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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)
  • Matara Uduwaka Ambalama -මාතර උඩුවක අම්බලමMatara Uduwaka Ambalama -මාතර උඩුවක අම්බලම
    Uduwaka Ambalama is a somewhat recent resting place in Matara District lying 8km off Weligama (2.7 km off Thelijjawila) on the Weligama Thelijawila road. The Ambalama lies by the main road, next to a lush paddy field. […]
  • මුලතිවුහි සැඟවුණු පුරාණ පෙරාරු අමුණ - Ancient Peraru Amuna in MulathivuAncient Peraru Amuna Hidden off the Jungles of Mulathivu
    From the shape of the pin holes made in the stone slabs used to make this Amuna, it is clear that this has been built during the Anuradhapura era. One river bank of the two of the embankment has been systematically prepared using gravel and stone blocks, and the second bank has been prepared using natural rock and embankments has been placed only in the necessary places. […]
  • මන්නාරම තිරුකේතිශ්වරම් කෝවිල පාර පැරණි මිනින්දෝරු කුළුණ - Thiruketheeswaram Kovil Road Survey TowerThiruketheeswaram Kovil Road Survey Tower
    This square survey tower on the Thiruketheeswaram Kovil Road belonging to British era has four floors. The side length of the original part is 2.4 meters and the height is 2.3 meters. The remaining two storeys are built progressively shorter. The fourth floor is taller than the second and third floors. […]
  • ඉලුක්පකඩවයි පඩවුතුරේ පැරණි මිනින්දෝරු කුළුණ - Illuppaikadavai Padavuthurai Survey Towerඉලුක්පකඩවයි පඩවුතුරේ පැරණි මිනින්දෝරු කුළුණ - Illuppaikadavai Padavuthurai Survey TowerIlluppaikadavai Padavuthurai Survey Tower Built by the Colonial Rulers
    This old survey tower is located in Ilukpakadai 04th Gramasewaka division of Manthai West Divisional Secretariat. To reach the temple travel 30 km from Mannar on Poonareen road, turn left at Ilukpakadawai junction and travel 200 meters on Padauthura road, this tower can be seen near a Hindu Kovil. […]
  • මන්නාරම නාරාපාඩු පැරණි ඕලන්ද මුරකපොල්ල - Narapadu Ancient Watch Tower in MannarNarapadu Ancient Watch Tower in Mannar
    From the Mannar fort, travel 12 km on the Thalaimannar road, turn right at the Narapadu junction and go 1.4 km along the sandy road, where you can see this monolithic tower pointing towards the sky on the plain. […]

Waterfalls

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)

Attractions

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)

Ancient Irregation Wonders

  • මුලතිවුහි සැඟවුණු පුරාණ පෙරාරු අමුණ - Ancient Peraru Amuna in MulathivuAncient Peraru Amuna Hidden off the Jungles of Mulathivu
    From the shape of the pin holes made in the stone slabs used to make this Amuna, it is clear that this has been built during the Anuradhapura era. One river bank of the two of the embankment has been systematically prepared using gravel and stone blocks, and the second bank has been prepared using natural rock and embankments has been placed only in the necessary places. […]
  • The massive bisokotuwa of Kuda Vilachchiya before destruction by treasure huntersKuda Vilachchiya Wewa and its Ruins inside Wilpattu
    This ancient reservoir of Kuda Vilachchiya is believed to have been built by King Wasaba (67-111 AD).  Since it lies in the thick jungle of Wilpattu national park where the public has no access, those who are doing the surveys have to first obtain permission to enter the park and then travel by a tractor to a certain distance and lead the rest of the journey by foot. […]
  • මුලතිවු වනයේ සැඟවුණු වන්නඩි පාළම හා අමුණ - Ancient Wannadi Bridge and Amuna in Mulathivuමුලතිවු වනයේ සැඟවුණු වන්නඩි පාළම හා අමුණ
    වන්නඩි අමුණ තිබෙන්නේ මුලතිවු දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මුහුදුබඩ පත්තුව ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ටාශයේ වැලිඔය ග්‍රාමයේ රූස්ස කැලයක් හරහා ගලායන දියපහරක් හරස් කරමින්. මෙම අමුණ ගොඩනැගීමට ගත් ගල් කුට්ටි මත ඇති ගල්කටු සලකනු අනුව මෙම අමුණ අනුරාධපුර යුගයට අයත් බව නිර්ණය කොට තිබෙනවා. […]
  • 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 […]
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)
  • මුලතිවුහි සැඟවුණු පුරාණ පෙරාරු අමුණ - Ancient Peraru Amuna in MulathivuAncient Peraru Amuna Hidden off the Jungles of Mulathivu
    From the shape of the pin holes made in the stone slabs used to make this Amuna, it is clear that this has been built during the Anuradhapura era. One river bank of the two of the embankment has been systematically prepared using gravel and stone blocks, and the second bank has been prepared using natural rock and embankments has been placed only in the necessary places. […]
  • The massive bisokotuwa of Kuda Vilachchiya before destruction by treasure huntersKuda Vilachchiya Wewa and its Ruins inside Wilpattu
    This ancient reservoir of Kuda Vilachchiya is believed to have been built by King Wasaba (67-111 AD).  Since it lies in the thick jungle of Wilpattu national park where the public has no access, those who are doing the surveys have to first obtain permission to enter the park and then travel by a tractor to a certain distance and lead the rest of the journey by foot. […]
  • මුලතිවු වනයේ සැඟවුණු වන්නඩි පාළම හා අමුණ - Ancient Wannadi Bridge and Amuna in Mulathivuමුලතිවු වනයේ සැඟවුණු වන්නඩි පාළම හා අමුණ
    වන්නඩි අමුණ තිබෙන්නේ මුලතිවු දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ මුහුදුබඩ පත්තුව ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම් කොට්ටාශයේ වැලිඔය ග්‍රාමයේ රූස්ස කැලයක් හරහා ගලායන දියපහරක් හරස් කරමින්. මෙම අමුණ ගොඩනැගීමට ගත් ගල් කුට්ටි මත ඇති ගල්කටු සලකනු අනුව මෙම අමුණ අනුරාධපුර යුගයට අයත් බව නිර්ණය කොට තිබෙනවා. […]
  • 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 […]
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)