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Galle Galle Sri Lanka, the romantic, old-world town and picturesque seaside resort, lies on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, 72 miles (115.8 kilometres) from Colombo. Galle owes its glory to its harbour. Because of the strategic position of the Galle harbour in relation to the sea routes, it was the Island’s chief port of […]
Ambalangoda On to Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka which is little over 53 miles (85.2 kilometres), from Colombo. The fork to the right takes you to the old-world rest house with its rock bathing pool jutting out into the sea. By the rest-house is the home of Ariyapala Gurunnanse, the renowned mask carver. Here in his workshop […]
Galle Road, Beruwala The Galle road skirts the coast revealing a panorama of beach and sea as it passes under a canopy of coconut palms until Beruwala is reached. Once called Barberyn, its bay was a safe anchorage for the first Moorish settlers in the Island (circa 1024). On the further promontory is the very […]
Mount Lavinia A short distance away to the right is the Mount Lavinia Bay, famous for its hotel, sea bathing and beach. The Mount Lavinia Hotel occupies palatial buildings: originally a rest-house and once the splendid suburban residence of a former British Governor Thomas Maitland. During World War II the hotel was used as a […]
Kalutara, Sri Lanka Cross the impressive double-span bridge over the broad Kalu Ganga into a sprawling, crowded town. At the southern end of the bridge lies the 3 stories-high Kalutara Vihara, a Buddhist temple built in the 1960s which holds the distinction of being the only stupa in the world that is hollow. Also a […]
The Kandyan Convention (Treaty) When the king was captured by the British on 18 February, 1815 bringing to an end 2357 years of independence, the Kandyan Convention or treaty proceedings took place in the same hall but this time with Governor Robert Brownrigg presiding. The historic date was 2 March, 1815. He received Maha Nilame […]
Kandy Sri Lanka has emerged as a major tourist attraction for visitors worldwide. The city has a rich history and is also known as the cultural capital of the island nation. The beautiful town of Kandy, Sri Lanka is nestled in the hills at an altitude of 488 meters. Moreover, it is located at a distance of 115 […]