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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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Adventurous Hike to Wangedigala & Wangedigala Kand

Adventurous Hike to Wangedigala & Wangedigala Kand

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The Wangedigala and Wangedigala Kanda are two different peaks and we were not aware of that. Thanks to Mrs.Sera and her daughter we were able to spot the two peaks and were able to learn the difference. Wangedigala is a rock platform on the left side of the mountain and it’s like a stage and when it looked down from the resort we saw the shape of a “Wangediya”. Most people confused about Wangedigala and Wangedigala Kanda.

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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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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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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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Sri Pada Karunawa (Adams Peak Travelogue) Hatton Route and Kuruwita Route

Sri Pada Karunawa (Adams Peak Travelogue) Hatton Route and Kuruwita Route

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Sri Pada is the only mountains in the world where four major religions get together and worship.Adam’s Peak is an ancient pilgrimage that is considered sacred by Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. It is a conical mountain 2,243 meters high. It is believed that Lord Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka placed his footprint on the summit of this sacred mountain.

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Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Koneswaram, Lovers leap Travelogue

Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Koneswaram, Lovers leap Travelogue

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This was a very long trip and we drove 1200Km in 4 days First we went to Katharagama and Then Nuwaraeliya and then Trincomalee. So i have started route map from Nuwaraeliya. Road condition is very good till you pass Habarana but there are some road constructions going on Kantale to Trinco… Specially they are straitening the “Yaka Wanguwa”.

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Scenic Boat Safari in Madu Ganga, Balapitiya

Scenic Boat Safari in Madu Ganga, Balapitiya

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We started the journey from Colombo around 8AM and the crew was four. We used a Suzuki Swift as our transportation.The drive to Balapitiya was quite effortless and the Galle road was in pretty good shape. Although it is good be sure to stay in the speed limit. Because occasionally you find traffic cops waiting for you to speed!

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World’s End, Mini Worlds End, Bakers Falls Circular Trail (8Km)

World’s End, Mini Worlds End, Bakers Falls Circular Trail (8Km)

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But unfortunately there were heavy showers at night with extreme wind conditions. Our tent got damaged. Water came in to the tent and we had to take a decision and there were no alternative other than returning back to our Van. It was 11.30PM and we started walking on the rain to the Van. Phew! This was a once in a lifetime experience. I don’t think anybody have ever walked around 12AM inside Horton Plains.

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Totupota (Thotupola) Kanda Travelogue (2359m) 3rd Highest Mountain in Sri Lanka

Totupota (Thotupola) Kanda Travelogue (2359m) 3rd Highest Mountain in Sri Lanka

We started the journey from Colombo. We used a Nissan Caravan as our transportation. First day we stayed at Havaeliya and next day morning we started the journey towards Horton Plains. You will need to purchase a ticket before entering Horton plains. Our main target was to cover most of Horton Plains within three days and First day we planned to treak to the top of Totupola kanda. When we arrived at Horton Plains it was cold and Misty.

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