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

Mahaweli Reach Hotel - Situated on the banks of the Mahaweli river…

Exclusively written for THE LANKAN By Arundathie Abeysinghe Away from the hustle and bustle of the city…nestled among the hills of the hill capital…   Mahaweli Reach Hotel is Kandy’s first five star hotel. Situated on the banks of the Mahaweli river amidst lush tropical gardens stands the...

Sri Lanka: Tea Country

For more than a century--beginning with the destruction (by a fungal disease) of the coffee industry and ending with the expansion of the textile industry--tea was Sri Lanka's great export.  It still dominates the central highlands of the country socially, economically, and...

Albert Einstein’s obscure visit to Sri Lanka in 1922

  by Kirthi Tennakone       (January 22, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian)   The most acclaimed scientific celebrity Albert Einstein had visited Sri Lanka in 1922 en route his journey to Japan. Archival information on the subject being scanty and it appears that his visit to...

Wish You A Very Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year ! (Subha Aluth Awuruddak Wewa !)

Wish You A Very Happy Sinhala & Tamil New Year ! (Subha Aluth Awuruddak Wewa !)   Sri Lankans celebrate their National New Year Aluth Avurudu in mid april after the Harvest is done. The sun moving from the House of Pisces to the Aries signals the dawning of the Sinhala and Tamil New...

PIDURANGALA in the shadow of Sigiriya Text & pictures Ganga PRADEEPA

PIDURANGALA in the shadow of Sigiriya  Text & pictures Ganga PRADEEPA     Article source-www.dailynews.lk/2008/10/17/fea10.asp   A tour of Sigiriya is incomplete without visiting Pidurangala. Sigiriya and Dambulla are famous among all Sri Lankans and foreigners too. But...

Madu Ganga And Kothduwa Purana Raja Maha Viharaya

Article source-www.angelfire.com/planet/naturesl/madu_ganga/madu_ganga.htm   Nishantha D Paranamana's Photos - Madu River   Between Colombo and Galle there exists a beautiful river called Madu Ganga in Balapitiya which offers a glimpse of how it has become a part of the life of the people...

Bible Rock – a landmark on the Colombo- Kandy road-By Arundathie Abeysinghe

'Bible Rock' which is exlusively written for THE LANKAN By Arundathie Abeysinghe     Grand views of craggy, densely wooded hills… Breathtaking scenery… Shrouded in early morning mist… Prominent flat topped Bible Rock also known as Batalegala… Bible Rock is thus called by the westerners...

Sri Lanka and Its Gems-Author: Edward Bristol

Sri Lanka and Its Gems Author: Edward Bristol     Sri Lanka has long been known for its richness in gems. In fact, it was the first information about Sri Lanka that came to Europe: "An island on which the rivers are filled with gems." That, of course, is somewhat exaggerated, but the...

Kaudulla National Park - Get Up Close and Personal With Elephants (Kasun De Silva's Photos - Kaudulla National Park)

Kasun De Silva's Photos - Kaudulla National Park   Written by Pushpitha Wijesinghe   Kaudulla National Park - Get Up Close and Personal With Elephants Author: Pushpitha Wijesinghe A Sri Lankan vacation is just not the same without a safari into one of its beautiful national parks which...

PARADISE ISLAND

Sri Lanka is an island of no great size, yet it has an extraordinary number of facets. As Sir Arthur C Clarke remarked: "The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to...
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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...