Uncommon places in Udawalawa region

Udawalawa tourism region is located in Rathnapura district bordering Monaragala, Hambantota and Mathara districts.
Udawalawe National park,Udawalawa reservoir and chandrika wewa (lake) add priceless value to udawalawa tourism region.
        This region provide very easy access to most popular park Yala and Bundala national parks and Hambantota, Mathara and Tangalle towns.
Pure water sheds and virgin waterfalls complete the  beauty of this region. Beautiful water falls are Handapan falls,atha watuna falls,Kolonna falls, Dull fall,
Mala fall,Kurulu fall etc..
Specific tourist attractions:
Ten bends of Rakwana and sooriya kanda morning side.
Religious places:
Sankapala rajamaha viharaya and pussadeva cemetary. Located closer to Rathnapura -Embilipitiya main road . history of this area goes far back Anuradhapura period. (5th century BC to 9th century AD).
2,Ammadu Katharagama devalaya.
This historical hindu temple is located in rich bio diversity area closer to Ratnapura - katharagama main road . History of this area goes far back to Kotte kingom period (1412-1597)
3, Godakawela Tampita temple.
This historical temple has been constructed by meegasthenna adhikaram following a order from King Keerthi sri Rajasinghe who controlled the country in 18th century. (1747 AD) statue of God Saman is a highlight of this temple.
4, Koswetiya Sri vimalarama temple.
This historical temple is located top of the Gee Kiyana mountain range closer to Koswetiya village in Rathnapura -Embilipitiya road. Standing Buddha statue and other statues give great value to the region.
Water falls:
1, Duwili falls
This 80 feet high waterfall is a amazing creation of the nature.we can see this beautiful waterfall when we travel along the route to Rakwana via madampe from Rathnapura.
2, Masimbule Falls.
This waterfall located in Godakawela region. This 150 feet  High waterfall is getting rich from Rakwana river that begins from Sinharaja rain forest.we can see this waterfall when we travel along the route to Rakwana across mas imbula from Godakawela.
3, Handapan Falls,
1, Udawalawe elephant transit home.
2, Wavulpane Limestone Cave.
3, Udawalawa National park.
4,Morning side.

Must see places in Colombo

Attractive 10 places to visit in Colombo.

Colombo is not the capital of Sri Lanka.It serves as commercial capital of the Island while Sri Jayewardenepura stays as capital city of Sri Lanka. When tourists visit to Sri Lanka by air then they have to take ground transport to reach Colombo as the City lies on 90 minutes drive away from the Katunayake International Airport. 
When we visit Colombo what actually we see? Is it easy to explore the city by our self without assistance? Of course, Colombo is an easy going city with so many transportation options available like public busess, tuk tuks, cars, trains, mini buses etc...
However, there are 10 attractive things worth visiting when you are in Colombo.  

01, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
       This is one of the most popular and sacred temples in Colombo. History of this temple goes far back to 6th century B.C. According history, The Buddha has visited to Kalaniya and has preached dharma here on his 3rd visit to Sri Lanka.  So Buddhist people believe in this very much and worship here.
It has got the main features which Buddhist temple must have (Image House, Bodhi tree , Monastry complex ) 
 2nd important thing about this temple is attractive and valuable Paintings. There are two sections here as old painting and new paintings. Old paintings were done by King Keerthi sri Rajasinghe who ruled the country during the Kandyan period (in 1769 AD). New paintings were done by great artist solias mendis (1897-1975). 
Apart from that, we can see lots Buddhist related features at the temple. Always we can see Buddhist devotees are doing various nice things at the temple .

02, National Museum
National Museum is   one of the main attractions in Colombo. This huge museum building was established in 1877 by Governor Sir William Henry Gregory with considering the proposal made by Royal Asiatic Society and design was done by James G Smither.
There are number  of galleries under various names and periods.
Evolution of Buddha Image,crafts,coins, ceramic wares, vaddha culture, ancient lams, paintings belong to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods, Andrew Nicholl' s water colour paintings, furniture, traditional musical instrument and objects of indigenous medicine., Puppetry and heritage of Sri Lanka .
Worth visiting this museum and will be able to get idea about Sri Lanka history and historical monuments.

