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"AYUBOWAN" May you have the gift of long life! It is with this traditional greeting, that everyone is welcomed to Sri Lanka, the paradise island. For a small island Sri Lanka has many nicknames; Serendip, Ceylon, Tear drop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dhamma, Pearl of the Indian Ocean. This colorful collection reveals its richness and beauty, and the intensity of affection it has evoked in visitors


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Sri Lankan Dramas

Maname Drama

Maname is the first milestone of the Sri Lankan theatre. This was first staged on November 3 rd 1956 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The story is based on the well-known Buddhist story belonging to the Jataka stories (Birth stories of Buddha) known as the Chulla Dhanuddara...

Sri Lanka: A world Heritage-Nalinda Harsha Protography©

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Nature Resorts

Boulder Garden, Kalawana

  "Boulder Garden, Kalawana" is located in idyllic and unspoiled surrounding on South Western lowland of Sri Lanka. 160 Km from Colombo International Air Port and only 2 Km from Kalawana, 15 Km from Boulder Garden to Sinharaja. The Virgin rain forest. Sinharaja is known for its last...

Hotel Kanmark

 Get away from the tropical heat and enter the misty mountains and vast tea plantations for a climate that you would be surprised to find on this island .....     Hotel Kanmark is a latest addition to Bandarwela with modern and luxurious amenities and a charming atmosphere. It...

Wild Grass Nature Resort

  But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything. Alan Watts This is the place to be...........................     Nestled in the heart of an enchanting...

Sri Lanka


Five centuries before Christ, Sri Lanka was a land throbbing with vitality and a well-ordered civilization. Cities, palaces, reservoirs, parks, temples, monasteries, monuments and works of art bore testament to the character, imagination, culture, philosophy and faith of the people of Sri Lanka, the Resplendent Land. Vestiges of this ancient civilization are abundantly extant today.



The first major legendary reference to the island is found in the great Indian epic, the Ramayana, thought to have been written around 500 B.C. The Ramayana tells of the conquest of Lanka in 3000 B.C. by Rama, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Rama's quest to save his abducted wife, Sita, from Ravanna, the demon god of Lanka, is, according to some scholars, a poetic account of the early southward expansion of Brahmanic civilization.

The most valuable source of knowledge for the legends and historical heritage of Sri Lanka is the Mahavamsa (Great Genealogy or Dynasty), a chronicle compiled in Pali, in the sixth century. Vijaya is the central legendary figure in the Mahavamsa. He was the grandson of an Indian princess Suppadevi from Vanga in northern India who had been abducted by an amorous lion, Simha, and son of their incestuous and half-leonine offspring, Sinhabahu & Sinhasivali. Along with 700 of his followers, perhaps from Kalinga (Orissa), Vijaya arrived in Lanka, and established himself as ruler with the help of Kuveni, a local demon-worshiping princess. Although Kuveni had given birth to two of Vijaya's children, she was banished by the ruler, who then arranged a marriage with a princess from Madurai in southeastern India. Kuveni's offspring are the folkloric ancestors of the present day Veddahs


History of Sri Lanka
Go back to 700,000 B.C

With evidence found from all over the world, researches and explorers believes that Sinhala (Helaya) in Sri Lanka (Hela Diva) is the oldest civilization in the world


Article-Sandhya Jain


There are man made architectural structures for one to look at, there are natural sites to behold, and there are festivals and event to enjoy at any time of year. Colombo is a city full of active residents who are willing to help a visitor navigate the many pleasures of the area. There are all kinds of resources for those who are traveling with family, alone, for business, or just to get away from it all.

One of the most famous land marks and sites to see in Colombo is the Beira Lake. On this lake, there is a chance that visitors can see the many boat races that are hosted in its waters. The banks of the lake are also used as a theater of any kind, from comedy to tragedy. The lake has been around as long as the city has, and it has always been a favorite. Colonists used it for defense of the city in the past.

One of the greatest things about the Colombo area is the fact that the weather is virtually perfect for just about anything, that is, except snowboarding! The temperature ranges from a very stable 80 to 85 degrees all year long, from January to December. In Celsius, this is the temperatures of 27 to 28. The weather is perfect for shorts and short sleeved pants, and while one does not need to wear a jacket, it does not get excessively hot. This is the ideal weather for those who are weak and cannot take extreme heat or coldness. Even the elderly thrive in temperatures such as these. The only difference in between the different seasons is the rainfall. There is more rain in the monsoon seasons, October to January and May to August. If you wish to get cheap flights to Colombo then book online in advance because tickets to Colombo will cost higher in last minute deals.

Colombo is a city that has many memories just waiting to be made, and the beauty of the architecture is a great photo opportunity for professionals and mothers alike. A favorite site is the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, a large place of worship with an intricate red and white design that greeted sailors who were coming in from the sea. The Galle Face Hotel is another favorite, with visitors like the British Royal Family and other celebrities. The city also has promenades and palm trees that make the city feel like an incredible wonderland.

