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.



Quote - Joseph Pulitzer

"PUT IT BEFORE THEM BRIEFLY SO THEY WILL READ IT, CLEARLY SO THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT, PICTURESQUELY SO THEY WILL REMEMBER IT AND, ABOVE ALL, ACCURATELY SO THEY WILL BE GUIDED BY ITS LIGHT" ***** JOSEPH PULITZER *****

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27 October, 2014

SRI LANKA - THE RED VENTED BULBUL


The Red vented Bulbul is a common bird of Sri Lanka, it has a short crest and dark brown plumes with a red vent. This hungry pair,  feasting on a ripe banana, was filmed very early in the day.


Filmed by: Nelsonlanka

Canon  EOS 600D

18 October, 2014

SRI LANKA - HISTORY OF COINS [ CENTRAL POINT MUSEUM, COLOMBO ]





Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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15 October, 2014

SRI LANKA - WILD MUSHROOMS


Wild mushrooms, a delicacy and a rare food source, taste better than the commercially grown variety. In Sri Lanka, edible mushrooms grow in abundance, in straw left as waste after threshing harvested rice plants. A number of species of mushrooms, growing in the wild, are toxic and poisonous.










Pics by: Nelsonlanka

Canon EOS 600D

07 October, 2014

SRI LANKA - PIRITH [ CHANTING OF THE WORD OF THE BUDDHA ]


Pirithparitta in Pali ] is the recitation or chanting of the word of The Buddha. Paritta in the Pali language means protection, listening to  the chanting of Pirith protects one from all directions.

Listen to the mellow, soothing tones of Pirith.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEP4v7yk1gg&list=RDOEP4v7yk1gg

02 October, 2014

SRI LANKA - HERBS [ GOTUKOLA - CENTELLA ASIATICA ]


Centella asiatica is native to the wetlands of Asia and is found in abundance throughout the Island. This herb, also known as Gotukola, is widely used in the preparation of Aurvedic and Chinese medicine.



Pics by: Nelsonlanka

Canon EOS 600D


29 September, 2014

SRI LANKA - 400,000 PAGEVIEWS [http://discover-srilanka.blogspot.com]


http://discover-srilanka.blogspot.com reached 400,000 Oageviews on 29th September, 2014. A BIG "Thank you" to all the readers worldwide.




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27 September, 2014

23 August, 2014

SRI LANKA - REPTILES [RAT SNAKE]


Rat snakes were thought to be nonvenomous but recent studies have shown that they possess small amounts of venom, harmless to humans. This four and a half footer was photographed, basking in the sun, in my garden.




Photographed by: Nelsonlanka

Canon EOS 600D

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