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Ella

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Ella is located high in the mountains and a small beautiful village in central highlands of Sri Lanka. The view is stunning and the perfect base for relaxing. It has almost perfect climate and rich bio diversity dense as well. Ella offers fantastic walks through tea plantations, to waterfalls, temples and other wonderful areas. There are many hotels and guesthouses around the Elle destination. It is approximately 232km from Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo.

Things to do

  • Visit the Little Adam’s Peak
  • Visit beautiful water falls including Ravana Falls
  • Catch the breathtaking sight of the Ella Gap
  • Visit the tea factories
  • Experience a tea tasting experience
  • Travel through the Demodara Nine Arch Bridge by train
  • Take a trekking and climbing experience in the mountains

Kataragama

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Kataragama is a multi-religious sacred city as it contains an Islamic mosque within its temple complex as well. Kataragama is one of Sri Lanka’s holy places where Hindu, Buddhist and Muslims visit on religious pilgrimage. It is a large Complex with the ‘Mahadewala’ – Main Hindu shrine being the most important place. This shrine of God Skanda, the Hindu war God who is worshipped as the Kataragama Deviyo is venerated by pilgrims of all three religions.

It is believed that King Dutugemunu the warrior king and Sinhala folk hero built a shrine here for worship of the Kataragama God in the 2nd century BC. There is also a first century BC Buddhist Dagoba – ‘Kiri vehera’ at this site. According to the legend, Lord Buddha, on his third and the last visit to Sri Lanka, was believed to have met the King Mahasena who ruled over the Kataragama area in 580 BC.

Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka and South Indian refer to the place as Kathirkamam and it has a famous Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Kathirkaman. The presiding Deity is Lord Murugan or Skanda. Out of love for Lord Murugan and to lessen bad fate, bhakters pierce their cheeks and tongues with vels, pull large chariots carrying Murthi of Murugan with large hooks that have been pierced through the skin of their backs. This practice is known as Kavadi. The annual Hindu Kataragama festival is held in July and August.

The local river namely Manik Ganga (River of Gems) is a sacred place where the pilgrims take a bath to purify oneself. Local residents declare that one can be healed of ailments by bathing in it not only from its high gem content but also the medicinal properties of the roots of various trees that line the river through the jungle.

In spite of the differences of caste and creed, many Sri Lankans show great reverence to God Kataragama. They honour him as a very powerful deity and beg divine help to overcome their personal problems or for success in business enterprise.

Things to do in Kataragama

  • Visit the Kataragama Temple
  • Visit the Kirivehera
  • Visit the Maha Devale
  • Take part of view the Kataragama Festival

Bandarawela

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Bandarawela is a picturesque mountain resort located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Due to a higher altitude, it has a cooler climate throughout the year. Linked to a royal and colonial past blended with a lush forestation has made this town a base for eco-tourism. The history of this area commences from the time of the great Sinhalese King Valagamba who fell back and regrouped in the Dhowa region to fight against Chola invaders of India. During British colonial era, the city rapidly developed due to the vast tea plantations and modern infrastructure. Many features belonging to this colonial period can still be seen as most of the buildings were built under British architectural influences. The pleasant climate and rich historical background has made this town a major tourist attraction.

Things to do in Bandarawela

  • Take a scenic train journey
  • Visit a tea factory
  • Visit a tea plantation

Badulla

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Badulla marks the southeast extremity of the picturesque Hill Country and is a gateway to the arid east coast. It is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest towns continuously covered in a pleasant humid mist and entwined by the Badulla Oya River, and has a local reputation as a base for black marketers. The Portuguese occupied it briefly developing it under European influence, and then torched it upon leaving. For the British it was an important and active social centre mainly for planters, although the teeming roads have changed the atmosphere quite drastically today. The economy of the district is mainly based on agricultural farming of tea, vegetables and paddy along with livestock. The major attractions of this unique town are the ample, beautiful waterfalls which cascade silkily down the green hills shrouded in romantic mist. Visits to Welimada, which specializes in potato farming, can also be organised for those interested in the agricultural practices of the country. Trekking and camping are enjoyable activities to partake in as the pristine environment offers the experience of utmost adventure on travel to Sri Lanka.

Things to do in Badulla

  • Visit the city of Welimada to agricultural practices
  • Trek through the scenic country side
  • Take a trek to see Dunhinda Falls
  • Visit Bogoda Bridge
  • Visit Dhowa Rock Temple
  • Visit Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
  • Visit St Mark’s Church

 

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