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Climbing Sigiriya – A Prehistoric Volcanic Plug Where Lion Rocks

Sigiriya (Lion Rock) sits on an extinct volcano. The magma that spewed from inside the volcano built up on the rim of the volcano over the years. After it cooled, it plugged the volcano. Life around the rock began to exist and so did tourism millions of years later. History of Sigiriya ‘Hey look a …

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10 Things to do in Polonnaruwa, former capital of Ancient Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa has many names. It was one of the capitals of ancient Sri Lanka. Other names for it were Jananathamangalam and Thambapanni. Currently the city is hanging on to Polonnaruwa, which is easier to pronounce than Jananathamangalam. The Tamils from South India called it Polannaruvai and other different names. Getting to Polonnaruwa’s ancient city Polonnaruwa …

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What to See and Do in Anuradhapura, an Inhabited and a Sacred Ancient City

Anuradhapura consists of a modern city and the ruins of the ancient city, one of the oldest site in Sri Lanka. We can compare the restoration and maintenance level at this UNESCO World Heritage Site with that of the ancient city of Hampi. After a two day visit to Jaffna I traveled to Anuradhapura to …

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12 Things to do in Jaffna, an Intriguing and Warm Town with Culture and a new Hope

Jaffna is a nice little town, cut off from the rest of Sri Lanka for almost all of its independent history, today Jaffna is the capital of Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Being a former war zone, there was a time when it was common for people to hear bombs and bullets. Gun battles was …

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23 Easiest Things You Will Love to do in Colombo With Friends or Solo

I took a flight from Chennai and landed at the Colombo airport. Well, Colombo was as hot as Chennai. It is the largest city in Sri Lanka that has lot of places to go. Here are few things to do to if you have few days there. 1. Go on a Colombo City Tour City …

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These Reasons will Inspire You to Stay at Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Dehiwala -Mount Lavinia, known as Dehiwala-Mount by the locals, it is the second largest locality in Colombo. It is a 45 minute to an hour’s bus ride from the Fort Railway Station, Colombo’s main railway station. After my research, I thought about staying near the Galle Face promenade because most of the attractions are at …

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Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo’s Most Sacred Abode of Buddhism

Gangaramaya temple is the quiet place beside the Beira lake, which is the center of Colombo. People go there to have a quiet time. Walk for about 300 meters from the Seema Malaka temple on the Beira Lake, and you will arrive at the fresh smell of rituals of the Gangaramaya temple. More than a …

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All Roads Lead to Colombo, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

The aircraft touched down on the tarmac and taxied down to the terminal. I exited the aircraft to the hot Colombo air. An immigration form and few lines of questioning by the immigration staff later, I was out taking in the warm Sri Lankan air outside the Bandaranaike airport. I immediately started sweating because of …

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This Little Chinese Town by the Mazgaon Docks in Mumbai has a Dwindling Chinese Population and a Beautiful Red Temple

Mumbai has a cosmopolitan culture and has varied traditions. It is more of a surprise that there was once a thriving population of the Chinese people living in Chinatown. When I first learned of this place, I looked for pictures on the internet. There it was, a red door of a three-storey building. This building …

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This Buddhist Temple set up by a Japanese Order Called for Peace During the 93 Mumbai Riots

We all know that Mumbai has Portuguese and British influence with the Marathi culture at its heart. People from coastal Karnataka have set up Udupi restaurants in Mumbai, and people came here to try their luck in Bollywood and business. There is also Japanese influence in Mumbai very few people know about. The population of …

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