Jaffna

Jaffna, restricted beauty of srilanka since few decades. but not anymore, we started our journey from Hikkaduwa at about 8 am and had few breaks on our way and we reached Anuradhapura at about 5 pm. had a bath at " Nuwara Wewa" (huge tank in anuradhapura) and we visit the sacred Bo Tree and spent the night at Anuradhapura.
On day 2 we started our journey at about 7 am.  203 Km to jaffna from Anuradhapura. on our way we stopped at " Isin Bassa Gala" temple. its really a nice place to understand the Sinhalese concept " Tank - Pagoda - Village and Temple" you can see all in one frame and really nice paddy fields around temple and tank. we spent more than one hour at there and started our journey again. After few Km from "Vaunia" we reached to "Omanthei" (the main checkpoint) at about 11 am. make sure that you have your ID/Passport with you and if you are visiting for Film making or something special you will need some special permissions (because of that channel 4 fake video). After we pass Omanthei checkpoint we had a strange feeling something like that you are entering to a grave yard. many destroyed human signs, but no people, rarely you'll see a farmer or army person beside the road (on 2012 Oct).  Then we passed "Kilinochchi" next city after Vauniya. now its totally civilized and few memorials and signs of war left at there. specially the huge water tank destroyed by LTTE.  then again that grave yard feeling. paddys are cultivated, but no people nearby road. while we pass some villages we saw that group of school girls riding foot cycles, maybe its because of there are still not enough transportation facilities yet.

we stopped at Elephant pass, there are some important monuments and its the only one place that can see the Horizon of both East and West. After few hours drive from Elephantpass we reached jaffna. its about 7pm and little bit rainy. luckily we booked a place before, otherwise there are not enough logging facilities in jaffna (in 2012 Oct) specially in long weekends.

There are lot of places to visit in jaffna, Naga viharaya, Nallur hindu Shrine, Hot water springs, Jaffna fort are few of them, we missed Naga viharaya, because its a boat trip of 2 hours and unfortunately cyclone occurred and boat service has stopped. we went to Kites Island and even if its in a cyclone its really nice beside the way to kites. on a sunny day lagoon and fisher mans at prawn traps will be a haven to photographers.

There are some other special things that you have to experience at jaffna.  Ice Cream ,  Countless products that made by "Thal Tree" , Vegetarian food at Malayan cafe. jaffna is well known for ice cream, tobacco and grapes, but we strongly believe that Vegetarian food and other foods also will be very popular soon. food at jaffna is also cheaper than other cities in srilanka.

Here are some footage that we captured during a cyclone situation. this look of jaffna will not be available soon, because she is developing faster than we expect. only problem we saw there was lonely cities, still no lot of human activities between main cities. and some areas are still not allowed to people due to security reasons. (not cleared for landmines and traps - in 2012 Oct )

Visit Jaffna, feel the culture, Help her to cure.

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Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya

The Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya said to be named to comorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally the park was used as the research field of Haggala Botanical Garden which is located about 04 km away from the city centre. It is known that this park was established by planting an Oak tree by a German Princes who visited Nuwara Eliya at the latter part of the 19th Century.
The park is 27 acres in extent and about 90% of the treeQueen Victoria Park species available are those of foreign plants. Nanu Oya which flows through the park and a number of lakes within it enhances its beauty. A large number of rare bird species can be found in the park. The park is a great tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya. It was estimated that over 100,000 local visitors as well as around 4000 – 5000 foreign tourists visit the Victoria Park every year.


Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see Indian Blue Robin, Pled Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park.

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Gregory's Lake

Gregory Lake is located about one kilometer away from Nuwara Eliya town and built during the year 1874 by the governor Gregory. By stopping the “Thalagala” stream which starts from the “Piduruthalagala” mountain. It is believed that the main intention of building this Lake is to generate Electricity to the town. The water was taken away up to a place called “black pool” using a tunnel and has generated Electricity there.

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Adisham Bungalow

Adisham bungalow is a very big bungalow which was made by British governor at 1931 and it is at 2km from Haputale town of Sri Lanka. Several visitors used to visit this place daily. In present the bungalow is a church.

Adisham bungalow is at near to Haputale town at very closed to Glanor tea estate of Haputale. There are several tea estates and Hindu Kovils also at near Adisham bungalow. Up side of bungalow is a eucalyptus forest and downside of bungalow is railway between Haputale and Idalgashinna railway stations. Garden of Adisham is a fruit estate and flower estate. Jams, Cordials and several foods are produced at Adisham bungalow and available for buy.

 

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Galle town

Perched on the coast close to the island's southernmost point, the venerable port of GALLE (pronounced "Gaul") has grown from ancient origins intoSri Lanka's fourth largest city. At the heart of modern Galle - but strangely detached from it lies the Old Dutch quarter, known as the Fort. Sri Lanka's best-preserved colonial townscape, it's enclosed within huge walls and bastions which now protect the area from modernization as effectively as they once protected Dutch trading interests from marauding adventurers. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1988, the Fort has an understated, quietly decaying charm, its low-rise streets lined with old churches and Dutch colonial villas, many of which retain their original street-facing verandahs, their white plaster now stripped by sea breezes and weathered to a peeling grey. There's not actually much to see (a few bizarre museums excepted): the main pleasure here is just ambling round the atmospheric old streets and around the walls, enjoying the easy pace of life and refreshing absence of traffic you won't find a quieter town anywhere else in the island.

 

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