Dehiwala

It was the conspicuous collaboration of two brothers John Hagenbeck and his brother Carl who was twenty two years younger than him whose initiation gave rise to the National Zoological Gardens (Dehiwala zoo) and what it is today when John

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Pitamaruwa Mini World’s end from Roeberry, Madulsima – පිටමාරුව කුඩා ලෝකාන්තය – මඩොල්සිම

Madulsima Mini World's End

The next time you are taking a trip to Badulla to see the early settlers don’t forget to break journey to visit Madulsima World’s end. Traveling a distance of 180 Km from Colombo you reach the Passara town and from

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Utuwankanda – On the trail of a legend – උතුවන්කන්ද

Utuwankanda is the place that Sri Lanka’s most infamous bandit Soora Saradiel made his hideout in mid 1800’s. What Robin Hood to the Engish, Saradiel was for Sri Lankans.

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Wahawa Hot Springs – වහව උනුදිය උල්පත්

The flowing artesian well - Wahawa Hot Springs

Wahawa Hot Springs lies in a rural village off Padiyatalawa. There are 18 springs scattered in the village and the paddy fields. They are built in form of tanks but it seems that only a few that are being used.

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Trincomalee Temples Under Arakan Bhikkus

Trincomalee Temples Under Arakan Bhikkus

Controversy surrounds the origins of the temples at Trincomalee where today a modern Hindu Kovil, popularly called Koneswaram has been set up. Though a tradition is quoted in support of the antiquity of the modern Hindu temple dating to the

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Trincomalee – Heritage Highlights – ත්‍රිකුණාමලය

Trincomalee

Trincomalee is one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. There are only four or five others comparable to Trincomalee, among them Sydney harbour and Buenos Aires harbour in Argentina. Trinco today is the fifth largest natural harbour.

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Toppigala Heritage Park – තොප්පිගල උරුමය

Toppigala Heritage Park

Thoppigala which was once called Baron’s Cap during the pre-independent era is nestled amidst ravishingly and naturally landscaped lush paddy lands bordering natural and manmade water ways. Thoppigala is situated 40km Northwest of Batticaloa which was for many years not

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Tallest Mile Post in Sri Lanka – ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ උසම සැතපුම් කණුව

Tallest Mile Post - at Devinuwara

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මහාමාර්ග මෙන්ම දුම්රිය මාර්ග ස්ථාපිත කිරීමේ ගෞරවය හිමිවන්නේ මේ රට යටත් කරගත් විදේශීය ජාතිකයන් අතුරෙන් අවසන් පාලකයන් වූ බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ජාතිකයන්ටය. තම පරිපාලන කටයුතු සහ ආර්ථික නිෂ්පාදන ප්‍රවාහනය කිරීම සඳහා වුවද බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය පාලකයන් විසින් දුම්රිය මාර්ග හා මහාමාර්ග ඉදිකිරීම

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The Mystic Mountain of Rumassala – අභිරහස් රූමස්සල කන්ද

Rumassala

According to forklore Rumassala mountain is part of the Himalayan Range which the Hanuman brought to Sri Lanka to find the medicinal herbs to heal army of Rama.

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Pitawala Patana and the Mini World’s End Drop – පිටවල පතන හා කුඩා ලෝකාන්තය

Mini World's End drop 1 at Pitawala Pathana

Pitawala Patana is a rare type of grassland that evolved in response to a particular ecological condition and can be found nowhere else in the country. The Pitawala Plains ends in a sheer drop which is sometimes called mini worlds End.

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – පින්නවල අලි අනථාගාරය

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Elephant Orphanage is an unfamiliar terminology, but it’s absolutely true and real. The secluded premises dedicated to provide a natural habitat for captive elephant’s weeks old babies to fifty-year-old parents and grand parents. The herd can be sited in the

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Panamure Eth Gala and ‘Diya Bubula’ – පනාමුරේ ඇත්ගාල සහ දිය බුබූල

The huge wall made out of the large tree logs which kept elephants trapped @ Panamure Elephant Kraal

Panamure Eth Gala (Elephant Kraal) held in 1950 was the last elephant kraal held in Sri Lanka and one elephant captured during this kraal managed to change the future of all elephants of Sri Lanka

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Northern Tp of Sri Lanka at Point Pedro – ලංකාවේ උතුරු කොණ

The Northern tip of Sri Lanka at Point Pedro

The Northern tip of Sri Lanka is marked by a concrete board on the edge of a corral reef with a Sri Lankan Flag painted on it along the road of Kankasanthure and Velvetithurai. This site is easily reachable by any vehicle along the road which goes along the beach. .

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Polonnaruwa Nelum Wewa Hot springs – පොලොන්නරුව නෙලුම් වැව උනුදිය උල්පත්

Polonnaruwa Nelum Wewa Hot springs

Out of the hot springs in Sri Lanka, Nelum Wewa Hot springs in Polonnaruwa  is the most recent discovery. Although these hot springs have been known to the villagers, the existence of the spring was made public in 2009. This

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Valaichena (Oddamavadi) Road-Rail Bridge – වාලච්චේන (ඔඩ්ඩමාවඩි) පැරණි පාලම

Valaichena (Oddamavadi) Bridge

Road-Rail bridges are bridges shared by trains as well as motor vehicles. These can be as complex as rail road going over or under the paved vehicle road to as simple as a railway line running on the center of

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The First Road-Rail Bridge of Sri Lanka at Manampitiya – මනම්පිටිය පැරණි පාලම

The Road-Rail Bridge of Manampitiya seen from the Dimbulagala side

Road-Rail bridges are bridges shared by trains as well as motor vehicles. These can be as complex as rail road going over or under the paved vehicle road to as simple as a railway line running on the center of

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Mahapelessa (Madunagala) Hot springs – මහපැලැස්ස (මදුනාගල) උනු දිය ලිං

Madunagala Hot Water Wells

Madunagala Hot Water Springs lie amoung vast paddyfields between Sooriyawewa and Ridiyagama, Today this hot water well is one of the most popular destinations for the pilgrims to the South. The spring was first recorded by Leonard Woolf, Assistant Government

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