Wonderful Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon, is a beautiful country with many great places to visit for pilgrimage or holiday. The country houses no less than eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, many of which contain holy and sacred objects of veneration such as the relics of Buddha Shakyamuni or ancient Buddha images that have inspired many towards the journey to enlightenment for centuries.

Although Sri Lanka is a well-known destination for sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites, there are many other equally attractive places scattered throughout this island nation including beaches, mountain ranges, ancient ruins and their colonial city towns. Sri Lanka is definitely one of the places to consider when planning your next trip.

Before your visit to Sri Lanka, it is important to learn about the country, the culture, food and various destinations to make the most of your journey there.

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Location

Sri Lanka is an island nation situated in the southwest of the Bay of Bengal, just off the southern tip of India. Sri Lanka shares a maritime border with India and the Maldives. And while India and Sri Lanka are geographically separated by the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait, as legend has it, they were connected by a strip of land until 1480 AD when a typhoon came and made the channel sunk deeper and the strip of land disappear into the water. The nation of Sri Lanka consists of 64,630 sq km (40,159.2 sq mi) of land and 980 sq km (608.94 sq mi) of sea.

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Sri Lanka is situated in the southwest of the Bay of Bengal.

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A more close up look on Sri Lanka map.

 

Population

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Based on the United Nations’ estimate as of May 17, 2017, the current population of Sri Lanka is 20,893,495 which consists of several ethnicities: Sinhalese (74.9%), Sri Lanka Tamils (11.1%), Moors (9.3%), Indian Tamils (4.1%), and others (0.6%). The proportion of the population that lives in the cities is relatively small (19.4%) compared to the overall population.

 

General Information

The currency is Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR), and the people are referred to as Sri Lankans. The legislative and administrative capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, which forms a suburb of Colombo, the country’s largest commercial city. Sri Lanka consists of nine administrative provinces, each with their own capitals:

  • Northern Province (capital city: Jaffna)
  • North Western Province (capital city: Kurunegala)
  • Western Province (capital city: Colombo)
  • North Central Province (capital city: Anuradhapura)
  • Central Province (capital city: Kandy)
  • Sabaragamuwa Province (capital city: Ratnapura)
  • Eastern Province (capital city: Trincomalee)
  • Uva Province (capital city: Badulla)
  • Southern Province (capital city: Galle)

 

Sri Lanka’s Unique Weather Pattern and the Best Time to Visit

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Just like other South Asian countries, the peak season for tourists in Sri Lanka is between December and April. However, Sri Lanka’s unique weather pattern enables visitors to enjoy the island all year round as long as they know which part of Sri Lanka to focus on during specific times of the year.

Sri Lanka’s weather is influenced by two weather patterns. The southwestern part of Sri Lanka experiences monsoon season between May and September and a dryer season between December and March. In the northern and eastern part of Sri Lanka, the rainy season occurs between October and January, and the dry season between May and September.

There is also an inter-monsoonal season that occurs between October and November. During this period, rain and thunderstorms take place across the island. However, the weather clears up in the second half of November. The following list contains information about the best time to visit Sri Lanka’s various provinces based on the weather patterns:

No. Places Best time to visit based on the weather pattern
1. East Coast (Kuchchaveli, Arugam Bay, Trincomalee, Passekudah, Batticaloa, and Nilaveli) April – September
2. The South (Yala National Park, Galle, Weligama, Tangalle, Mirissa) April – September
3. The Cultural Triangle (Minneriya National Park, Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya) January – October. However, visitors may experience hot and strong winds in the month of June and July
4. Kandy & Tea Country (Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Hatton, Haputale, Adam’s Peak, Ella) December – May

 

Local Culture and Customs

As the saying goes, when in Rome we should do as the Romans do. This famous idiom encourages visitors to adapt or be aware of the local culture and customs of the countries they are visiting. Not only will this help them avoid offending the locals, but it will also make the visit more enjoyable. Showing respect for the local culture and customs allows visitors to gain a more in-depth experience of the place. The following are some of the local Sri Lankan customs that will be good to be aware of during your visit:

 

Hand Usage

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It is common for Sri Lankans to eat using the fingertips of their right hand.

Most people in Sri Lanka eat using the fingertips of their right hand, and do not use cutlery. This is because the left hand is associated with ‘dirty’ activities such as cleaning oneself after using the toilet. However, most places will offer cutlery for foreign visitors.

It is also considered more acceptable to use your right hand when shaking hands, giving or accepting an object or money. It is acceptable to use both hands to handle big or heavy items.

 

Buddhist Culture in Sri Lanka

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Since the majority of Sri Lankans are Buddhists (70%), Buddhist culture is quite dominant throughout the country. Monks are very much respected, and therefore should be treated with utmost courtesy. Unless you are old or disabled, you will be expected to give up your seat for monks when using public transportation. When visiting a temple, you should wear respectable clothing that is not revealing. Cover your legs and shoulders, and remove your footwear or headwear before entering a temple. In Sri Lanka wearing clothes and attire that feature Buddha images is considered inappropriate, insensitive, disrespectful and illegal, and is an arrestable offence.

 

Photography Etiquette

Visitors should refrain from taking pictures of sensitive locations such as the inside of shopping malls and tea factories. It is permissible to take exterior pictures of these premises. If local soldiers are standing on guard, they should not be photographed. You are not allowed to take pictures near military base or government buildings.

If you are unsure, it is always best to ask for permission before taking a photo.

 

Other Things to Consider in Sri Lanka

Visitors should be wary of the local regulations. Public nudity and same-sex relationships are illegal, and public displays of affection such as hugging or kissing may not be appropriate in general public places. They may however be acceptable in public establishments for adults such as casinos or nightclubs.

Visitors are recommended to carry government-issued identification with them at all times, to show at security checkpoints which are common in Sri Lanka. Any form of government-issued identification featuring your latest photograph (e.g. passport) is acceptable.

 

Food

Spices that are commonly used in Sri Lanka

Spices that are frequently used in Sri Lanka.

Although Sri Lankan food shares some similarities with Indian cuisine, the taste is distinctly different. The food tends to be richer in spices, with a more liberal use of chilies, and generally very tasty. Since Sri Lanka is blessed with a tropical climate, coconut has become an important component of Sri Lankan cuisine. Curry, rice, bread and flatbreads are also common in the country. The followings are several examples of tasty Sri Lanka cuisine:

 

Sri Lankan Dhal Curry

Dhal curry, especially if made with red lentils, is a staple dish of Sri Lanka. It is cooked with a tasty combination of spices and a touch of coconut milk, and usually served with rice or bread.

Sri Lankan Dhal Curry

Sri Lankan Dhal Curry

 

Young Jackfruit Curry (Polos)

Polos is a delicious Sri Lankan dish made from young, unripe jackfruit. The fruit is cut into bite-size pieces and simmered with a blend of rich spices, then cooked until tender. The taste of a well-made Polos is very juicy and delicious. If visitors are not aware of Polos, they may mistake it as a delicious tender beef dish as the texture is very similar.

Young jackfruit curry or also known as Polos

Young Jackfruit Curry or also known as Polos

 

Gotukola Sambol (Pennywort Salad)

Gotukola Sambol is a Sri Lankan salad garnish. Gotukola is an Asiatic pennywort, a type of green vegetable that is common in Southeast Asia. To make Gotukola Sambol, the gotukola is mixed with red onions, grated coconut meat and other spices. The resulting dish is very crisp and refreshing.

Gotukola Sambol or Pennywort Salad

Gotukola Sambol or Pennywort Salad

 

Beetroot Curry

Beetroot curry is a deliciously rich Sri Lankan dish. The beets are cut into cubes and cooked with curry leaves, cinnamon and other spices.

Beetroot Curry

Beetroot Curry

 

Vegetarian Kottu

Kottu Roti is a popular street food delicacy in Sri Lanka. The dish resembles a flatbread that is stir-fried with spices and other ingredients. Kottu Roti is usually served with curry sauce to enrich the flavour of this already delicious flatbread.

Vegetarian Kottu

Vegetarian Kottu

 

Egg Hoppers (Appa)

Hoppers, also known as appa, is a unique Sri Lankan food made from pancake batter, coconut milk and toddy (Sri Lankan palm wine). It is cooked in a small round pan. Appa is soft on the bottom and crunchy around the edges. If preferred, a fried egg can be added in the middle. Appa is usually served with curry.

