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Kandy Lake (Sinhalese: බෝගම්බර වැව/ කිරි මූද), also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king's helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

History

The beautiful lake in front of the Temple of the Tooth was formerly a stretch of paddy fields known as Tigolwela. It was converted to a lake by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha in 1807. As there had been a beautiful pond named 'Kiri-muhuda' (a 'sea of milk') in the middle of the Tigolwela, the lake constructed subsequently too was named, 'Kiri-muhuda'. Deveda Moolacharya is considered the architect of the Kandy Lake. The king first built a dam across the paddy fields, starting from the Pattiruppuwa (Octogen) side, where the steps leading into the lake by the Mahamaluwa (Esplanade) are still visible, stretching across to the Poya-maluwa. The dam, upon which a roadway was constructed, allowed the king to go across to the Malwatte Vihare. According to D’Oyley, the dam was constructed between 1810–1812.

Description

The extent of the Kandy Lake is 6,544 sq. meters. The circumference is 3.21 km. The highest depth is 18.5 meters. The parapet wall giving the appearance of a cloud, is popularly called Walakulu Bemma and measures 633.82 meters. The building located at the center of the lake, together with some ancient ruins, was known as Diyatilaka Mandapaya in the past. It is believed that the Kings used this pavilion for relaxation.

The Kandy Lake offers a place for a stroll or a jog. The shady path surrounding the lake provides a view of the hills and the town. The Malwatte temple, one of the two head temples of the Siyam Nikaya sect of Theravada Buddhism, is also located overlooking the lake.

Jayatilleke Mandapaya

Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe built a dam for the purpose of reaching the opposite side of the lake. The king removed the soil from both the palace end and the Malwatte Vihare end, leaving an island behind. At first this island was used as the Royal Summer House for the Queen and the ladies of the court to relax. The British later used it as an ammunition store and added a fortress-style parapet around its perimeter.

Walakula Bamma

The lake is surrounded by a wall called Walakulu Bamma (Sinhalese: වළාකුළු බැම්ම) or Clouds Wall, which was built to increase the beauty of the Kandy Lake. It extends around half of the lake and has taken one skilled architect to build it. Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe was unable to complete the wall before the city was captured by the British and he was forced to relinquish the Kandian kingdom. The Walakulu Bamma still lies unfinished. The triangular shaped holes in the wall were used in the past for lighting oil lamps on festival days.

Ulpange

Ulpange or Queens Bathing Pavilion is situated partly in the waters of the Kandy Lake. The wives and concubines of Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe used the pavilion when bathing in the lake. After the British captured the city they added another storey and used the building as a library. It is currently used as a police post.

Facts about the lake
  • Spill level above: 1740 M.L.S
  • Capacity: 704 acre-feet
  • Perimeter of the tank: 3.4 kilometres (2.1 mi)
  • Maximum depth: 18 metres (59 ft)
  • Length of the decorative wall: 630 metres (2,070 ft)
  • Catchment area: 1.045 Q.M.I

There are a variety of different trees planted around the lake including Nuga trees, palm trees, fruit trees, Sal trees and Mara trees. Some of the trees are about 74 years old. The trees are now maintained by the Municipal Council of Kandy.

There are a number of bird species found on the lake, including:

  • Diyakawa (Indian cormorant)
  • Koka (white egret crane)
  • Ali koka (wood stork)
  • Karawal koka (pelican)
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Pollution

Pollution of the lake is a serious problem. The government and the surrounding schools are trying to decrease the problem by putting signs and operating environmental societies. Until 1960 the Kandy water board used the lake to distribute water to the surrounding areas. They stopped pumping water from the lake because of the increase in pollution.

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Kandy Lake

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Kandy Lake ( Sinhalese : බෝගම්බර වැව / කිරි මූද), also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy , Sri Lanka , built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth . Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king's helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel. History The beautiful lake in front of the Temple of the Tooth was formerly a stretch of paddy fields known as Tigolwela. It was converted to a lake by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinha in 1807. As there had been a beautiful pond named 'Kiri-muhuda' (a 'sea of milk') in the middle of the Tigolwela, the lake constructed subsequently too was named, 'Kiri-muhuda'. Deveda Moolacharya is considered the architect of the Kandy Lake. The king first built a dam across the paddy fields, starting from the ...more...