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Colombo , largest city (1995 est. pop. 750,000) and former capital of Sri Lanka, a port on the Indian Ocean near the mouth of the Kelani River. The original Sinhalese name, Kalantotta ( "Kelani ferry" ), was corrupted to Kolambu by Arab traders and was changed to Colombo by the Portuguese. The city's major sections are the old area of narrow streets and colorful market stalls; the modern commercial and government area around the 16th-century Portuguese fort; and Cinnamon Gardens, a wealthy residential and recreational area.



Colombo – the spirit of Sri Lanka



Author: Pushpitha Wijesinghe

Colombo posses a natural harbour and has been a port of call for more than 2,000 years. It was often the landing point for many traders and since then has remained a major financial and business city for Sri Lanka. This capital city is a rich source of entertainment in all forms, dining, shopping and site seeing.

With its glorious past and hopeful future, Colombo brings forward an exotic cocktail of elements that are hard to resist. Find remnants of its glorious past in pockets around the city, healthy doses of greenery, bargain deals be it for hotels, shopping or dining and nightlife that rouse the senses.

Colombo shopping is definitely a worthwhile effort, buyers can pick from a few of her shopping malls like Crescat Boulevard, Majestic City, Odel and Liberty Plaza. Known to be a country that mass produces export garments, clothing shops are not hard to find. Shoppers can expect to find clothing for all seasons along with a wide array of shoes and other accessories that would fit any purse. From international to local designer labels, from street vendors in Pettah to air conditioned malls and everything in between, shopping in Colombo will never fail to delight you.

Dining in Colombo is also a delightful occurrence, from street hawkers to fine dining, this capital city has more than its fair share of options. Sri Lankans love their food, and it’s no surprise that you can find just about any type of cuisine, made to varied tastes and flavours that will leave you wanting more. Take a pick from Sri Lankan, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and so many others when you dine in a Colombo restaurant.

Nightlife in Colombo is also another reason to rejoice, from its myriad of restaurants, local theatre performances, bars and nightclubs. Colombo can be easily traversed from one end to the other in a reasonable period of time, and the nightclubs are usually segregated to areas that are close to the 5 star hotels in Colombo.

Gangaaraama Temple-Colombo

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For some sight seeing of cultural and historical significance, Colombo is plentiful in colonial architecture, temples, museums and galleries. Bordering the west coast of Sri Lanka, this capital city may not be teeming with skyscrapers or could be referred to as a metropolis, but her demure and pulse is something that is just waiting to be appreciated.

When looking for Colombo hotels, why not try any of the accommodations available from the John Keells Hotels Group?

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Making Colombo the Garden City of East again!



The city of Colombo was once called the Garden City of the East and it was also the cleanest city of the region. But gradually it turned into a city that nauseates its citizenry and visitors as garbage dumps, littered street corners or even the sidewalks in some busy localities gave Colombo a dirty name. That was the time President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a one man commission to look into the mismanagement of the Colombo Municipal Council. Consequent to the recommendations of the commission, CMC was suspended and a Chief City Administrator Omar Kamil was appointed to administer the city in 2009. We look back at the record of work achieved, described as visible improvement towards a clean and beautiful city once again.
Omar Kamil who had been a city father for 18 years and deputy mayor and mayor with two decades experience in the administration of the city has been able to clean up the City, give it a facelift, rehabilitate the roads and traffic management, improve the public health system during the past two years since he was appointed just two years back. In an interview with The Nation he discussed the task performed by him, which he called ‘team work’ with the support of the President and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa


Welcome to New Colombo-The Most Beautiful City In South East Asia



Spotting blue whales in Sri Lanka


After years of whale-watching, Philip Hoare travels to Sri Lanka, hoping to spot the biggest and most impressive cetacean of them all.

Sri Lanka: hotels, restaurants, packages and getting there
The east coast has many beautiful beaches, but treacherous low-lying rocks, too

Sri Lanka has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, beset with problems from terrorism to flooding. But in the wake of the contentious ending of the war in 2010 with the Tamil Tigers, this verdant island is experiencing a new tourist boom founded largely on its exquisite beaches, where one may spend weeks doing nothing but drinking lime sodas in the sun.

However, I found another prospect more appealing – especially after the frenetic demands of appearing at the island's Galle Literary Festival.

For some years now, I'd heard stories of whales seen off Sri Lanka's coast, not least from my brother-in-law, Sam Goonetillake, founder of the Helplanka charity, which was set up to assist the orphans of the 2004 tsunami.

For a dedicated "whalehead" such as myself, these tales were impossibly alluring. The southern tip of the island is surprisingly close to the deep waters of the continental shelf, and here swim giants: blue whales, the largest animals that ever lived. It is a unique situation: nowhere else do these whales come in so close to land, or are so reliably seen.



SRI LANKA - The most beautiful island in the world

Expo Rail: Wonder on the track

    Launches first-ever private super luxury train service to Kandy The route to Kandy by rail has always been a memorable experience. But now for the first time in Sri Lanka the trip to the hills and back has been made so luxurious and soothing with the launch of Sri Lanka’s...