Egg Hoppers or also known as Appa

Egg Hoppers or also known as Appa

 

Pol Sambola (Spicy Coconut Relish)

Pol Sambola is relatively easy to make, but its amazing taste can uplift even the dullest of dishes. The dish is made from shredded coconut meat, lime juice, salt, red onions, and dried chilies or chilli powder. This delicious dish can be eaten with rice, curry, roti or bread or even by itself.

Pol Sambola or spicy coconut relish

Pol Sambola or Spicy Coconut Relish


 

20 Great Places to Visit in Sri Lanka

 

1. Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic)

Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple Complex

Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple Complex

Sri Dalada Maligawa is a temple in the city of Kandy that houses the sacred tooth relic of Buddha Shakyamuni. The temple is part of the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Sri Dalada Maligawa is a popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka, and it is considered to be one of the holiest places of worship for Buddhist pilgrims around the world.

The present day temple was built by King Vira Narendra Sinha (r. 1707–1739 AD), the last Sinhalese king of the Kingdom of Kandy. In 1989, the temple suffered significant damage during the attacks by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, a Communist and Marxist-Leninist party in Sri Lanka and once again, in 1998 by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. However, the temple has been fully restored since then and Kandy is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple Complex

The stupa where the sacred tooth relic is currently enshrined.

Address:
Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy
Central 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 812 234 226, +94 812 205 839
Website: http://www.sridaladamaligawa.lk
Entrance fee: USD 15
Opening hours:
Temple: 5:30AM – 8PM
Puja: 5:30 – 6:45AM, 9:30 – 11AM & 6:30 – 8PM

How To Get There

The nearest airport to Kandy is Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Visitors can opt for various methods of transportation from Colombo to Kandy such as air-conditioned buses or train. You can also choose to rent a car or book a taxi which is a more convenient method of transport, but relatively more expensive than bus or train.

Once in the city of Kandy, you can either explore the city by foot since the place is not large, travel with local buses, or opt to take one of the many three-wheelers (tuk-tuk) which is a hassle-free way of sight-seeing.

Accommodation

Being a popular tourist destination, there are many hotels and guesthouses catering for visitors who choose to spend a few nights in this historic city. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Randholee Resort & Spa

The hotel offers a unique blend of comfort and cultural diversity. It is located at the heart of Kandy, near the sacred temple of tooth relic.

Address:
Heerassagala Road, Bowalawatta Road, Heerassagala Rd,
Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 81 2 217741
Website: https://www.randholeeresorts.com

2. Kandy View Hotel

The hotel is located 1.5 kilometer (0.93 miles) from the center of the city and a-5-minute walk from Kandy Lake.

Address:
40/22 Ampitiya Rd,
Hilpankandura 20000,
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 81 4 481300
Website: http://www.kandyviewhotel.com

 

2. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred fig tree planted from right-wing branch of the historical Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred fig tree planted from right-wing branch of the historical Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a sacred fig tree said to be the right-wing branch (southern branch) of the historical Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, under which Buddha Shakyamuni became enlightened.

The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka’s daughter, Sangamitta Maha Theri, brought a branch from the original Mahabodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya to the present-day Sri Lanka. She offered it to the reigning Monarch, King Devanampiya Tissa who, in 288 BC, planted it in Mahamevnawa Park in Anuradhapura and surrounded it with protective railings.

Today, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is considered as the world’s oldest living human-planted tree with a known planting date. In 2014, the government of Sri Lanka banned all construction within 500 metres of the tree, in an effort to preserve and protect it.

The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree is located in the temple complex of Mahaviharaya, the oldest Buddhist monastery in Sri Lanka, which was established in 236 BC.

Address:
Mahaviharaya Bomaluwa Temple,
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 2 522 22367
Website: http://www.srimahabodhi.lk
Entrance fee: USD 5
Opening hours: 7:00AM – 6:30PM

How To Get There

Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is approximately five hours from Colombo by bus, or four hours’ drive by private vehicle. The A9 highway will lead you in and out of the city. Visitors can also opt to travel to the city by train. Upon arrival in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, visitors can explore the city by foot, or travel by tuk-tuk or local buses. You can get from one end of town to the other within 30 minutes because the town is relatively small.

Accommodation

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is another popular tourist destination and despite its small size, has many hotels offering accommodation for visitors. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Heritage Hotel

The hotel, which is located in the heart of Anuradhapura, offers 50 well-equipped guest rooms with modern touch and comfortable interior.

Address:
Galwala Road Pothanegama,
Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 25 2 237806
Website: http://www.heritagehotel.lk

2. Milano Tourist Rest

The hotel is located at the heart of Anuradhapura, and it offers 16 spacious and comfortable rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
596 /40 , Stage 01
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 25 2 222364
Website: http://www.milanotouristrest.com

 

3. Dambulla Cave Temple

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The interior of Dambulla Cave Temple

148km (91.97 miles) east of Colombo, and 72km (44.74 miles) north of Kandy lies the Dambulla Cave Temple, a well-preserved temple complex in the central part of the country. This functioning monastery is the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, and consists of five caves under a vast overhanging rock which towers 160m (524.94ft) into the air.

The blessed attractions of this temple complex are spread over the five caves, which contain statues and mural paintings of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life story. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The temple’s other famous attractions, the murals, cover an area of 2,100 sq. metres (23,000 sq ft). They include a depiction of the demon Mara who attempted to seduce Buddha Shakyamuni just before he reached enlightenment, and the Buddha’s first teaching.

There is also evidence that pre-historic Sri Lankans lived in these caves before the arrival of Buddhism in the form of 2,700-year-old human skeletons that were found at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complex.

Address:
Kandy – Jaffna Hwy
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 66 2 283605
Entrance fee: USD 10
Best time to visit: All year round
Opening hours: 6:00AM – 6:00PM

How To Get There

Visitors can take buses from Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya and other major cities in Sri Lanka. Get off at the Dambulla bus station on Kandy road, just outside the town. From the bus station, you can take a tuk-tuk to the Dambulla Cave Temple.

Accommodation

Visitors to the famous city of Dambulla have available to them many options for accommodation. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Amaya Lake

The hotel offers “luxury villas and suites that embody the unique personality of Dambulla.”

Address:
Kap Ela, Kandalama
Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 4 767888
Website: https://www.amayaresorts.com/amayalake/en/

2. Sundaras Resort & Spa

Sundaras is located in the middle of the Cultural Triangle. The spa provides the visitors with “relaxing stay and tours to many destinations in Sri Lanka.”

Address:
189 Kandy Road
Dambulla 7777, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 66 2 283317 and +94 72 708 6000
Website: https://www.sundaras.com

 

4. Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya

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Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is considered to be one of the holiest ancient Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The temple is located in Jaffna district in the Northern Province, Sri Lanka. According to the legend, Buddha Shakyamuni visited this place five years after he became enlightened. The purpose of his visit was to appease Chulodara and Mahodara, the two naga kings who fought over the ownership of a gem-studded throne.

Address:
Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya
Nainativu Island, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 21 3 213356
Entrance fee: LKR 500
Opening hours: 6:00AM – 6:00PM

How To Get There

From Jaffna town, it is an hour’s drive to the nearby port, Kurikadduvan Jetty, where visitors can take a 15-minute boat ride to Nainativu Island where Nagadeepa Purana Vihara is located.

Accommodation

Visitors to the temple are recommended to stay in the larger nearby city, Jaffna where there is a greater choice of accommodation available. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Green Grass Hotel

The hotel offers affordable comfort and modern facilities such as outdoor swimming pool and a garden restaurant.

Address:
33 Aseervatham Lane, Hospital Rd.
Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 21 2 224385
Website: http://jaffnagreengrass.com

2. Jaffna Heritage Hotel

The hotel is located at the heart of the city and provides “a subtle hint of Colonial splendour.”

Address:
Temple Road, Nallur
Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 21 2 222424
Website: http://www.jaffnaheritage.com

 

5. Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada)

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Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada)

Sri Pada, also known as Adam’s Peak, is a mountain summit located 2,243m (7,359ft) above sea level. Another one of Sri Lanka’s sacred pilgrimage sites, the mountain’s historical significance stems from a 4th Century Pali legend and 5th Century Mahavamsa written account. The chronicles refer Buddha Shakyamuni’s visit to Sri Pada Mountain Peak.

