After a five-hour journey along the Western coast we were in Mannar, home to the miraculous statue of Mother Mary. The road leading to the church runs through the thick Madhu sanctuary. My grandmother, who last travelled there during her childhood, had described her journey to the shrine as an arduous trek through the jungle. The journey they believed reflected the zeal of ones piety and would strengthen ones faith. Today we travelled on a smooth winding tarmac admiring the forest that flanked our sides.
A hundred glittering elephants are a breathtaking sight, and that's what you will see in Kandy from August 8 to 18 this year. But beyond the parade of caparisoned pachyderms, the frenzied dancers, drummers and more that make up the Kandyan Esala Perahera, are rivetting capsules of history and tradition. Where else can you catch such a rich cultural compendium fused into a single celebration of costumed splendour over ten consecutive tropical nights.
The Government will change the name, “Port City” to “Financial City” to underline the fact that China would not be given outright ownership to the block of land, Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando said today.
Four major development projects with planned investments of at least Rs 2 billion have been approved by the Megapolis project team for implementation, Chairman, Western Region Megapolis Planning Project, Ajita de Costa told the Sunday Observer.
The hills are alive with the sound of the season, and with April here, all holiday roads take the winding climb to the cool uplands of merriment - Nuwara Eliya, where the flower-strewn carpet of welcome is rolled out to every fun lover seeking refuge from the heat and bustle of the lowlands.
Tropical pitcher plants attract insects for more than just the act of pollination. The hanging menace that makes up this intriguing predator entices its victims, whether they crawl or fly, through various means which have been a source of fascination for centuries.
Adam's Peak is Sri Lanka's most famous mountain, known locally as Siripada, or the Sacred Foot, because of an indentation at the summit that Buddhists believe is the footprint of the Buddha.
New Year is a time for revelling and rejoicing.It is a display of tradition and an exaltation of culture. Sacred rituals of our forefathers are upheld with reverence, and celebrating this grand festival with food is a must.