Kandy

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Nayaks of Kandy

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Royal Palace of Kandy

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Temple of the Tooth

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Mahamaya Girls' College, Kandy

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Girls' High School, Kandy

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Kandy railway station

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Sri Lanka Scout Association

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Wales Park

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Wariyapola Sri Sumangala College

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Lake View Park International Scout Centre

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Trinity College, Kandy

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List of hospitals in Sri Lanka

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Hillwood College

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Hillwood College is a private girls school situated at the heart of the hill capital of Kandy , Sri Lanka . The school is famous for their well-mannered girls, who are being nurtured basically in a Christian-based environment. Even though the school is of a Christian origin, different pupils of different races as well as of different religions attend the school while keeping there identity as it is. Through this approach the school has been able to produce youngsters who can live cooperatively with different ethnic groups. The school is situated in the lake round area nearby to the Malwatu pirivena ( Buddhist Monastery). Origin Miss Elizabeth Bellerby. Hillwood College Auditorium in 1960s. Hillwood College Kandy was founded in 1890 by Miss Elizabeth Bellerby as a result of an appeal made by the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society(CEZMS) to open a school in benefit for the Kandyan girls. Miss Elizabeth Bellerby along with Miss Ethel Jones arrived Sri Lanka on 1889 to fulfill the request of the CEZMS. U ...more...



Nittawela Rugby Stadium

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Nittawela Rugby Stadium is a purpose-built rugby union stadium in Kandy , Sri Lanka . It is one of Sri Lanka's most famous rugby venues. History Kandy Sports Club 's original home ground was Bogambara Stadium until in 1939 the British Colonial Army took it over during the Second World War . The grounds were subsequently handed over to the General Hospital to house their offices. Kandy SC however continued to play rugby at Bogambara but without a club house. In 1949 the Kandy Municipal Council resolved to provide the club with an area of land, a landfill site, at Nittawela . The preparation of the site took approximately five years and it wasn't until 1954 that Nittawela became the permanent home ground for Kandy SC. In 1992 the gradient towards the entrance was levelled and a new pavilion was constructed, this was followed by the construction of the Central Finance grandstand and a pavilion named after Major General Denzil Kobbekaduwa . In 2004 a further two stands were constructed and were named after two ...more...



J. H. Meedeniya

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John Henry Meediniya with his family in 1905 including daughters Adeline and Alice. Meedeniye Rajakaruna Senanayaka Panditha Heart Wasala Kupuppu Mudiyanse Ralahamillage Punch Banda John Henry Meedeniya (known as J. H. Meedeniya Adigar ) (1867 - 1931) was a Ceylonese legislator and a headmen . He was the Kandyan Sinhalese member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon and elected member of the State Council of Ceylon for Ruanwelia. He was appointed to the post of Adigar by the British Government of Ceylon. Meedeniya was born in 1867 in Marapona , Kegalle District , to Loku Banda Meedeniya, Deputy Coroner for Colombo , Kandy , Ratnapura and Trincomalee and grandson of Humbadee Dissawa , who served under the last king of Kandy. Meedeniya was educated at S. Thomas' College, Mutwal . He entered public service as a Clerk at the Colombo Kachcheri in 1886. After serving in several posts including that of Deputy Coroner, he was appointed as a Rate Mahatmaya in 1897 and was later appointed to the post of Adigar in 1920. ...more...



Dharmaraja College

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Dharmaraja College ( Sinhalese : ධර්මරාජ විද්‍යාලය ), founded in 1887 is a premier Boys' School in Kandy , Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist school with around 175 teaching staff and around 4200+ students. The school has many renowned figures in its alumni (aka Rajans) including William Gopallawa , A. E. Goonesinha , T.B Kehelgamuwa and others. A land area of 54 acres (220,000 m ) is owned by the school spreading over half of the Dharmaraja hill. Dharmaraja has one of the oldest and most prestigious Scout troops in the world, the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group , which was established in 1913. It is one of the first Sri Lankan schools to start playing cricket. It has consistently ranked among the first two boys schools in Sri Lanka in the preference rankings based on year 5 scholarship examinees' demand. History (first hundred years) Background and initiation Dharmaraja College, Kandy is one of the premier Buddhist schools in the country boasting a prolific history of more than 120 years since 30 June 1 ...more...



