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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

 

 

 

 

Beruwala - Sonnenuntergang

Beruwela sunset

 

Weligama stilt fisherman

Visit Sri Lanka - Watersports

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

Marine life, Diving & Water sports

 

MARINE SANCTUARIES

Sri Lanka's coral reefs radiate a vibrant panorama among her picturesque ecological assets, while adding colour to its aquatic environs, corals have also proved to have their variegated scientific uses. However, due to a multitude of development activities by man, these coral reefs were recently found to be in a degraded state. In order to circumvent these hazards, two of Sri Lanka's premier coral reefs - HIKKADUWA and the BARRIER REEF, north of Kalpitiya have been declared as Marine Sanctuaries. Hikkaduwa was declared as a Marine Sanctuary in 1979, followed by the Barrier Reef in 1992, in accordance with the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance. This would actively inhibit wanton destruction. Therefore, only planned activities are permitted with the prior permission of the Department of Wildlife.

Scuba Diving

Sri Lanka is a wonderful place for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are several dive sites along the island's coastline which give you an opportunity to see a fantastic marine life such as coral, ship wrecks, myriad tropical fish, coral fish, angle fish and puffer fish. Hikkaduwa and Tangalle on the west coast are pretty good but Unawatuna on the south coast and Nilaveli on the east coast are even better.


At Nilaveli beach, you can take boat out to Pigeon Island, not far north of the beach, which is said to be a fine place to go snorkeling. Other significant snorkeling sites are the Coral Sanctuary in Hikkaduwa where  water is not so deep and plenty of coral are kept safe, at Mirissa where the water is clear, and at Polhena near Matara . There are also several interesting wreck drives at Unawatuna around Galle south of the island whereas Weligama and Tangalla provide good places for scuba dive.The vibrant and beautifully shaped coral is home to a varied number of fish species that include the Emperor Angel, the Moorish Idol, Powder Blue Surgeon, Sergeant-Major, Lion, Unicorn, Parrot Fish, Clown, Porcupine, Rays, Eels and others.

For the more adventurous and enterprising divers, dozens of ship wrecks litter our coastline, almost always close to rocks and reefs and in clear accessible waters. These wrecks add a sense of adventure to all divers who have glided through these beautiful waters coming to know a different Sri Lanka, apart from its historical wealth, scenic beauty and the diverse cultures that she offers so abundantly.

 

 

Along the west coast the best time to dive and snorkel is generally from November to April. The seas are calmest from April to September along the east coast. During this season, many dive operators offer PADI courses for beginners as well as experienced people. There are wide selections of dives including open water, wreck dives, night dives and dives for those who just want to try dive out. Costs are varied depend on the completeness of equipment offered by the operator and the popularity of the place.
Diving shops where you can hire and buy diving and snorkeling equipment can mostly be found in Colombo and in major west coast resorts.

Hikkaduwa
The first area to be developed for Tourism, this is still one of the most popular of the beach resorts. Hikkaduwa is famous for its coral and sub tropical fish. The reef, which runs parallel to the shore and is only a few meters below the water, can be investigated with snorkel and flippers, or in a glass-bottomed boat. There are several wrecks in the area which offer interesting dives. Scuba equipment and the services of licensed instructors are on hire from PADI centres. A little futher 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.

Surfing Arugam Bay is one of the world's top 10 surf locations, situated on the idyllic and unspoilt East Coast of Sri Lanka. The closest town is Pottuvil, and it is within easy reach of the superb kovils at Oganda, Yala and Lahugala National Park, and Kataragama. The legendary Vihara Maha Devi is thought to have landed at Arugam Bay - or perhaps at Panama, a few miles to the south, the site of an important Buddhist temple. The drive north up the coast through Komari, Thirukovil (site of a fabulous Hindu temple), Oluvil, Akkaraipattu and Kalmunai towards Batticaloa, through jungle fringes where elephants roam and past numerous enchanting lagoons, is one of the most beautiful coastal journeys in the world.

 

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. 

 

 

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Beaches

 Places of interest

 Diving & Surfing

 

Ayubowan ! May you live long - greetings from Sri Lanka

 

 

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