Insights into Paradise

  • Gal Oya National Park

    Gal Oya National Park

    The Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka was established in 1954 and serves as the main catchment area for the Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. The Senanayake Samudraya was built under the Gal Oya development project by damming the Gal Oya at Inginiyagala in 1950. An... Read More »

  • Dambulla – The History of the City

    Dambulla – The History of the City

    Dambulla is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it has become the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. Major attractions of the area include the... Read More »

  • Wilpattu National Park

    Wilpattu National Park

    Wilpattu National Park or better known as the Land of Lakes is a park is located 30 km west of Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes and tanks... Read More »

  • HIKKADUWA NATIONAL PARK

    HIKKADUWA NATIONAL PARK

    Hikkaduwa National Park is one of two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The reserve contains a fringing coral reef of high degree biodiversity. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary on May 18th 1979, and then on August 14th 1988, it was upgraded to a nature reserve with extended land area.... Read More »

  • Ancient History of Sri Lanka – Landing of Vijaya

    Ancient History of Sri Lanka – Landing of Vijaya

    The Pali chronicles, the Dipavansa, Mahavansa, Thupavansa and the Chulavansa, a large collection of stone inscriptions, the Indian Epigraphical records, the Burmese versions of the chronicles etc., provide an exceptional record for the history of Sri Lankan from about the 6th century BC. The... Read More »

  • The Culture of Kandy – Knuckles Mountain Range

    The Culture of Kandy – Knuckles Mountain Range

    The Knuckles Mountain Range found towards the North East of the City of Kandy which derives its name from its shape of a clenched fist, offers numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, waterfalls, lush tea plantations, paddy fields and traditional small... Read More »

  • Medieval History of Sri Lanka – The Kingdom of Yapahuwa

    Medieval History of Sri Lanka – The Kingdom of Yapahuwa

    Yapahuwa was one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka. The citadel of Yapahuwa lying midway between Kurunagala and Anuradhapura was built around a massive granite rock rising abruptly almost a hundred meters above the surrounding lowlands.   In 1272, King Bhuvanaikabahu... Read More »

  • Ceylon’s Gem Mines

    Ceylon’s Gem Mines

    One of the world’s most beautiful and exotic islands, Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) lies just below the southern tip of India. This pear-shaped bit of tropical paradise, about the size of Sicily, is a tourist’s delight offering British teahouses, rubber plantations, and gem mines. Marco Polo... Read More »

  • Yoda Ela: An Ancient Engineering Marvel

    Yoda Ela: An Ancient Engineering Marvel

    Ancient Sri Lankans are celebrated for their indigenous knowledge in irrigation. Irrigation systems of ancient Sri Lanka consist of a large number of village tanks, gigantic reservoirs and an intrinsic network of water cannals connecting these tanks while supplying water to farming land. Despite... Read More »

  • Sigiriya – A Heavenly palace on Earth

    Sigiriya – A Heavenly palace on Earth

    Believed to have been built in reminiscence of Alakamandawa, the legendary palace of Kuvera, the treasurer of the gods and a mythical king of Lanka, Sigiriya is a palace and a pleasure garden built atop a 200 meter rock in the Fifth century AC by King Kashyapa. Having seized power after killing... Read More »

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