Bolgoda Lake and Cobra Island Contributing author: Chathura Jayasinghe Location: Piliyandala, Colombo Date of visit: August 2011 Nai Doova, or Cobra Island in English, is a small island located in the Bolgoda Lake in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. It is one of eight islands located in the lake, along with Ruskin Island, San Michelle Island, and Picnic Island. Mr. Nimal, manager of a local restaurant, told ...

Bolgoda Lake and Cobra Island Contributing author: Chathura Jayasinghe Location: Piliyandala, Colombo Date of visit: August 2011 Nai Doova, or Cobra Island in English, is a small island located in the Bolgoda Lake in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. It is one of eight islands located in the lake, along with Ruskin Island, San Michelle Island, and Picnic Island. Mr. Nimal, manager of a local restaurant, told ...

Nai Doova, or Cobra Island in English, is a small island located in the Bolgoda Lake in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. It is one of eight islands located in the lake, along with Ruskin Island, San Michelle Island, and Picnic Island. Mr. Nimal, manager of a local restaurant, told me the origins of the island’s name; “People who lived around the ...

Bolgoda Lake and Cobra Island Contributing author: Chathura Jayasinghe Location: Piliyandala, Colombo Date of visit: August 2011 Nai Doova, or Cobra Island in English, is a small island located in the Bolgoda Lake in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. It is one of eight islands located in the lake, along with Ruskin Island, San Michelle Island, and Picnic Island. Mr. Nimal, manager of a local restaurant, told ...

Focus on Wildlife at The Colombo Zoo Contributing author: Sivagnanasundaram Bhagiraj Location: Dehiwela, Colombo Date of visit: October 2008 A southern suburb of Colombo, Dehiwela, is home to one of the finest zoos in Asia. Officially known as the National Zoological Gardens, the 25 acre Colombo Zoo or Dehiwela Zoo holds over 3000 animals from 350 species — Welcome to a Biological Paradise filled with entertainment, research and education. Getting There ...

Contributing author: Sivagnanasundaram Bhagiraj Location: Dehiwela, Colombo Date of visit: October 2008 A southern suburb of Colombo, Dehiwela, is home to one of the finest zoos in Asia. Officially known as the National Zoological Gardens, the 25 acre Colombo Zoo or Dehiwela Zoo holds over 3000 animals from 350 species — Welcome to a Biological Paradise filled with entertainment, research and education. Getting There ...

STW 7: Wildlife Safari (Video) Contributed by: Jasper Tey from Ontario, Canada. @jsprty on Twitter Sri Lanka is home to over 20 National parks, most of which are sanctuaries for a wide variety of wildlife such as the Asian Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard and Sambar. Yala National Park in the Uva and Southern Provinces is the country’s largest and most popular, well known wild elephant ...

Contributed by: Jasper Tey from Ontario, Canada. @jsprty on Twitter Sri Lanka is home to over 20 National parks, most of which are sanctuaries for a wide variety of wildlife such as the Asian Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard and Sambar. Yala National Park in the Uva and Southern Provinces is the country’s largest and most popular, well known wild elephant ...

STW 6: Sunrise Over Sri Pada (Adam’s peak) Contributed by: Hiranya Samarasekera from Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. @hiranyas on Twitter This week serendipity comes from Hiranya who sent a wonderful capture during his hike to the top of Sri Pada mountain. “This was one of the most sublime experiences I’ve had. As a first time climber of Sri Pada, Adam’s Peak in English, seeing the sunrise from its summit ...

STW 6: Sunrise Over Sri Pada (Adam’s peak) Contributed by: Hiranya Samarasekera from Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. @hiranyas on Twitter This week serendipity comes from Hiranya who sent a wonderful capture during his hike to the top of Sri Pada mountain. “This was one of the most sublime experiences I’ve had. As a first time climber of Sri Pada, Adam’s Peak in English, seeing the sunrise from its summit ...

Contributed by: Hiranya Samarasekera from Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. @hiranyas on Twitter This week serendipity comes from Hiranya who sent a wonderful capture during his hike to the top of Sri Pada mountain. “This was one of the most sublime experiences I’ve had. As a first time climber of Sri Pada, Adam’s Peak in English, seeing the sunrise from its summit ...

Aluvihara, The Birthplace of Buddhist Literature Location: Matale, Central Province Date of visit: 29th December 2010 Today its a trip to my Mom’s hometown of Matale. While my mom and sister ran some errands I decided to explore another cave temple that I had heard quite a bit about but had never visited, the Aluvihara Temple. Aluvihara ought to be as important as the sacred Buddhist Temple of the ...

Aluvihara, The Birthplace of Buddhist Literature Location: Matale, Central Province Date of visit: 29th December 2010 Today its a trip to my Mom’s hometown of Matale. While my mom and sister ran some errands I decided to explore another cave temple that I had heard quite a bit about but had never visited, the Aluvihara Temple. Aluvihara ought to be as important as the sacred Buddhist Temple of the ...

Location: Matale, Central Province Date of visit: 29th December 2010 Today its a trip to my Mom’s hometown of Matale. While my mom and sister ran some errands I decided to explore another cave temple that I had heard quite a bit about but had never visited, the Aluvihara Temple. Aluvihara ought to be as important as the sacred Buddhist Temple of the ...

Contributed by: Nads Ratnayaka from London, UK This photograph captures an “Ambalama” in the Matale countryside, a main district in the Central Province. An Ambalama is a traditional resting place for the weary traveler to take shelter, rest and sleep awhile in ancient times. I took this during my visit to Sri Lanka last year and gives me a sense ...

STW 4: Matale Ambalama Contributed by: Nads Ratnayaka from London, UK This photograph captures an “Ambalama” in the Matale countryside, a main district in the Central Province. An Ambalama is a traditional resting place for the weary traveler to take shelter, rest and sleep awhile in ancient times. I took this during my visit to Sri Lanka last year and gives me a sense ...

STW 4: Matale Ambalama Contributed by: Nads Ratnayaka from London, UK This photograph captures an “Ambalama” in the Matale countryside, a main district in the Central Province. An Ambalama is a traditional resting place for the weary traveler to take shelter, rest and sleep awhile in ancient times. I took this during my visit to Sri Lanka last year and gives me a sense ...

13 May 1922 — 17 February 2011 A week ago my maternal grandfather passed away after eighty-eight wonderful years. As I return to this blog form my short hiatus, I thought I would dedicate a post to my grandpa, “Sonny” Herath Punchi Bandara Ellepola, and also give our readers an insight into Sri Lankan funeral customs. Funeral customs in Sri ...

In Memory of Grandpa: Funeral Customs 13 May 1922 — 17 February 2011 A week ago my maternal grandfather passed away after eighty-eight wonderful years. As I return to this blog form my short hiatus, I thought I would dedicate a post to my grandpa, “Sonny” Herath Punchi Bandara Ellepola, and also give our readers an insight into Sri Lankan funeral customs. Funeral customs in Sri ...

Contributed by: Jasper Tey from Ontario, Canada. @jsprty on Twitter King coconuts, called “Thambili” in Sinhalese, are a common sight throughout Sri Lanka. In almost every home you’ll find a king coconut palm swaying in the breeze, or another familiar sight are the orange bunches of king coconuts displayed for sale at wayside huts. Considered a “living pharmacy”, it is ...

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