The Beta Analytic Institute of Miami, Florida that analysed the soil samples excavated from the ancient Kuragala site in Balangoda, has said it is the oldest archaeological find so far in the Intermediate Zone of the country.
From Sri Lanka’s little known past of folklore and jungle tales comes a story of hairy bodied, short and dagger clawed people known to many as Nittaewo, but did the country being an island nurture a different type of hominid, who lived parallel with the Veddas in the jungles of the East?
The shallow sandy beaches at the Weligama Bay are considered to some of the best in Southern Sri Lanka to catch your first wave.
Hidden among a thick jungle full of wild elephants and leopards is the Buddangala monastery, a Buddhist meditation Centre, which is nearly 2300 years old. Established in the second century BC by a provincial Princess named, Chitra; the ruins of a once thriving temple and monastery is found scattered over an area of 200 acres... Continue Reading →
Built nearly 2000 years ago to celebrate the landing of Queen Vihara Maha Devi, the wife of King Kawantissa, the ruler of Rohana and the mother of King Dutugamunu, the hero of Mahavansa Chronicle, Muhudu Maha Viharaya or the Temple by the Sea’ is just a stone throw away from the Pothuvil Town. Although the... Continue Reading →
It is a place where history was made when the daughter of King Kelanitissa, the ruler of the Kelaniya kingdom married the King of Rohana, King Kavantissa, which unified the southern parts of Sri Lanka in the Second Century BC. Built to celebrate this union which was to change the face of Sri Lankan history... Continue Reading →
Built in the First Century BC by the Queen Rajitha, the main wife of King Dutugamunu Piyangala Forest Hermitage remain a monastery up to today standing strong despite the thirty year war that stormed the Eastern Sri Lanka. Situated on a peak, the monastery is small in size compared to the other monasteries in the... Continue Reading →
Built in the second century BC enshrining the remaining of the Arhant Mahanida and Arhant Ittiya Theras, the envoys of Buddhism to Sri Lanka, Rajagala had been a flourishing monastery under the sponsorship of the Royals of East. Built by the Kings of Anuradhapura and having flourished under the sponsorship of Kings of Digamadulla, the... Continue Reading →
Hidden in the vast jungles of Lahugala forest reserve and surrounded by wild elephants is the largest stupa in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Built in the third century BC under patron ship of King Kawanthissa the stupa and the monastery around had been called ‘Uttara Seevali Pabbata Viharaya’ in its glory days. Alleged... Continue Reading →
Linked to one of the prime births in the Sri Lankan history, the birth of King Dutugamunu, the whereabouts Kotaweheragala Viharaya, had remained a mystery to many a leading archeologists of present day. The legend that surrounds the birth of King Dutugamunu relates a story of a novice monk, who lived in a temple... Continue Reading →
Hidden amidst the Kudumbigala Wildlife Sanctuary and few miles away from the Kudumbigala Forest Hermitage are the remains of an ancient monastery lost to the time and the jungle. Ruins scattered over nearly 60 acres of jungle speaks volumes of its glory days but nothing moves a devotee other than the 36 feet reclining Buddha... Continue Reading →