Kandyan Wars

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The Kandyan Wars (or the Kandian Wars ) refers generally to the period of warfare between the British colonial forces and the Kingdom of Kandy , on the island of what is now Sri Lanka , between 1796 and 1818. More specifically it is used to describe the expeditionary campaigns of the British Army in the Kingdom of Kandy in 1803 and 1815. Background From 1638-58, the Dutch East India company had intervened in the Sinhalese–Portuguese War , capturing all the Portuguese possessions on the island of Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka). They established the colony of Dutch Ceylon , controlling the coasts and lowlands, whilst the Kingdom of Kandy maintained their independence in the mountainous eastern interior. In 1795 the Dutch Republic was overthrown with French assistance , forming the Batavian Republic as a puppet state . Britain, which was at war with France , feared that influence would result in French control or use of the strategically important port of Trincomalee and others on the island. Following the Kew Le ...more...



Bogambara Stadium

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Bogambara Stadium ( Sinhalese : බෝගම්බර ක්‍රිඩාංගනය ) is a multi-purpose stadium in Kandy , Sri Lanka It is one of the oldest grounds in the country. Stadium is currently used mostly for Rugby matches and hosted the games of the Singer Sri Lankan Airlines Rugby 7's . It has a capacity of 30,000. Early history In 1897 the grounds were converted from a lake to a playing field. At one time it was the site for carnivals, games circuses and gymkhana activities and even an execution ground during the British occupation. A number of sporting clubs including Kandy Sports Club , Young’s Stars SC, Young Wanders SC, Green Field SC and schools including St. Anthony’s, Trinity College , Sri Rahula College , St. Paul’s (now known as Sri Sumangala College ), Dharmaraja College and Kingswood College used the venue to conduct cricket, football, rugby, hockey and athletics. Bogambara Stadium was not only used for sports, it was also used for folk sports including elle , bahu , thattu and gudu . Sports Bogambara Stadium serves ...more...



Agroecosystem

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An agroecosystem is the basic unit of study in agroecology , and is somewhat arbitrarily defined as a spatially and functionally coherent unit of agricultural activity, and includes the living and nonliving components involved in that unit as well as their interactions. An agroecosystem can be viewed as a subset of a conventional ecosystem . As the name implies, at the core of an agroecosystem lies the human activity of agriculture . However, an agroecosystem is not restricted to the immediate site of agricultural activity (e.g. the farm ), but rather includes the region that is impacted by this activity, usually by changes to the complexity of species assemblages and energy flows , as well as to the net nutrient balance . Traditionally an agroecosystem, particularly one managed intensively , is characterized as having a simpler species composition and simpler energy and nutrient flows than "natural" ecosystem. Likewise, agroecosystems are often associated with elevated nutrient input, much of which exits th ...more...



J. B. Disanayake

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Deshamanya Jayaratna Banda Dissanayake (born 16 April 1937) is an Emeritus Professor and one of the leading authorities of the Sinhala Language . He was former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand. Academia Dissanayake received his primary education at Dharmaraja College, Kandy , secondary education at Ananda College , he graduated from the University of Ceylon , Peradeniya campus in 1961. He would later received a Fulbright scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley , to read for a Masters in linguistics and obtained a PhD from the University of Colombo . With a long teaching career of over 40 years as a lecturer of the University of Colombo, he is the author of numerous books on linguistics, culture and history. Prior to his retirement Dissanayake served in the capacity of the Head of the Department of Sinhala at the University. Publications Lanka, the land of kings by J. B. Disanayaka (Sumitha Publishers, Distributed by Sarasavi Bookshop, 2007) Mānava bhāṣā pravēśaya by J. B. Disanayaka(Sumita Pr ...more...