03, Hindu kovils ,(Hindu Temples)
Kathiseran Kovil on Galle Street and Sri Bala Selva Vinayagar Moorthy Kovil near Captain’s Gardens are the good witnesses about multi religious culture and the peace and harmony in Colombo.
04, The Gangaramaya Temple
    Gangaramaya Temple is located in Colombo 02 near Beira Lake. This is a Buddhist temple which completes  with Image house, Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) and the monastery complexes. This temple received much attention during Nawam  Perahera festival in February every year. .
05, the Fort
At present, there is no real fort that we can see. But of course the major Sri Lankan port, Banks, and hotels are the major things we can see here. Dutch Museum ,Grand Oriental Hotel, Hilton hotel, Galadari hotel, old parliament building, president house, intercontinental hotel, world trade center building, market, bus stands, main railway station etc…
 In early period, this area was the centre of the town, so there are historical buildings and architecture can be seen here. We can see things in details, if we walk through some of the streets instead of watching out from sitting in a vehicle. Going through vegetable and fruit market will be tough but worth visiting and watching .Because there will be something always to remember.
06, Viharamadevi Park
     Originally started as Victoria park by British then renamed as viharamahadevi  (name of a Sinhalese queen)  This is located in Colombo 07.This area known as cinnamon garden and was very popular for cinnamon during the colonial period. At present, this area has provided prim space for high class residents, prestigious schools and university of Colombo. There are more things and stories to remember.
07, Galle Face Green
   South of Colombo along with the lined coconut trees (cocus nucifera) of Galle road is the Gall face Green. During the colonial time, British used to do various recreational activities here like cricket and football.  This is ideal sea front location to sit, relax and feel evening breeze while watching the sun set. This is crowded place with locals on weekends. Colonial style Gall face Hotel is located end of the galle face green. At the beginning of Gallface green, you will see Galadari hotel and old parliament building. Cannons which were used during wartime are still available along the coastline of gall face green.
08, Dehiwala Zoo.
      Some people visit Colombo on day tours so they don’t have time to go to see Sri Lankan wild Elephants but Dehiwala Zoo is the solution for day tour visitors. They can see elephants in the day time and watch their show in evening at the zoo.  There are various kinds of Birds and animals. At present, authorities keep improving the zoo so hopefully near future   we can see much spaced area for caged animals.
09, Wolvendaal Church 
This was built in 1749, one of oldest Protestant churches still in use in Sri Lanka. This church is considered as one of the beautiful and historically valuable churches in South Asia. Wolvendaal is nicely located overlooking the Colombo.

10, Beach life.
Colombo has the beach life too. Mount Lavonia beach is the ideal and close location to Colombo. Whoever come on day tours then mount lavinia is the ideal location to feel sun, sand and sea.  The area is good for swimming and the facilities are up to international standard. There are restarents, pubs,clubs and shops available with easy access to cover the needs of any type of tourist.


Spices of Sri Lanka


Cloves which are the flower buds of a form of evergreen tree .primarily used as a spice but are also used for medicine cloves are harvested and traded mainly in Sri  Lanka.
Nutmeg is the seed of a type of evergreen tree. while mace is the reddish  net like covering surrounding the seed.nutmeg and mace used as a flavoring for many sweet dishes from the cuisines of  various countries .it is also an essential ingredient in many chrism's favorites and also used for perfume and medicine.   
Pepper generally refers to black, white, and green. pepper is the spice that is commonly traded in the world. it is used for Spiciness as a chili replacement  

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

A haven for the time traveler, the nature lover, the escapist, and the explorer, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a 5-star resort nestled in nature’s serenity right in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. A place that soothes the soul, rejuvenates the senses, and awakens the mind with heavy doses of nature’s tranquillity and centuries-old hospitality.
Located amidst green forests, the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana offers air-conditioned rooms with a private balcony. The hotel boasts a large outdoor pool, a butterfly garden and 3 dining options.
Rooms at Habarana Cinnamon Lodge feature a comfortable seating area with a sofa. They are furnished with cable TV, a minibar and a personal safe. A tea/coffee maker is provided.
Guests at the Cinnamon Habarana can unwind at Azmaara Spa, work a sweat on the tennis court, or enjoy a game of billiards. The hotel offers butler service and babysitting.
Restaurant Ehala offers buffets with international and themed dishes, while The Lotus caters Western culinary delights and local contemporary cuisine. Beverages can be enjoyed at cafe Veranda or bar Tuskers.
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a 25-minute drive away from Minneriya National Park.

