Welcome to Sri Lanka

Enjoy your stay!

Welcome to Sri Lanka

Enjoy your stay!

Welcome to Sri Lanka

Enjoy your stay!

Welcome to Sri Lanka

Enjoy your stay!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Passing Ginigathena in Hatton Road

This is not part of South American Amazon forest! It is our own Sri Lanka, passing Ginigathena on the Hatton Road. A few decades ago this area was barren with only Mana grass and shrub jungle. Thanks to a re-forestation program which has changed this into a beautiful forest reserve enriching the flora and fauna! I was amazed to see the change during my visit to upcountry in connection with my book on Ceylon Tea (BLACK GOLD MADE IN CEYLON - Published by Amazon Kindle Edition)

Photo Credit: Anver Kamiss‎

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WTC Towers in Colombo

World Trade Center (WTC) Towers in Colombo, it is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka!

Photo Credit: Dananjaya Chathuranga‎

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gampaha Railway Station

Gampaha Railway Station, Sri Lanka

Photo Credit: Kaush KG

Friday, August 22, 2014

Duke's Nose Mountain

This mountain is called the Duke's Nose overlooking the city of Hatton. Got its name as someone had remarked it looked like the nose of Duke of Edinburgh! Also, there is a tragic love-story behind it, when a couple (Cader & Sheela) committed suicide here in the 1950s, also called Cader Hill!

Photo Credit: Anver Kamiss

Castlereagh Dam

This is part of Castlereagh Dam from where we get our electricity, viewed from Warleigh Church where hundreds of Britishers of the Colonial era have found their 'final resting place'. RIP!

Photo Credit: Anver Kamiss

Welcome To Anuradhapura Buddha City

                                    The layout of Anuradhapura as described in the Mahavamsa:
"He laid out four suburbs as well as the Abhaya-tank, the common cemetery, the place of execution, and the chapel of the Queens of the West, the banyan-tree of Vessavana and the Palmyra-palm of the Demon of Maladies, the ground set apart for the Yonas and the house of the Great Sacrifice; all these he laid out near the west gate
"A hermitage was made for many ascetics; eastward of that same cemetery the ruler built a house for the nigantha Jotiya.(...) On the further side of Jotiya's house and on this side of the Gamani tank he likewise built a monastery for wandering mendicant monks, and a dwelling for the ajivakas and a residence for the brahmans, and in this place and that he built a lying-in shelter and a hall for those recovering from sickness."
It is believed that King Pandukabhaya made it his capital in the 4th century BC, and that he also laid out the town and its suburbs according to a well organized plan. He constructed a reservoir named Abhayavapi. He established shrines for yakkhas such as Kalawela and Cittaraja. He housed the Yaksini-Cetiya in the form of a mare within the royal precincts and offerings were made to all these demi-gods every year. He chose the sites for the cemetery and for the place of execution, the Chapel of the Western Queen, the Pacchimarajini, the Vessavana Banyan Tree, the Palm of the Vyadhadeva, the Yona Quarter and the House of the Great Sacrifice. The slaves or Candalas were assigned their duties and a village was set apart for them. They build dwellings for Niganthas, for wandering ascetics and for Ajivakas and Brahmanas. He established, the village boundaries. The tradition that King Pandukabhaya made Anuradhapura the capital city of Sri Lanka as early as the 4th century BC had been very important.
The administrative and sanitary arrangements be made for the city and the shrines he provided indicate that over the years the city developed according to an original master plan. His son Mutasiva, succeeded to the throne. During his reign of sixty years, he maintained Anuradhapura as his capital and further laid out the Mahameghavana Garden which was to play an important role in the early history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It was in the period of his successor, his son Devanampiya Tissa, that Buddhism was first introduced this island 236 years after the passing away of the Buddha. Emperor Ashoka in India was a contemporary of Devanampiya Tissa. “Mahinda” was the son of Emperor Ashoka of India. King Ashoka embraced Buddhism after he was inspired by a very small monk named “Nigrodha.” The King who was in great misery after seeing the loss of life caused by his waging wars to expand his empire, was struck by the peaceful countenance of such a young monk. Meeting this young monk made a turning point in his life and he thereafter, renounced wars. He was determined to spread the message of peace, to neutralize the effects from the damages caused by him through his warfare. As a result both his son and daughter were ordained as Buddha disciples, and became enlightened as Arahats. In his quest to spread the message of peace instead of war, he sent his son Mahinda, to the island of Lanka, which was also known as “SinhalĂ©”. According to Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of Poson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and the people, and preached the doctrine. Historically this period is believed to extend from 250 to 210 BC. This is the point at which a kingship began and a civilization developed based on one of the most significant religions of South Asia, Buddhism.


                   Eight Great Places of Veneration in Anuradhapura - Atamasthana

  • Sri Maha Bodhiya
  • Ruwanwelisaya
  • Thuparamaya
  • Lovamahapaya
  • Abhayagiri Dagaba
  • Jetavanarama
  • Mirisaveti Stupa
  • Lankarama

  Pictures of below eight Great Places of Venaration In anuradhapura.

01 Sri maha Bodhiya

02 Ruwanwalisaya

03 Thuparamaya

04 Lovamahapaya

05 Abayagiri Dageba

06 Jethawanaramaya

07 Mirisawatiya Stupa

08 Lankaramaya 

Devon Water Falls

Devon Water Falls on Talawakelle-Hatton road, near TEA CASTLE! This is one of the most-photographed water falls in Sri Lanka!

Photo Credit: Anver Kamiss‎