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Hiriwadunna Sri Bodhiraja Forest Hermitage – හිරිවඩුන්න ශ්‍රී බෝධිරාජ ආරණ්‍ය සේනාසනය

The main Bodhi Tree of Hiriwadunna Hermitage which is at the center of controversy

Hiriwadunna Sri Bodhiraja Forest Hermitage is an ancient temple complex which came in to limelight few years ago when a controversial book claimed that Bodh Gaya was in fact at Hiriwadunna.

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Ganegama Aramunapola Rajamaha Viharaya – ගණේගම අරමුණපොළ රජමහා විහාරය

The recovered wooden Buddha statue at Ganegama Aramunapola Rajamaha Viharaya

Ganegama Aramunapola Rajamaha Viharaya which is also commonly referred to as Ganegama Rankoth Viharaya lies 2.5 kilometers before the Pelmadulla Town in center of a paddy field. The history of the temple goes as far as king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC)

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Somawathi National Park – සෝමාවතී ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Somawathi National Park

Size 37,645.5 hectares Main attractions Large herds of Elephants, Deer, Wild boar, Bear, Birds and Fish The Somawathi National Park is one of the four national parks set aside under the Mahaweli River development project. The other three national parks

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Minneriya National Park – මින්නේරිය ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Minneriya National Park

Situated 182 km from Colombo, Minneriya National Park is dominated by the Minneriya tank. This is another park where you will find the Elephants in large numbers.

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Kaudulla National Park – කවුඩුල්ල ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

Kaudulla National Park

Size 6,900 hectares Main attraction Large herds of Elephants, Deer, Sambur, Wild boar, Leoperdm Bear, Birds and Fish Situated about 190 km from Colombo, Kaudulla National Park is dominated by the Kaudulla Tank built by the sister of the famous

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Dambulla Somawathi Stupa Archaeological Site – දඹුල්ල සෝමාවතී චෛත්‍යය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Dambulla Somawathi Stupa seen from top of Dambulla Rock

Dambulla Somawathi Stupa Archaeological Site is a relatively unknown site lying in the heart of Dambulla build by King Walagamba in the 2nd Century BC dedicated to one of his queens

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Somawathi Rajamaha Viharaya (Somawathi Chethiya) – සෝමාවතී චෛත්‍යය

sithulpawwa rajamaha viharaya

The miraculous Somawathiya (Somawathi Chethiya) was built in 2nd century BC enshrining the right tooth relic of Buddha. The only other tooth relic lies in Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

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Ritigala Ruins – රිටිගල නටබුන්

Ritigala Ruins

Ritigala Ruins decorative urinal These are at least 70 caves at Ritigala which were prepared for monks between the 1st century BCE and the early centuries CE.

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Ramakele Stupa at Sigiriya – රාමකැලේ ස්තුපය

Ramakele Stupa at Sigiriya

Ramakele Stupa at Sigiriya is thought to be constructed in the 5th century by king Kashapa I (477-495 AD) or Mugalan I (495-512 AD).

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Pidurangala [3] – ‘Discover Sri Lanka’

Pidurangala Rajamaha Viharaya

By Hiranthi FernandoSri Lanka is blessed with such a variety of archaeological sites of historical and cultural importance that the visitor is often spoilt for choice. While the grandeur of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa is difficult to

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Pidurangala [2] – In Sigiriya’s Shadow

Pidurangala Rajamaha Viharaya

Overshadowed by the glamour of the Sigiriya rock fortress, the equally ancient Pidurangala cave temple is neglected by the authorities as well as visitors Sigiri Pidurangala Raja Maha Viharaya is just a short distance from the Sigiriya Rock fortress. Although

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Pidurangala Rajamaha Viharaya – පිදුරංගල රජමහා විහාරය

Pidurangala Rajamaha Viharaya

There are several old monasteries at Pidurangala, Enderagala, Ramkele, Manikdena, and Kaludiyapokuna, which were not only important as religious foci; but also as major centres of socio-political and economic origination. A mile North of the Sigiriya Citadel is Pidurangala which

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Medirigiriya Vatadage [2] – The Gem on a Rocky Platform

Medirigiriya Vatadage

Earlier this month when it was raining continuously in Colombo we decided to take a trip to Medirigiriya. Not knowing what type of weather to expect our vehicle was packed with umbrellas and raincoats in addition to the usual sun

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Medirigiriya Vatadage – මැදිරිගිරිය වටදාගේ

The majestic Medirigiriya Vatadage on a rock pedestal

Medirigiriya Vatadage is situated in a beautiful surrounding has a history going in to the pre-Christian times.