the whole hotel; has a great relaxed environment. The bar and restaurant has shout bars and buffet. The pool is lovely with increadably good staff. The room we had (room 5) was a small bungalow on it's own and is one of the nicest room I have stayed in.
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Tooth Relic temple in kandy


Kandy is a World Heritage city in Sri Lanka 
The Temple of the Tooth
       The Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal place complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha which is venerated by Buddhist .the relic which is situated in the temple of tooth played an important role in local politic  since ancient time . It is believed that whoever holds the Temple of tooth relic holds the governance of the country. which naturally caused the ancient kings to protect the Temple of the Tooth with great effort Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings.

*  Kandy (Tooth relic Temple) is. 115.km away from Colombo, and 102.km from Katunayake Airport.



Diyaluma Water falls

Diyaluma Water falls 

Diyaluma water Falls is the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka,(172.m high) and 361st highest in the world. It is situated in Badulla district ( 200.km away from Colombo ) 


Hakgala Botanical Garden

Hakgala Botanical Garden

      Hakgala Botanical garden is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka, it was established in 1861. It is situated on the Nuwara Eliya (16 .km from Nuwara Eliya /173.km. from Colombo.) 
The garden has a cool temperate climate. there are over 10000 species of flora planted here, it is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses
 During the spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors com to see the bloom here.


Amaya Lake, Dambulla

Amaya Lake  Dambulla,Sri Lanka

A tropical haven complete with sweeping views of Kandalama Lake, Amaya Lake surrounds you with natural beauty. Choose your oasis from one of our 120 guest rooms and suites, designed in harmony with the unspoiled environs of the resort. Enjoy waking up each morning to the humming of birds and let the airy breeze and quiet whispers of rustling trees enliven your senses. Each room resonates a home-away-from-home impression, with soft, earthy tones to let your mind escape from the cares of the world.

This Resort has been classified as an Eco-friendly Resort with its natural surroundings amidst an unspoilt environment rich in biodiversity. The unexpected sightings of wildlife and the continuous humming of birds adds to the feeling of being one with nature.

Reservations Contact: +94 114 767 888/800 - Resort Contact: +94 664 461 500 - Fax: +94 66-2286932 - E-mail:  

Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka 

Best Reviews 
“Absolutely amazing! ”
    Absolutely amazing stay in Amaya Lake/ Signature Wing. One of the best hotel rooms we had! We went to the Signature Restaurant all nights of our stay. Really something out of the ordinary in terms of food, ambiance, and service. A special thanks to Avin and the team for making our last night truely special!

We spent two days in this simply amazing resort earlier renowned as culture club and now named under the prestigious amaya chain
It's situated just few kilometers away from the Dambulla town and centralized to the many local tourist attractions like dambulla sigiriya anuradhapura polonnaruwa habarana minneriya aukana statue. Etc
It's a fabulous hotel to unveiled the nature and very hardly could managed to leave this lovely property
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Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

HORTON PLAINS( Nuwara Eliya)

HORTON  PLAINS( Nuwara Eliya)

Horton plains is the central highlands of Sri Lanka and popular tourist destination, covered by Montanan grassland and cloud forest.The Horton plains vegetation is grassland interspersed with* Montana forest.* Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar deer, & typical mammals,Bird,*pools and water falls,  
 The sheer precipice of word's End ( sheer precipice with 870.m drop./ situated at the southern boundary of the park ) and Baker's falls are among the tourist attraction of the park.mist can persist in the most of the day during the wet season. 
* Nearly 750 species of plants belonging to 20 families have been recorded from the park.
*54 woody plant
* 87 species of bird
 Some research finding estimate the population of sambar deer to be around 1500-2000 in the park.