The mountain is considered sacred because it is believed that Buddha Shakyamuni left a footprint on the mountain peak. The site is also sacred to people of other faiths, including Hindus who believe the footprint was made by Lord Shiva, Christians who claim it to be the footprint of St Thomas as well as Muslims who believe the footprint belongs to Adam. Regardless of belief, what is known for certain is that Sri Pada has been a pilgrimage site for over 1,000 years.

Being one of the less accessible pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka, visitors usually start the steep climb to the peak in the early hours of the morning. They leave from the village of Dalhousie at 2:00 or 3:00 AM so that they can enjoy the sunrise at the summit.

Address:
Central Highlands in the Ratnapura District and Nuwara Eliya District of Sabaragamuwa and Central Province.
Website: http://sripada.org/palihapitiya.htm
Entrance fee: USD 20 per adult and USD 5 per child

How To Get There

Visitors can take direct buses from Kandy, Nuwara Eliya or Colombo during the pilgrimage season. Otherwise local buses, tuk-tuks or taxis are available from Hatton, the nearest train station and they can take you to Dalhousie.

Accommodation

Visitors have a wide selection of accommodation available to them at the base of the mountain, and not on the peak. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Grand Adams Peak Hotel

The hotel offers free WIFI access for guests, a restaurant and free bike rentals. It is located 100 meters (328 feet) from Adam’s Peak.

Address:
main street, Nallatanniya
22070, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 71 605 8485

2. Slightly Chilled Guest House and Restaurant (previously Yellow House)

The hotel offers “a 5 star hotel service at a semi budget/ backpack price”

Address:
Adams Peak Road, Main street,
Nallathnniya 22070, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 52 2 055502
Website: http://www.slightlychilledhotel.com

 

6. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

Also known as Kelaniya Temple, this monastery is located 11.3km (7 miles) from Colombo. Many Buddhists believe that Buddha Shakyamuni visited this temple during his final journey to Sri Lanka, eight years after he gained enlightenment. The history of this sacred place can be traced back to as far back as 550 BC; the Mahavamansa Chronicle records that the stupa at Kelaniya contains the gem-studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached.

The temple is famous for the reclining image of Buddha Shakyamuni and paintings depicting various events throughout the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. These paintings were done by a local artist, Solias Mendis. The temple is also famous for an 18ft stone statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.

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Avalokiteshvara statues at Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple. Avalokiteshvara is identified as a Sri Lankan deity, Natha.

Address: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 112 911 505
Website: http://www.kelaniyatemple.org
Opening hours: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
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How To Get There

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple can be reached by the A1 road that stretches from Colombo to Kandy.

Accommodation

Located just 7 miles from Colombo means that a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara can be a day trip from the capital city where there are innumerable options for accommodation. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Casa Colombo Collection

A-200-year old colonial mansion that offers boutique suites with designer furnishing. It is located 1 km from Bambalapitiya Railway Station and 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International airport.

Address:
231 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 4 520130
Website: http://www.casacolombocollection.com

2. Cinnamon Red Colombo

The hotel offers comfort and elegance for mid-range budget.

Address:
59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,
Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 2 145145
Website: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/en/cinnamonredcolombo/

 

7. The Gal Vihara

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The reclining Buddha of the Gal Vihara

The Gal Vihara is the most visited monument in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The main features of the temple are the four statues of Buddha Shakyamuni carved from one large piece of granite, in a style and manner that celebrates the best of ancient Sinhalese rock-carving techniques. The most magnificent standing Buddha statue in the complex is 7 metres (22.9 feet) tall with a unique, melancholic facial expression and with crossed arms.

A-14m (45.9ft) long reclining Buddha statue depicts Buddha’s passing, known as his parinirvana. The other two carvings depict Buddha in a seated posture. One of the seated images is 4.636m (15ft) tall and it depicts the Buddha in meditation posture, with his legs crossed and hands resting in his lap. This dhyana mudra indicates a Mahayana influence. The fourth statue, which is smaller in size (1.4m or 4.6ft tall), depicts Buddha in a similar posture as the larger seated image.

Address:
North of Galvihara Road,
Polonnaruwa
Phone: +94 27 2 222235

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The sitting Buddha image at the Gal Vihara

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The standing Buddha image at the Gal Vihara

How To Get There

Visitors can get to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa either by train or bus, or by chartering a car from Colombo. Upon arrival, you can either traverse the ancient city by foot or by renting a bicycle from one of the many guesthouses in the new part of the city. Just make sure that the bicycle is in good working condition before you agree to rent it.

Accommodation

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since it features heavily in the nation’s history, the large number of visitors arrive every year to explore the site and bring with them great demand for accommodation. The new part of the city has responded accordingly, providing a wide selection of places. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Hotel Ancient Village

The hotel offers great view and comfortable rooms.

Address:
Sri Sudharshana Road, Thopawewa
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 27 2 224050
Website: http://www.hotelancientvillage.com/home

2. Hotel Sudu Araliya

The hotel offers 104 guest rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
New Town Road
Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 27 2 224849
Website: http://www.hotelsuduaraliya.com

 

8. Avukana Buddha

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Avukana Buddha is currently the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka

The Avukana Buddha statue is the tallest Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. It was built by King Dhathusena (r. 455 – 473) and was formerly enshrined within a large image house or shrine, of which part of the walls stills remain.

This unique Buddha statue stands on a lotus flower, which was carved separately and placed under the statue. The total height of the statue and pedestal combined is 13m (42ft). The Avukana Buddha statue has a peaceful expression. His left hand touches his robe, and the right hand is raised to his shoulder with his palm facing left to bless all sentient beings. This pose is known as the Asisa mudra.

Avukana means ‘sun-eating’. Since the statue faces in an easterly direction, it would be best to see it in the morning when the sunlight falls on it directly, lighting up the huge statue’s finely carved features.

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A more close-up look at Avukana Buddha’s peaceful expression and his hand gesture.

Address:
Avukana Village
Kekirawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-77-646-4890
Opening hours: 24 hours
Entrance fee: USD 10

How To Get There

Visitors can take buses from Colombo (6 hours), Kandy (3 hours), Anuradhapura (3 hours) or Dambulla (1 hour). Other alternative methods of transport include train and chartered taxi. From the train station to the statue is a-20-minute journey.

Accommodation

There is not much accommodation available around the Avukana Buddha statue. Visitors are recommended to make their visit to the statue a day trip, and to stay in other nearby towns or cities.

1. Amaya Lake

The hotel offers “luxury villas and suites that embody the unique personality of Dambulla.”
Address:
PO Box 12 Kandalama Dambulla
Cultural Triangle, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 4 767888
Website: https://www.amayaresorts.com/amayalake/en/

2. Sundaras Resort & Spa

Sundaras is located in the middle of the Cultural Triangle. The spa provides the visitors with “relaxing stay and tours to many destinations in Sri Lanka.”

Address:
189 Kandy Road
Dambulla 7777, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 66 2 283317 and +94 72 708 6000
Website: https://www.sundaras.com

 

9. Kiri Vehera

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Kiri Vehera, an ancient stupa that is believed to contain a lock of Lord Buddha’s hair, the sword that he used to cut off his hair, and his golden throne.

Considered part of the Solosmasthana, or the 16 most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites of ancient Sri Lanka, Kiri Vehera is an ancient stupa dating back to the 6th Century. Located in Kataragama, Sri Lanka the stupa is believed to have been built by King Mahasena (r. 277 – 304 AD), the sovereign of Kataragama.

Measuring 29m (95ft) tall and with a 85.3m (280ft) circumference, the stupa was built on what is believed to be one of 16 places that the Buddha visited during his three trips to Sri Lanka, on the very spot where the Buddha meditated. Other accounts claim that the stupa contains a lock of Lord Buddha’s hair, the sword he used to cut off his hair at the step of renunciation and his golden throne.

Kiri Vehera, meaning ‘the stupa in white’, is currently located within the temple complex of Kiri Vehera Rajamaha Viharaya.

Kiri Vehera stupa illuminated with light during  Vesak day festival.

Kiri Vehera stupa illuminated with light during Vesak day festival.

Many people came to visit Kiri Vehera to pay their homage to the holy stupa.

Every year, many people come to visit Kiri Vehera to pay their homage to the holy stupa.