Alagalla Mountain Range

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Alagalla Mountain Range or "Potato Range" is situated at the boundaries of the Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces in Sri Lanka. It has protected Buddhism and ( Sinhala :සිංහල ජාතිය Sinhala Jathiya) culture from the western powerful nations such as the Portuguese, Dutch and English for approximately five centuries as a natural barrier (1505–1948). Most of the battles against invasions aimed at the Kandyan Kingdom by the western nations from time to time in their ruling period of maritime provinces happened at the Alagalla Mountains. Invading foreign armies were defeated by the battles at Balana (View Point) under the reign of Kandyan Kings. Balana fort was the main fortress established to protect the Sinhalese Kingdom from foreign powers, and is situated between Kadugannawa pass and Potato Range. When the English established themselves in Kandy , they started tea and coffee plantations in the area of the Colombo-Kandy railway line, which has cut through tunnels in the mountains. Alagalla from bottom of the ran ...more...



List of hotels: Countries S

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This is a list of what are intended to be the notable top hotels by country, five or four star hotels, notable skyscraper landmarks or historic hotels which are covered in multiple reliable publications. It should not be a directory of every hotel in every country: Saba Juliana's Saint-Barthélemy Cheval Blanc, St Barths Eden Rock, St Barths Hotel Le Toiny Saint Lucia Anse Chastanet Saint Martin La Vista Saint Vincent and the Grenadines The Cobblestone Inn Saudi Arabia Jeddah Hilton , Jeddah Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel , Mecca Serbia Singapore Conrad Centennial Singapore Damenlou Hotel Fairmont Singapore The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Gallery Hotel Goodwood Park Hotel Hilton Singapore Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen Mandarin Orchard Singapore Mandarin Oriental Singapore Marina Bay Sands Marina Mandarin Singapore The New 7th Storey Hotel New Majestic Hotel The Pan Pacific Singapore Raffles Hotel Rendezvous Hotel Singapore Resorts World Sentosa The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore Royal Plaza on Scotts The Scarlet ...more...



Bangaru Thirumalai Nayak

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Bangaru Thirumalai Nayak , also known as Bangaru Tirumalai and Vangaru Thirumala (as per European Records and notes), was a member of Madurai Nayak royal family and Governor/Commander of the Madurai Nayak King Vijaya Ranga Chokkanatha (1704–1731). His son, a young boy was adopted and crowned to the Madurai Throne, with the queen Meenakshi as queen regent, when the Madurai king died without heir. Strife between Bangaru Thirumalai and queen Meenakshi would later erupt into many battles leading to the downfall of the dynasty. Later, through marriage alliances with the Sinhalese royalty, relatives of Bangaru Thirumala came to rule the Kandy kingdom in Sri Lanka . They ruled till 1815 when the last king, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha was deposed and taken captive by the British. He was exiled to Vellore Fort from Kandy . Family origins Bangaru Tirumala was a member of royal family of Madurai Nayaks and a Governor/Commander of the Madurai Country in charge of Madurai and Tirunelveli regions. He is said to be descendant fro ...more...



Puviraja Pandaram

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Puviraja Pandaram ( Tamil : புவிராஜ பண்டாரம் ) (died 1591) ruled the Jaffna kingdom during a period of chaos during and after the death of his father Cankili I in 1565. He became king in 1561 following a local uprising against Cankili I. Although he was the nominal king, Cankili I wielded real power behind the throne until his death in 1565. After Cankili's death, Puviraja Pandaram lost power to one Kasi Nainar and Periyapillai . After the death or abdication of Periyapillai in 1582, Puviraja Pandarm was nominated as the king for the second time. During his second tenure he attempted to wrest the control of the pearl -rich Mannar Island from the Portuguese by attacking the fort by sea and land. He was defeated in both attempts. After the occupation of Kandy by Rajasinha I of Sitawaka , Puviraja Pandaram gave refuge and protection to the sole surviving member of the Kandyan Royal family, the infant, Princess Kusumasana, who was baptized, as Dona Catherina (The daughter of Karaliedde Bandara). Eventually Puvira ...more...



