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Monday, September 3, 2012

Beautiful places in Sri lanka.


 
One of the best place to visit in Asia for tourism is Sri Lanka.Paradise is still the most commonly used word to describe Sri Lanka . The famous explorer Marco Polo of the 12th Century wrote that Sri Lanka is the finest island in the whole world. I will be happy to recommend Jetwing to anyone wishing to tour Sri Lanka. This map of Sri Lanka, covers most of the tourist attractions you would find interesting to visit.

   










                                                            Ruvanweli Seya
 
This stupa in anuradapura is unique in its own way.It is located to the east of the Basawakkulama Tank and surrounded by a sand courtyard .The work was started by King Dutugemunu in 161 BC.This stupa is in the water bubble’shape.The Buddha’s relics also enshrined in this stupa.The stupa rises to about 150ft. At its base is a wall studded with 338 elephant heads with the bodies concealed inside the wall.Closer to the entrance in the east is a large statue of the mighty King Dutugemunu who built this stupa


 

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 Sigiriya

Sri Lanka’s oldest treasures, the 1500 years old Sigiriya Rock Fortress was the brain child of King Kassapa.He converted this 182 metre rock in to a fortress.The fortress was built in the shape of a huge lion.But only the ruins of its remain today.There are water gardens,terraced gardens,the 3 metres mirror wall and the 5th century paintings of the Sigiriya frescos. There were originally 500 of these bare – breasted women but time and weather have left just eighteen of them. Some say that they were King Kassyapa’s wives, that they were goddesses from the mists of mythology, or that they were ladies of the court.














                                                       Yala National Park
Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometers and is located about 300 kilometers from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds. There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilizations. Two important pilgrim sites, Sithulpahuwwa and Magul Vihara, are situated within the park.








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