Sri Pada – Adam’s Peak Temple of Tooth Relic Elephant Orphanage Yapahuwa Bird Sanctuaries Yala National park Kandy Perahera Sigiriya
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Sri Pada – Adam’s Peak

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This is not the highest mountain of  Sri Lanka but the striking pyramid of adam’s speak is 7,360 ft of high and a remarkable mountain. A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been venerated as a sacred sigh from remote antiquity. This was identified by Buddhists as the Buddha’s footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Muslims as Adam’s.

The Mahawansa tells how the sacred footprint was imprinted by the departing Buddha on his third visit to Lanka, but the site did not become an object of regular Buddhist pilgrimage until the Polonnaruwa period, when Vijayabahu I built resting houses for pilgrims and King Nissankamalla himself, in the year 1201, climbed to the top and worshipped the spot.

Temple of Tooth Relic

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Long a center of the Buddhist faith and Located in Kandy, the stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.

The tooth was brought out for special occasions and paraded on the backs of elephants, which are sacred to the Buddha.When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city then placed in temples built to honor it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portugese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.

Elephant Orphanage

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Sri Lanka is the only country providing a safe re-treat for orphaned elephants. Pinnawela elephant orphanage is one of the two such sanctuaries in Sri-Lanka tending & caring for the domestic baby elephants and this has now become quite well known worldwide. This was Started in 1972 the Elephant Orphanage was relocated to at the present site in 1975 Bathing time at Ma Oya just in front of the orphanage is sharp at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Feeding time is about and hour earlier.

Yapahuwa

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The prominent rock at Yapahuwa and its accompanying ruins are of interest because of the brief part they played in the long drama of the sacred Tooth Relic. After the death of King Prakramabahu II, Sri Lanka fell into chaos again with various factions vying with each other for power. In 1272 Bhauvanekabahu I became king and moved his capital from Polonnaruwa to Yapahuwa taking the Tooth Relic with him. Yapahuwa had been the stronghold of a general called Subha and Bhauvanekabahu set about strengthening it and making it suitable as a royal residence. But the king had  been reduced to little more than a regional lord and by any standard Yapahuwa is a very modest place. However he was in possession of the Tooth  and for as long as he had it the people would look to him as their ruler.

Bird Sanctuaries

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More than 465 birds types can be seen in sri lanaka.Thare are 26 endemic birds. Most of them are found in the wet zone.When the winter migrants come from distant Siberia and western Europe. The reservoirs attract vast number of water birds. The forests attract many other species.  There are many birds sanctuaries across the little island. Some of them are Kumana, Bundala, Kalamatiya, Sinharaja , Udawatta Kale, Bellanwila, Muthurajawela, Minneriya, Kitulgala and Minipe.

Yala National park

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A recent study has shown that Yala National Park has one of the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world, although this animal is still considered to be endangered.

The Sri Lankan leopard colloquially known as Kotiya in Sinhala and Puli in Tamil, is a subspecies of leopard native to Sri Lanka. Classified as Endangered by IUCN, the population is believed to be declining due to numerous threats including poaching for trade and human-leopard conflicts.

The Sri Lankan leopard is one of the nine known leopard subspecies. Its coat is tawny or rusty yellow, stamped with dark spots and rosettes.

Kandy Perahera

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Kandy Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional ‘diya-kepeema’.

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Sigiriya

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Sigiriya (Lion’s rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos),[1] which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha. According to the chronicles as Mahavamsa the entire complex was built by King Kashyapa, and after the king’s death, it was used as a Buddhist monastery until 14th century.

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