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SO FAR THE MONEY RAISED HAS PURCHASED:

FISHING BOATS

RE ROOFED AN ORPHANAGE

PROVIDED  NEW HOMES FOR HOMELESS VICTIMS

FED RESCUED DOGS IN A DOGS HOME (KACPAW)

FED MANY HOMELESS VICTIMS WITH FRESH FOOD AND PROVISIONS

PROVIDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED CHILDREN

HELPED SMALL BUSINESSES BACK ON THEIR FEET BY BUYING EQUIPMENT TO START AGAIN

PURCHASED & RE PLANTED TREES TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT

PROVIDED FRESH WATER TANK SYSTEMS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED SCHOOLS

SUPPLIED CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHERS WITH SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND SHOES

ALSO WITH THE HELP OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC WE HAVE:

 SENT OVER 4 CONTAINERS WITH BOXES OF AID CONTAINING:

CLOTHES, SHOES, BABY ITEMS, BLANKETS, BEDDING, KITCHEN WARE, FOOD, MEDICINES, SEWING MACHINES, COMPUTERS, BICYCLES

Many people have lost not only their possessions, homes and loved ones, but also their source of income. We have replaced badly damaged fishing boats (Sea Canoes), restoring the trade of families and have  delivered 20 boats for the village of Kaburugamuwa in the south of Sri Lanka. All proudly bear the name of their sponsor.

 

See more here

 

 

 

 

Nuwara Eliya hill country train on route to Ella

 

Beruwala - Sonnenuntergang

Beruwela sunset

 

Weligama stilt fisherman

Visit Sri Lanka - Beaches

An excellent way of helping the people of Sri Lanka is to visit for a holiday.

 

Do you love cricket?  Sri Lanka is the place to go this year.  During October 2007 there are a series of One Day Matches and in December there are Test Matches.  We can help you to have a purpose built holiday just for you.  Contact www.srilankadirect.org for more information.  Mention us and we will receive £50!

If you are visiting Sri Lanka the use of a local guide will provide higher levels of enjoyment of your trip, with the local knowledge you will visit all the places both on and off the tourist trail.

Help us fundraise book your holiday through our webshop

or

go directly to JNW TOURS OR GAMINI

Gamini Tours

Gamini is an experienced tour guide and a tsunami survivor himself. We highly recommend his services. See his contact information.

                                             


MAP OF SRI LANKA

 

Beaches

Warm, calm waters invite you to swim and when you want to feel the sun on your cheeks and get the tan on your skin, You might as well loll around amidst the soft sands. There is time enough for everything ,even to watch the sun dip in to the far horizon in all it's crimson and gold glory. 

 

Negombo
Population: 140,000
District: Gampaha
Typical Weather: Warm

A characteristic fishing town 37Km north of Colombo. It is a mere km from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Set amidst lush groves of coconut palms. It breathes the spirit of the sea, Negombo is a gourmet paradise with sea food in abundance. Old world fishing craft like the out rigger canoe and the catamaran bring seer, skipjack, herring, mullet, pomfret & amber-jack whilst lobster & prawns are caught in the lagoon.

 

Bentota
Population: 48,000
District: Galle
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny

62 km south of Colombo, the Bentota Resort Complex is a romantic rendezvous of river and sea with several hotels, the railway station, post office, shopping arcade, cafeteria and an open air theatre showing folk and mask dancing with clusters of palms overlooking everything.

Galle
Population: 97,000
District: Galle
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny

Galle, 116 km south of Colombo, is the most important southern town with an overwhelming charm. Believed to be the 'Tarshish' of the Bible, its natural harbour was a famous fort in days gone by. Famous for its Dutch fort, lace making, ebony carving and gem polishing. Based nearby is the excellent Lighthouse Hotel & Spa.

Mount Lavinia
Population: 150,000
District: Colombo
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny

Just 12 km south of Colombo, Mount Lavinia is an immediate city suburb and the beach is one of the better known even in colonial times. It lies alongside a wind swept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian Ocean. The sand is the softest whilst the waves are calm. The Governor's House built in I805 by Sir Thomas Maitland, now forms part of the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Weligama
Population: 68,000
District: Matara
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny
Distance from Colombo: 143 Kms

27 km from Galle with its picturesque bay, and an tiny off shore island where a French Count built his dream house, Weligama is where you will see the famous stilt fishermen.

Kalutara  An important spice-trading centre controlled at various times by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Today it has a reputation for fine basket ware (visit basket hall) and also for the best mangosteens on the island. Immediately south of the Kalu Ganga Bridge (8kim north of Kalutara) on the main road is the Gangatil Vihara, which has a hollow dagoba (Buddhist shrine) with an interesting painted interior. By the roadside there’s a small shrine and bodhi tree where drivers often stop to make offerings to ensure a safe journey to Wadduwa. 

Arugam Bay
Population: 27,000
District: Ampara
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny

314 km from Colombo a most beautiful bay with good surfing. The East coast offers infinite possibilities for all kinds of water sports and underwater photography. The many ship-wrecks off the coast are a tempting challenge to the diver.

BeruwalaBeruwela
Population: 136,000
District: Kalutara
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny
Distance from Colombo: 56 Kms

56 km south of Colombo, Beruwela marks the beginning of a 130 km stretch of beach where resort development has taken immense strides in the past few years. Bathing may be done in the bay all year round.

Hikkaduwa
Population: 97,000
District: Galle
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny 


 The first area to be developed for Tourism, this is still one of the most popular of the beach resorts. 98 km south of Colombo, Hikkaduwa is the place for underwater delight. Site of the famed coral gardens. It is possible to hire a glass bottomed boat or goggles and flippers and explore the fantasies under your feet. Please make sure that you don't purchase or encourage the sale of corals. A little further down the coast, there’s good surf for board or body-surfing. There is a generally a community of international surfers in and around Hikkaduwa.

Ambalangoda
Population: 74,000
District: Galle
Typical Weather: Warm & sunny
Distance from Colombo: 90kms

A half hour's drive from Bentota would take you to Ambalangoda, home of devil dancing and mask making. Also nearby is the excellent Turtle hatchery.

 

 

Weather: Five Day Forecasts for Sri Lanka from the BBC
 
 

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Beaches

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