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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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08 March, 2018

SRI LANKA - THE DEDIGAMA ELEPHANT LAMP [12th CENTURY HYDRO STATICS ]



The elephant lamp of Dedigama, Kotawehwra, is a twelfth century A.D. creation, by an unknown craftsman, during the reign of King Prakramabahu the 5th. 

The hollow figure of an elephant made of brass stands in the center of a circular oil  lamp with several wicks. The right front leg of the elephant is raised a few millimeters, there is a hole on the bottom of that foot. Oil is poured into the hollow of  the elephant through this hole by removing the elephant, the circular base of the lamp is filled with oil and the elephant is placed in the center of the lamp.

When the wicks are lit and the lamp burns for  a few hours the level of the oil 
decreases, when the level goes below the hole on the bottom of the right foot the atmospheric pressure forces the oil, inside the elephant, to flow into the basin through the hole in the genital organ, thereby increasing the level of oil for the wicks to burn.

This ingenious creation, based on hydro static principles, is on display at the Dedigama Museum. It has been displayed at the London Museum on several occasions and depicts the scientific knowledge of the ancient craftsmen of Sri lanka.

27 February, 2018

SRI LANKA - SMALL MIRACLE [ COLLAGE ]


" 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 BELEIVE 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



                                                                                                 


Pics by : Nelsonlanka
            
             Gerrit,Netty,Hans and Hanneke [ Belgium ]

19 February, 2018

SRI LANKA - PLOWING FIELDS WITH WATER BUFFALO


The traditional way of plowing rice fields is shown in the three photographs taken in a village in Sri Lanka.




Pics by: Nelsonlanka

17 March, 2017

SRI LANKA - HOT SPRINGS [KANNIYA]


There are seven square shaped wells only 3 to 4 feet deep and one can see the bottom. The temperature of the water is considerably high but vary from one spring to another. Wells run out of water when 10 to 15 buckets of water are taken out.

The history of the hot water springs can be traced back to the Ravana era.




Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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03 January, 2017

SRI LANKA - UNAWATUNA BEACH

 Unawatuna, on the Southern coast of the Island is famous for its corals and beautiful beach.



Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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12 November, 2016

27 September, 2016

SRI LANKA - ADAM'S PEAK

Adam's Peak, photographed at dusk from Avissawella-Hatton road.



Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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16 August, 2016

SRI LANKA - MARITIME ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM

The Maritime Archeology Museum of Galle is housed in a Dutch warehouse built in 1671, this two storey building with its 3 foot thick walls withstood the impact of the 2004 tsunami.





Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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21 July, 2016

SRI LANKA - JEWELRY SHOPS OF GALLE

Galle, on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, is a very popular tourist destination - this is a glimpse into a jewelry shop window.




Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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03 May, 2016

SRI LANKA - BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES [ELLA GAP]

Gaze into infinity, Ella Gap is situated 3,415 feet above sea level, covered with lush green vegetation, tea plantations and cloud forests, this location is foremost as a tourist destination.


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Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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10 February, 2016

SRI LANKA - POTTERY


Dayawathy in action at the Molagoda Pottery in Sri Lanka. Watch the dextrous 
hands of this unassuming village woman turning out an oil lamp out of clay, with amazing speed and skill. 


Video by: Sanjaya

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16 January, 2016

SRI LANKA - PHILATELY [FIRST DAY COVERS]

The Sri Lanka Postal Department issued a stamp to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the visit of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov to Sri Lanka.




Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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22 April, 2015

SRI LANKA - PICTURES FROM VICTORIA PARK [NUWARA ELIYA]


The 27 acre park in the middle of Nuwara Eliya town, 1868 meters above sea level, was named after Queen Victoria in 1897, to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.





Pics by: Nelsonlanka

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27 November, 2014

SRI LANKA - ERADICATION OF SLUMS IN COLOMBO

The capital city of Colombo has 1499 slum areas covering 900 acres or 10% of the City area and the number of families living in these unhygenic dwellings have been identified as 68,812. The Ministry Of Urban Development plans to utilize 300 acres for new housing projects, 150 acres for urban beautification and 450 acres for projects under direct foreign investment once these high value spaces are cleared.


Nearly 4000 units have been completed and given to shanty dwellers, free of charge. A 450 sq.ft. unit consists of 2 bedrooms, living room, pantry, bathroom and a balcony. The high-rises are equipped with elevators and have recreation areas, 26,000 units will be constructed under Phase 1 and Phase 2.





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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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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07 March, 2014


The Minneriya National Park is home to a herd of over 300  wild elephants, roaming in the lush greenery and cool waterways of this nature reserve. This gathering of gentle giants, young and old, was filmed close to the Minneriya tank.

Filmed by : Nelsonlanka

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