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Adam’s Peak – Sri Padaya

Sri Pada Mountain is situated in the South West corner of the central mountain region. This corn shaped mountain is 2243 meters high. Devotes from all 4 major religion believe that the sacred foot print belongs to their religion. Buddhists believe that Load Buddha during his third visit to Sri Lanka has placed his foot print on the summit of this sacred mountain, hence this is called “Sripada”. Muslims believe that this is the sacred foot print of Adam and call Adam’s peak. Hindu’s believe that this is the sacred foot print of god Sive where Christians claim it is St. Thomas’s. People from all fore religions climb this mountain with many faiths. Adams peak is also called as “Samanala Kanda” as name is taken from a Buddhist god “Saman”.

The pilgrim season starts from the full moon of Poya day of December and it continues to the Wesak full moon poya day in the month of May. During the other times this region get heavy rain and the road is very wet to climb and it is dangerous to climb this time.

Adams Peak (Sri Pada) , pilgrims climbing the 5200 steps to the summit, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Asia. This is a photo of pilgrims climbing the 5200 steps to the summit of Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Pilgrims often start at about 2am in order to climb the 5200+ steps to the summit of Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in time to watch the sunrise.

Adams Peak (Sri Pada) , pilgrims climbing the 5200 steps to the summit, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, Asia. This is a photo of pilgrims climbing the 5200 steps to the summit of Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Pilgrims often start at about 2am in order to climb the 5200+ steps to the summit of Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in time to watch the sunrise.

 

There are two ways to reach to the top of mountain, one is the easier path which is going through Hatton and Maskeliya passing “Seetha gangula”. You have to travel 4 miles if you take this path. The second one is more difficult path but it is the most beautiful way to Sripada. This path is located from Kuruwita (which is a small town closer to Ratnapura). If you take this route you have to walk 10 mils to reach to the top of the mountain.

night view

The mount samanala is the best place to view the magnificent scenic views of the central highlands. In the morning the foot of the mountain is surrounded by mist giving the feeling that you are floating. On a clear day you can even see Colombo, Beruwala foul point and the lighthouses. In the morning you can view the beautiful sunrise from East of the mountain this is called “Ira Seewaya”. Early morning devotes gather to see the beautiful sunrise from here.

This is treated as one of the spectacular view of all and must see incident even it is so cold in the morning.

(Source: http://goldensrilanka.com/places-of-sri-lanka/adams-peak-sripada/)

Sigiriya rock

Sigiriya – The Lion Rock

Deep in the middle of Sri Lanka, a massive column of rock juts out from the green tropical forest. It reaches 660 feet tall and features frescoes, graffiti, and landscaped gardens. The rock is known as Sigiriya and holds a special place in the island’s cultural history.

It was established as the stronghold of a rogue king over 1,500 years ago, and today the Sigiriya complex stands as one of the earliest preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Ultimately the rock was unable to save its king, but it succeeded in preserving ancient Sinhalese culture.

 

Kashyapa’s Reign

In 476 CE, King Dhatusena ruled over Sri Lanka. One of his illegitimate sons, Kashyapa, wanted the throne – but knew his full-blood brother Moggallana was next in line. Determined to stake his claim, Kashyapa schemed with the commander of the army to overthrow Dhatusena.

Lore says Kashyapa showed little mercy on his father, walling him up while still alive. But the message was clear, and it sent Moggallana fleeing to Southern India to escape a similar fate. With his dad and brother out of the picture, Kashyapa crowned himself king in 477 CE.

One of his first orders of business was to relocate the royal seat to Sigiriya from the traditional capital of Anuradhapura. It was ambitious and probably somewhat rooted in fear; King Kashyapa had killed the king and driven away the rightful heir to the throne.

In the interest of self-preservation, King Kashyapa immediately began work on his stone fortress, Sigiriya.

 

The Gardens

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One of the most breathtaking features of Sigiriya was the gardens, which consisted of three distinct components: The water gardens, the cave and boulder gardens, and the terraced gardens.

 

The Rock Palace

The crown jewel of Sigiriya today is the king’s palace complex at the summit of the rock.

Nearly a miniature city in its own right, it consists of a palace, fortified rock fortress, an organized system of cisterns, and various rock carvings and sculptures.

A massive rock wall protects Sigiriya from the east, although details are forthcoming as additional excavation of the eastern quarter is on-going and not yet complete.

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King Kashyapa was a very small part of history in Sri Lanka, but the permanence of his rock palace is a testament to the brilliance of early Sinhalese engineering and design. While the Dark Ages plunged Europe into a dearth of culture, Sri Lanka was flourishing.

