Historical Places

Arankele Forest Monastery

Arankele Forest Monastery


අරන්කැලේ අරණ්‍ය

அரன்கெலே புரான பிக்குகளின் ஆச்சிரமம்

Kurunegala » Melsiripura

In the ancient Sri Lanka, recluse monks who had been attracted by an isolated place to abode was called Arankele forest monastery. The monastery is positioned in the Kurunegala district and Ganewatta Divisional Secretariat Division.There is a belief that the word “Arankele” derived from two separate words, “arama” (monastry) and “kele” (forest). The proofs confirmed that the forest monastery belong to 8th century and one of the important hermitages of Sri Lanka. When the Department of Archeology explored the place, they revealed that the monastery was built in Pandangara style with a long meditation pathway. Arankele forest monastery consist of largest hot water bathing pond in Sri Lanka, alms giving halls, rooms for monks, stone caves, benches and stages for meditation and the surrounding is home for medicinal & herbal plants. The herbal breeze and the cool water body around the monastery are the gifts for those who wished to visit. Those who wished to visit one of the top archeological site of Sri Lanka and those who wished to follow meditation can choose the path to Arankele forest monastery….!

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Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Center

Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Center


නිළඹේ භාවනා මධ්‍යස්ථානය

பௌத்த தியான நிலையம் - நிலம்பே

Kandy » Kandy

Meditation is experiencing a situation of peace by practicing the mind to be calm and silent. The Nilambe Buddhist Meditation center is some kilometers South of Kandy city. Although buses are available to access the center a steep walk along tea plantations is necessary to reach the center.Meditation center helps by offering meditation classes for some period of time and they will conduct in English and Sinhala languages. Anyone who is interested in the meditation can attend the course and the center offers accommodation also. For the time table, dress codes, accommodations rules and for any other inquiries refer the website www.nilambe.net.As the meditation center is located in the natural environment and isolated from the normal busy city it offers a peaceful mind set even when anyone enters.

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Delft (Neduntheevu) Harbour -Jaffna

Delft (Neduntheevu) Harbour -Jaffna


ඩෙල්ෆ්ට් වරාය - යාපනය

நெடுந்தீவு துறைமுகம் - யாழ்ப்பாணம்

Jaffna » Delft

Delft or Neduntheevu is the largest Island of Sri Lanka. It is located in the Palk straight and belongs to Jaffna District. The name Delft was given by the Dutch colony in a remembrance of their city Delft. But it also called as Neduntheevu by the natives.The area was rich in coral as it is surrounded by shallow water of Indian Ocean. The island, Delft can be accessed by boat or ferry services. After the road transportation from Jaffna to Kurikadduvan jetty, only the sea transportation is available. The Harbour of Delft Island is small when compare to Kurrikadduvan harbour and can anchor only 2 to 3 ferries/boats. The Pungudutheevu harbour is the one and only access for the villagers to transport themselves and goods from and to the main land Jaffna. The boat services are operated by Sri Lankan naval force. The boats of RDA and private owners conduct their services according to a timetable provided by the Navy. Also the busses use a time schedule which coincides with the boat services for the inner road access. Delft harbour plays a good role for the tourists and villagers to admire the beautiful small island. 

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Bottom less well Pokkanai – Urelu-Jaffna

Bottom less well Pokkanai – Urelu-Jaffna


පතුලක් නැති ලිඳ - උරේලු -යාපනය

பொக்கணை-ஊரெழு - யாழ்ப்பாணம்

Jaffna » Urelu

Urelu is a small village of Jaffna, Northern Province. The venue is nearly 10km apart from Jaffna town in the North east direction.The pokkanai water spring is one of the gift and wonder of Urelu village. The speciality of pokkanai is it never dries up in any circumstances. The spring also called as yama by the villagers. There are many interpreting stories related to Pokkanai. According to Scientists the place was affected by thunder long time before and it’s the reason for why the spring never dries up. But the villagers recites that the spring was formed when the hero Rama of Kambaramayana story shot his bow on earth as to find any spring to quit his thirsty. It connects to the sea through underground naturally and passes the excess water to the sea in rainy days. Presently government took renovation works regarding the Pokkanai water spring which is really appreciable. 