Address:
Kataragama
91400 Kataragama, Uva Province
Phone: +94 47 2 235237
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours

How To Get there

Visitors can travel by bus or alternatively by chartered car. Kataragama can be reached from Tissamahara (1 hour by bus) or Ella (3 hours).

Accommodation

The town of Kataragama is a popular pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Many places have sprung up to cater for these pilgrims but if you visit Kataragama during July and August, when the Kataragama Festival is held, it can be difficult to find a place to sleep. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Mandara Rosen

The hotel is located in the midst of lush mountain, and it offers 58 tastefully designed rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
No 57 Detagamuwa
Kataragama 91400, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 47 2 236030
Website: http://www.mandararosen.com

2. Gregory’s Safari Bungalow Yala

The Bungalow offers four air-conditioned bedrooms and cabana equipped with modern amenities.

Address:
No.101/18, Manikpuragama
Wallimathagama,
Katharagama, Sri Lanka.
Phone: +94 71 944 5566
Website: http://www.gregorybungalow.com/katharagama/index.php

 

10. Jetavanaramaya Stupa

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Jetavanaramaya Stupa

Jetavanaramaya Stupa is located among the ruins of Jetavanaramaya Monastery Complex in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. At its height, the destroyed Mahavihara surrounding the stupa housed 10,000 monks.

The stupa’s construction was initiated by King Mahasena of Anuradhapura (273-301). After the king passed away, his son, Maghavanna I continued and eventually completed the construction of this grand stupa. At the height of 122m (400ft), this stupa was the tallest stupa in the ancient world. It has been deemed an engineering marvel. Approximately 93.3 million baked bricks were used in constructing what was the second tallest non-pyramidal structure after the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria.

It is said that a part of the sash or belt of Buddha Shakyamuni is enshrined inside this grand stupa.

There is a big terrace surrounding the stupa that can accommodate up to 30,000 devotees.

There is a big terrace surrounding the stupa that can accommodate up to 30,000 devotees.

The Jethavana Stupa is an excellent example of ancient Sri Lanka engineering and construction

The Jetavanaramaya Stupa is good example of ancient Sri Lanka impressive construction technique.

Address:
Indiya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Opening hours: 6:00AM – 6:00PM
Entrance fee: Free

How To Get There

Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is approximately five hours from Colombo by bus, or four hours’ drive by private vehicle. The A9 highway will lead you in and out of the city. Visitors can also opt to travel to the city by train. Upon arrival in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, visitors can explore the city by foot, or travel by tuk-tuk or local buses. You can get from one end of town to the other within 30 minutes because the town is relatively small.

Accommodation

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is another popular tourist destination and despite its small size, has many hotels offering accommodation for visitors. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Heritage Hotel

The hotel, which is located in the heart of Anuradhapura, offers 50 well-equipped guest rooms with modern touch and comfortable interior.

Address:
Galwala Road | Pothanegama,
Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 25 2 237806
Website: http://www.heritagehotel.lk

2. Milano Tourist Rest

The hotel is located at the heart of Anuradhapura, and it offers 16 spacious and comfortable rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
596 /40, Stage 01
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 25 2 222364
Website: http://www.milanotouristrest.com

 

11. Ella Rock

Ella Rock

Ella Rock

If you are a beginner hiker and enjoy beautiful scenery, Ella Rock is the perfect destination for you. Ella Rock is a famous cliff located roughly 8km (or two hours’ strenuous trek) from the centre of Ella Village. The rock offers stunning views across the hill country, and the plains below.

Starting from Ella town, walk following the train track as your guide. You will come across a bridge; pass over it and walk past Kithaella train station. After Kithaella train station, there is a left turning with a bench next to it, which you should ignore.

Take the second left turning after Kithaella train station (just before kilometer marker 166 1/4), and cross the bridge over the river. Follow the path going upwards but do not turn left or right yet. As you proceed, you will begin to see faint blue arrows indicating the correct direction.

This path will eventually start veering left towards Ella Rock. When you encounter a thicket of very large and tall bushy plants, walk through these until you reach the main ascent up to Ella Rock through the forest of rubber trees. At this juncture, any path will lead you to the top. The walk will be steeper about 20 minutes before you reach the top.

Throughout the journey to Ella Rock, there is a lot of beautiful scenery of fields and plantations to enjoy. Do watch out for oncoming trains though, as part of the trail is along the railway track. They move pretty slowly so there is plenty of time to get out of the way.

Address:
Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela Highway,
Ella, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 77 738 5802
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

How To Get There

You can pay for a local guide to show you the way (around 1,500 LKR/ USD 12 per person), or you can trek it yourself quite easily.

Ella is served by a quaint railway station a few stops from Badulla. Trains go to and from Colombo and Kandy, and the views are spectacular. Going towards Colombo and Kandy, it is usually easy to get a seat on the train but going towards Ella, the journey can be quite crowded.

Another option for reaching Ella is by bus. There is a direct bus service to Galle which stops at various locations along the south coast including Mirissa and Unawatuna.

Accommodation

An established backpackers’ hub, Ella has a reasonably well-established tourist-oriented economy with bars, restaurants and guesthouses catering to visitors using Ella as a base to explore the surrounding countryside. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Ella Rock House

The hotel is located at the heart of Ella Village, surrounded by beautiful nature.

Address:
Passara Road
Ella 0094, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 77 129 9210
Website: http://ellarockhouse.com

2. Misty Hills Ella

The hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of the southern east plain.

Address:
Wellawaya Road
Ella 90090, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 572226200
Website: http://mistyhillsella.com

 

12. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants in Pinnawala Village in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka. The orphanage is just 13 km (8.1 miles) northeast of Kegalle town.

The 25-acre orphanage was established by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) in 1975 to care for and protected the many orphaned and unweaned wild elephants wandering in and around the forests of Sri Lanka. The orphanage began with five orphaned elephants but today, it is considered to have the largest population of captive elephants in the world. As of 2017, it is home to 93 elephants.

48 mahouts care for these pachyderms. Visitors can expect to see milk feeding, watch the elephants bathing at the river and participate in fruit feeding session.

Address:
B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 35 2 265284
Website: http://nationalzoo.gov.lk/elephantorphanage/
Opening hours: 8:30AM – 5:30PM
Entrance fee:
Local adult / child: LKR 100 / LKR 30
Foreign adult / child: LKR 2,500 / LKR 1,250

How To Get There

Visitors can either travel by bus or rental car from Colombo or Kandy. From Kandy, it takes about an hour by car; from Colombo, the drive is between 2 to 2.5 hours.

If you are arriving by bus, stop at the junction just before Kegalle and then take a three-wheeler from there.

Accommodation

A visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage can be a day trip, as a stopover on the way from Colombo to Kandy (or vice versa). Alternatively, visitors who wish to spend more time in the area can stay in one of the many hotels available in nearby Kegalle district. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Villa Pinnawala & Restaurant

The hotel is located 200 meter (656.2 feet) from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and it offers comfortable room with modern amenities.

Address:
Pinnalanda Watta,Pinnawala,Rambukkana
70130 Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 76 822 0825

2. Inn Suwani Pinnawala

The hotel is located 50m (164ft) from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and it offers free wifi access and comfortable accommodation.

Address:
pinna landa watta, bathaburaya
Rambukkana, Sri Lanka 71100
Phone: +94 71 727 2709

 

13. Arcade Independent Square

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Arcade Independent Square

If you like to shop, Arcade Independent Square is a good place to visit. This colonial style-building complex, formerly the site of the Jawatta Lunatic Asylum, was renovated into a 90,000 sq ft shopping complex consisting of local and international brands for clothing, electronics and various eateries. It is the latest prominent landmark in Colombo with flowerbeds, fountains, promenade, and outdoor sitting areas, and Sri Lanka’s first ever boutique cinema (a 3D Cineplex).

Address:
30 Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 78 556 1315
Opening hours: 7AM–11PM

How To Get There

Visitors in Colombo can reach Arcade Independence Square by bus or taxi.

Accommodation

The capital city of Colombo has innumerable options for accommodation, catering to every budget ranging from backpacker to 6-star opulence. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Casa Colombo Collection

A-200-year old colonial mansion that offers boutique suites with designer furnishing. It is located 1 km from Bambalapitiya Railway Station and 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International airport.

