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Climbing the Sigiriya – A Prehistoric Volcanic Plug Where Lion Rocks

Sigiriya 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 giant rock’, …

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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. It was known by the names 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 …

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Staying Among Monkeys – This Research Station Researches Monkeys and Hosts Wildlife Lovers

Monkey Camp, as it is casually called by locals and guests, this place is a monkey research station at Polonnaruwa, once the capital of the Sri Lankan royals. The formal name of this facility is the Smithsonian Primate Research Station. The facility mainly functions as a headquarters for monkey research in Sri Lanka. They are …

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These Cave Systems at Dumbulla Hosted Monks and has Temples Patronized by the Kandyan Kings

After two days at Anuradhapura, I booked ‘The Monkey Camp’ at Polonnaruwa. At Anuradhapura, I saw an ancient city, made friends and ate delicious food. The Dambulla cave temple is on the way to Polonnaruwa. I got off the bus at the Bentota Bake House. The receptionist was kind enough to keep my backpack at …

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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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Staying with a Tamil Family in Jaffna that Were Taken Hostage and Rode Out the Civil War

Jaffna – 1995 It was late in the evening when shots rang out in the air. When shots ring out in the evening sky in jaffna, it is an indication of a raging battle between the rebels and the Sri Lankan security forces. By that time in the evening, fighting between the security forces and …

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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 the …

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Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo’s Most Sacred Abode of the Buddha

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 temple, …

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