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Hindagala Raja Maha Viharaya – Kandy

Hindagala Raja Maha Viharaya – Kandy


හිඳගල විහාරය - මහනුවර

ஹிந்தகல ராஜா மஹா விகாரை -கண்டி

Kurunegala » Hindagolla

The Hindagala Raja Maha Viharaya is located in the vicinity of Peradeniya University. Nearly 10km from Kandy railway station and situated on the Peradeniya – Detota road. The vihara is also easy to access by bus from Galaha junction.There are 2 entrances available to enter the Viharaya as one is stone steps and the other is along steep path of hill side. The Viharaya was built on a rock using the construction techniques prevailed at that time. The viharaya is famous for its legendary wall paintings. With the evidence of stone inscriptions archaeologists stated that the vihara and paintings dating back to the 5-6th centuries. (Present vihara is the renovation during Kandyan Kingdom). Other names such as Indasala, Vidigala, Hindigala were used to call the Viharaya long before. At an instance the sacred tooth relic also placed here for its protection. But some years ago, unfortunately the cave was faced to a fire accident and some of the paintings were lost. Many used to visit the viharaya specially the pilgrims to follow their rituals. Other than that many students and tourists also visit here. 

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Avukana Buddha Statue - Anuradhapura

Avukana Buddha Statue - Anuradhapura


අවුකන බුදු පිළිමය - අනුරාධපුරය

அவுக்கண புத்தர் சிலை - அனுராதபுரம்

Anuradhapura » Kekirawa

Avukana Buddha statue is located in a village named Avukana. The village Avukana (Aukana) is located near Kekirawa a town in the North Central Province of the Island. The statue is exactly positioned to face the Kala wewa reservoir.The statue is carved on a huge granite stone but the statue is still attached to the principle rock using a thinner part of the rock and the statue is nearly 42feet in height. This is the statue which is the tallest standing ancient period Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. The pedestal which is carved in a shape of lotus flower, carved separately and placed under the statue. There are many legendary notes regarding the construction of Avukana statue. Some says as it was built by King Dhatusena and some says as it was built for a competition between two. Many believe that the Buddha statue at Sasseruwa which is similar in the appearance of Avukana statue is the next one of the competition. Many pilgrims visit to the statue from far away as it became a main tourist attraction of the Island. For their convenience busses are available on cheap rates to access the statue location.

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Lover’s Leap – Trincomalee

Lover’s Leap – Trincomalee


Lovers Leap -ත්‍රිකුණාමලය

Lovers Leap - திருகோணமலை

Trincomalee » Trincomale

Trincomalee, a coastal town in the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka and which is abundantly filled with many natural breathtaking views. The Lover’s leap which is a cleft on a rock also located there. For more clarification it is located few meters apart from the famous Hindu temple, Koneswaram temple.Lover’s leap can be spotted by the travellers on their right hand side, before enter the temple. The epic story Ramayana mentioned this cleft and many still believe that it is made by king Ravana. According to Ramayana, mother of king Ravana had practice of worshiping God Shiva. When she was poorly ill, he lifted the shrine rock and at that time Lord Shiva made him to drop his sword. This result in forming a cleft on the rock and which made to call as Ravana’s cleft. There is another belief that a girl named Francina van Reed who missed his loved one drop out herself into the sea from this rock. Some says that an inscription on a pillar was mentioned her story as, she was the daughter of a gentle man of a Holland civil service officer and she was engaged to a Dutch officer. The officer broke the relationship and went back to his country using a ship. At that time when the ship started to move she dropped herself from the same rock. But many argue with written evidence that she didn’t jump off and there was no pillar to have any inscription related to her story (They mention that there was a pillar erected as a lamppost for the fishermen). Now there is security fence to a height and protects the local love failure couples! As the spot is within the temple premises the visitors can’t wear any foot wears. So try to avoid sunny time to visit the place. 

