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COLOMBO, Western Province
A temple is a Buddhist place of worship, a place where we find solace from the world and seek spiritual fulfillment. Gangaramaya's architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. In addition, a museum, a library, a residential hall, a three-storeyed Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises. The Gangaramaya has also been instrumental in establishing the Buddhist temple on Staten Island (USA), the Buddhist Center in New York (USA) and the Buddhist Centre in Tanzania (TZA), thereby helping to spread the word of the Dhamma in other countries.
NEGOMBO, Western Province
The best time for visiting the fishermen's market is about 6:30 in the morning. At this time you can see the fishermen arriving with their boats fully loaded with fish they caught the last night. Right after arriving at the market the auction starts. You will experience genuine, Sri Lankan trading culture right on the spot. If you like, you can choose from many fish and seafood variants on the market. Your tour driver will arrange a lunch and let a cook prepare your choice of fresh fish and seafood from the fishermen's market.
ANURADHAPURA, North Central Province
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (Sinhala: ජය ශ්රී මහා බොධිය) is a sacred fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens. It is said to be a branch from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in 288 BC and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. Today it is one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.
POLONNARUWA, North Central Province
The Gal Vihara (Sinhalese: ගල් විහාරය), also known as Gal Viharaya and originally as the Uttararama, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in North Central Province. It was fashioned in the 12th century by Parakramabahu I. The central feature of the temple is four rock relief statues of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granite rock. These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts and have made the Gal Vihara the most visited monument at Polonnaruwa.
Sigiriya (Sinhalese: සීගිරිය), also known as Lion Rock, is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
DAMBULLA, Central Province
Dambulla cave temple is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site since 1991. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara and Buddha's first sermon.
PERADENIYA, Central Province
The Royal Botanical Gardens attract 2 million visitors annually and are managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture. It is near the Mahaweli River (the longest in Sri Lanka). It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The gardens include more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical gardens is 147 acres (594.000 km²), at 460 meters above sea level.
KANDY, Central Province
Kandyan dance (Sinhala: උඩරට නැටුම්) encompasses various dance forms native to the area called Kandy of the central hills region in Sri Lanka. According to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in a ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya (named after the deity Kohomba). Traditional dance masters believe that the king of Malaya Rata and his two brothers performed the first Kohomba Kankariya. It was originally performed by dancers who were identified as a separate caste under the Kandyan feudal system. They were related to the Temple of the Tooth and had a significant role to play in the Dalada Perahera (procession) held each year by the temple.
KANDY, Central Province
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.
KANDY, Central Province
The Buddhist Publication Society (BPS) is a charity whose goal is to explain and spread the doctrine of the Buddha. It was founded in Sri Lanka in 1958 by two Sri Lankan Buddhist laymen, A.S. Karunaratna and Richard Abeyasekera, and a European-born Buddhist monk, Nyanaponika Thera. Originally conceived as a limited effort to publish small, affordable books on fundamental Buddhist topics, the Society expanded its scope in response to the reception of their early publishing efforts. Reflecting its Sri Lankan roots, the Buddhist Publication society's publications reflect the perspective of the Theravada branch of Buddhism, drawing heavily from the Pali Canon for source material. When visiting the BPS you get the chance to buy your favorite books directly from the source.
Adam's Peak (Sinhalese: ශ්රී පාදය), also known as Sri Pada, is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka. It is well known for the Sri Pada, i.e., "sacred footprint", a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam. Wanderers start at about 2:00 o'clock in the night to enjoy the sunrise on the summit at about 5:30 o'clock. Your tour guide will provide you with all the information needed for you to have a successful hike to the summit. To reach the summit you should be in good physical condition as well as sure-footed, although there are stairs all over to the summit.
Nuwara Eliya (Sinhalese: නුවර එළිය), also known as Little England, is a city in the hill country of the Central Province. Its name means "city of light". The city has a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its temperate climate, it is the coolest area in Sri Lanka.
Central Province, Nuwara Eliya District
Nanu Oya is a small village named after the Nanu Oya river. It is located within the Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province. Diyatalawa (Sinhala: දියතලාව, meaning “the watered plain”) is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the Badulla District of Uva Province. It is situated at an altitude of 1,499 m (4,918 ft) and has become a popular destination for local holidaymakers. The train trip from Nanu Oya to Diyatalawa is famous for spectacular views, close contact with locals and an overall relaxed, joyful atmosphere.
Idalgashinna (Sinhalese: ඉදල්ගස්හින්න) is a location in the Badulla District. The elevation is about 5,300 feet (1,600 m) above sea level. The famous Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Green Tea are grown in this area. You will have a walk off the beaten path, visit Tea Plantages, meet the workers and their families, have a shower under a waterfall as well as a delicious lunch at this beautiful area which some call "at the end of the world".
HAPUTALE, Uva Province
The Lipton’s Seat lookout is one of Sri Lanka's most valued viewpoints. Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here, and today it's said you can see across emerald hills and tea estates to no fewer than seven different provinces. Your tour driver will get you there safely. On the way back you have the chance to visit one of the famous tea factories in the area.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. It is situated in the southeast region of the country and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometers (378 sq mi). Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, and aquatic birds. Yala has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
MIRISSA, Southern Province
Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. In the warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes Killer whales, and Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Striped dolphins. Sometimes you can see turtles and various fish species, for example, Bluefin tuna and flying fish. The Whale watching season starts in November and ends in April. The ocean is warm and calm during these months.
Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more than 423 years maintains a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work was done by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. Today the fort has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. Galle Fort has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries."