FAR THE MONEY RAISED HAS
RE ROOFED AN ORPHANAGE
NEW HOMES FOR HOMELESS VICTIMS
RESCUED DOGS IN A DOGS HOME (KACPAW)
MANY HOMELESS VICTIMS WITH FRESH FOOD AND PROVISIONS
SCHOLARSHIPS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED CHILDREN
SMALL BUSINESSES BACK ON THEIR FEET BY BUYING EQUIPMENT TO START AGAIN
& RE PLANTED TREES TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
FRESH WATER TANK SYSTEMS TO TSUNAMI AFFECTED SCHOOLS
CHILDREN AND THEIR TEACHERS WITH SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND SHOES
ALSO WITH THE HELP OF THE BRITISH
PUBLIC WE HAVE:
OVER 4 CONTAINERS WITH BOXES OF AID CONTAINING:
SHOES, BABY ITEMS, BLANKETS, BEDDING, KITCHEN WARE, FOOD, MEDICINES,
SEWING MACHINES, COMPUTERS, BICYCLES
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
so far delivered
20 boats for the village
in the south of Sri Lanka.
All proudly bear the name of their sponsor.
Eliya hill country train on route to Ella
is located in the foothills of the 2,243 metre high Adams Peak.
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from Sri Lanka
No less than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in Sri Lanka.
They include the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and
cave temples at Dambulla dating back to the 1st Century, the Temple of
the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy and Sigiriya - the rock fortress in the
sky said to be the 8th Wonder of the World.
The Sinharaja tropical rain forest is designated a UNESCO World Natural
Heritage Site and the white-washed seaport of Galle with its impressive
Fort is declared the only Living World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka.
Every point on the island can be reached by car, enabling even the
short-term visitor experience the island's diversities.
MAP OF SRI LANKA
Places of Interest
Colombo - The
sitting on the west coast of Sri Lanka is a bustling commercial
centre, a blend of East and West. Holidays in Sri Lanka
are ideal for experiencing the old and the new: quaint old shops
vie for trade with oriental bazaars and, more recently, a number
of modern shopping malls have opened.
|The Royal City of Kandy
is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka. It is situated in Sri
Lanka’s misty foothills, in the central part of the island.
Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese Kings and here, the
sacred tooth relic of the Buddha is preserved for veneration at
the Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Tooth.
Each year, the Esala Perahera festival is held and the cask
containing this venerated relic is paraded around the streets in
one of the most colourful pageants in Asia.
Nuwara Eliya - The
Up Country Tea Capital
Lanka's picturesque hill resort over 1800 metres above sea level
is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate with stunning
waterfalls and rolling hills carpeted by tea plantations. A
green carpet of tea plantations covers many slopes .The hill
country’s lovely temperate climate gives you a wonderful
Pinnawela - The Elephant
The elephant orphanage at Pinnawela is perhaps the only one
of its kind in the world. Many tourists include a visit
here as part of their Sri Lanka holiday. Here, young and
abandoned elephants are cared for before they are released back
into the wild.
The herd usually numbers no less than fifty elephants ranging
from babies to mature adults.
Sri Lanka is home to an estimated 3,000 wild
elephants, the problem of diminishing habitat is even more acute. The
island has been stripped of 50 per cent of its forest land in the last
three decades, dramatically affecting the elephant herds. "They
want to roam, and they overlap with the people," said curator
Wijepala Ranbanda of the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage.
They say an elephant never forgets, but what
happens when an elephant is forgotten? In Sri Lanka, abandoned elephants
who cannot survive in the wild find refuge at the Elephant Orphanage at
Pinnewela (near Ram bukkana), which was created In 1975 by government
officials worried about habitat encroachment.. People feed, groom and
care for more than 46 elephants on the farm. The babies drink milk
warmed to body temperature from super-size bottles, seven per feeding.
Maybe at first they can't find their own food. So we bring it to them
here," said ldris Salley, a caretaker at the elephant orphanage.
The Orphanage supports itself in part through tourists, who come for a rare
close-up view of the animals. The orphans arrive from across the
country, rescued from remote villages where they have lost their mothers
to quarry accidents, shootings or lynch mobs. At the Elephant Orphanage,
deep in the tropical hill country of central Sri Lanka, the motherless
calves are raised by human foster parents who ply them with bottled milk
five times a day and give them an occasional swig of beer in an effort
to help preserve Asia's dwindling wild-elephant population.
"Without the orphanage, most of them would be left to die or be
killed," said Wijepala Ranbanda, curator of the elephant orphanage.
Some of the orphans raised in the sanctuary of palm groves and rolling
grassland are now rearing their own babies at the orphanage. The
orphanage's newest arrival weighed 60 kilograms (132 pounds) when she
was born nearly two months ago. She will drink about 25 litres of milk a
day until she's weaned after 4 1/2 years.
Close by to Pinnewela is the Millennium
Elephant conservation centre where tourists can also have elephant rides.
The Yala National Park is a jungle reserve approximately 1,259
sq.km. in extent in the south eastern corner of Sri
Lanka. Its northern boundaries border on the Lahugala
Elephant Sanctuary and it has the added bonus of a scenic ocean
frontage. The terrain is varied flat plains alternating with rocky
outcrops. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle.
Water holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the
animals and birds. It is the domain of the elephant and home to the
largest concentration of leopards on the island. For the
budding ornithologist, this part of your Sri Lanka holiday
offers a bird watcher’s paradise.
|Uda Walawe National Park
Situated 170 km. South East of Colombo the Uda Walawe National Park is
approximately 30,821 hectares in extent. This Park which lies within the
Ratnapura and Monaragala Districts acts as the catchment to the Uda
Walawe Reservoir and is located in the Dry Zone. This Park comprises
grasslands and thorn scrubs and many valuable species of trees are found
within it. Large herds of Elephants and Deer species such as spotted
Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer and Langur, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Jackal
are some of the prominent wild animals found in this Park and a variety
of avifauna is seen.
|The Rock Fortress of
Sigiriya is the lion rock fortress where King Kashyapa built a
fortified palace atop a rocky outcrop in the 5th century.
Sigiriya is best known for its wonderful frescoes of beautiful
women. The paintings form part of this world heritage site.
|The Caves of Dambulla
back to the 1st century BC, this world heritage site is made up
of five caves with in excess of 2000 square metres of hand
painted walls and ceilings with numerous life size images of the
Buddha and other gods.
Buddha Dambulla at
the entrance to the site of the cave temple.
The most impressive is the statue of Buddha which is over 140
feet long. Together it is the largest area of cave paintings to
be found anywhere in the world.
|The Ancient Capital of
rose to prominence and remained a capital from the 10th to the
12th century AD and boasts many ancient ruins and sites.
This includes the gal vihare complex with its three fine
sculptures of a seated, standing and recumbent Buddha.
the First Capital
Sri Lanka's first capital, founded in the 5th century B.C. is
situated 206 km. from Colombo, current population 99,000. Attractions
worth seeing are:- The Sacred Bo Tree, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanaramaya,
Brazen Palace, Thuparama Dagaba, Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna and
The Fortress City of Galle
Fort at Galle is a living world heritage site and provides a
glimpse of Sri Lanka's Dutch heritage.
This Sri Lanka resort ensures two different experiences.
As the town of Galle outside the Fort jostles with life, the
imposing walls of the Fort offers a much calmer atmosphere and
takes you a few centuries back to the Dutch colonial era. Based
nearby is the excellent Lighthouse hotel & Spa ideal for a base
during your visit.
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 Turtle hatchery.
|The Gem Capital of
in Sri Lanka should not exclude a visit to Ratnapura, the most
famous gem mining area in Sri Lanka situated in the foothills of
Precious stones such as Rubies, Sapphires, Cat's Eyes, Amethysts
and Topaz are all mined locally.
The Sinharaja forest is the only remaining rain forest on Sri Lanka
and is recognised by Unesco as part of its International Network of
Bio-sphere reserves. The forest has the highest level of bio-diversity
in the entire world and is included in the list of world heritage sites.
Most of Sri Lanka's endemic bird species, mammals and flora are found in
Sri Lanka has three beautiful Botanic Gardens - one Peradeniya in Kandy at
an elevation of 488 metres, the other two are a distance away from
Kandy, Hakgala at an elevation of 1,680 metres and
Henarathgoda in the low country. If you are visiting Kandy you
must visit the excellent Peradeniya Botanic Gardens with its wide variety of trees
plants and shrubs, it has an extensive array of wildlife including
The sanctuaries at Kumana 312 km. from Colombo, Wirawila 261 km. Bundala
259 km. and Kalametiya 224 km. are all lagoon locations in Sri Lanka's
extreme south eastern coast. The Giant's Tank in the north western
corner of the island is a huge ancient irrigation reservoir of 3,800
hectares. The coastal sanctuaries are exotically picturesque with
combinations of lagoon, swamp, river, jungle, lake and plain. Large
flocks can be found here of both resident and migrant aquatic birds. The
highland sanctuaries at Udawattakele 118 km. from Colombo and the Peak
Wilderness 141 km. are quieter but equally picturesque with wooded hills
and secluded streams and have the added bonus of rare flora such as our
unique Wesak Orchid as well as numerous species of rare butterflies. The
Udawattakele Sanctuary is in the suburbs of Kandy, our picturesque and
fascinating hill capital. The Peak Wilderness is situated on the slopes
of Adam's Peak (Sri Pada), Sri Lanka's sacred mountain.
|Horton Plains National Park
The Horton Plains National Park is the only National Park situated in
the Hill Country and falls within the Nuwara Eliya district and is 200
km. away from Colombo. Panoramic scenic beauty of the Hill Country could
be witnessed within the Park. The famous `Worlds End' is a major
attraction within the Park. Endemic slender loris and endemic purple
monkey are among the important animal species that could be seen in
addition to sambhur, a member of the cat family etc. There are some
endemic avifauna also found within this Park.
Wasgamuwa National Park
Situated approximately 200 km. away from Colombo, the Wasgamuwa National
Park lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts and have the
Mahaweli river and Amban river as its eastern and western boundaries.
Tropical intermediate dry mixed evergreen forest predominates its
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.
Galle, Mount Lavinia, Weligama,
Arugam Bay, Beruwela,
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