D.S. Senanayake Memorial Public Library

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D.S. Senanayake Memorial Public Library is a public library in Kandy , Sri Lanka . It's the main public library in Kandy situated in Kandy town. History D.S. Senanayake Memorial Public Library was initiated as Central Town Library in 1841 by a group of citizen for the benefit of the English educated local and foreign readers. In 1920 Kandy Municipal Council took charge of library and made it larger population to make use of its services. The present D.S. Senanayake Memorial Public Library was started in 1962 by the Prime Minister Late Rt. D.S. Senanayake and the building was declared open by the then Governor Hon. William Gopallawa who was a former commissioner of the Kandy Municipal Council. In 1989 auditorium was built with a seating capacity of 500, opened by the then Mayor His Worship Thilak Rathnayake to enhance the services of this Library. In 1996 enlarge the floor area and enable the large readership to utilize the facilities, funding by the Japanese. The upper floor was completed in 2002 which was ...more...



Udawattakele Forest Reserve

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Udawattakele Forest Reserve, often spelled as Udawatta Kele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy . It is 104 hectares (257 acres) large. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom , Udawattakele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning "the garden above the royal palace". The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna . The reserve also contains a great variety of plant species, especially lianas, shrubs and small trees. There are several giant lianas. Many of small and medium size mammals that inhabit Sri Lanka can be seen here. Several kinds of snakes and other reptiles might be seen. Udawattakele was designated as a forest reserve in 1856, and it became a sanctuary in 1938. The Sri Lanka Forest Department has two offices in the reserve, one of which (at the southeastern entrance) has a nature education centre with a display of pictures, posters, stuffed animals, etc. Being easily accessible and containing a variety of flora and fauna the forest has a great educatio ...more...



List of railway stations in Sri Lanka

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A9 highway (Sri Lanka)

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The A9 Highway is a 321-kilometer-long (199 mi) highway in Sri Lanka , which connects the central city of Kandy with Jaffna , a city on the northern tip of the island. Route The A9 highway in Killinochi District The A9 highway north-bound begins at Kandy, in the central hills. The highway begins at the heart of the city, next to the Kandy Lake. Within Kandy, it meets the A1 , A10 , and A26 highways. It moves north through the hills to Matale . It passes Dombawela and Naula, before reaching Dambulla . At Dambulla, the A9 crosses the A6 highway . The A6 provides connection to Sigiriya , Habarana , and Trincomalee . Traffic between Jaffna and Colombo transfer between the A6 and A9 highways at this point. The A9 passes Kekirawa and Maradankadawala, before reaching the Anuradhapura -area. The A13 highway at Galkulama and the A20 highway provide access to Anuradhapura. The A9 meets the A12 highway at Mihintale . The town of Medawachchiya provides connection to Mannar and the historic ferry to India, via the A14 hi ...more...



E. L. Senanayake Children's Park

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E. L. Senanayake Children's Park (formerly known as George E. De Silva Park) is an Urban Children's park in the city of Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka. Situated at the Ampitiya junction along the Kandy Lake Round Road, it the first children’s park, and one of the oldest parks in the city. The park is named in honour of E. L. Senanayake, former Mayor of Kandy and prominent Sri Lankan Politician. See also Wikimedia Commons has media related to E. L. Senanayake Children's Park. George E. de Silva References "No more a safe place for children!". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 19 June 2013. "E.L. Senanayake - Kandy's famous son". Daily News. Retrieved 19 June 2013. ...more...



Island Hermitage

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Island Hermitage on (Polgasduwa) Dodanduwa Island, Galle District, Sri Lanka is a famous Buddhist forest monastery founded by Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera in 1911. It has an excellent English and German library. It is a secluded place for Buddhist monks to study and meditate in the Buddhist tradition . The Island Hermitage was the first centre of Theravāda Buddhist study and practice set up by and for Westerners. Its many prominent residents, monks and laymen, studied Theravada Buddhism and the Pali language, made translations of Pali scriptures, wrote books on Theravada Buddhism and practiced meditation. The Island Hermitage once formed an essential link with Theravāda Buddhism in the West. In 1951 Nyanatiloka moved to the Forest Hermitage in Kandy , then joined by Nyanaponika . Since 2003 the hermitage is run by a group of young Sri Lankan monks. There are currently no Western monks present. Location Bhikkhu Nyanasanta at Island Hermitage, (ca. 2006). The Hermitage is located in Ratgama Lake , a salt-water la ...more...



