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  • Kandy Esala Perahara

    The month of (July) Esala - [according to Buddhist month system], during which period this annual pageant is usually hold, had been considered a month of celebrations and festivity, both among Indians and Sri Lankans.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/culture-a-heritage/festivals/kandy-esala-perahera.html

  • LEOPARD'S PARADISE

    Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhuna National Park for the (best known) block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area.

    http://visitslpc.com/wildlife/national-parks/yala-national-park.html

  • Jaffna Life....

    Jaffna, restricted beauty of srilanka since few decades. but not anymore....

    http://www.visitslpc.com/city-a-regions/jaffna.html

  • Kabbale kanda Hike

    Kanneliya Forest Reserve located in theGalledistrict is the largest of the KDN, or Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, forest complex. Kanneliya supposed to be the most biologically diverse forest in the country which even surpasses theSinharajaRain Forestin terms of bio-diversity.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/out-door/adventure/kabbale-kanda-trail.html

  • Knuckles Camping...

    Knuckles Range is one such popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka that is ideally suited for both amateur and veteran hikers. You can pick anything between a 2 to an 8 km hike, and find yourself spotting a variety of aviaries, animals, flora and fauna.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/out-door/adventure/hiking-in-knuckles.html

  • Wilpattu National park

    Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/wildlife/national-parks/wilpattu-national-park-sri-lanka.html

  • Traditional Wedding...

    Weddings vary according to religion, region, caste, ethnicity and language. The following traditions are of the Sinhalese ethnic group, predominately Buddhists, whose traditions also differ between north and southern regions.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/culture-a-heritage/festivals/traditional-wedding.html

  • Elephant orphanage

    Situated just outside the town of Kegalle, some forty kilometres west of Kandy the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (daily 8.30am-6pm; Rs500, video cameras Free of charge now) is one of Sri Lanka s most popular tourist attractions.

    http://www.visitslpc.com/wildlife/orphanages/pinnawela-elephant-orphanage.html

  • Amazing Arts - Sigiriya

    The paint has been applied in sweeping strokes, using more pressure on one side, giving the effect of a deeper colour tone towards the edge. Other paintings of the Anuradhapura period contain similar approaches to painting, but do not have the sketchy lines of the Sigiriya style, having a distinct artists' boundary line.These ladies in the pictures below are known as the daughters of king Kashyapa.He painted them in gold and black color so,they can be remembered.The King was very fond of his daughters.that's why he painted their portaits on the Sigiriya cave walls.

    http://visitslpc.com/culture-a-heritage/arts/sigiriya-drawings.html

  • Beach - Trincomalee

    This coast of long white beaches, great surf and mangrove lagoons has been largely off the tourist routes during civil unrest. Now is the time to visit – no crowds and a particularly warm welcome by local people wanting to re-establish tourism. May to September is the time to go for the weather, activities and general up keep of the beach cleanliness. Trincomalee and the Cultural Triangle can easily be combined to offer a wide range of holiday interests.

    http://visitslpc.com/nature/beaches/trinco-beach.html

Sri Lanka Air Force Helicopters

MI - 17

The Workhorse of the rotary wing aircraft, the MI 17 is a verstile aircraft , which is used to airlift combat troops as well as to fly VIP passengers. The aircraft was inducted to the SLAF in 1993 and has proven to be a very reliable Helicopter.

BELL - 412

A four-rotor version of the Bell-212. The Bell 412 is used exclusively for passenger transportation. These air crafts were initially inducted to the Sri Lanka Air Force in 1985.

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Surfing at Arugam Bay Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay is a bay situated on the Indian Ocean in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast coast. The bay is located 320 kilometres (200 mi) due east of Colombo, and approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the market town of Pottuvil. The main settlement in the area, known locally as Ullae, is predominantly Muslim, however there is a significant Tamil and Sinhala population to the south of the village, as well as a number of international migrants, largely from Europe and Australia. While traditionally fishing has dominated the local economy, tourism has grown rapidly in the area in recent years. Tourism in Arugam Bay is dominated by surf tourism, thanks to several quality breaks in the area, however tourists are also attracted by the local beaches, lagoons, historic temples and the nearby Kumana National Park.

Surfing

The Arugam Bay area is home to a number of quality surf breaks, the most popular of which being 'Main Point' located towards the south of the bay. This is a right hand point break, with a rock/reef bottom, and has a number of sections with occasional barrels. Other breaks in the area include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south. These breaks have attracted a steady stream of international tourists for several decades. Arugam Bay has a good local surf scene and is home to some of Sri Lanka's most talented surfers and in recent years surfers from Arugam Bay have dominated national competitions. In mid-2010 the Association of Surfing Professionals hosted its first international surf contest in the Bay. The winner of such was Australian Julian Wilson . ASP repeated their contest tour in 2011 added a women's competition to the men's long board championship at Arugam Bay.

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Magul Maha Viharaya Lahugala , Ampara

Magul Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Lahugala, Ampara District of Sri Lanka. The temple lies on the northern edge of the Lahugala National Park, about 22 km off from Siyambalanduwa town and about 11 km off Pottuvil town. Lahugala has been part of the Kingdom of Ruhuna in ancient Sri Lanka. The ruins of Magul Maha Vihara are one of the major tourist attractions of the Eastern province. This temple is also an archaeologically protected monument of the country.

History and legends

The history of Magul Maha Vihara possibly dates back to the period of King Kavantissa (205-161 BC) who ruled the Kingdom of Ruhuna in ancient Sri Lanka. There are evidence that suggests that the king has built this temple in the 2nd Century BC on the exact location where he married the princesses Viharamahadevi, the daughter of king Kelani Tissa. Other sources claim that King Dhatusena (463-479 AD) built this temple while many other monarchs renovated it through the centuries later. There is a stone inscription at the site of this temple that dates back to the 14th century which supports the latter view.

According to legend Viharamaha Devi, the daughter of King Kelanitissa volunteered to sacrifice herself to the sea to appease the gods who were enraged at the King for punishing an innocent monk. The princess was safely carried over the ocean waves, reaching ashore at a place near the Muhudu Maha Viharaya in Pottuvil, where the encounter between king Kavantissa and the princess took place which later led to their marriage. The legend also tells that the marriage ceremony was conducted at the premises of Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala, where the King had later built the temple to celebrate the auspicious event. The foundations of the Magul Maduwa where the wedding ceremony took place can still be seen at the temple premises. Magul is a word in native Sinhala language which gives the meaning wedding or auspicious.

Magul Maha Vihara had been renovated by several monarchs after its establishment. A 14th century stone inscription, located within the temple premises, reveals about a queen who also had the name Viharamaha Devi, wife of King Buvenekabahu IV of Gampola and Parakramabahu V of Gampola, who renovated and donated many acres of land to this temple. Magul Maha Viharaya is inscribed in this stone inscription as Ruhunu Maha Viharaya. Some other sources reveals that king Dappula I (661-664 AD), constructed this temple after listening to the preachings of Buddhist monks. It is speculated that around 12,000 monks inhabited the complex at some stage in history, which is evident to the largeness of the ancient temple.

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