Address:
231 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 4 520130
Website: http://www.casacolombocollection.com

2. Cinnamon Red Colombo

The hotel provides comforts and elegance for mid-range budget.

Address:
59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,
Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 2 145145
Website: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/en/cinnamonredcolombo/

 

14. Polonnaruwa Quadrangle (Dalada Maluva)

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Polonnaruwa Quadrangle

The Polonnaruwa Quadrangle is a complex of fascinating royal palace ruins in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. The city served as the nation’s capital from the 11th to the 13th Century. The complex is surrounded by a wall and built on a raised terrace. The monarchs of the past may have come to this place to listen to Buddhist scriptures.

The site is dominated by the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, which is said to have been built to house either the Buddha’s Tooth Relic or the Buddha’s alms bowl. The vatadage is the best preserved example of a vatadage in Sri Lanka and the structure is elaborately carved and decorated. It can be accessed by four doorways facing the four cardinal directions and at each doorway, there is a Buddha statue facing the entrance. Abandoned for centuries, excavation works began on the vatadage in 1903.

How To Get There

Visitors can get to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa either by train or bus, or by chartering a car from Colombo. Upon arrival, you can either traverse the ancient city by foot or by renting a bicycle from one of the many guesthouses in the new part of the city. Just make sure that the bicycle is in good working condition before you agree to rent it.

Accommodation

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since it features heavily in the nation’s history, the large number of visitors arrive every year to explore the site and bring with them great demand for accommodation. The new part of the city has responded accordingly, providing a wide selection of places. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Hotel Ancient Village

The hotel offers great view and comfortable rooms.

Address:
Sri Sudharshana Road, Thopawewa
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 27 2 224050
Website: http://www.hotelancientvillage.com/home

2. Hotel Sudu Araliya

The hotel offers 104 guest rooms with modern amenities.

Address:
New Town Road,
Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 27 2 224849
Website: http://www.hotelsuduaraliya.com

 

15. Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya or also known as Little England.

Nuwara Eliya, also known as Little England, is located in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka and is considered to be the most attractive town in the Sri Lankan hill region. Its beautiful scenery of tea plantation and cooling climate made Nuwara Eliya a popular destination for the British tea growers who originally built it to escape the oppressive heat of the lower-lying plains of Sri Lanka. The climate here, in fact, is the coolest in all of Sri Lanka and considering the people who historically inhabited this town, it has become the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka.

Visitors can enjoy the impressive Hakgala Botanical Gardens, the second largest garden in Sri Lanka where over 10,000 species of plants are cultivated. With its colonial style structures, Nuwara Eliya has the feel of English village. Visitors will be transported back in time as they come across red telephone boxes, colonial-style bungalows and Victorian-style post office buildings throughout the community.

How To Get There

Visitors can get into Nuwara Eliya by train from Colombo or Kandy. There are also frequent buses from Colombo and Kandy to the centre of Nuwara Eliya. Road transport to Nuwara Eliya is slow due to the old and winding track. Normally, it can take up to or more than six hours to cover the 180km distance from Colombo.

Accommodation

Unsurprisingly, having been built as a tourist destination, the town has plenty of accommodation for visitors. During the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year starting on April 1 however, it can be difficult to find accommodation as Sri Lankans holiday in the region during this period. Prices at this time have a tendency to escalate wildly. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Heritance Tea Factory

The hotel was previously a tea factory converted into boutique hotel. The hotel offers comfortable rooms in the middle of tea organic plantation.

Address:
Kandapola
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 52 5 555000
Website: http://www.heritancehotels.com/teafactory/

2. Stafford Bungalow

The hotel offers “the experience of living in this exclusive planter’s bungalow within a-50-acre tea plantation.”

Address:
Hemas (Estates) Limited
Halgranoya, Ragala,
Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya 001, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 4 731731
Website: http://www.staffordbungalow.com

 

16. Yala National Park

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka, and the most visited. This attractive wildlife destination, also known as Ruhunu National Park, is a heaven for wildlife photographers. The beautiful park stretches between Southern Province and Uva Province, covering 979 sq kilometres (608.32mi).

The park was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and became one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka. Today, it is the home of many exotic animals such as leopard, elephants, monkeys, wild boars, sloth bears and many other animal species that roam the park freely. In fact, the western part of Yala has been recognised as having the highest leopard concentration in the world. However, with only 35 leopards in the entire park, the chances of actually seeing one are still relatively slim. The park is also home to over 130 species of birds.

Many of the animals at Yala are accustomed to seeing humans and have no problems getting close with visitors. Visitors can participate in various outdoor activities such as camping, bird watching, beach walks, safari rides and site seeing.

Address:
No 81, Kataragama 91400, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 71 261 9387
Website: http://yalasrilanka.lk
Entrance fee:

Category Day Visit Two visit during daylight hours of the same day Overnight Visit
Local Adult LKR 60 LKR 100 LKR 120
Foreign Adult USD 15 USD 30 USD 25
Local Child (6 – 12 years old) LKR 30 LKR 60 LKR 50
Foreign Child USD 8 USD 16 USD 12

Opening hours: Open 24 hours. The best time to visit the park is between February to July, when water tables are low and animals have to compete for the same drinking supply. Be aware Yala is usually closed in September.

How To Get There

Located about 300km from Colombo, visitors from the north can take a bus that is headed towards Tangalle, Matara, Galle and so forth and asked to be dropped off at Tissa-Punnegamuwa Junction Stop. From there, you have to take a tuk-tuk (150-300LKR) for the remaining 4km to Tissa.

From Tissa, there are many buses leaving to Matara.

Visitors staying in Tissa can book a tour with any of the guesthouses or hotels in the town or charter a car.

Accommodation

There is limited accommodation at Yala National Park, but more options are available at nearby Tissa. Good places can be found through services such as Airbnb. Visitors can also choose to camp in Yala National Park. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Big Game Camp

The coordinator of the Big Game Camp offers semi permanent accommodation “on the borders of the most popular national parks” including Yala National Park.

Address:
Katagamuwa
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 70 222 8 222
Website: http://www.srilankabiggamesafaris.com

2. Eco Island Sri Lanka

Eco Island Sri Lanka offers an experience to live in nature inside a tent.

Address:
1005 Yala National Park
Yala National Park 1005, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 72 745 6416

 

17. Galle

Gale

Galle, a historical city in Sri Lanka’s south coast

Galle is a historical city in Sri Lanka’s south coast, 11Galle 6km from Colombo with its mixture of modern and antique architectural styles. The colonial influence can really be felt throughout the city, thanks to the Portuguese who captured the city in 1587, followed by the Dutch in 1640, and later the British.

Attractions include the Dutch Church, the Dutch Commandeur’s residence or Government House, the British Style Queen’s House, and many British-style mansions such as Closenburg, Eddystone, Barthfield, and Armitage Hill. If you enjoy snorkeling, Unawatuna Bay is a good place to visit.

Visitors might like to visit the Kalutara Temple, home to one of 32 saplings taken from the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. They may also wish to make a donation and say a prayer at Seenigama Temple for good luck.

How To Get There

From Colombo or Kandy, you can travel by train or bus to Galle. Both follow the coastline and offer spectacular views. Depending on traffic, or how many stops the train makes, traveling from Colombo can take anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours.

Another more comfortable, but relatively more expensive method of travel would be by chartering a taxi. Once in Galle, you can explore the city by foot or tuk-tuk.

Accommodation

The historic city of Galle has a wide range of accommodation catering to budget, ranging from backpackers to those with greater means. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Tamarind Hill by Asia Leisure

The hotel offers a luxurious colonial style living experience for the guests.

Address:
No. 288 Galle Road
Dadella, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Phone: + 94 11 576 9500 2
Website: http://www.tamarindhill.lk

2. Jetwing Lighthouse

The hotel offers a relaxing retreat surrounded by sands, sun and sea in the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

Address:
Dadella
Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 2 345720
Website: http://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglighthouse/

 

18. Mirissa

The Beautiful beach of Mirissa

The Beautiful beach of Mirissa

Mirissa is a small, beautiful little fishing village located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, 150km south of Colombo. The village is a popular tourist destination because of its beach and nightlife. Mirissa beach offers a sense of calm, colourful sunsets, beautiful stones and opportunities for surfing for intermediate and advanced surfers.

