Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 by the late Hon. Minister Kalugalle and currently managed by the Department of National Zoological Gardens Sri Lanka. Presently it is a home for 93 elephants.

Elephant at Pinnawala
Getting ready for their daily bath at "Ma Oya" river

Main idea behind the facility is to attract local and foreign visitors and the income from which would help to maintain the orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has since become a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Thousands of visitors visit the orphanage daily to see how the elephants live under the kind care of their mahouts.

Main idea behind the facility is to attract local and foreign visitors and the income from which would help to maintain the orphanage. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has since become a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Thousands of visitors visit the orphanage daily to see how the elephants live under the kind care of their mahouts.

The main residential care area is on the east side of Rambukkana Road. It also has some restaurants and refreshment stands, and management buildings including sleeping sheds and veterinary facilities. The elephant bathing and viewing area along the “Ma Oya” River is directly opposite on the west side of the highway.

People who visit the Elephant Orphanage can view the care and daily routine of the elephants, such as bottle feeding of elephant calves, feeding of all other elephants, and bathing in the “Ma Oya” River.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant pack ready for a bathing at the river

Most of the elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage are healthy. Once they attained adulthood will be retained within the facility because they have become dependent on food. A few disabled elephants are given residential care.

An Evening View of Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake

The Kandy Lake (Kiri-muhuda)

A beautiful lake can be seen in front of the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is called “Kandy Lake”. It was a stretch of paddy fields called “Tigolwela” in the past. King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe built the lake converting the paddy fields. Since there was a beautiful pond named as “Kiri-muhuda” (a sea of milk) in the middle of the Tigolwela, the lake too had been named as “Kiri-muhuda”.

The extent of the lake is 6544 sq. meters. (70,400 sq. ft.) The circumference is 3.21 km. Highest depth is 18.5 m (60 ft.) The parapet wall, giving the appearance of a cloud, is popularly called “Walakulu Bemma” and measures 633.82 m. It is a beautiful lake which greatly enhances the scenic appeal of the city.

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Kotmale Dam

Kotmale Dam

kotmale dam

The Kotmale dam is one of the five main head-work projects done under the Mahaweli Ganga Scheme. this is the most upstream of all.

Kotmale dam is the first with an upstream concrete membrane. The power station is the first Sri Lankan underground station. The dam was ceremoniously declared open in 1985.

There are three spillways and the type of it is called Radial gated, chute type spillway. Catchment area is 544 sq Km. The type of the dam is known as Rock fill with concrete membrane.

Kotmale Dam
World's highest statue of walking Buddha

Ranawana Temple

Ranawana Temple

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Ranawana temple is located approximately 900 m off Kandy-Colombo (A1) road. You need to turn from Nanuoya near the Highway Museum Complex. The temple is one of the beautiful temples in Sri Lanka and you must not miss a visit when visiting the sacred city of Kandy. It has many life incidents of Lord Buddha and are built using maximum natural resources.

Temple is also known as “Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya”. Entrance of the temple has a model of the north entrance of the “Sanchi Stupa” of India. Spending few hours at this temple will help you to keep out all of your busy life and will help you to make your mind free. Your visit to the temple will be a memorable one and can collect lot of memories.

Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

Jetwing Lighthouse will be closed in the months of May and June Next year

In Jetwing quest to offer legendary service standards and unforgettable experiences to their valued guests, they believe that it is of paramount importance to continuously upgrade their services and amenities.

It is therefore with great pleasure they announce the commencement of the renovation project of Jetwing Lighthouse, which includes the 63 rooms and suites designed by Sri Lanka’s seminal architect Geoffrey Bawa. The property will be closed in the months of May and June Next year (2019) and will be ready to accept guests once again in July. Jetwing Lighthouse Club (22 rooms and suites, and Nihal’s Restaurant) and the banquet hall at Jetwing Lighthouse will continue to operate during this period.

They apologize for any inconveniences this can cause and sincerely appreciate your patience and support.

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum is the national railway museum of Sri Lanka, located in Kadugannawa. The railway museum is owned by Sri Lanka Railways.

The museum was opened on 27 December 2014 in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of railway service in Sri Lanka. Previously, the museum was located in Colombo.[2] The old museum has been opened in May 2009.

The museum has old engines, locomotives, rail cars, trolleys, carriages, machineries, and equipment’s that used since the beginning of Sri Lanka Railway.

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Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya Temple

Gadaladeniya temple or viharaya is an old monastery built on top of a rock in Pilimatalawa in Kandy district of Sri Lanka. The temple was built during the era of King Buwanekabaghu IV in 1344 AD. Gadaladeniya viharaya was built with the influence of South Indian architecture and done by architect Ganesvarachchari.

Temple is also known as Saddharmatilaka Vihara or Dharma Kirthi Viharaya. You can reach to the temple through Gadaladeniya road (B116) and is approximately 12.5 Kms to the west of the Kandy City. And located closely to the Lankathilaka viharaya.


The history of the temple goes back to the 14th century. According to historical reports this temple was built in 1344, under the patronage of King Bhuvanekabahu IV, who reigned from 1341 to 1351 A. D., by the Ven. Seelavamsa Dharmakirti. The architecture of the temple was designed following Hindu artistic styles by, Ganesvarachari, a South Indian architect. On the rock outcrop, upon which the temple stands, is a carved inscription regarding the temple’s construction. The temple was constructed in the Dravidian architectural style[6] incorporating Sinhalese architecture from the Polonnaruwa era and other Indo Chinese architectural patterns.

Celebrated scholarly monks who have resided at the temple include Sangharaja Dharmakirti II, the author of the Sangharaja-Nikāya (14-15th century) and Vimalakirti I.

The temple was abandoned until King Vira Parakrama Narendra Sinha (1707-1739) handed over it to Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero, who’s pupils have looked after the temple ever since.

For more information, visit Wikipedia.

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Buddha Statue at Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple is a highly conservative cave temple in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Matale district of Central province.

Temple was built by King Wattagamini Abhaya (famously known as Walagamba) in 89 BC to 77 BC.

Around 75 caves were found from the site and believed to be used for dwelling of monks. Out of them five (5) caves were built as shrine rooms.

Following is a list of them;

  1. Dewraja Viharaya
  2. Maharaja Viharaya
  3. Mahaaluth Viharaya
  4. Paschima Viharaya
  5. Dewana Aluth Viharaya

In the caves 151 Buddha statues are found with different positions and “mudras”. Also found are three (3) statues of Gods and two (2) images of “Bodhisathwa”. Three (3) images of Kings can  be found as well.

Thousands of locals and foreigners visit the cave temple each day.

For more information visit : Wikipedia

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Nalanda Gedige (Black & White)

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige is an ancient complete stone temple near Matale, Sri Lanka. Its original site was considered as the center of Sri Lanka. The building was constructed in between 8th and 10th centuries. And has used dravidian architecture and is believed to have been used by Buddhists.

Also some scholars describe this building is a dravidian architecture dedicated to a Mahayanaa cult with pronounced Trantric learning and known for an ancient monument of possible Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhist affinities.

Source: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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