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Sri Lanka 2017

                        Feb 12 Amsterdam -
                        Feb 13 Abu Dhabi - Colombo Int. Airport - Negombo
                        Feb 14 Negombo - Anuradhapura
                        Feb 15 Anuradhapura - Mihintale - Thanthirimale - Madhu - Jaffna
                        Feb 17 Jaffna - Delft Island
                        Feb 18 Jaffna - Trincomalee
                        Feb 20 Trincomalee - Dambulla - Minneriya National Park - Polonnaruwa
                        Feb 22 Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya
                        Feb 23 Polonnaruwa - Wasgamuwa National Park
                        Feb 24 Wasgamuwa National Park - Knuckles Mountain Range - Kandy
                        Feb 26 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
                        Feb 27 Nuwara Eliya - Nanu Oya - Ella - Udawalawe National Park
                        Mar 01 Udawalawe National Park - Matara - Ahangama
                        Mar 02 Ahangama - Galle
                        Mar 03 Ahangama - Colombo
                        Mar 04 Colombo Int.Airport - Abu Dhabi - Amsterdam

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Negombo, tuk tuk bakery

Negombo Fort with English clock tower.
The original Portuguese fort was mostly destroyed during the Dutch siege in 1644.

The site is used as a prison now

VOC 1678

students from a girls school in Negomdo

Isurumuniya temple (307 BC to 267 BC)
Elephant Pond Carving in the ancient Sri Lankan capital of Anuradhapura.

Isurumuniya reclining Buddha

Ruwanwelisaya Stupa in Anuradhapura

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
A sacred fig tree in Anuradhapura

It is said to be a branch from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya
in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in
288 BC, and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a
known planting date. Today it is one of the most sacred relics of the
Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.

Ruwanwelisaya Stupa worshipped by a family or village

Twin Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna) of Anuradhapura

Jetavanaramaya stupa in Anuradhapura
the height of the stupa is 122 m making it the tallest stupa
in the ancient world.

Sri Lankan Rupee

Thanthirimale, which was built in the third century BC when the Jaya Sri
Maha Bodhi was brought from India to Sri Lanka.

picture from the life of the buddha

Madhu, considered as the holiest Catholic location in the island
and known place of devotion for both Tamil and Sinhalese Catholics.

Coconut cracking by two bridal couples , two perfect halves
denoting a very successful and happy marriage.


Jaffna Fort

Built by the Portuguese in 1618.
It was captured by the Dutch under Rijcklof van Goens in 1658 who expanded
it. In 1795, it was taken over by the British, and remained under the
control of a British garrison till 1948.


"Why Fear? When I am here"

Buffalo curd (yogurt)

Thosai, a dish of South Indian origins

boat trip to Delft and Haarlem
via Leiden and Middelburg

Arriving at Delft
a coral island.

Oldest and the largest individual Baobab tree
imported by the Portugese.

Dutch Fort at Delft Island

Delft hospital

Delft police station

Delft post office

pigeons tilt was used to communicate between the islands

holy cow is an unwanted visitor

for 300 rupee

Nainativu (Haarlem) Island

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is among the country's holiest Buddhist shrines.

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple

Is a significant symbol for the Tamil people.
The present structure was built during 1720 to 1790 after the
ancient structure was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1620. The temple
attracts around 1000 visitors a day, and approximately 5000 visitors during
festivals. The annual 16-day Mahostavam (Thiruvizha) festival celebrated
during the Tamil month of Aani (June/July) - attracts over 100,000
pilgrims. There is an estimated 10,000 sculptures in it.

Ravana is the primary antagonist in the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana

Monument for the armed conflict fought on the island.
After a 26-year military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the
Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

Sri Lankan coconut arrack is distilled from nectar from coconut flowers.

Meeting young people during the lunch break.

Trincomalee War Cemetery 1939 - 1945
According to the manager with 7 Dutch


Beach near Ales Garden, Trincomalee

Visiting FLorida (61) at her home

She is catholic


Florida her church

Kanniya Hot Springs.
There are seven wells in a square shape.

Most of the Tamils in Sri Lanka doing the religious rites for their lost
loved one in this hot water spring. It is believed King Ravana started this
religious rites for his mother.

Fort Fredrick, is built by the Portuguese at Trincomalee, completed in
1624 CE, built on Swami Rock-Konamamalai from the debris of the world
famous ancient Hindu Koneswaram temple.

This fort was captured by a Dutch fleet under Admiral Westerwold in 1639
and in 1665 a new fort was built. In 1795 it was taken over by the British,
and remained a British garrison till 1948.

Koneswaram temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

Sri Pathrakali temple in Trincomalee

Trincomalee, warming up for a concert

Florida, her daughter Anita, son in law
and grandchildren Venus and Joshua

buying new glasses for Florida on Monday, like I promised

Dambulla cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is the
largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

All important places in Sri Lanka are also visited by many students.

The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. Major attractions are
spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings, a total of 153
Buddha statues.

Students with a Chinese tourist

Austin Cambridge

Safari in Minneriya National Park

...famous for many elephants


The Gardens of the Sigiriya are one of the most important aspects of
the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.

Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress, a massive column of rock nearly 200
metres high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa,
this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 - 495 CE) for his new capital.
He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with
colourful frescoes (not alowed to take pictures of).