How To Get There

To reach Mirissa, visitors can take a bus from the Fort in Colombo heading towards Matara or Tangalle. The trip will take 3.5 to 5 hours and passengers can ask to stop in Mirissa.

Train is another option for reaching Mirissa. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Weligama (approximately 7km (4.35mi) from Mirissa) then take the bus or tuk-tuk to Mirissa.

Another more comfortable but relatively more expensive option is to rent a car.

Since Mirissa is a small village, visitors can get around on foot, bicycle, motorcycle or tuk-tuk.

Accommodation

Potential travellers to Mirissa will be happy to know that there is accommodation to cater to every budget, from 700 LKR to 1500 LKR per night during the tourist season. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Morning Star

The colonial architecture style hotel is situated in the Southern part of Mirissa, and 100 meters from Mirissa beach.

Address:
Bandaramulla
Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 41 2 254445
Website: http://www.morningstarmirissa.com

2. Palm Villa

The hotel is situated in Mirissa Bay and offers beautiful view of the blue Indian ocean.

Address:
Matara Road | Banbaramulla
Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 41 2 250022
Website: https://www.palmvillamirissa.com

 

19. Bentota

The beach of Bentota

The beach of Bentota

Bentota is a coastal town in Galle district, in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The beach in Bentota is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka and makes it a popular destination for water sports. Other attractions in Bentota include:

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

A turtle hatchery established by Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) and the Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka

Address:
No. 13/A, Galle Road, Mahapalena
Kosgoda 80570, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 91 2 264567
Opening hours: 8:30AM – 6:30PM

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Brief Garden

The house and garden of the well-known Sri Lankan Landscape architect, Bevis Bawa.

Address:
Kalawila Village
Beruwala 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 77 350 9290
Opening hours: 8AM – 5PM
Entrance fee: LKR 1,000

Brief Garden

Brief Garden

How To Get There

Visitors can reach Bentota by air-conditioned bus (bus no. 2) from Colombo Forth to Gale with a stop at Bentota or by train. Most trains stop at Aluthgama (2 km (1.3mi) from Bentota) where you can hire a tuk-tuk to complete the rest of your journey. Another option for travelling to Bentota is by chartered car.

Accommodation

Be aware that many hotels in Bentota lie just a few metres from the railway track. Visitors may find the frequency of the trains disruptive to sleep. Check the hotel’s proximity to the railway track before booking. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Chami Villa Bentota

The hotel offers seven furnished bedroom and one apartment.

Address:
23 Pitaramba
Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 779744265
Website: http://www.chamivillabentota.com

2. Village Headman’s Bungalow

The colonial-style bungalow offers 4 bedrooms and modern amenities.

Address:
Gonagala Pura, Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 34 2 274466
Website: http://www.vhbbentota.com

 

20. National Museum of Colombo

National Museum of Colombo

National Museum of Colombo

The National Museum of Colombo was originally established on January 1, 1877 by William Henry Gregory who served as the British Governor of Ceylon from 1872 to 1877. The museum, spanning two floors, is the largest in Sri Lanka and houses many artefacts that represent Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage.

The ground or lower floor contains artefacts from the ancient period such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Transitional periods. The upper floor contains paintings, textiles, ceramics, pottery, crafts, arms and weapons, agricultural methods, and many other objects visitors may find noteworthy and interesting.

Be aware that the museum does not have air-conditioning which visitors may find uncomfortable during warmer weather.

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The interior of National Museum of Colombo

Address:
Albert Cres
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 2 695366
Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM (last entry 5pm)

Entrance fee:
Local adult / child: LKR 20 / LKR 35
Foreign adult / child: LKR 300 / LKR 500
School children / Teachers: LKR 10 / LKR 20

How To Get There

Visitors in Colombo can reach the museum by bus, taxi or tuk-tuk.

Accommodation

The capital city of Colombo has innumerable options for accommodation, catering to every budget ranging from backpacker to 6-star opulence. Below are just some of the several places available. It is recommended that you do further research to find accommodation that is suitable for your needs.

1. Casa Colombo Collection

A-200-year old colonial mansion that offers boutique suites with designer furnishing. It is located 1 km from Bambalapitiya Railway Station and 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International airport.

Address:
231 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 4 520130
Website: http://www.casacolombocollection.com

2. Cinnamon Red Colombo

The hotel provides comforts and elegance for mid-range budget.

Address:
59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha
Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 11 2 145145
Website: http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/en/cinnamonredcolombo/

 

Travel books on Sri Lanka

Get the most out of your visit to Sri Lanka. Before you arrive, read up on some travel books to help plan your trip and make your journey more enjoyable. Two of the most popular travel books on Sri Lanka include:

Lonely Planet Sri Lanka (Travel Guide)
Authors: Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Stuart Butler, Iain Steward

“Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow in the footsteps of Buddha and modern-day pilgrims to the summit of Adam’s Peak, wander the crumbling ruins and lost cities of the cultural triangle in the heart of the island or explore undiscovered beaches on the recently reopened east coast; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sri Lanka and begin your journey now!”

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sri Lanka

“Sri Lanka is your in-depth guide to the very best of this beautiful and diverse country. Explore Sri Lanka region-by-region, from Colombo and the beaches on its idyllic west coast to Kandy and the Hill Country to Jaffna and the north. Visit Yala National Park to see wildlife, play a game of cricket, and take a pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak.”

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  1. Choong on May 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve been to Sri Lanka quite a few times on business. Spirituality is deeply rooted and so is democracy and with a high level of education. This combination means that although lacking in natural resources, it has a resilient economy driven by resilient people.

  2. Anne Ong on May 28, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful article on Sri Lanka. Very interesting culture,tradition,food and beautiful places to visit. The food looks very delicious and i love spicy type of food! Lol!!! 🙂 . Hope i have the chance to visit this place one day.

  3. wan wai meng on May 27, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    This is a must read about people who want to visit, with an eye towards enhancing their spirituality especially if they are Buddhist.

    Sri Lanka is a country infused so much buddhist beliefs and culture, is a must visit for people seeking to get in touch to those place that Buddha has visited before.

    Sri Lankan can be very spicy, i have a restaurant in Kl, its hot and spicy.

  4. Samfoonheei on May 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Wow …..beautiful and fantastic Sri Lanka a place worthy visiting.With some many rare and ancient Buddhist artefacts found in Sri Lanka.It show that Buddhism was there centuries ago.Thats wonderful for one to visit and make a pilgrimage there as well as there are so many other places of interest too.Its cultures ,religion,undiscovered beaches ,crumbling ruins and lost cities,beautiful hilltop, national parkand so forth will definitely attracts more tourist to visit the country.Very useful information shared,making a visit there easy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a informative and interesting article for us .

  5. Stella Cheang on May 21, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Sri Lanka is one of the countries I would like to visit again, not only because of the Buddhism heritage but also because of her natural beauty as well as the people’s hard work (post civil war) to make the country prosper and hygienic. Many friends who visited Sri Lanka for either work or leisure gave commendable feedback and agreed that they would certainly visit Sri Lanka again. In Colombo, it is known that the authorities will not allow any cutting of trees to make way for the building of roads or pavement. Therefore, it is often to find a

    The 20 tourist spots shared in this post that includes many Buddhist artifacts, natural scenics and wildlife sanctuary evince that the Sri Lanka authorities are ardent in preserving their history, culture and natural resources. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this wonderful sharing.

    • Stella Cheang on May 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      *Therefore it is often to find a road built around a tree.

  6. Fong on May 21, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Sri Lanka is so very beautiful and have so many spiritual sites for the spiritually inclined. In fact, the story about the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred fig tree brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta before the mother tree in Bodhgaya was poisoned and eventually a sapling from this very tree in Sri Lanka was brought to Bodhgaya and planted in the Mahabodhi temple complex.. This tree was planted in 288 BC making it more than 2,000 years old. I wonder what stories the tree would tell if it could talk.

    Sounds like Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination in itself if not as a pilgrimage site while tracing the journey of Buddha.

  7. Lin Mun on May 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is a very informative article about Sri Langka. When I travel to a new place, I would also usually read up about the background of the country so the visit is more meaningful and also not to offend the local people as different countries have different cultures and practices.