Relic of the tooth of the Buddha

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The Sacred Relic of the tooth of Buddha ( Pali danta dhātuya) is venerated in Sri Lanka as a cetiya "relic" of Gautama Buddha , on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. History The relic in India According to Sri Lankan legends, when the Buddha died in 543 BC, his body was cremated in a sandalwood pyre at Kushinagar and his left canine tooth was retrieved from the funeral pyre by his disciple, Khema . Khema then gave it to King Brahmadatte for veneration. It became a royal possession in Brahmadatte's country and was kept in the city of Dantapuri (modern Puri , Odisha ). A belief grew that whoever possessed the tooth relic had a divine right to rule that land. The Dāṭhāvaṃsa recounts the tale of a war fought over the relic 800 years later between Guhasiva of the republic of Kalinga and a king named Pandu. The relic in Sri Lanka Temple of the Tooth , Kandy , Sri Lanka The tooth sanctuary Legend states the Abhayagiri vihāra was first appointed custodianship of the relic when it was brought to the island after ...more...



Udawatte Nanda Thero

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Udawatte Nanda Thero (or Udawatte Nanda ) is a Sri Lankan politician and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka . In the 2010 general election he contested from the Sri Lanka National Front in Kandy District but was not elected. During the campaign he criticized his former party, the JHU and said that it was hijacked by laymen. References "PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION - 02-04-2004" (PDF) . Sri Lanka Department of Elections . Retrieved 4 August 2011 . Wijayasiri, L.B. (28 October 2004). "Attack on Lake House correspondent condemned" . Daily News . Retrieved 7 August 2011 . Udawatte Nanda Thero (or Udawatte Nanda ) is a Sri Lankan politician and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka . In the 2010 general election he contested from the Sri Lanka National Front in Kandy District but was not elected. During the campaign he criticized his former party, the JHU and said that it was hijacked by laymen. References "PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION - 02-04-2004" (PDF) . Sri Lanka Department of Election ...more...



Camillus Perera

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Kala Keerthi Camillus Perera is a Sri Lankan cartoonist . His cartoon characters like Gajaman and Siribiris have been published in various Sinhala newspapers ranging from the Sunday Observer to Sivdesa. Perera was invited to join the advisory board of John Lent 's Cartoon Journal in 2002. Life and career Early life Perera was born in Negombo and was the eldest son in a family of four. He was educated at the Roman Catholic Sinhala School, Maris Stella and St. Mary's College, Negombo. Perera first dabbled in art in the lower grades. He also briefly pursued a career as a sportsman in his teens leading the Jupiter Football Association in Negombo. Cartoonist Perera began work as a cartoonist in 1966 developing characters for the Observer and "Dekkoth Pathmawathi" for Lake House's film magazine. In 1972 he created Gajaman, his most popular character. Gajaman first appeared on Sathuta, a Lake House comic art publication and from 1975 to 1984 occupied a spot on the comic publication Sittara. Perera's characters In A ...more...



The X Factor (UK series 6)

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The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The sixth series started on ITV on 22 August 2009 and was won by Joe McElderry on 13 December 2009. Cheryl Cole emerged as the winning mentor for the second consecutive year, the first time in the show's history that a mentor has won back-to-back series. The show was presented by Dermot O'Leary , with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Holly Willoughby on ITV2. McElderry's winner's single was a cover version of Miley Cyrus 's " The Climb ". Public auditions by aspiring singers began in June 2009 and were held in five cities across the UK. Simon Cowell , Louis Walsh , Minogue and Cole returned as judges. This season was the first to be sponsored by Talktalk after they took over the sponsorship from The Carphone Warehouse . For the first time, auditions were held in front of a live audience. Following initial auditions, the "bootcamp" stage took place in August 2009, where the number of contestants was narrowed down to ...more...