Source: http://sometimes-interesting.com/2014/02/17/sigiriya-the-lion-rock-of-sri-lanka/

Whale watching kalpitiya

Whale watching in Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya is one of Sri Lanka’s top whale watching hotspots, perfect for breathtaking views of the enigmatic creatures. Getting to see the largest animal on earth up close and personal, is a once in a lifetime, awe-inspiring opportunity. Seeing whales in their natural habitat are something only a few of us can dream of, and Kalpitiya affords you this opportunity to view whales just a short distance from the island’s shore. Kalpitiya is popular for its presence of a variety of whales, including Sperm Whales and Blue Whales, and a visit here is imperative as it is a world class attraction of marine life.

What types of whales can I see in Kalpitiya?

Boat trips regularly take off Kalpitiya Peninsula to catch sights of a variety of whales. The most common whales to be found here are Sperm Whales, whilst the Blue Whale, Minke, Melon-Headed and Dwarf Sperm whales can also be spotted surfacing from time to time. Even Orcas have been sighted just outside Kandakuliya waters!

Sperm Whales: The most common whale spotted in Kalpitiya, the Sperm Whale is the largest toothed whale in the world, and the second largest of the whale species in general. They are often seen travelling in large groups, but this is an unusual occurrence for onlookers at Kalpitiya. The average size of mature male Sperm Whales is 16 meters, but some may reach over 20 meters, and its head makes up one-third of its length.

Blue Whales: Look out for Blue Whales – the largest animal in the world, and the heaviest too – on your whale watching expedition in Kalpitiya. Seeing these long, slender marvels, that are known to be up to 30 meters in length, swimming through the water is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that will be remembered for years to come.

Minke whales: Minke whales, are not as large as the Sperm and Blue whales, but are just as exciting to see in Kalpitiya. They range from 7 – 10 meters in length and are black/grey/purple in color. They breathe three to five times at short intervals before deep diving for longer intervals.

Melon-Headed whale: Also known as the many-toothed blackfish and electra dolphin, the melon-headed whale is commonly found in tropical waters. Its body is shaped like a torpedo, with a head rounded similar to a melon, hence its name. This whale can grow up to 3 meters in length and is a fast swimmer.

Dwarf Sperm: This is the smallest of the whale species and can occasionally be seen at Kalpitiya. It can grow up to 2.7 meters in length, and makes slow, deliberate movements. It has a mainly bluish grey body with a large dorsal fin.

 

Source: https://www.dolphinbeach.lk/activities/whale-watching-in-sri-lanka/

 

bird-watching

Bird Watching in Negombo

Founded by the Moors and predominantly a Catholic territory, Negombo is a picturesque small town located to the north of Colombo in Sri Lanka. The town features a lush green natural surrounding and many swampy areas. Owing to this, you will get to see some exotic and rare birds in and around Negombo. Bird Watching in Negombo is one of the popular activities in Negombo.

The ecological balance is well-maintained in Negombo. The unperturbed natural atmosphere and the serene environment add more to the effect. All these factors together combine to create a wonderful and suitable habitat for a whole range of rare species of birds. Bird Watching in Negombo states that there are varieties of innumerable local birds as well as migrated birds from the colder regions.

The wetland areas and the marshlands where you will see the mangroves are the home grounds of a large number of native bird species. Bird Watching in Negombo lets you know that some of the hotels and resorts arrange for exquisite bird watching by boat along the river side. You will notice a considerable number of bright and colorful, rare and unknown birds inhabiting the area. In some cases, an interpreter is provided in order to assist you, and, to know more and better about the natural life of Negombo.

Bird Watching in Negombo tells you that the Muthurajawela Marsh in Negombo is the perfect place for bird watching. It is an exclusive tropical wetland. Some of the interesting bird species include oreal and kingfisher. Other major birds comprise of Purple Heron, Egrets, Moorhen, Purple Coot, Caucal, Grebe and Shikra. Other rare species feature Brahming Kite and Serpent Eagle. You will be surely enthralled by the captivating beauty of some of the birds. Sailing along the river or just relaxing on the boat amidst a cool and calm nature accompanied only by the melodious note of the screeching of the birds, is an experience in itself !

 

Source: http://www.negombo-srilankahotels.com/travel-guides/Negombo_Activities/Bird_Watching_in_Negombo.htm

Water sports in Negombo

Water Sports in Negombo

The inland waters are quite calm and are apt for surfing and other activities. Owing to Negombo’s tropical climate, the waters are warm and are suitable for water sports. This permits you to go surfing without any extra protection like the use of wetsuits, hoods, gloves and boots. Surfing in Negombo states that you can hire gears and boards for surfing. But it is highly recommended that before going surfing, you must seek the local people’s advice about the tides and strong undercurrents.

Surfing in Negombo tells you that Mt. Lavinia located few kilometers from Negombo and the entire Southern Resort area are appropriate for proper surfing. Especially during the months from May to October, these places provide fascinating surfing opportunities. It was at this time, the winds help in bringing the waves for surfing and thus enable an easy and smooth surfing.

The popular types of Surfing in Negombo includes kite surfing and wind surfing. Other famous places in Sri Lanka which are famous for surfing are Hikkaduwa and Arugam Bay. Apart from surfing, few other types of water sports are awaiting you in Negombo. Some of the most famous and interesting ones are diving, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing and deep-sea fishing.

