Sri Lanka

Built somewhere between the Seventh Century and Tenth Century, the Nalanda Gedige lies 20 kilometres north of Matale on the Dambulla A9 road. Here, on elevated land surrounded by a picturesque lake, is the quaint forgotten Buddhist temple where Hindu sculpture and Buddhist art found fusion to create a unique masterpiece of genius. There are no statues of gods in evidence except for one in a ruined state and the only image extant is a recently restored Buddha statue.

සදුදා, 09 නොවැම්බර් 2015 10:46

Finding Nilwella

I was intrigued and told Mohan that I would be down the following week to have a look at his stretch of untouched sand. And that's when the fun began!

සදුදා, 09 නොවැම්බර් 2015 10:39

In The Monkey Kingdom

Toque macaque monkeys are a daily sight at the ruins of Polonnaruwa. Familiarity breeds contempt, hence, these monkeys are hardly the cynosure of visitors or residents, they are but subjects of compassion, with pilgrims benevolently feeding monkeys, constantly watching them to get a share of their bounty. Pests for some and gluttons for others, these simians are hardly gazed upon with delight. But, the world of toque macaques is indeed a complex one. The ‘Monkey Kingdom', a nature film by Disney Movies released to coincide with Earth Day in April 2015, exposed the intricate, highly strung and emotional world of toque macaques.

සදුදා, 09 නොවැම්බර් 2015 10:33

Chundikulam Bird Sanctuary: A Northern Wildlife Destination

Little egrets about to take to the skies
Leafing out from the mainland to form the northern peninsular, the ‘stem' of thin strip connecting both ends, bordered by the Indian ocean from the east, and carving to create a lagoon from the west is a divine hotspot of wild creatures that's been hidden for nearly three decades. Chundikulam declared a bird sanctuary in 1938, is one of the best wildlife destinations for visitors who plan to visit the northern region of the Island. Its undulating landscapes have over the years created a large variety of habitats. From beaches laden with sand-dunes, to salt marshes, to wetlands, to thorny scrublands and dry forests, to tanks, mangroves and lagoon have all combined to produce a wild haven.

ඉරිදා, 09 අගෝස්තු 2015 10:29

Seats of Tradition

Lounge chairs with woven cane backrests and seats were popular during both the Dutch and British periods
Sri Lanka's colonial seating tradition continues to link the country's present to distant times and places.

ඉරිදා, 09 අගෝස්තු 2015 10:22

The Most Famous Bridge in Cinema History

The 1950s was the golden decade of foreign filmmaking in then Ceylon, when a number of British and Hollywood movies, mostly based on acclaimed literature, were shot within the Island's shores. It began in 1951-1952, when Carol Reed directed Outcast of the Islands, based on Joseph Conrad's 1896 novel, starring Trevor Howard and Ralph Richardson.

අඟහරුවාදා, 21 ජූලි 2015 00:39

Kataragama's Pageant Of Love

Today they have come, in this month of July, to participate in the annual festival of a temple dedicated to the God of Love and War: Lord Kataragama or Lord Skanda. They have arrived to share the celebratory joy of his wedding to Valli. For fifteen days this annual pageant of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya takes place in the month of July or August. This year it begins on the 17th of July and climaxes on the full moon night of 31st July.

අඟහරුවාදා, 21 ජූලි 2015 00:36

When in Arugam Bay..

The stunning view of the sunrise welcomed us as we trudged along enjoying the feeling of the soft, fine sand between our toes. A cool sea breeze kept us company as we observed a number of surfers expertly riding wave after wave. A mesmerising view, one can stand there for hours basking in the warm early morning sunlight and refreshing salty air. Chatting with a couple of friendly surfers, we learnt that the best times to catch the waves were during the early morning hours and the few hours between afternoon and sunset. It would seem that Arugam Bay is one of the best loved spots for surfers the world over!

අඟහරුවාදා, 21 ජූලි 2015 00:33

Memories in a Tube

The food sone relishes in childhood are those cherished throughout life. That's why my memories of mani pittu nights linger even today, decades down the road, and the very thought of pittu continues to delight.

අඟහරුවාදා, 21 ජූලි 2015 00:31

A journey through history

The Heritage Museum, Kathankudy, located in eastern Sri Lanka is just a few weeks old and already drawing in many visitors, who are curious and eager to learn more about the arrival and historical significance of Islam in Sri Lanka.

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