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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 *****
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'.

" 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. Clark *****




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09 March, 2015

SRI LANKA - SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS [CEYLON GOVERNMENT RAIWAYS]


The railway system of Ceylon was introduced by the, British Colonial Government, in the year 1864 and the Railway Museum at the Kadugannawa station was declared open in 2014, to commemorate 150 years of rail transport. 

The moment you enter, paying a very generous fee of Rs.50/-, you travel back in time a century and a half, a short documentary on the history of rail transport, is screened in an air conditioned old carriage. This jewel in the crown of the Department of Railways is a 'must see'.








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17 July, 2013

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL BOOKS


23 July, 2012

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL BOOKS



25 December, 2011

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL BOOKS



  • Rambles in Ceylon   by [Augustus] De ButtsPublished in 1841 by W.H. Allen and co. • 324 pages • snippets in situRead
    Ceylon was, in the olden time, known by the name of Serendib. In the enchanting " Arabian Nights," frequent mention is made of the Island, as the theater of many of the gorgeous scenes that are splendidly depicted in those Eastern tales. Serendib has ever been a terra incognita, and, therefore, a land of story and romance.

23 November, 2011

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL BOOKS




  • Spolia zeylanica.

     by unknown author
    Published in 1903 by s.n.] • 362 pages • snippets in situ
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    Ceylon was, in the olden time, known by the name of Serendib. In the enchanting " Arabian Nights," frequent mention is made of the Island, as the theater of many of the gorgeous scenes that are splendidly depicted in those Eastern tales. Serendib has ever been a terra incognita, and, therefore, a land of story and romance.

06 November, 2011

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL BOOKS




  • Eleven years in Ceylon.

     by Jonathan Forbes
    Published in 1841 by R. Bentley • 482 pages • snippets in situ
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    Great importance of the Island.-- Its population numerous and comparatively civilized at an early Period.-- Possesses a continuous History for Twenty-three Centuries.-- Liberal Policy of Great Britain to the Cingalese; consequent Prosperity of the Island.-- Compared with the Continent of India,-- Prospects of Christianity.-- My first acquaintance with Cingalese History, and Determination to examine the Antiquities of the Island.

20 October, 2011

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL BOOKS




  • Ceylon in 1884

     by Ferguson, John
    Published in 1884 by S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington • 281 pages • snippets in situ
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    Ceylon was, in the olden time, known by the name of Serendib. In the enchanting " Arabian Nights," frequent mention is made of the Island, as the theater of many of the gorgeous scenes that are splendidly depicted in those Eastern tales. Serendib has ever been a terra incognita, and, therefore, a land of story and romance.

13 January, 2011

SRI LANKA - HISTORICAL MAP OF CEYLON 1623



   Map of the island Sri Lanka,. “Ceilan insula.”
Beautiful old-colouring, Latin edition, Amsterdam, 1623
[Published in: "Atlas sive Cosmographicae meditiones de Farbrica Mundi..."]
copper engraving
Cartographers
Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) was a Flemish cartographer. He was born in 
Rupelmonde in East Flanders in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation 
to parents from Gangelt in the Duchy of Jülich (modern Germany). Since 1552 he 
lived in Duisburg. He is remembered for the Mercator.Jodocus Hondius 
(* 1563; † 1612) was a Flemish artist, engraver, and cartographer.
Description
This is a very beautiful, old-coloured and heightended in gold copper engraving 
map out of a Latin edition of the “Atlas sive Cosmographicae…” from 
Mercator-Hondius.
This interesting map shows the island Sri Lanka, former also Ceylon.

Early Map of Ceylon, Ceilan c.1623



INS. CEILAN QUAE INCOLIS TENARISIN DICTUR. An early engraved map of the 
the country orientated with east at the top. Embellished with three 
decorative cartouches. Animals on the land area.

Source : Historical Images of  Ceylon [ Sri Lanka ]
             http://lankapura.com/2008/08/map-ceylon-ceilan-1630/

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