Prologue




DISCOVER - SRI LANKA : PROLOGUE

IN PRAISE OF MY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND,
INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO

THE 13th CENTURY VENETIAN TRAVELER MARCO POLO DESCRIBED THE ISLAND AS 'THE JADE PENDANT IN THE INDIAN OCEAN'. THE ABUNDANCE OF GEMSTONES, SPICES, RAIN FORESTS AND WILDLIFE; THE MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS AND A WRITTEN HISTORY OF OVER 2500 YEARS MAKE THIS ISLAND A TOURISTS' PARADISE.

THE RUINED CITIES OF ANURADHAPURA AND POLONNARUWA ILLUSTRATE THE GLORY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOMS. THE GIGANTIC STUPAS AND BUDDHA STATUES ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST MAN MADE STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD. THE MASSIVE RESERVOIRS, BUILT BY ANCIENT KINGS TO IRRIGATE THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND, ARE MARVELS OF HYDRO ENGINEERING. THERE ARE EIGHT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SRI LANKA

THE ISLAND WAS KNOWN TO THE GREEKS AS 'TAPROBANE' AND TO THE ARABS AS 'SERENDIB'. EARLY MERCHANTS VISITED THE ISLAND IN SEARCH OF GEMSTONES AND SPICES, MAINLY CINNAMON AND PEPPER. COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS WERE STARTED BY THE BRITISH COLONIAL RULERS. CEYLON TEA IS FAMOUS THE WORLD OVER.

TOURISM INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR MONEY SPINNER FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THE VAST EXPANSE OF BEACHES, RAIN FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS WITH HERDS OF WILD ELEPHANTS, THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WITH LITHE WATER FALLS, BRING IN THE TOURISTS. THE ISLAND IS DOTTED WITH HUNDREDS OF HOTELS TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRAVELER. AN ISLAND OF 25,000 SQ; MILES HAS 103 RIVERS AND 25000 RESERVOIRS, MOSTLY MAN MADE. WITH VARYING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS THIS IS TRULY A 'SMALL MIRACLE'.

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" THE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA IS A SMALL UNIVERSE, IT CONTAINS AS MANY VARIATIONS OF CULTURE, SCENERY AND CLIMATE AS SOME COUNTRIES A DOZEN TIMES ITS SIZE........I FIND IT HARD TO BELiEVE THAT THERE IS ANY COUNTRY WHICH SCORES SO HIGHLY IN ALL DEPARTMENTS - WHICH HAVE SO MANY ADVANTAGES AND SO FEW DISADVANTAGES. LOVELY BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, IMPRESSIVE RUINS, A VIBRANT CULTURE AND CHARMING PEOPLE- NO WONDER SRI LANKA IS A SMALL MIRACLE ".

ARTHUR C.CLARKE.



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03 July, 2014

SRI LANKA - PHOTOGRAPHY [GREEN MISTY MORN]


The lush green vegetation, against a misty backdrop, pierced by streaks of virgin light. Sights so common in my beautiful Island, Sri Lanka!



Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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30 June, 2014

SRI LANKA - 250,000 PAGEVIEWS FOR DISCOVER - SRI LANKA


Discover - Sri Lanka reached 250,000 pageviews on 28th June, 2014. Thank you very much for your patronage!



13 June, 2014

SRI LANKA - BIRD SONGS


A misty dawn in Polonnaruwa in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, listen to the wake up calls of many a bird.


Video by: Nelsonlanka

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05 June, 2014

SRI LANKA - VESAK LANTERNS


Works of art, created with ingenuity and many hours painstaking work; to pay homage the The Buddha, on Vesak Day.




Pics by : Nelsonlanka

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30 May, 2014

SRI LA KA - STIFFTIA CHRYSANTHA


Stifftia chrysantha is a plant endemic to Brazil. Photographed at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy, Sri Lanka.




Pics by : Nelsonlanka

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22 May, 2014

SRI LANKA - VESAK CELEBRATIONS


A Vesak lantern made entirely by using various parts of the coconut palm, an outstanding exhibit at the lantern competition organized by the Kegalle Division Police



Pics by : Nelsonlanka

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15 May, 2014

SRI LANKA - OLIVER [ HAVING LUNCH ]


After sitting for hours on end on his favorite perch, Oliver will swoop down on its unsuspecting prey and then it's lunch time !




Video by : Nelsonlanka

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08 May, 2014

SRI LANKA - TEMPLE DRUMMERS


The temple drummers of Mahiyangana performing a daily ritual, the troupe is
made up of two drummers and a flute player.



Video by : Nelsonlanka

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