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SO FAR THE MONEY RAISED  HAS PURCHASED:

FISHING BOATS &  NETS

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 so far delivered 20 boats for the village of Kaburugamuwa in the south of Sri Lanka. All proudly bear the name of their sponsor.

 

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Nuwara Eliya hill country train on route to Ella

Ratnapura is located in the foothills of the 2,243 metre high Adams Peak.

 

Beruwala - Sonnenuntergang

Beruwela sunset

 

Weligama stilt fisherman

 

Matala Hindu Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Sri Lanka - Places of interest

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.

                                    


Ayubowan ! May you live long - greetings from Sri Lanka

No less than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in Sri Lanka. They include the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the 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 Trade Capital

Colombo, 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

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

Sri 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 feeling.

Pinnawela - The Elephant Orphanage

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.

Elephants

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.

 

 

Yala (Ruhuna) National Park
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

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

Dating 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.
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.

Golden Buddha Dambulla at the entrance to the site of the cave temple.

 

 

 

The Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa 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.

Anuradhapura 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 Mirisavati Dagaba.

The Fortress City of Galle


The 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.

 

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 Turtle hatchery.

 

The Gem Capital of Ratnapura

Holidays in Sri Lanka should not exclude a visit to Ratnapura, the most famous gem mining area in Sri Lanka situated in the foothills of Adams Peak.
Precious stones such as Rubies, Sapphires, Cat's Eyes, Amethysts and Topaz are all mined locally.

Sinharaja Forest 

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 the forest.

Botanical Gardens
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 adorable monkeys.

Bird Sanctuaries

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 environment.

 

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, Bentota, Galle, Mount Lavinia, Weligama, 

Kalutara, Arugam Bay, Beruwela, Hikkaduwa.

 

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