On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a
gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived
from this structure Sihagiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal
palace was abandoned after the king's death.

Palace ruins and Royal bath

Buffet lunch in Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms.

Bicycle tour to visit the ancient sites of Polonnaruwa.
This is the Royal Palace

Council Chamber

Ola leaf is a palm leaf used for writing in traditional palm leaf
manuscripts and in horoscopes in Southern India and Sri Lanka.

The Polonnaruwa Vatadage

An ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom
of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the
reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha or
during the reign of Nissanka Malla

Muslim girls canīt visit the buddhist temples because they donīt want to
uncover their heads

Mister Travel in Polonnaruwa

Rankoth Vihara
This stupa was built by Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa, who ruled the
country from 1187 to 1196.

The Gal Viharaya

A rock temple of the Buddha was created in the 12th
century by Parakramabahu I. The central feature of the temple is four rock
relief statues of the Buddha, into a large granite rock. The images consist
of a large seated figure, another smaller seated figure inside an
artificial cavern, a standing figure and a reclining figure. These are
considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting
and carving arts, and have made the Gal Vihara the most visited monument at

wood carving

Death announcements on white papers along the road

Wasgamuwa National Park in the afternoon

bird nests


safari in Wasgamuwa National Park

walking near the Knuckles Mountain Range

a tea break


tea hills

view from the Casamara hotel in Kandy

Kandy Lake

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
A Buddhist temple in Kandy. It is located in the royal palace complex of
the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the
Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in
local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds
the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan

visiting the Temple of the Tooth

This is where the Tooth is stored:
In 7 golden boxes, each one containing the next smaller box
The keys of six boxes are managed by monks and the government
The innermost contains the Holy Tooth Relic.

Along Kandy Lake

at the market of Kandy

tuk tuks everywhere

garden of Kandy market

Sri Lankan police men on a Chinese motorbike

tamil tea picker at the Glenlock tea factory

religious images at the market of Nuwara Eliya

British hill station Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya post office

Nanu Oya Railway Station

After almost 3 hours arriving in Ella

Ravana Falls near Ella

Elephant Transit Home, Uda Walawe National Park

Athgira River Camp near Uda Walawe National Park

neighbors of the campsite

Uda Walawe safari in the afternoon

invited for tea in Ahangama, along the south coast

buying shoes from a family in Ahangama

along the beach


Galle situated on the southwestern tip.
Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the
Dutch colonial period. Galle is the best example of a fortified city in
South and Southeast Asia. The city was extensively fortified by the Dutch
during the 17th century from 1649 onwards and is the largest remaining
fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

Dutch cannon mount


Galle Lighthouse at Point Utrecht Bastion

Galle Dutch Hospital is one of the oldest buildings in the Galle Fort area
dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. The heritage building
has now been developed into a shopping and dining precinct.

The Dutch Warehouse building
constructed during the latter part of the seventeenth century.
Above the Old Gate the British Coat of Arms is seen
inscribed at the entrance, the inner part of the gate has an inscription,
with the date, 1668, the letters VOC, and the insignia of a cock
flanked by two lions.

When the new gateway was built by the British in
1873, piercing the main rampart between the Sun and Moon Bastions, the
importance of the old gate was reduced.

The Old Gate

The New Gate of Galle

Clock tower and Moon Bastion seen from the Star Bastion


students visiting Galle

Independence Memorial Hall
Built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British
rule on February 4, 1948.

The Grand Oriental Hotel (1875).
With its towering front facing the harbour
separated by only a few yards from the principle landing stage by the
mail steamers who are passing through the port are especially catered for
at this establishment in the very best style. The building contains 154

Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Colombo
As seen from the 4th floor restaurant of The Grand Oriental Hotel

The iconic Cargills building in the centre of Colombo Fort was originally
the residence of Captain Pieter Sluysken, the former Dutch military
commander of Galle.

Cargills is a Sri Lankan Retail, FMCG, Banking and Restaurant company.

The The Dutch Hospital is considered to be the oldest building in the
Colombo Fort area. It is now a heritage building for shopping and dining.

Colombo Fort Railway Station

The Colombo Dutch Museum is a museum that covers the history of the Dutch
colonial rule in Sri Lanka.

The two storey colonnaded building on Prince Street during the Dutch
occupation of Colombo (1656 - 1796) and was the formal residence of the
Governor of Dutch Ceylon Thomas van Rhee (1634 - 1701) during his term of
office in 1692 to 1697. The building has been used for many different
purposes over the years.

The restoration of the building commenced in 1977, with financial
assistance of Netherlands government, and was completed in 1981. This
museum was opened to the public in 1982. This building embodies the unique
architectural features of a colonial Dutch town house. The museum while
displaying the Dutch legacy with the artefacts including furniture,
ceramics, coins and weaponry.
(inside no pictures allowed)

The Pettah neighborhood is famous for the Pettah Market, a series of open
air bazaars and markets. It is Sri Lanka's most busiest commercial area.

Keyzer Street

Dam Street

Wolvendaal Church (Wolvendaalse Kerk) is located in Pettah, a neighbourhood
of Colombo. It is one of the most important Dutch Colonial era buildings in
Sri Lanka, and is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the

Old Town Hall, Colombo

Galle Face Green, Colombo
A relaxing place during the evening

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