    Sri Langka is not only rich in religion and cultures but also have many beautiful places too. Hope to visit this country with my friends. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:54 PM
    Time flies it’s two years ago since I visited this holy Mount Wutai , abode of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, on a pilgrimage with Kechara group. Mount Wutai was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the four sacred mountains in China. I am glad I make it to see such a Holy place, amazing architecture of wooden structures temples and monasteries. It’s a once a life time experience for me. Interesting history behind this Holy mountains of Mount Wutai .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valentina Suhendra for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/mount-wutai-the-earthly-abode-of-lord-manjushri.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:47 PM
    All practitioners of Dorje Shugden are forced to wear a badge in Sera Jey Monastery. No religious freedom at all just to distinguish between Shugden practitioners and non-practitioners. The ban of Dorje Shugden is unnecessary causing suffering and hardship among the Tibetans. Having to wear a badge is even more sad. Freedom of religion is a basic principle of all religions and a fundamental human right. The Tibetan government in exile say they are democratic but its not true from what they are enforcing rules. They are bias towards Shugden practitioners, over the years Shugden practitioners have suffered. Hopefully HH Dalai Lama will lift the ban soon for the sake of peace , harmony among the Tibetans.
    Thank you Rinpoche, Joy Kam and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/badge-of-shame.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:43 PM
    Many of people are afraid to live alone, the sense of loneliness seem to bother them. The long, dark days could be lonely time for some of them. To me keeping occupied our time in meaningful activities will be wonderful such volunteering, learning, practicing Dharma will be the right choice. But not in monasteries the word loneliness does not exist, we are not alone. We are surrounded by some of the most loving Dharma brothers and sister where they focus on activities such as meditation, compassion, caring and kindness. In monastery, everyone is expected to contribute in a series of repetitive duties. Preserving an atmosphere of mindfulness will be in still. In the monastery revealed more of our human ability to love and be loved . Most of the spiritual myths about monasteries are not true at all. Time is taken more seriously as a resource in a monastery. We have to make a choice, to be alone or to lead a life without fear and loneliness.
    Good sharing and understandings we could learn to accept been alone doing things meaningful in life.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/to-be-alone-is-worse-than-hell
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:09 PM
    வாழ்க்கையில் பொதுவாக ஏற்படும் குழப்பங்களை நன்கு விளங்கிக்கொள்ள வேண்டுமென்றால் திசெம் ரின்போச்சேயின் “The Living Buddha Within” என்ற புத்தகத்தைப் படிக்கவேண்டும். இந்த புத்தகத்தைப் படிப்பதனால் வாழ்க்கையில் நடக்கும் காரணகாரியங்கள் வழி நமது கர்மாமை நன்கு விளங்கிக்கொள்ள முடியும்.
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 12:03 PM
    நமது வாழ்க்கையில் கனவுகளையும், இலக்குகளையும் அடைந்திருந்தாலும் நமக்குள் ஒரு வெற்றிடம் இருப்பதை உணர்வோம். நம்மைச் சுற்றி உற்றார் உறவினர்கள், நண்பர்கள் இருந்தாலும் கூட நாம் தனித்திருப்பதாக எண்ணுவோம். புதிய மின் பொருள்கள் வாங்குவது, விடுமுறைக்குச் சுற்றிப் பார்க்கச் செல்வது, கட்டணங்களைக் கட்டுவது போன்ற தேவைகளைப் பூர்த்தி செய்தாலும் நாம் ஏன் நிறைவாக இல்லை என்ற கேள்வி நமக்குள் எழும். நமக்குள் இருக்கும் நமது அறிவுக்கு அப்பால் உள்ள ஒன்றைத் தேடி அதனுடன் தொடர்பு ஏற்படுத்திக் கொள்ள வேண்டும். சிலர் இதை ஆன்மீகத்தை வளர்ப்பது என்று நினைத்து விடலாம். ஆகவே நாம் வாழும் காலத்தில் நமது தேடல் எப்படியெல்லாம் இருக்கலாம் என்று எண்ணுகிறீர்கள்?
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 11:55 AM
    மாநகரங்களில் வாழும் மக்கள் அவர்கள் விரும்பினாலும் விரும்பாவிட்டாலும் அங்குள்ள பரபரப்பான வாழ்க்கைக்குப் பழக்கப்பட்டவர்களாகிறார்கள். ஆணோ பெண்ணோ எந்த வயதாக இருந்தாலும், எந்த இனமாக இருந்தாலும், நகரங்களில் வாழ்பவர்கள் அறிவாற்றலையும், உடல் உழைப்பையும் பயன்படுத்தி வாழ்கிறார்கள். சிலர் தங்கள் வேலை அட்டவணையை நிமிடக் கணக்கில் கூட த் திட்டமிடுகிறார்கள்! நீண்ட நேர வேலையின் காரணமாக நகரத்தில் வசிப்பவர்கள் எப்பொழுதும் ஆரோக்கியமன முறையில் அண்மைய மின்னியல் சாதனங்களைப் பயன்படுத்தி வலைதலத்தின் வழி தூரத்தில் உள்ளவர்களை அடிக்கடி தொடர்பு கொள்கிறார்கள்.
    நகர வாழ்க்கையில் பலதரபட்ட மக்களைச் சந்திப்பதன் வழி பல கலாச்சாரங்கள், புதிய பொழுதுபோக்கு அம்சங்கள் ஆகியவற்றை எதிர்கொள்ளும் வாய்ப்புகள் நிறைய கிட்டும். ஆகவே வாழ்க்கையின் உண்மையான அர்த்தத்தை அறியாமல் வழிதவறிச் செல்லும் வாய்ப்புகள் அதிகம் உண்டு. அவர்கள் வேலையின் எதிபார்ப்பினால் ஏற்படும் அழுத்தத்தின் காரணமாக ஓய்வெடுத்து கொள்ள முடியாததால் வாழ்க்கையின் ஆழமான அர்த்தத்தைப் பற்றி சிந்திக்கத் தவறுகிறார்கள். அன்றாடும் வாழ்க்கையில் எதிர்நோக்கும் பிரச்சனைகளாலும், சவால்களாலும் அமைதியான சூழலை ஏற்படுத்திக் கொண்டு இந்த மனித வாழ்க்கையில் நமக்குக் கிடைக்கும் நன்மைகள் என்ன என்பதை ஆழ்ந்து சிந்திக்க வேண்டும்.
  • Balachandran
    Monday, Aug 26. 2019 11:50 AM

    முப்பது வருட காலமாக 7 தர்மா காவலர்களும் வாக்குக் கொடுத்தல், கணித்துச் சொல்லுதல், மற்றும் குணப்படுத்துதல் போன்ற செயலுக்குச் சோஜெ லாவை அதிகாரப்பூர்வ தொடர்பாளராக 30 வருட காலமாகப் பயன்படுத்தி வருகின்றனர். சோஜெ லா சாமானியரோ அல்லது சாதாரண துறவியோ அல்ல. இவர் க்யாப்ஜே த்ரிஜாங் ரின்போச்சே, க்யாப்ஜெ டோமோ கேஷே ரின்போச்சே ஆகிய இருவராலும் தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் சிறப்பாக பயிற்சியளிக்கப்பட்டவர். க்யாப்ஜெ ரின்போச்சே அவர்களால் 40 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்னாலேயே அதிகாரப்பூர்வ கணிப்பாளராக நியமிக்கப்பட்டவர். சிறப்பான வணக்கத்திற்குரிய லாமாவால் சிறந்த பயிற்சியளிக்கப்பட்டு, தடைகள் நீக்கப்பட்டு 7 தர்மா காவலர்களை அருள் வழி தொடர்பு கொள்ளுமாறு உருவாக்கினர். சோஜெ லா செர மே மடத்தில் உருவாக்கப்பட்டவர். இப்பொழுது செர்பொம் மடத்தைச் சார்ந்திருக்கிறார். மூன்று வருடத்திற்கு முன் அக்டோபர் 2011 இறுதி வரை சோஜெ லாவுடன் எனக்கு நல்ல அறிமுகமோ அல்லது நெருங்கிய நட்போ கிடையாது. திசெம் ரின்போச்சே
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 11:47 PM
    REAL Ghosts Stories

    I thought this episode would be tacky. You know, as the stars are famous, people would like to see them again, maybe even as ghosts, so the ‘natural’ progression is that they are ghosts now..and they have been seen…how tabloid. Very fifteen minutes in the limelight for seeing a FAMOUS GHOST.