If you are keen on adventure sports and water-related activities, Negombo is the perfect choice. However, excluding Surfing in Negombo and the water sports, you can also enjoy a fabulous bird-watching experience and a relaxing sunbathing on the beach itself. The lush green nature, the long stretch of beach, and the stunning views offered by the blue expanse of the ocean are other chief attractions in Negombo.
Source:http://www.negombo-srilankahotels.com/travel-guides/Negombo_Activities/Surfing_in_Negombo.htm

Wilpattu

Wilpattu national park

Wilpattu is situated in the northwest of the island, close to Puttalam, Kalpitiya and Anuradhapura. It is one of Sri Lanka’s largest and oldest parks and arguably one of the most spectacular. Dense scrub jungle and dry zone forest opens onto villus, small lakes, surrounded by grassy plains. The park also borders the coast where you can see the remains of Queen Kuweni’s palace, which is thought to date from ancient times.

The real advantage of doing safaris here is that it is not commercial like Yala, and therefore there will be times when there are only a handful of other jeeps in the park. You may not even see anyone else on your trip, which really adds to the authenticity of the experience.

The highlights of a Wilpattu safari are seeing leopards and sloth bears. However, there is also a wealth of other wildlife to spot including: Asian elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, Asiatic buffalo and mugger crocodiles.  Endemic birds include the Ceylon junglefowl, brown-capped babbler, Ceylon woodshrike and black-capped bulbul in riverine habitats. Butterflies recorded include the great eggfly, great orange tip, glad-eye bushbrown, blue mormon, common mormon, common rose and crimson rose.

February to August is the best time to visit when the weather is good and the skies are clear. June/July is bear season because pallu and weera trees are in fruit and these are a sloth bear’s favorite snack.

Source reading:  http://www.srilankainstyle.com/locations/wilpattu-national-park/

Yala

Yala National Park

Ruhuna National park or more affectionately known as Yala, has been the most celebrated wildlife park in Sri Lanka for over a century. It is located in a tract of land covering approximately 1260 km2, between Kumbukkan River & Menik River, and shares its borders with Yala strict nature reserve, Kumana, Kataragama, Katagamuwa and Nimalawa sanctuaries.

Yala is an ideal place to spot the “big four” of Sri Lankan wildlife, the elephants, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo, the unsung denizen of the park, if nothing else dangerous to the extreme. The roaming elephant herds can be easily seen during dry spells at the small scale reservoirs like Butuwe (derived from the word “Wana Butewa”) and Mahaseelawa while Uraniya is best known for its aquatic avifauna, wild buffalo, mugger or mash crocodile & salt water crocodiles. The black sloth bear is more difficult to spot as it’s more of a solitary animal of nocturnal habits and sightings tend to be a seasonal occurrence.

The climate is semi-arid and dry with scrub jungle unique to this area along with rocky outcrops like kotigala, Jamburagala & Patalungala (Pattangala) strewn about the park, while several fresh and brackish water lagoons dot the park. The ideal time to explore this vast nature reserve would be during the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.

Source reading:  http://www.yalasafariholidays.com/visiting_yala_national_park.html

unawatuna-beach

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna beach draws both local and foreign visitors who have come to love this paradise isle profoundly, as well as the newbies. Unawatuna brings to life incalculable resorts, hotels, restaurants and small kiosks selling various goodies from seafood to clothing.

Although most Galle town beaches on the one hand lure visitors through its irresistible magnetism of  sun, sea, sand and relaxation, Unawatuna beach is all those and also an ideal place to take a dip in the ocean or indulge in some waters sports with family.

Take the Southern Expressway from Colombo for a quick beach getaway or even a spot of sea turtle watching. For beautiful weather and calmer seas visit in November or April.

The beautiful bay of Unawatuna was formerly renowned worldwide for its beach but erosion has shrunk it, although its popularity for after-beach action remains undiminished.

Source reading:  Unawatuna beach (http://www.timeout.com/sri-lanka/travel/unawatuna-beach )

negombo beach

Negombo Beach

An Ideal beach town for sun and sea lovers and about an hour’s journey from Colombo, Negombo is also a short trip from the airport in Katunayake.

With fabulous sunsets, strolls along the shore, little shops selling garments and souvenirs, live bands playing, restaurants peppering almost the entirety of the seaside strip, water sports at the beach park; fishing, kite surfing, snorkeling, scuba, are a part of the everyday sights, sounds and things to do, when in Negombo.

This beach town is easily accessible from E03 expressway while leaving from Colombo to the airport or after arrival in Sri Lanka. A short stay on your way, if time permits, would be something to experience.

Here is a wonderful hotel to stay whenever you visit Negombo with  your friends, families or even solo.

Source reading:  A beach town for sun and sea lovers (http://www.timeout.com/sri-lanka/travel/negombo-beach )