The Joyful Dwellers – The Sri Lankans

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is known for lot of things. A rich history of more than 2500 years in writing shows an amazing tradition and culture in Sri Lanka. There are lot of things similar to the neighboring country of India, but the uniqueness of this small island is known by the world.

From the known past to now, Sri Lanka has been visited by thousands of known and unknown travelers from around the globe. The famous journals and diaries speak of the true Sri Lankan culture and the society of which they experienced.

Sri Lankans are very good at creating the first impression amongst travelers and visitors. Majority of the Sri Lankans speak very gently through use of a beautiful language, Sinhala. Offering food and gifts to those stepping over the threshold of a house has always been practice from generation to generation. 

Good morning is a very common way of greeting in Sri Lanka with the effects of the globalization. However, “Auybowan” is the proper way to greet if you ever meet a Sri Lankan. Putting your palms together in front your chest is the gesture that you might want to perform and “Vannakam” is also considered as the common greeting among the Tamil speaking citizens. Tamil also considered as a national language in Sri Lanka apart from Sinhala and English.

            A true smile is a very commonly seen addition to these islanders’ greeting where the joy and the hospitality always overflow. The enthusiasm to share the local experience with the visitors is a remarkable thing they enjoy. Apart from the scammers that you will find in different areas (even in other countries), you will find it very comfortable among these caring people. 

            Not to forget the modern crowd who celebrates and letting their souls to find the ultimate craziness in them. But the true Sri Lankan essence in the people who lives in this beautiful island is unbelievable. 

Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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Sigiriya, One of the most highlighted destinations in Sri Lanka.

It is a UNESCO heritage site which is a well-preserved rock fortress. The 200-meter massive rock is called the Lion’s Rock. This early Royal Capital was converted to a monastery which was used by the Monks after King Kassapa’s (kaa-shya-pa) death.

The architecture amazes the travelers who visit this place with magnificent well preserved frescos, a Mirror wall which contains the 8th century literature and again the ruins of the late royal residence. Not to forget the three types of gardens – Water gardens, Boulder gardens and Terrace gardens. All the travelers deserve the last gift which is the panoramic 360 degrees view at the top.

From the Katunayake airport it takes 3hrs and 30 min to reach this tourist hot spot.

Make sure you have Sigiriya in your check list.

Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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Our Lady of Lanka: The National Basilica, Tewatta

One thing Sri Lanka is well known for, is the Pilgrimage Tourism. Sri Padha, katharagama, Nalloor and a lot increasingly notorious goals ought not be missed in your visit in Sri Lanka. The National Basilica is one of the national treasures that you shouldn’t miss. Encountering the neighborhood Culture and the Religion inside the western region is so assorted yet where parcel of voyagers investigates inside the entire nation.

The term basilica was initially used to portray a Roman open structure, generally an official courtroom. After the Roman Empire turned out to be authoritatively Christian, the term alluded explicitly to an enormous or significant church given uncommon stately customs by the Pope.

The National Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka or Tewatte Basilica in Ragama lies only 18 kilometers from Colombo. It had its initial beginnings over a 100 years prior when a sanctum to Our Lady of Lourdes was first worked in 1911 and a cavern six years after the fact.

The front view was in the state of an Indian sanctuary and the twin towers, so far as that is concerned any of the Twin Towers of any congregation symbolize the two incredible instruction of Christianity, the affection for God and the adoration for our neighbor. 

The foliage before the Basilica and its game plan are remarkable. The Cardinal was a generally excellent botanist and thought a lot about vegetation. He generally circumvented the nation with his eyes wide open looking for plants. The trees are planted in lines like ‘fingers of an outstretched palm’. This empowers one to see the dais before the basilica during services without hindrance. 

The outdoors zone must be ceaselessly extended in light of the Concourse of pioneers particularly on day off and arrangement must be made for stopping as the years passed by.

The Heritage museum, the magnificent statues, The convent and the famous Kattakumanjal tree can be experienced at this holy destination.

Do not miss out this 1-hour destination while you’re travelling Colombo.

Let’s explore Sri Lanka!!!

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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Yala – The most visited National Park in Sri Lanka

Among all the world famous Safari destinations, Yala National Park has ranked itself as the most popular wildlife destination. Diversity of flora and fauna justifies the true nature of this iconic national treasure. 

Geography

Yala joins an exacting nature hold with a national park. Partitioned into 5 blocks, the recreation center has an ensured zone of about 130,000 hectares of land comprising of light backwoods, scours, prairies, tanks and tidal ponds. Two squares are right now opened to general society. 

