Category Archives: Sri Lanka

A Train Ride Across the Highlands of Sri Lanka

Previous Post: Sri Lanka’s Horton Plains & the Hike To World’s End Sri Lanka’s ultimate train trip runs 290 kilometers from the capital all the way east to Badulla.  In his excellent blog The man in Seat 61,  train aficionado Mark Smith says that … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s Horton Plains & The View From World’s End

Previous Post: Hiking Sri Lanka’s Knuckles – To Meemure and Corbett Gap We were out of our hotel in Nuwara Eliya and on the road by 7:00 a.m. the next morning.  Our destination for the day: the hill station of … Continue reading

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Hiking Sri Lanka’s Knuckles – To Meemure and Corbett’s Gap

Previous Post: The Manigala Hike In Sri Lanka’s Dumbara Hills (The Knuckles Range)  The next morning our campsite on the banks of the Thelgamu Oya near Illukumbura provided those keen on photography with some beautiful river views.  My roommate and I … Continue reading

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The Manigala Hike In Sri Lanka’s Knuckles Range (Dumbara Hills)

Previous Post: Sri Lanka’s Dambulla Cave Temple – A Treasure Trove of Buddhist Art To the south of Dambulla – and to the north-east of Kandy – is one of Sri Lanka’s least-visited areas, the highlands area called the Dumbara Hills … Continue reading

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The Aukana Buddha: Sri Lanka’s Colossal Standing Rock Statue

Previous Post: A Visit To The Ruins Of Polonnaruwa – Part Two The previous day I had visited the ruins of Polonnaruwa, the capital of a short-lived Sinhalese kingdom which flourished for less than two hundred years until an invading army from India … Continue reading

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A Visit To The Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Ancient Polonnaruwa – Part Two

Previous Post: A Visit To The Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Ancient Polonnaruwa – Part 1 Shiva Devale No. 2 I had spent the first two hours visiting The Citadel area and the Quadrangle. It was a bit past 11 and, given … Continue reading

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A Visit To The Ruins Of Sri Lanka’s Ancient Polonnaruwa – Part 1

Previous Post: Sri Lanka’s Dambulla Cave Temple – A Buddhist Treasure Trove Along with Anuradhapura and Kandy, Polonnaruwa is one of the key points in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, an area which contains much of the impressive ruins of pre-modern … Continue reading

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Colombo’s National Museum – Some of What You’ll See

Previous Post: The Buddhist Baroque of Colombo’s Gangaramaya Vihara Sri Lanka’s National Museum is located at the south end of Viharamahadevi Park not far from Galle Road and the Fort and Pettah districts.  As the repository of many of the moveable … Continue reading

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Seema Malaka: Colombo’s Serene Buddhist Island Vihara

It began with a pleasant early morning walk from my guesthouse (The Wayfarers’ Inn) on Rosemead Place in Colombo’s Cinnamon Garden District.  I walked on the path which traces the northern edge of a beautiful green space called Viharamahadevi Park. The previous afternoon I … Continue reading

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Buddhist Baroque: Colombo’s Gangaramaya Temple

Previous Post: Seema Malaka: Colombo’s serene Buddhist Island Vihara To say I was overwhelmed does not even come close to capturing the initial breathless moment of stepping inside the main temple at the Gangaramaya Vihara complex.  I had just walked over after … Continue reading

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