Buddhism in Sri Lanka is inextricably linked to Mihintale, the place of an extraordinary meeting during a June full moon, where the mystery of the mango tree, properly solved, changed the history of Sri Lanka forever. Overcoming another one of the 1840 stairs leading to the top of the Mihintale hill, a picturesque vista of greenery, my imagination goes into overdrive and re-enacts the course of one of the most important
Yapahuwa was the ancient capital for a very short time in fact only 12 years.This was an extremely turbulent time for the Sinhalese kingdom was falling because of a mixture intrigue, a betrayal and invasions from the south of India. Recognizing the defensive potential of Yapahuva, the King Buvenekabahu I decided to build the capital there. He built a fortress with a double line of defensive walls separated by a moat.
Our travel plan to Sri Lanka was for a group of six friends. We planned sightseeing and relaxation. Sightseeing in the north and rest in the south of the island. It was our second trip, so I prepared our travel plan to Sri Lanka without places that we knew. First time we visited Anuradaphura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Haputale, Lipton’s Seat, Udawalawe National Park and Kandy. This time we were curious about the
Nuwara Eliya is known among tourists as Little England of Sri anka. The discovery of Nuwara Eliya was associated with a unique climate, unlike the rest of Sri Lanka. On my table steaming a cup of black Ceylon tea, in the background is piano music, several people immersed in comfortable chairs relaxing in the atmosphere of this place. The elegant colonial interior of the Grand Hotel brings me back to the
Sigiriya – The Lion’s Rock, rock fortress has a history marred by intrigue, betrayal and bloody and violent death. It is the refined artistic vision of but one man. Abandoned and forgotten for a millennia, it is now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. How did this extraordinary structure come into being? Let us go back to the 5th century AD. Seated on the throne of Anuradaphura’s capital is King
There are some places you should see in Trincomalee. Trincomalee is a city in north-eastern Sri Lanka and one of the world’s best natural harbours. Its strategic location was often used both in colonial times and during the World War II. Currently it is visited by an increasing number of tourists, due to its attractions: beautiful surrounding beaches, whale watching, diving, snorkelling and important historical sites. For me Trinko (as it is
Most of the tourists would like to return from Sri Lanka with this characteristic shot. In many guides it is mentioned as one of the main attractions of this country, and also we all know a picture with stilt fishermen, taken in 1995, by the famous photographer Steve McCurry. Along the 30-kilometer stretch of Sri Lanka’s south coast, between the towns of Unawatuna and Weligama, stilt fishermen are the most common sight. How