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Dambulla Maligathenna ( Nuwaragala Kanda) Ruins – නුවරගල කන්ද (මාලිගාතැන්න) නෂ්ඨාවශේෂ

Maligatenna ( Nuwaragalakanda) Ruins

There are number of locations called Nuwaragala Kanda and the most well known location is Nuwaragala Kanda is Ampara District. But this Nuwaragala Kanda is location between Dambulla and Polonnaruwa district and lies midst of a thick jungle. There are

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Kinihiri Kanda Rajamaha Viharaya – කිනිහිරිකන්ද රජ මහා විහාරය

Kinihirikanda Rajamaha Viharaya

The Kinihiri Kanda Rajamaha Viharaya is located inside a triangle of three World Heritage Sites ( 52 km from Anuradhapura , 42 km from the Polonnaruwa, and 20 km from the Dambulla). It is only 15 km from another World

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Kaludiya Pokuna in Dambulla – දඹුල්ල කළුදිය පොකුණ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Kaludiya Pokuna

Kaludiya Pokuna in Kandalama is not to be confused with its name-sake in Mihinthale . It dates back to the period, 853 – 857 A.D., during the reign of King Sena the 2nd. The sacred precincts of this ancient site served as a meditating center for the Buddhist monks who resided there.

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Giritale Wewa Reservoir – ගිරිතලේ වැව

Sun setting over Giritale Tank

Giritale Wewa does not aspire to No. 1 and No. 2 nor (may be) to subsequent reservoirs, by way of the area covered, leaving those priority places to reservoirs as Minneriya Wewa and Parakrama Samudra but if one were to give it a priority place by way of fabled history that could turn out to be factual too, Giritale Wewa comes somewhere among the top.

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Elahera Gal Amuna and Prakarama Inscription – ඇලහැර ගල් අමුන

Elahera Gal Amuna

The new Aban Ganga anicut at Elahera was on the road side, just within the elephant fence separating the Wasgamuwa Park from the main road. The gate to the premises was locked. But as we stopped our vehicle, the guard whose quarters were on the opposite side of the road came out. We asked him if we could go to see the old Gal amuna.

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Captivating tales of Sigiriya’s rediscovery [9]

Sigiriya Frescoes

A visit to Sigiriya is an adventure that takes one back in history, art and culture. Apart from melodrama, romance, intrigue and the grandiose life that surrounds the rock fortification of Kassapa, the tales of its rediscovery in the 19th century are as captivating.

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Sigiriya [8] – Oldest landscaped gardens in the world

Sigiriya Frescoes

Sri Lanka’s topless Sigiri fresco women, sublime and etched on rock walls between 477 to 495 A.D. are as elusive in identity to historian as the name and personality of Mona Liza, painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Sigiriya, the Eighth Wonder of the World [7]

Sigiriya Frescoes

Sri Lanka’s topless Sigiri fresco women, sublime and etched on rock walls between 477 to 495 A.D. are as elusive in identity to historian as the name and personality of Mona Liza, painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

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The mystique of Sigiriya [6]

Sigiriya Frescoes

Sri Lanka’s topless Sigiri fresco women, sublime and etched on rock walls between 477 to 495 A.D. are as elusive in identity to historian as the name and personality of Mona Liza, painted by Leonardo da Vinci. In like mode,

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The mystique of the Lion Rock [5]

Sigiriya Frescoes

IT rises like a brown leviathan ploughing through the green sea of a Sri Lankan forest. Geologically they call it an inselberg or a bornhardt. It’s defined as: “a large domelike residual hill of hard rock, characterized by very steep

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Sigiriya: The Ascent [4]

Sigiriya Frescoes

It is probably the most singular geological formation in Sri Lanka, and encompasses one of the more remarkable archaeological sites. It has a history that has all the elements of a classic drama, with a central character straight from Shakespeare’s

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Mystery of Sigiriya [3] : “Palace in the sky”

Sigiriya Frescoes

As thousands of “weekenders” throng to Sigiriya whenever a holiday falls on a Friday or Monday, often to gaze at the architectural marvels or to gasp at the breathtaking sight from the summit, one cannot help but wonder if anyone

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Sigiriya [2] – Who are these maidens and what is their message

Sigiriya Frescoes

The Sigiriya maidens have caused much debate, discussion and disagreement. Who are these ladies ? What is their message? These are questions that have eluded answers to generations of scholars and art lovers. . H.E.P. Bell believed that the paintings

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Ancient Palace Complex – සීගිරිය

Sigiriya Frescoes

Rising 200 meters vertically from the flat pains, Sigiriya Rock provides you with one of the most dramatic sites in Sri Lanka. Top of this rock contains ruins of an ancient palace complex, built during the reign of King Kasyapa (477AD – 495 AD) and surrounding rock is the Royal Garden.

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Mapagala Fortress in Sigiriya – මාපාගල බලකොටුව

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To the South of Sigiriya is the Mapagala Fortress. Archaeological Commissioner Hocart in the 1920s took note of the cyclopean style stone walls in the fort, and the square hammered stones in the ramparts of the Citadel.

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