Elephants in Sri Lankan Culture

  A man hangs twig on a tree; his face is all but reverence for Pullayar. Then he cautiously treads his way on to the jungle path into a distant village or to the dreaded jungle itself, infested with wild beasts, including the much-feared big animal, the elephant. I believe that the...

The Green Heritage: Flora of Sri Lanka

  Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean lays claim to eight of the current 911 UNESCO World Heritage Sites out of which two are endowed owing to rich biological diversity.  Biological diversity or Biodiversity in simple terms is the variation of living beings including plants,...

Archaeology Demonstrations: Let’s meet people who lived in Udawalawe basin 3500 years ago!

  Sri Lankan archeologists have shown that inhabitation of people in Sri Lanka could be dated back to 1.6 million years. Dedication exercised by our archeologists to unwrap the proud past of the ancient people in Sri Lanka is immense. It is with pride that share with you...

Meemure, the new paradise for tourists

by Susantha WIJEGUNASEKARA     The people of Meemure are carefree. They go about their work chaffing, chuckling and grumbling. No malice or hatred in their minds as they are a contented lot living on hard-earned rupees. Poverty has cast its spell on them. Such is their...

Lakdasun Trips-Discover,Explore,And Conserve The Natural Beauty Of Sri Lanka   Exploring the living in Kanneliya Man & Biosphere Reserve We started form Hikkaduwa at about 5.30 in the morning. The crew was two in my motor bike. We turned...

Tourism - major contributor to national economy

  Tourism - major contributor to national economy   Ariya Rubasinghe Paradise of the East is a terminology used to refer to Sri Lanka by many nations in the past. In conformity to this citation Sri Lanka is a land blessed with beauty and the best of everything. The country’s blend of...
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World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka

Lanka’s central highlands win heritage battle-By Malaka Rodrigo

Lanka’s central highlands win heritage battle By Malaka Rodrigo It was barely two...

Eight world heritage sites

Eight world heritage sites      Although a small country Sri Lanka has eight world heritage sites. Six of them are cultural world heritages sites representing various stages of 2000 year old history. They include...

World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka

Lynn   Sacred City of Anuradhapura This sacred city was established around a cutting from the tree of enlightenment, the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Read...

I love Sri Lanka

Is Sri Lanka the perfect holiday destination?-Graham Ellison Roberts

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  Is Sri Lanka the perfect holiday destination? By: Graham Ellison Roberts   Is Sri Lanka the perfect holiday destination?   I have just completed a short tour of Sri Lanka, to check on the political situation and to build a knowledge store of good things to do and great places to...
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Southern Highway Project and Tourism in Jaffna Peninsula

Journey to Jaffna – Part 1

Journey to Jaffna – Part 1   Posted by Muhunthan     From 1989 onwards, I never got the opportunity to visit the Northern Peninsula even though I am a native Sri Lankan Born in Jaffna. During the war,...

Journey to Jaffna – Part 2

Journey to Jaffna - Part 2 Posted by Muhunthan   Our next destination was at Chankanai to locate an Old Portuguese church built of coral in 1641 and described in the said handbook as architecturally the only one...

Tourism in Jaffna Peninsula

Sunday, September 5, 2010 Tourism in Jaffna Peninsula Source-Muhunthan Jaffna Peninsula is located in the far north of Sri Lanka in the Northern Province, and situated 398 km to the north of Colombo. The austere...

Southern Highway Project Sri Lanka,

      Key Data Construction began 2003 Location Sri Lanka Project type Express Highway...
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Introduction to Sri Lanka

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The pictures here begin with Colombo, move south to Galle, north to the high country, farther north to Kandy and its environs, and farther north still to the country's great archaeological sites. 

For more on the status of highland paddy, see Continuity and Change in the Paddy Lands of the Kandy District.

Colombo (64 pictures)
Colombo 2 (20 pictures)
Galle (44 pictures)
Nuwara Eliya (48 pictures)
Tea Country (48 pictures)
Highland Subsistence (19 pictures)
Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth (27 pictures)
Kandy: Palaces and Medamahanuwara (11 pictures)
Kandy: Traditional Houses (9 pictures)
Kandy: British Infrastructure (10 pictures)
Kandy: Colonist Life (25 pictures)
Kandy: British Institutions (23 pictures)
Kandy: Christian Cemeteries (20 pictures)
Kandy: Now (17 pictures)
Hantane (27 pictures)
Talatu Oya (12 pictures)
Peradeniya (19 pictures)
Paingamuwa (17 pictures)
Mahaweli Ferry (6 pictures)
Lankatilaka (27 pictures)
Gadaladeniya (17 pictures)
Embekke (17 pictures)
Kadugannawa and Balana (14 pictures)
Gampola (15 pictures)
Atabage (5 pictures)
Loolecondera (10 pictures)
Gurugal Oya (12 pictures)
Minipe (13 pictures)
Lamesuriyagama (39 pictures)
Elephant Power (12 pictures)
Town and Country (39 pictures)
Anuradhapura (37 pictures)
Polonnuwara (26 pictures)
Sigiriya (18 pictures)
Trincomalee (13 pictures)