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The National Geographic Channel has in an exclusive report categorized Sri Lanka as the second best place on earth to visit. Referring to the first world traveller Marco Polo’s description of his ‘favourite island’, as the ‘Jade Pendant in the Indian Ocean’, the commentators state that this is exactly what Sri Lanka is and that it has got ‘basically everything for a tourist’.”

In its list of “Best New Trips for 2010″, National Geographic said, “after the tsunami of 2004 and resolution of a decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka is finally starting to look like its old self, a peaceful destination where surf line-ups are non-existence despite world-class waves and centuries old tea estates are lined with mountain bike-ready trails.”

The National Geographic Channel emphasizes the fact that the island has “absolutely everything in a small space”. The island has beaches, wildlife, historical places, world heritage sites, primary forests, waterfalls and rivers for rafting.
You may even have a ‘beach to yourself’, and the report adds that the country has hundreds of miles of ‘amazingly undiscovered beaches and coral marine life’. ‘It is arguably one of the greatest islands for beaches’, it states.

Sri Lanka has a wonderful history and culture in a really small space and state that Sigiriya is a place not to be missed because of its scenic beauty. You don’t get to number two without some must-see sights’, it adds.

Sri Lankan wildlife is a ‘major highlight’ and the report refers to the availability of elephants and leopards, making a special reference to the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary. Pinnawala is now the largest herd in captivity with 65 elephants. It opened with seven elephants in 1975. They also comment on the ‘lovely food’ and point out, ‘if anyone wants to taste spicy curry then, definitely, Sri Lanka is the place to go’

Tourist arrivals for the first five months last year amounted for 157,000 and compared to this number the tourist arrivals during the first five months this year amounted to 233,000 showing an increase of 48.5% compared to the same period last year.

Without a doubt, Sri Lanka offers “just a little bit of everything” and one could not “be bored in a million years”.

 

 

 

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(Ceylon) in 1948

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Arugam Bay

Magical Yala

 

 


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HISTORY

ANCIENT HISTORY

Sri Lankan has proud and ancient heritage. Sri Lankan Proud history was started at 2500 years before. Since it there had been several Kings and Kingdoms established. We can briefly explain our heritage as era. Anuradhapura Era, Polonnaruwa Era, Dhambadeniya Era, Yapahuwa Era, Seethawaka Era,...

2550 years of unbroken recorded history

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Amazing Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - The most beautiful island in the world

Arugam Bay in Eastern Sri Lanka

Monday, September 6, 2010 Arugam Bay in Eastern Sri Lanka Source-Muhunthan Murugaiah -northeasterntourism.blogspot.com/2010/09/arugam-bay-in-eastern-sri-lanka.html Arugambay, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world Arugam Bay is located 220 km due East of Colombo. It is a...

Thousands attend Nalloor Thear festival

Thousands attend Nalloor Thear festival [TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 September 2010, 08:15 GMT] The Thear (Chariot) festival of the historic Nalloor Kanthasuvaami Temple in Jaffna town was held Tuesday morning with at least a hundred thousand devotees from all over the island and abroad...

Horton Plains - Home to diverse flora and fauna By Arundathie Abeysinghe/Anu Weerasuriya/ Dhaneshi YATAWARA

By Arundathie Abeysinghe     Situated in the central hill country at a height of 2535 metres, Horton Plains is surrounded by beautiful mountains and grassland. Traditionally known as Mahaeliya in Sinhala, British Tea planter Thomas Farr rediscovered this plateau...

The Beli lena caves : Journey into the past by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The Beli lena caves :  Journey into the past by Arundathie Abeysinghe There have been human settlements in Sri Lanka dating back 25,000 years, according to archaeologists.   The ape man known as Balangoda Manawaya had lived in caves in many parts of Sri Lanka; Beli lena,...

Yapahuwa - A kingdom of Ancient Lanka By Arundathie Abeysinghe

By Arundathie Abeysinghe The staircase An ancient fortress and capital built in 1301, approximately 145 km. from Colombo, Yapahuwa is a rock rising to a height of 90 metres.There are many traces of ancient battle defences, but the biggest showpiece is its ornamental stairway. The steps of...

'Jaffna' or Yaalpaanam (யாழ்ப்பாணம்)

History Source-tripatlas.com/Jaffna   The Northern Sri Lankan city of Jaffna has a written history of 2000 years. Along with the Mahavamsa and Chulavamsa, The Yalpana Vaipava Malai, Kailaya Malai, and Irasamurai are some of the books containing historical facts of Jaffna. The Abitta...

Peace of renewal

Leisa Tyler discovers azure water, tea gardens and a rock fortress during a drive around an island in recovery. Source-www.smh.com.au/travel/peace-of-renewal-20100423-thsr.html   With verdant rainforests and idyllic white-sand beaches, cloistered temples, ancient ruins, blustery mountains...

Legend of Queen Viharamaha Devi-Kirinda

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Waterworld: Ancient Sinhalese Irrigation

Waterworld: Ancient Sinhalese Irrigation Source-http://www.mysrilankaholidays.com/ancient-sinhalese-irrigation.html Above photo-Palitha Udayasiri   Sri Lanka is a classic example of the "hydraulic civilization" which had developed in the ancient period. With the immigration of Aryans from...

Somawathi Chethiya

 Source-maptosrilanka.blogspot.com/2010/05/somawathi-chethiya.html   Somawathiya was built in 2 nd centaury BC and this stupa is said to enshrine the right tooth relic of Lord Buddha. According to chronicles, prince Giri-aba and princess Somawathi (sister of King Kavanthissa) lived on a...
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Books on Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera   Describes the geography, history, government, economy, social life and customs, religion, culture, and more of this island country in the Indian Ocean. Includes a recipe for milk...

A Visit to Ceylon by Ernst Haeckel translated by Clara Bell 1883

Ernst Haeckel in Ceylon in the year 1881 This the Englisch translation from a German original which is found at "Indische Reisebriefe". This book may be of interest to all modern travellers to Sri Lanka (Ceylon), because it contains vivid descriptions...

The ruined cities of Ceylon (1904) , By Cave, H. William -

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The Travels of Fa-Hien

A RECORD OF BUDDHISTIC KINGDOMS Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of his Travels in India and Ceylon (A.D. 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline. Translated and annotated with a Korean recension of the Chinese text BY JAMES LEGGE 1886. The Clarendon Press,...

ANCIENT STUPAS IN SRI LANKA

  ANCIENT STUPAS IN SRI LANKA – LARGEST BRICK STRUCTURES IN THE WORLD Munidasa P Ranaweera, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 1. Introduction Stupas (also called Chetiyas, Dagobas, etc.) in Sri Lanka (earlier known as Ceylon) are monumental structures...
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Great documentary about the wildlife of Sri Lanka and the Veddas. Video

Season of the Spirit Bear - (6 parts)

Above photo source-sashdias.com/Yala1.html  (please visit this website.Amazing Sri Lankan wild life photos)

Sri Lanka Government Information

PRE-HISTORY

PRE-HISTORY

During the last one million years, when humans are known to have existed in various parts of India, Sri Lanka was connected to the sub-continent on numerous occasions. The rise and fall of sea level (due to cold/warm fluctuations in the global climate) determined the periodicities of these...