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

VILLAGE LIFE

Source-www.infolanka.com/photo/village.html   Favorite mode of transport of goods and people during the early part of the century, bullock carts survived the advent of machine age, and thank you very much, doing quite well even today. Still the least polluting, and with no burden on the...

The Gathering of the elephants in Sri Lanka-By Srilal Miththapala

One of Asia's great wildlife spectacles threatened by its own success - By Srilal Miththapala     It's late afternoon, the open plains of the giant Minneriya reservoir gradually cool as the sun glides slowly down to the horizon and the waters of the reservoir shimmer in the receding...

The Dutch in Ceylon-R.G. Anthonisz, I.S.O

The Dutch in Ceylon An account of their Early Visits to the Island, their Conquest, and their Rule over the Maritime Regions during a Century and a half. By R.G. Anthonisz, I.S.O. Formerly Government Archivist, Ceylon With maps and illustrations and an appendix containing the diary...

The Story of Ceylon Tea-Mr Ari Withanage

Source-www.angelfire.com/wi/SriLanka/ceyl_tea.htm   Teas from the highest region on the island are described as the ‘champagne’ of Ceylon teas. Until the 1860’s THE MAIN CROP PRODUCED on the island of Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, was coffee. But in 1869, the coffee-rust fungus, Hemileia...

Kings & Rulers of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Genealogy Website – HISTORY   Source-www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lkawgw/slm-kings.htm   Above photo-Palitha Udayasiri KUVENI, Queen of Heladipa (later became Sinhala Dipa), succeeded her father as Queen and ruled the island before the arrival of Vijaya  1. ...

The Muslims and Malays of Sri Lanka

  By Kamalika Pieris   Source-www.missionislam.com/knowledge/srilanka.htm Photo-www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lkawgw/sri_lankan_muslims1.html.   The first wave of Muslims to arrive in Sri Lanka came from West Asia. Therefore let us briefly look at the Muslim achievements in West...

The Mutukuda (Royal Pearl Umbrella)

Source-https://www.karava.org/white_umbrella     The Mutukuda  (Royal Pearl Umbrella)    The white umbrella was a symbol of royal rank and a vital component of the pancha kakudha bhanda or the five exclusive insignia of royalty. The white umbrella was used by...

Palm-leaf manuscript writing

Manuscript writing on palm-leaves Source-https://www.lankalibrary.com/ In the ancient world manuscripts and paintings were done on a wide variety of materials such as birch (a tree grown in northern hemisphere)-bark, papyrus (reed-like trees grown on the banks of Nile River) clay tablets (on...

Sri Lanka The Portuguese

Source: The Library of Congress Country Studies A:link { color:#003399; } A:visited { color:#003399; } A:hover { color:red; }     By the late fifteenth century, Portugal, which had already established its dominance as a...

From Devundera to Dedigama

  S. PATHIRAVITANA     Source-https://www.dailynews.lk/2007/11/05/fea01.asp     It is difficult to imagine that Dedigama once had a paramount ruler and was the administrative capital of the country in the 14th century. A mile or two to your right from Nelundeniya, as you...
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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)

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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...