The Cingalee

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The Cingalee, or Sunny Ceylon is a musical play in two acts by James T. Tanner , with music by Lionel Monckton , lyrics by Adrian Ross and Percy Greenbank , and additional material by Paul Rubens . It opened at Daly's Theatre in London, managed by George Edwardes , on 5 March 1904 and ran until 11 March 1905 for a total of 365 (another source giving 391) performances. The musical had a short Broadway run, opening at the Original Daly's Theatre in New York on 24 October 1904 and running for 33 performances. The Cingalee is set in Ceylon and concerns colonial tea planters (one of the most popular songs in the score is called simply "Tea, tea, tea"!) in an era before this island paradise became the more troubled Sri Lanka . It was given a showy production and was a success in London. The fashion there for shows set in Asian locales had been started by The Mikado and continued by The Geisha , San Toy , The Nautch Girl , A Chinese Honeymoon and others. There is little in the music to give The Cingalee an Eastern f ...more...



Colombo

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Colombo ( English: ; Sinhalese : කොළඹ Kolamba, pronounced  ; Tamil : கொழும்பு , translit.   Koḻumpu ) is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka . According to the Brookings Institution , Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 in the city proper . It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to the Greater Colombo area which includes Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte , the legislative capital of Sri Lanka and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia . Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo. It is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka and the district capital of Colombo District . Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins. It was the legislative capital of Sri Lanka until 1982. Due to its large harbour and its strategic posit ...more...



Rugby union in Sri Lanka

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Rugby union in Sri Lanka is mainly played at a semi-professional and recreational level. It is a popular team sport with a history dating back to 1879. In 2012, according to International Rugby Board figures, there were over 103,000 registered rugby union players in Sri Lanka, making it the second largest rugby-playing nation in Asia, behind Japan . Governing body The Sri Lankan Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) is the governing body in the country. The Sri Lankan Football Union (as Ceylon Rugby Football Union) was founded in 1908, the first Rugby Union in Asia. The SLRFU joined the IRB in 1988. In March 2011 the IRB stripped the SLRFU of full member status after it failed to conduct board elections in accordance with the By-Laws, the SLRFU's full membership however was subsequently re-instated follows the successful completion of the Union’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections. History Early years: 1879-1945 Sri Lanka discovered the game of rugby at the same time as India , and the first rugby club, th ...more...



Sri Lanka national rugby union team

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The Sri Lanka national rugby union team has yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup . They have the longest tradition of organised club rugby in Asia, dating back to 1879, which was just 8 years after the founding of the world’s first rugby union in England. They regularly compete in the Asian Five Nations tournament and are currently in Division I. In the 2010 tournament , they made it to the finals beating Chinese Taipei 37 to 7. History national team in 2014 Early years Sri Lanka Rugby has a long history, dating back to the days of British colonialism . The first party to introduce Rugby to Sri Lanka is Kingswood College in Kandy, with the first club, Colombo Football Club , being established on 28 June 1879. The nation's first "national" match was on 12 September 1907 and involved an All Ceylon team against the professional All Blacks (the New Zealand rugby league team ) under rugby union rules on their 1907–1908 New Zealand rugby tour of Australia and Great Britain . The professional All Blacks ...more...



Lalith Wijerathna

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Lalith Wijerathna (Lalith Wijeratna. Lalith Wijeratne alias Aravinda) was a Sri Lankan politician. He was a member of the JVP party in the period 1983-1990. He was known to be appointed as the third leader of the JVP after Rohana Wijeweera and Saman Piyasiri Fernando . Wijerathna was killed in 1990. Family life Lalith Wijerathna was born in Divulapitiya of the Western Province in 1958. Wijerathna belonged to a family of five. His father was a farmer and the mother was a housewife. He had an elder brother and a younger brother named Ranjith Wijerathna who was a laborer at a textile factory. In December, the government security forces raided Lalith Wijerathna's home with the intention of arresting him. However, the forces could not find him, so they arrested the brother Ranjith Wijerathna and his father instead. Subsequently, the father was released, but the brother disappeared. It is believed that Ranjith Wijerathna had been tortured and killed by the government security forces. Education Lalith Wijerathna st ...more...



