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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 FOUR 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 to 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.

 

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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 - Sunset

Beruwela sunset

 

Weligama stilt fisherman

 

Matala Hindu Temple

 

Sigiriya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Sri Lanka

An excellent way of helping the people of Sri Lanka is to visit for a holiday.  Every now and then you will read information in the papers or hear on the news that there is a terrorist movement in Sri Lanka called the Tamil Tigers.  We need to reassure you that this movement does not operate in the tourist areas and the movement is usually in the North and East of Sri Lanka.  We recommend you use a guide when travelling around the country.  We have never felt threatened whilst we have been over there.  We just love the country and want you to share the experience also.

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.

 

R.H.P.D. Gamini        

28 Summer Garden

Narigama

Hikkaduwa

Sri Lanka

Tel: (0)912275119

Mobile: 0777450728

Gamini Tours

English and German spoken professional Sri Lankan

guide with over 20 years experience available to provide

a personal and friendly service.

                                              
  • Very reasonable rates

  • Tours organised for your individual needs

  • Bookings for trips and hotels

  • Personal service for you whether it be business or pleasure

  • Private Tuk Tuk or air conditioned people carrier

  • Airport pick up and drop off service

  • Nothing too much trouble, just ask

  • Friendly English and German spoken guide

  • Complete knowledge of Sri Lanka

"A service that will exceed your expectations"

GAMINI TOURS

Tel: (0)912275119

Mobile: 0777450728

 

Gamini and tour bus

 


MAP OF SRI LANKA

 

Ayubowan ! May you live long - greetings from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of endless enchantment, a tiny tropical paradise where you could discover almost anything from golden sun-kissed beaches, mist-shrouded mountains, awe-inspiring ancient monuments and sprawling wild life parks to impenetrable rain forests and rushing white waters to get the adrenaline flowing.

Travelers have a right to dream, and in Sri Lanka they would discover their dreams could become a reality....

It is an Island of tranquil hospitality and spellbinding sights and sounds, a culture and heritage inherited over thousands of years, an island of vivid intensity where ancient customs and traditions blend perfectly with modern life.

Where the customs, traditions and religious beliefs brought in over the centuries add not only variety, but also spice to the island life, blending the best from the East and the West.

The Island has an unbroken expanse of beautiful golden beaches from the soft brown sands and warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean on its South and West Coast, to the world renowned beauty of its un spoilt expanses of beach on the East Coast.

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.

The World renowned space fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, a resident of Sri Lanka has said : "The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe containing as many variations of culture, scenery and climate as some countries a dozen times her size....."

Every point on the island can be reached by car, enabling even the short-term visitor experience the island's diversities.

Click on the links below to go to the individual pages.

Beaches

 Places of interest

 Watersports

Weather: Five Day Forecasts for Sri Lanka from the BBC
 

Introduction
Sigiriya in Sri Lanka The smallest island country of Asia, Sri Lanka is also one of its delights. Too small in its size but too wide in its diversity, Sri Lanka has many nicknames, as Ceylon, Serendib, Teardrop of India, Island of Dharma, Resplendent Isle, Pearl of the Orient. This colourful country divulges richness and beauty to its visitors. Sri Lanka entices visitors with its picturesque scenery, palm-skirted beaches, cool hill country and historic monuments. Take a tailormade holiday trip to Sri Lanka and enjoy your vacations amidst tropical forests harbour pristine wildlife sanctuaries, significant Buddhist relics and religious monuments are found in the undulating highlands while deserted golden sand beaches make up the southern coast.

Physical Location
Sri Lanka is located at the foot of the Indian continent, suspended like a teardrop. It is measured just 436 kilometers from North to South and 225 kilometers from east to west at its widest. The three zones of the country can be divided by its distinguished elevation: the Central Highland, the plains, and the coastal belt.

Sri Lanka - A Brief History
Recent excavations show that even during the Neolithic Age there were food-gatherers and rice cultivators in Sri Lanka. Very little is known of this period. Documented history began with the arrival of the Aryans from North India. The Aryans introduced the use of iron and an advanced form of agriculture and irrigation. The Aryans also introduced the art of government. Of the Aryan settlements, Anuradhapura grew into a powerful kingdom under the rule of King Pandukabhaya. According to traditional history he is accepted as the founder of Anuradhapura.

During the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa, a descendent of Pandukabhaya, Buddhism was introduced in 247 B.C. by Arahat Mahinda, the son of the emperor Asoka of India. This is one of the most important events in Sri Lanka history as it set the country on the road to cultural greatness. As a new civilization flourished Sri Lanka became rich and prosperous.

In the mid 2nd century B.C. a large part of north Sri Lanka came under the rule of an invader from South India. From the beginning of the Christian era and up to the end of the 4th century A.D. Sri Lanka was governed by an unbroken dynasty called Lambakarna, which paid great attention to the development of irrigation. A great king of this dynasty Mahasen (3rd century A.D.) started the construction of large "tanks" or irrigation reservoirs. Another great "tank" builder was Dhatusena, who was put to death by his son Kasyapa, who made Sigiriya a royal city with his fortress capital on the summit of the rock. As a result of invasions from South India the kingdom of Anuradhapura fell by the end of the 10th century A.D.. Vijayabahu I repulsed the invaders and established his capital at Polonnaruwa in the 11th century A.D.. Other great kings of Polonnaruwa were Parakrama Bahu the Great and Nissanka Malla both of whom adorned the city with numerous buildings of architectural beauty

Invasion was intermittent and the capital was moved constantly until the Portuguese arrived in 1505, when the chief city was established at Kotte, in the western lowlands. The Portuguese came to trade in spices, but stayed to rule until 1656 in the coastal regions, as did the Dutch thereafter. Dutch rule lasted from 1656 to 1796, in which year they were displaced by the British. During this period the highland kingdom, with its capital in Kandy, retained its independence despite repeated assaults by foreign powers who ruled the rest of the country. In 1815 the Kingdom of Kandy was ceded to the British and thus they established their rule over the whole island.

Modern communications, western medical services, education in English, as well as the plantation industry (first coffee, then tea, rubber and coconut) developed during the British rule. By a process of peaceful, constitutional evolution, Sri Lanka won back independence in 1948 and is now a sovereign republic, with membership in the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations Organization.

Sri Lanka is used for numerous film backdrops such as Kithulgala where ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed.

 

A country rich in natural resources 

 

Tea, Rubber and Coconut

Tea
Sri Lanka is the world's leading producer of high quality tea, which is our main export. Most itineraries which include hill country resorts also include a visit to a tea estate and factory to see production and processing which is done in some of the most scenic areas of the island. Every visitor is allowed 3 kilos of tea for export, duty free, and it is readily available everywhere. Excess over this quantity is dutiable

Rubber
Another large export item rubber was introduced by Sir Henry Wickham, who cultivated seedlings from seeds brought from Brazil in 1876. The milk like latex is tapped from the bark and made into crape or sheets for export. The plantations are mainly in the south western zone of the island.

Coconut
Coconut grows widely in the coastal regions of -the wet zone. Described as the 'tree of life' every part of it is made use of. Coconut milk, the extract of the kernel, is used for daily cooking. Other products obtained from coconut are oil, copra, desiccated coconut, vinegar and arrack, the local drink. Coconut fiber is used to make rope, rugs, matting, brooms and brushes.

Rice, Vegetables & Fruit.

Marine life, Diving & Water sports

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