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Kurusa Palliya(Shrine of the Holy Cross), Thoduwawa Beach and Thaniwella Devalaya

Kurusa Palliya(Shrine of the Holy Cross), Thoduwawa Beach and Thaniwella Devalaya

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It was drizzling in the morning but we hoped and prayed the day to become a sunny one. The long awaited journey to the Chilaw began around 5.30 from Ganemulla. We used shortcuts to get to the Ja-ela on A4 road. The weather seems to be fine beyond this point and it gave us hope to have a great journey. Till we reach Marawila we didn’t stop else where.

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Scenic Corbats / Corbets / Corbetts Gap via Meemure and Lakegala Mountain

Scenic Corbats / Corbets / Corbetts Gap via Meemure and Lakegala Mountain

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We had a sound sleep but suddenly waken near dawn by a roar of a wild animal. We stepped out from the tent with some knives, lanterns and torches. We scouted the area but couldn’t find anything unusual. It was nearly 4 o’clock.

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Addition of two cents to a traditional pilgrim (Day 3 & 4: Kataragama to Badulla & Home sweet home)

Addition of two cents to a traditional pilgrim (Day 3 & 4: Kataragama to Badulla & Home sweet home)

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Having visiting Maha Devalaya at Kataragama in the morning, we left for Sellakataragama. In Hindu folks, this was believed as the place where the God Kataragama met his second wife Walli, a daughter of a regional leader of weddah. There was a cave believed as the place she lived.

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Addition of two cents to a traditional pilgrim (Day 1 : Colombo to Dikwella)

Addition of two cents to a traditional pilgrim (Day 1 : Colombo to Dikwella)

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While the war was in progress, Pilgrim on Kataragama was known as the only multi day safe journey. Though the 30 years civil war is over now & all the civilians have got equal opportunity to travel where ever they wish, Katharagama is still one of the most popular travel destinations.

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Searching for remains in past prosperity (Maduwanwela Walawwa)

Searching for remains in past prosperity (Maduwanwela Walawwa)

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How many initials do you have? If you have to answer the same, what would be it? Two, there or some times four would be the answer. Isn’t so? This story is dedicated to a special character; that had nine initials for his name.

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Scenic hike to Bathalegala(Bible Rock) 2461ft

Scenic hike to Bathalegala(Bible Rock) 2461ft

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The date was scheduled as 22nd September, but the rainy season started as expected and the night before the journey it rained and continued till the morning. We planned to use public transport and gathered in Pettah bus stand 7.30AM.

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Off season Sri Pada Karnawa Sri Palabadgala | Raja Mawatha | Rathnpura Route

Off season Sri Pada Karnawa Sri Palabadgala | Raja Mawatha | Rathnpura Route

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We experienced a dry weather even its off season. Yet it was very cold at night we couldn’t sleep because of the cold and around 2AM we got up and stayed near Uda Maluwa. It was a godly. We experienced the tranquility of this scared place. That day I took a decision to climb Adams Peak every year in off season. There was another Nade who climbed up using Hatton route.

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Naguleswaram Temple,Keerimalai,Dambakola Patuna,Kankesanthurai(KKS)

Naguleswaram Temple,Keerimalai,Dambakola Patuna,Kankesanthurai(KKS)

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We had a wonderful breakfast prepared by Mathu’s mother and started the journey from Chavakachcheri around 7AM. We traveled with Mathu’s fathers van and the driver uncle couldn’t speak Sinhala but what he explained was translated to us by our good friend Mathu. Anyway we first used A9 to go to Jaffna and then used B268 to go to Kankesanthurai.

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Uthurupauwa Temple, Ibbankatuwa Ancient Burial Site, Kandalama Tank

Uthurupauwa Temple, Ibbankatuwa Ancient Burial Site, Kandalama Tank

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We began our journey from Kadawatha and on our way after passing Gokarella we saw a sign board indicating Uthurupauwa Temple on the left side of the road on our way to Dambulla. As the signboard said it was a ancient temple done by King Devanampiyathissa we were bit excited to visit the place.

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A Pilgrims to “Suthighara Chaithya”

A Pilgrims to “Suthighara Chaithya”

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Dedigama is world famous for its elephant lamp. Two of these lamps similar in design were found buried in the relic chamber of the Sutighara Cetiya of Dedigama. This unique archaeological exhibit, gives an insight into the advanced state of technological development during the reign of King Parakramabahu.

