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An introduction to Sri Lanka
Many ancient sites are worth a visit including Anuradhapura,
Dambulla, Panduwasnuwara, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Yapahuwa.
They have the remains of a great civilization, which
grew through the centuries under the control of Buddhism, a
gentle faith still present in the country in its purest form.
Large park, vast man-made lakes, shrines, temples and monasteries
speak eloquently of the glorious past and bear testimony to a
cultured and imaginative people.
Colombo is a enchanting capital city, combining its
older culture with modern influences. A palm-fringed drive of
34 kilometres or 21 miles leads from the Katunayake (Colombo) International Airport to Colombo.
Fort was a military occupation during the Portuguese
from the 16th to the 18th century. Today
it is the commercial capital of the country. Pettah,
2 kilometres or 1 mile from Fort, is the busy shopping area.
The Vihara Maha Devi Park was named after the
mother of one of Sri Lanka’s greatest kings. It is renowned
for its selection of beautiful flowering gardens, a blossoming
spectacle in March, April and early May. The park is open
until 9.00 pm every day.
The Parliament Building is located at Sri Jayawardenepura,
Some other places of interest are the Planetarium,
the National Zoological Gardens and museums and
Rajamaha Viharaya, 10 kilometres or 6 miles from Fort.
at Bambalapitiya, 6 kilometres or 4 miles from Fort.
at Kotahena, 5 kilometres or 3 miles from Fort.
Vihare at Borella, 7 kilometres or 4.5 miles from Fort.
Some other places of interest are:
Bhikkhu Training Centre and Sima Malaka located at 61
Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo, 3 kilometres or 2 miles from Fort.
Viharaya at Metharamaya, Lauries Road, Colombo 4.
Viharaya at Hendala, 0.8 kilometres or 0.5 miles on the Colombo–Negombo
road, en route to the Pegasus Reef Hotel.
Kochikade Kotahena, the Pettah and Bambalapitiya,
Siva Subramania Swami Kovil, Gintupitiya is within a short walk from Sea Street, Colombo 11 (Pettah).
mosque at Union Place, Colombo 2; Afar.
mosque in the Pettah.
Kandy and The Hill Country
Kandy is a picturesque built up town, 115 kilometres or
72 miles from Colombo and was the last stronghold of the Kandyan
Kings. It evaded foreign defeat until 1815 when it
was ceded by treaty to the British. It is now a cultural sanctuary
where age old customs, rituals, arts, crafts and ways of life
are well conserved.
Good sightseeing trips should take in:
The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa)
Royal Botanic Gardens
Elephants’ Bath at Katugastota
Kandyan Arts Association
Kalapura (Craftsmen’s Village) at Nattarampotha
6.5 kilometres or 4 miles from Kandy.
Village famous for its ‘Dumbara Mats’
16 kilometres or 10 miles from Kandy.