Shelton Ranaraja

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Shelton Ranaraja ( Sinhalese : ෂෙල්ටන් රණරාජා ; 3 November 1926 – 11 August 2011) was a Sri Lankan lawyer, politician and deputy minister. Early life and family Ranaraja was born on 3 November 1926 in Ranwala near Kegalle in central Ceylon . He was the son of landowner and politician P. B. Ranaraja. His father contested the 1931 State Council elections for the Galagedara, losing by 1,055 votes to P. B. Nugawela and unsuccessfully contested the seat at the 1936 State Council elections . His father also ran in the 1952 parliamentary elections as the UNP candidate for Dambulla , losing to H. B. Tenne . His father however subsequently served two terms as a UNP nominated Senator in the Senate of Ceylon . Ranarajara was educated at Trinity College, Kandy and S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia . He was a keen sportsman, obtaining colours in athletics, boxing, cricket and swimming. He also played in the 1945 Royal–Thomian match. After school he joined Ceylon Law College where he captained their cricket team. ...more...



Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka ( or  (   listen ) ; Sinhala : ශ්‍රී ලංකා Śrī Laṃkā , Tamil : இலங்கை Ilaṅkai), officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka , is an island country in South Asia , located southeast of India and northeast of the Maldives . The island is home to many cultures, languages and ethnicities. The majority of the population is from the Sinhalese ethnicity , while a large minority of Tamils have also played an influential role in the island's history; Christians in both groups are recent converts who have kept the traditional culture. Moors , Burghers , Malays , Chinese , and the aboriginal Vedda are also established groups on the island. Sri Lanka's documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of pre-historic human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years. It has a rich cultural heritage and the first known Buddhist writings of Sri Lanka, the Pāli Canon , date back to the Fourth Buddhist council in 29 BC. Its geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic imp ...more...



Moratuwa

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Moratuwa is a large suburb of Colombo city, on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka , near Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia . It is situated on the Galle – Colombo (Galle road) main highway, 18 km south of Colombo city centre. Moratuwa is surrounded on three sides by water, except in the north of the city, by the Indian Ocean on the west, the Bolgoda lake on the east and the Moratu river on the south. According to the 2012 census, the suburb had a population of 168,280. Moratuwa is also the birthplace of Veera Puran Appu , a resistance fighter against British rule in Kandy , the philanthropist Sir Charles Henry de Soysa and the musician Pandit W. D. Amaradeva . Suburb structure Moratuwa consists of 24 main areas: Angulana, Borupana, Dahampura, Egoda Uyana, Idama, Indibedda, Kadalana, Kaduwamulla, Kaldemulla, Katubedda, Katukurunda, Koralawella, Lakshapathiya, Lunawa, Molpe, Moratumulla, Moratuwella, Puwakaramba, Rawathawatta, Soysapura, Thelawala, Uswatta, Uyana and Willorawatta. History Both Moratuwa and Lakshapathiya ...more...



Kurunegala

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Kurunegala ( Sinhalese : කුරුණෑගල , Tamil : குருணாகல் ) is a major city in Sri Lanka . It is the capital city of the North Western Province and the Kurunegala District . Kurunegala was an ancient royal capital for 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the start of the 14th century. It is at the junction of several main roads linking to other important parts of the country. It is about 94 km from Colombo and 42 km from Kandy . Located at an altitude of 116 meters above sea level, Kurunegala is surrounded by coconut plantations and rubber estates. There are eight very noticeable large rocks that encircle and dominate the city. Kurunegala's rocks rise from the plain below and have characteristic names, six of which come from the animals that they are imagined to represent. The largest among them is Ethagala or the " Elephant Rock" (though the translation is actually tusker ), reaches 325 meters. The shape of Ethagala resembles an elephant . Etymology Kurunegala has been named after the Elephant rock (ඇතු ...more...




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