History

Arranged in Sri Lanka’s south-east embracing the all-encompassing Indian Ocean, Yala was assigned a natural life haven in 1900 and was assigned a national park in 1938. Unexpectedly, the recreation center was at first utilized as a chasing ground for the world class under British principle.

Wild Life

Yala is home to 44 assortments of well evolved creature and 215 fledgling species. Among its progressively popular occupants are the world’s greatest centralization of panthers, magnificent elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is among February and July when the water levels of the recreation center are very low, carrying creatures beyond any confining influence. 

The Highlight

It’s home to Panthera pardus kotiya, a grand panther endemic to Sri Lanka. In any case, among the great exhibition of untamed life, you’d likewise witness the indications of a lost human progress. 

The Ruins 

The Monastic settlement of Sithulpawwa, a significant pioneer site, is said to have housed 12,000 occupants looking for comfort, around 2000 years prior. The reestablished shake Temple, among a progression of well-safeguarded old sanctuaries offers a look into a sparkling past. What is today an unblemished untamed life kingdom, Yala was home to a flourishing development, going back to the wonder long periods of Sri Lankan Kings. Several tanks, most in run down state today, are declaration to an agri-based human advancement. The huge, flourishing tanks currently give a help to the set of all animals, particularly during dry season. 

The weather

Yala is in a hot, semi-dry condition in spite of its rich greenish look, particularly during the storm season. Temperature ranges from 26C to about 35C. The North-east rainstorm season is when Yala gets a large portion of its precipitation from September to December.

Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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A Drive to Kalpitiya – Part 1

Out of the blue, I got a call from friends who were within that blue – an emotion that caused them to call me because they were lonely? No, they wanted a ride. 

A trip to Kalpitiya.

All expenses paid by my said friends – It’s like i won the Lottery

All instructions provided by said friends.

Itinerary devised by said friends.

At least they allowed me an upgrade of the room. Frankly speaking, I did not ask what was the original status of the room or what type of room is it and what will my upgrade get me. However, fear not, I have my upgrade now.


This trip is to take place on a very special day of my year. So, I am going to treat it as my “In The Blue Friends giving me an Out of The Blue birthday present.”


Itinerary is as follows:


One Night, Two Days.


12th and 13th of October
Room Rate: Free (for me)
Upgrade Rate: Yet to be informed about. (Hope its not the price of another room – but it might be worth it. I could use the extra room to roll around like a rag doll and have fun)
Food: Not sure. Hopefully part of the room package – I’m secretly hoping that its going to be free and lavish.


There are stock photos of the Property available online but i prefer to take my own. One concern is that those photos may be edited and glamourfied (should there be such a word. If not, my apologies and let’s start a petition to add it to a dictionary).

One’s own eye that is used is one of the best weapons in one’s arsenal and I shall look to get my own photos.

There’s another month to go. More time to wait. Part 2 will come pack filled with information that is going to fall right into my lap or on my head, whichever hurts first.

So until Part 2, I am not going to check out the sights and sounds of the place online – which was what was taken through eyes of others – and wait until the said time with the said friends.

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A Walk in the Fort

A wise poet once said… A walk in a park is like two in the naps on a bed. Do not ask who this poet is. I guess he/she was not that famous to begin with and with this quote did not become famous even now.
The Galle Fort. Once a safe haven for soldiers who once defended the Coasts of Sri Lanka, now a tourist destination that many have seen on the face of the National Tourism Website.
There are famous places to visit therein but the sites that are not Tourist Guide focused are also ones that catches the eye and eventually the camera lens.
The sea. There is always a beach and plenty of water but most of the rocks that are scattered around the beaches are boulders broken off the Fort itself. Maybe for past wars? I did not have a Guide present to tell me.
The lighthouse. Tall and elegant. Once used to lure ships away from the sand bars and brick walls that lined the coast.
The Temples. Probably a new addition. Probably not.
Such are the many views that i enjoyed but learnt little about.
Get a trusted Tour Guide – Get Blue Ceylon.
And then your stories and this blog will have more details focused on the real value behind it all.
Most of my blogs will be on the lack of a tourist guide. So be prepared for a lot of false information and a whole lot of pretty pictures of places I have been to.
Hope you will have a better holiday than I did.
Oh yeah! Nearly forgot – Walk to India Hut – Beautiful Biriyani. Walk to the Roti Hut next to it. Lovely Crispy Roti with a really good filling. There were other places. Stomach was full. Settled it with a variety of Gelato also available.
Galle Fort was fun. Planning on going there again. Maybe with a trusted Tour Guide like Blue Ceylon.
Model: Ranaka S.

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