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Isurumuniya Vihara Anuradhapura

Isurumuniya Vihara Anuradhapura


ඉසුරුමුණිය විහාරය - අනුරාධපුරය

இசுருமுனிய விகாரை அனுராதபுரம்

Anuradhapura » Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is a historical town in the North Central Province and which contains historic evidence abundantly. Isurumuniya Vihara, a well-known Buddhist temple also located in the respective town mentioned above. The vihara is located close proximity to the Tissa wewa.Isurumuniya is a rock temple which means the temple or vihara was built on rock. It was built by King Devaampiyatissa when he ruled the Anuradapura kingdom. The vihara is also called as Meghagiri vihara and the King buit the vihara as a monastery for 500 ordained children. The vihara is famous for having artistic sculpture work. Mainly there are 4 sculptures to which the tourists rush to visit. They are Isurumuniya lovers, elephant pond, horse man and royal family. The artistic sculpture Isurumuniya lover was found in the royal garden which is closer to the vihara. There are some interpretations related to this carving. Some says as it is the carving of Prince Saliya (Son of Dutugemunu and he who gave up his throne for his low cast mistress) and Asokamala (mistress of Saliya). Another says it is the carving of god Shiva and his wife Parvathi. Other than this carving, at the entrance of the vihara carving of a pond and bathing elephants and above that a soldier seated with a horse head in royal pose also can be seen. The believers say that these statues represent the god of rain and this venue was used to worship the god of rain by the kings who ruled. Isurumuniya is a famous tourist venue which can’t be missed by the locals and foreigners from their list. A natural surrounding with rocks ponds and greeny flora provides a fresh tourism for everyone. 

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Thuparamaya dagoba in Anuradhapura

Thuparamaya dagoba in Anuradhapura


ථූපාරාම වටදාගේ -අනුරාධපුරය

தூபாராம விகாரை-அனுராதபுரம்

Anuradhapura » Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is a famous historical town of Sri Lanka which have many famous archaeological sites and monuments. Thuparamaya is one among them. Thuparamaya is located near some famous points such as Basawakulama tank and Ruwanwelisaya stupa.Thuparamaya was built on 250BC, which states that soon after the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. It clearly states that Thuparamaya is the first stupa of the Island after the introduction. Thuparamaya is a stupa as well as a monastery or Aramaya (residential complex for monks) and the name Thuparamaya (THUPA – stupa, ARAMAYA - monastery) clearly describes it. The stupa was enshrined with the collar bone of Lord Buddha which was gifted by King Ashoka for the establishment of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The original shape of the stupa was paddy heap but after many reconstructions the shape was changed like bell. The present structure was changed only after 1862. There is evidence for the existence of unique structure called vatadage on this stupa. Vatadage is a stupa house which built for the protection of stupa and relic. The available pillars around the stupa witness for that. During early centuries the vatadage was decorated with silver and gold. It results for many invasions and destructions on the stupa (eg. by cholas from South India). Guard stones, moon stone, a small stupa and a well built using granite stones are available around the Thuparamaya. Thuparamaya is a honour to Sri Lanka for having as a tourist venue. Those who visited archaeological sites of Sri Lanka never miss Thupramaya from their list. 

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Dutch fort Batticaloa

Dutch fort Batticaloa


මඩකලපුව බලකොටුව

மட்டக்களப்புக் கோட்டை

Batticaloa » Batticaloa

“The land of the singing fish", the name was given to a coastal town in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Batticaloa which owns that name is undoubtedly famous for fishing. The Batticaloa Dutch fort is only few km far from the town. The public library the region and a stadium called “Weber” are located close to the fort.The fort was originally built by Portuguese in 1628 and after ten years from it, the Dutch captured the fort. Nearly 20 years later it also captured by British. As a result the fort was owned by all three colonial kingdoms of the island. The fort had ramparts around four sides for its protection. It also surrounded by water bodies such as Baticaloa lagoon on two sides and a canal on other two sides. A museum, Buddhist stupa and a chatra were located within the premises of fort and they can be date back to the 1st century. Although the fort presently housed by government for its Katcheri office, it also can be visited by tourists. But during weekdays some areas of the fort are restricted to visit. Visitors have to be very careful when walk along steep stairways. The security officer at the entrance will assist the tourists well. Nowadays plans are implementing to move the government office somewhere else and to make the fort premises as a full tourist venue. Batticaloa gate, museum, library and baticaloa lagoon are some near other venues to spend the time. The tourists can also enjoy the stunning sunset from the fort premises.

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