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Sigiriya, A tribute to Great King Kashyapa

Sigiriya, A tribute to Great King Kashyapa

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I my self last visited Sigiriya 11 years ago and I planned to visit the site many times, yet failed. The event organized by lakdasun.org to climb Pidurangala was tempting for me and my wife as we really wanted to explore Sigiriya.

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Nuwaragala Kanda, In search for the castle of King Mahasen

Nuwaragala Kanda, In search for the castle of King Mahasen

We started the journey 7.20AM and we used Wewala road and on our way we could witness the spectacular scenery. Near Wewala tank we saw a dog sounding almost like a fox and it was weird. As it seen the dog was the guard dog of the cattle of cows.

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Pidurangala, the sacred place worshiped by celestial maiden’s of Sigiriya

Pidurangala, the sacred place worshiped by celestial maiden’s of Sigiriya

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At first you might think where the heck this place is if you are unaware of the history of King Kashyapa. Sigiriya is the utmost tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and Pindurangala is right next to it which is 2KM away from Sigiriya entrance, yet neglected by most of the travelers.

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An abundant dream Castle of an Aesthete in Colonial Era (Richmond Castle)

An abundant dream Castle of an Aesthete in Colonial Era (Richmond Castle)

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The small bus was crowded to avoid seen even our own shoes. It moved forward just a little bit faster than a bullock. In the middle of the journey, we were confused bit whether we had passed the junction we intend to get off. As a security step we had already asked the conductor to remind the same when we reached our destination.

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Surathali Ella(50M) | Lipton Seat | Benedictine monastery of Addisham Travelogue

Surathali Ella(50M) | Lipton Seat | Benedictine monastery of Addisham Travelogue

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We started the journey from Moratuwa around 5.45AM and we used Panadura – Rathnapura route and from Rathnapura we headed towards Haputale. While we were passing Balangoda we decided to have our breakfast near Surathali Ella.

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Exploring Kudumbigala | Kumana | Bambaragasthalawa

Exploring Kudumbigala | Kumana | Bambaragasthalawa

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Kudumbigala is one of the wonderful places I have ever explored. It is an old monastery which had been re-discovered in recent past. Most fascinatingly, it has become one of the most interior monasteries, where Theravadhi Buddhist monks are occupying under very basic facilities.

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A night at Mara-Vidiya (Deadly path)

A night at Mara-Vidiya (Deadly path)

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Sigiriya is a well-known fortress that is very famous not only in Sri Lanka, but in whole world. Most people don’t realize Sri Lanka has yet a similar kind of fortress type historical places still beneath the shades of jungles. Nuwara Gala (Close to Pollebedda off Maha Oya) and Dimbulagala (16 km off Polonnaruwa) are two such places.

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Delft – The largest island in Sri Lanka (Neduntheevu | Neduntivu) Travelogue

Delft – The largest island in Sri Lanka (Neduntheevu | Neduntivu) Travelogue

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Neduntheevu or Neduntivu (Tamil: நெடுந்தீவு), also known by its Dutch name Delft, is an island in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka. This island is named as Delft in the Admiralty Chart unlike the other islands in the area which are named with their Tamil names. The island’s area is 50 km² and it is roughly oval-shaped. Its length is 8 km and its maximum width about 6 km.

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Kukuleganga Holiday Resort, Makeli Ella, Fa Hien Cave (Pahiyangala)

Kukuleganga Holiday Resort, Makeli Ella, Fa Hien Cave (Pahiyangala)

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This trip is always memorable in my life as it was the first trip which opened doors to many trips. Please keep in mind that this is a trip we went 3 years back and some of the places roads might have changed. I think its a duty of a traveler to share the experience whether is old or new. So people can see what was the previous state of the places,roads and etc.

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One Special Trip to Kandy

One Special Trip to Kandy

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We checked lot of reputed hotels in Kandy before the wedding and most of them we were able to book with discounted rates through my sister in law who was in hotel trade. Yet we were curious about a less popular hotel with a very good view towards Knuckles Range. Ultimately we found the exact hotel we needed “Kandy Panaroma Resort”.

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