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Paramakanda Cave Temple Anamaduwa

Paramakanda Cave Temple Anamaduwa

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It was a very long day. Many places visited in a single day and Thonigala was our Final destination. But while we were at Thonigala Paramakanda Raja Maha Viharaya was clearly visible from Thonigala 2nd Inscription. In Thonigala Inscriptions it is mentioned that the lake in Thonigala was dedicated to Paramakanda Rajamaha Viharaya.

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Adventurous Hike to Lakegala Mountain

Adventurous Hike to Lakegala Mountain

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It was a long weekend because of Poson full moon poya day. We were planed to visit Memure and climb the Lakegala mountain. We leave Colombo by bus at around 6PM and able to reach Kandy at around 9PM. We stayed the night at our friend’s house in Kandy.

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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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Uda Maliboda / Ihala Maliboda / Deraniyagala Route to Sri pada

Uda Maliboda / Ihala Maliboda / Deraniyagala Route to Sri pada

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I still remember after the continuous rain for days, when we (Me, Shashika, Nirmal, Lakmal) reached Pettah bus stand to board into an Avissawella bus the sky was clear we felt a cold breeze. As always Mother Nature supported us through out the journey… Thank you… Our plan was to reach Avaisawella by 8.30AM but it took more time than we estimated.

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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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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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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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Dondra Head Lighthouse (161ft) | The Highest lighthouse in Asia

Dondra Head Lighthouse (161ft) | The Highest lighthouse in Asia

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This is a continuation of another trip and the original trip is to Deniyaya and on the way back we stayed the night at Unawatuna and in the morning we discussed about the plan for the day and one crew member suggest we go to to Dondra Lighthouse and we accepted it. I was so happy cause Me and my wife went to Point Pedro the furthest point of Sri Lanka from north and now we were going to visit most southern point of Sri Lanka.

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Exploring landmarks in ancient route from Dambadeniya to Yapahuwa.

Exploring landmarks in ancient route from Dambadeniya to Yapahuwa.

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An “Ambalama” can be described as one of an important public building in ancient Sri Lanka. There were series of “Ambalama(s)” located along the roads, being land marks & resting places for travelers for free. It was a convenience and comfort to people traveling far; going on pilgrimages or visiting relatives by foot or cart. Usually “Ambalam” were built in a chosen spots such as by the side of a paddy field or stream. Facility of portable water was provided with a “pin-thaliya” (a pot of water) or a well.

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Kayts, Pungudutivu and Nagadipa (Nagadeepa) Travelogue

Kayts, Pungudutivu and Nagadipa (Nagadeepa) Travelogue

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Kayts, also known as Leiden in Dutch, is a small island off the coast of minority Sri Lankan Tamil dominated Jaffna Peninsula in the North of Sri Lanka. It is also sometimes referred to as Velanai. Kayts is also the name of an important village within the Island. There are number of other villages within the island such as Allaipiddy, Naranthanai and Karampan.

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