    Hmmm, find out if this is so here: http://bit.ly/GhostStoriesReal
  • Sofi
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 11:43 PM
    Making Offerings to Shar Gaden Monastery

    A few months back, Beng Kooi arranged for these statues to be safely shipped to India, and also arranged for 29 pilgrims to join the pilgrimage to Gaden Monastery so they may be part of the offering ceremony on my behalf. Beng Kooi is truly a wonderful and sincere person, she works so hard and expects nothing in return and very trustworthy with her work. I was wondering why Beng Kooi was rushing to offer the statues to the monastery early October 2014, and she told me it was because she wanted to make the offerings before my 49th Birthday which is my obstacle year… she hopes by making these offerings, it would clear some of the obstacles to my long life… I thought how thoughtful and auspicious.

    Read more of this: http://bit.ly/MakingOfferings
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 08:13 PM
    Look at beautiful pictures of mountains and lakes are Rinpoche past times since young. Ever since then Rinpoche dream to stay near a lake or river with mountains and forests…..a home call home do intense practice. As Rinpoche ‘s promise to his Gurus , Rinpoche will carry on whatever happened. Reading this post of Rinpoche’s thought , longing and loneliness , I have a sense of loneliness as well but it different from Rinpoche. I do feel peaceful and the quiet environment, breathing fresh air up in the mountains. Spending some time alone with nature and broaden my views. The beauty of nature can have a long effect on how we look at things. Rinpoche journey is truly inspiring and I wish Rinpoche ‘s dream will materialise soon. I will do my best to learn as much as I could, and practice dharma, which I have learned from scratch, nothing to something , I do truly appreciate so much with folded hands.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing your thoughts with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/my-loneliness-and-longings.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 08:12 PM
    Due to the unethical ban on Dorje Shugden practice, Dorje Shugden practitioners, non practitioners and many more had suffered mentally , abuses , discriminations , violence, public services denied and so forth. Sadly all because of the Tibetan leadership , families were torn apart, monasteries divided . The Tibetan Leadership has mixed politics with religion . Should not have happened.
    With all these simple memes , hopeful more people will get a better understand and truth of this Dorje Shugden controversy.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. May the Dorje Shugden ‘s ban will be lifted soon.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/how-shall-i-hate-you-today.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 04:27 PM
    It is amazing that a cat can understand the rules that were told and abided by it. Even though the cat cannot chant but it just stays quietly, listening to the chanting and staring at the Buddha statue with full respect. The cat follows the vegetarian diet and refuses to eat meat.

    This cat must have a very strong imprint that it follows the monastic rule and so insistent on paying the homage to the Buddha. It must have been a Dharma practitioner before but due to its karma, it took rebirth in the three lower realm. Hopefully, after the cat dies, it will take rebirth as a human and continue to practice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/vegetarian-cat-in-south-korea.html
  • Yee Yin
    Sunday, Aug 25. 2019 12:22 AM
    When I was young, my parents used to bring me to the circus. I liked to go because there were animals that can do various tricks and I was totally amazed by what they can do. At that time, I found it to be very entertaining.

    Now that I know how the animals are trained to do the tricks, it bothers me a lot. It was out of ignorance that I found the circus to be entertaining. I will never go to the circus again.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/if-you-enjoy-circuses-must-see-this.html
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 05:16 PM
    The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and Dorje Shugden

    Wow, this article has over 500K readers! Find out what are they reading about. Who is this The 4th Zhabdrung Rinpoche of Bhutan and how is he connected to Dorje Shugden.

    http://bit.ly/ZhabdrungRinpoche4th
  • Yee Yin
    Saturday, Aug 24. 2019 04:08 PM
    Many people like animals and love them unconditionally. Instead of buying animals, we should adopt one from the shelter. Each year, millions and millions of stray or abandoned dogs and cats are put to sleep because no one wants to adopt them.

    One reason not to buy dogs from a pet shop is because very often these puppies are bred from the puppy mill. Most puppy mills keep the mother dogs in the cage all year round, they are filthy and some exhibit strange behaviour due to stress. If people stop buying puppies from the puppy mills, fewer animals will suffer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/give-them-a-home.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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Silver Manjusri figure from Ngemplak Semongan (Indonesia). Apparently during the Shailendra Dynasty, Mahayana Buddhism was very strong in Indonesia. This Dynasty promoted Mahayana Buddhism and Manjushri was a principal Buddha of worship.
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In Buddhism: The Importance of Having a Clean Room- https://bit.ly/2ZgrbKS
There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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There is an area near Lumbini, Nepal, they have sightings of Yeti for hundreds of years. So they have signages in the area with Yeti artwork to highlight this. Interesting. TR
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Photos of footprints (Yeti) are from a high altitude pass (Darwa Pass) connecting Gangotri valley to Yamunotri valley through old pilgrim route.
Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
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Beautiful picture. Rare. Three holy beings.
May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden\'s grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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May 1, 2019-I really enjoy this picture of these visitors visiting Dorje Shugden's grotto in Kechara Forest Retreat today. They look happy, light and blessed after doing their prayers to Dorje Shugden. I wanted to share this picture.- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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A postcard of my great grand aunt Princess Nirgidma of Torghut-Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
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Just now, this beautiful grape and orange infused water drink with a blue glass was brought in for me. I was amazed at the colors. Tsem Rinpoche
We have to look in and change from within to find the way out of all that makes us unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche 

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    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    2 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    2 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
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The children were so excited to wait for the next quiz question. Lin Mun KSDS
Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children will do prostration and recite Manjushri mantra before start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback - Participants were so attentive when colouring tsa tsa. Lin Mun KSDS
Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Maya painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa at the kid’s corner during Wesak day. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Family visiting KFR on the auspicious Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Family visiting KFR on the auspicious Wesak Day. Lin Mun KSDS
Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
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Join us on Saturday, 24th August 2019 in celebrating International Dorje Shugden Day with an evening of auspicious and powerful pujas for abundance, prosperity, longevity and wish-fulfilment! PROGRAMME 4:00pm – Prayer Flag Puja & Lhasang Smoke Offering Ritual 5:30pm – Free vegetarian dinner 6:30pm – Gyenze Increasing Fire Puja 9:00pm – End Collectively, these pujas are a celebration of Dorje Shugden’s blessings and are highly beneficial for all sponsors and attendees. There’s really no better place to celebrate Dorje Shugden Day than in Kechara Forest Retreat, which is home to the world’s largest Dorje Shugden statue. MORE INFO: kecharaforestretreat.com/dorjeshugdenday
Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Jayce explained the good value from Rinpoche’s teachings. Alice, KSDS
“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
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“Be kind to animals.” Let your kids join the monthly Animal Liberation at Kechara House, Sunwaymas.
Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
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Chern Chern learnt dharma and show the good attitudes to others. Alice, KSDS
Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
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Encourage the kids to express their feelings and at the same instill the dharma to them. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
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Teacher Grace taught the participants for the DIY candles. Alice , KSDS
Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children recite Migtsema and Manjushri mantra before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Student do full prostration before the start of dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
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Wen Yue led students to do key chain as part of art and craft activity. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Kien shared some photos of sangha members. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- close bonding during WOAH camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
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Teenage dharma class in Kechara House . Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback- Chinese New Year activity, calligraphy with best wishes words. Lin Mun KSDS
KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has been performing White Tara and Dorje Shugden puja for 4 consecutive nights. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG members travelled to KFR for Ullambana today. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
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After the Bird Liberation, we proceeded with Dorje Shugden puja. Just before we started our puja, Pastor Patsy gave us a short Dharma Sharing. Pastor spoke about Dharma practice in these days and reminded us to always keep our samaya with Guru intact. To honour our promises, reduce our worldly activities and practice Dharma strongly. Thank you Pastor for the valuable advice~Jacinta, KPSG
We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
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We chanted Medicine Buddha's mantra before we blessed them. May they be connected with Buddha always. ~Jacinta , monthly Bird Liberation Kechara Penang Study Group
Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
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Special thanks to Linny Neoh and her friend for joining our Kechara Penang Study Group Bird Liberation. ~Jacinta, KPSG
Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
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Birds were blessed before their departure to freedom. They deserved love & freedom too ~Jacinta,KPSG
Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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Pastor Patsy giving explanation during Bird Liberation event. Kechara Penang Study Group's monthly bird liberation - Jacinta
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