Showing posts with label Sri Lanka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sri Lanka. Show all posts

Sunday, 9 November 2014

South Coast of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan south coast is one of most beautiful places in Asia; the region's has stunning diverse attractions make it one of Sri Lanka's most rewarding areas to visit. Gateway to the south and one of its highlights is the atmospheric old port of Galle, Sri Lanka's best-preserved colonial town; though beyond Galle stretch a string of picturesque beaches in the world, including Unawatuna, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalla. Moreover nearby, the little-visited town of Matara, with its picturesque Dutch fort, provides a further taste of Sri Lanka's colonial past, while ancient Tissamaharama makes a good base from which to visit two of the country's finest national parks: the placid lagoons and birdlife-rich wetlands of Bundala, and Yala, famous for its elephants and leopards. Beyond Tissamaharama lies the fascinating religious center of Kataragama, whose various shrines are held sacred by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

Built over 1,500 years ago between AD 477 to 495, the rocking Sigiriya, also known as ‘Lion’s Rock’, is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin located on the island of beautiful Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is a popular tourist place, and this fantastic outcrop is surrounded by what is left of extensive & lovely gardens and reservoirs. Sigiriya is one of the 7 World Heritage Sites of the island, renowned for its ancient fresco, akin to those of the Ajanta Caves of India. Therefore; Sigiriya is believed one of the most foremost urban planning sites of the first millennium, and the site plan is considered very elaborate and imaginative. The plan combined idea of symmetry and asymmetry to intentionally interlock the man-made geometrical and natural forms of the surroundings. The Sirgiriya Gardens of the Sigiriya are one of the most important aspects of the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. These gorgeous  gardens are divided into 3 distinct but linked forms, Cave & boulder gardens, water gardens, and terraced gardens.