Friday, January 11, 2013

Sri Lanka Hot Water Wells

Sri lanka Hot Water Wells

Trincomalee Kanniya Hot water well



This is the most famous hot well in sri lanka from the past.With the end of the war, many people visiting this Kanniya Hot Water spring in their trip to Trincomalee. People believe that this hot water is good for some skin deceases and it has healing power for Arthritis and Rheumatic. You have to come in less crowded time and please note that this is a religious place. Respect others and give them also the opportunity.

History of Kanniya Hot Water Wells :

According to the details provided in some information boards at the site, Kanniya Hot water spring has the history from the King Rawana era. It says that King Ravana stuck the earth with his sward in several spots and several fountains were started on those places. The water was hot and thats the beginning of this hot water springs.

Some believes that this is a part of the Buddhist Monastery and Buddhist Monk used this place as a part of their complex. There are some old ruins scattered over the area. It seems that most of those historical artifacts were destroyed in the war time. You can find more information on this by visiting http://rebelofkandy.blogspot.com . This has some important photographs to prove this.

The name Kanniya Came from Kal = stone; niya = land

Madunagala Hot Water Well in Sooriyawawa

Madunagala Hot Springs is a wonderful creation of nature in all its natural beauty. Historically, these hot springs flowed into a natural water hole. The reason being that these thermal waters contain medicinal properties to cure ailments like skin eruptions and other rheumatic pains. Even our ancients, particularly the Buddhist monks living in ancient cave hermitages had made the best use of these healing hot springs for body and skin ailments.Padalangala to Hot Water Springs 11 kmPadalangala to Nonagama 21 kmPadalangala to Sooriyawewa 12 kmEmbilipitiya to Panamure 10 kmEmbilipitiya to Sooriya Kanda 39 km The famed literary scholar cum Assistant Government Agent – Leonard Woolf (1908-11) of Hambantota district, in his printed diaries had mentioned the arduous trek how he had hacked through the dense jungle to reach Mahapelessa (Madunagala) hot springs after crossing the Walawe River by boat.




There are three sites where thermal springs are situated in present Sri Lanka. They are Kinniya in the Trincomalee district, Mahaoya in the Mahiyangana area and in the Sooriyawewa area in the Uva Province

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Angampora (sri lanka fifhting style)


Angampora
Sri Lanka, a country with a rich history that goes back for over 5000 years tells us of great Martial Art that were enjoyed by the kings who ruled this wonderful land. In the past ages, where the law of "survival of the fittest" prevailed, this tiny nation had to hold its own, mostly against the mighty India (South India - Chola Kingdom). The kings of India many a time thought to have this "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" to decorate their crowns and invaded the island. But invariably, each time, they were driven back. Such was the invincible might of the fighting techniques practiced by the people of Sri Lanka and they called it the ANGAM SATAN KALAWA (fighting art named ANGAM).
"Anga" in the native tongue ( Singhala is the native language of the Sinhalese who are the majority in the country ) meant parts. Unarmed combat, was called Angam as only the human body parts were used to fight. Where various types of weapons are used, such combat techniques were called "ILLANGAM". A people with a rich culture which had various types of dancing for which a variety of drums were used, they made such music too a part of their traditional martial arts.
Practice
Both men and women of Buddhist origin are eligible to learn to fight Angampora. The Angam technique is divided into three main disciplines, Gataputtu (locks and grips), Pora Haramba (strikes and blocks) and Maru Kala (nerve point attacks). Gataputtu are placed on an opponent using the fighter's hands, legs or head. Pora Haramba include apporoximately eighteen forms of offensive strikes and seven of defensive blocks. Maru Kala is the technique that incorporates nerve-point attacks capable of inflicting pain on the opponent and also of causing serious injury.[20]
Several Gataputtu techniques:[20]
  • Diyaballu gataya
  • Kathira gataya
  • Pimburu gataya
  • Wanda gataya
  • Hasthi gataya
  • Lin gataya
  • Konda gataya
Several offensive strikes:[20]
  • Dik gutiya
  • Cholle
  • Tokke
  • Len pahara
  • Miti pahara/Miti gutiya
  • Miti guliya
  • Veesi pahara
  • Athul pahara
  • Pita pahara
  • Thallu pahara
  • Vakka pahara
Before a practice session starts, the student is expected to meditate and to offer merit to the master. Student lights three lamps as he enters to the Angam Maduwa. He also has to make a pledge not to use the technique for anything except for the self-defense and the defense of his family or country. Practicing begins with basic warm-up exercises, gradually moving on to special exercises. Foot movement techniques are the cornerstone of this art of fighting, and a foot exercise called Mulla Panina is the first skill taught. In this, the student is disciplined for making even simple mistakes.This exercise is followed next by more advanced techniques like Gaman Thalawa.
The hand fighting technique known as Amaraya belongs to the next level. A student learns to observe the weaknesses of the opponent, and to attack those weak points with experience. Weapons such as the Suruttuwaluwa/Velayudaya (an apparatus made of four long flexible pieces of metal, with sharp edges on both sides), the combat sword, Keti Kaduwa (a smaller version of the sword), and cane sticks are also used for fighting, together with the Paliha, a shield. In total, there are sixty-four types of weapon, including thirty-two different swords.
A graduation ceremony known as the Helankada Mangalya is the apex of the life of an Angampora fighter. This ceremony is held inside a Buddhist temple.Panikkirala, or fencing master, is the highest position in Angampora, which is the headmanship of a particular school. However, the tradition does not use a rank signal mechanism like belt, to denote the degree of competence of the fighter. The male-fighters usually fight barechest. Although Angampora is designed to kill, it requires the practitioner to adhere at all times to a stringent discipline.[ In extreme cases, fights are held inside deep holes. Some deadly, higher level Angam attacks involve the nervous system of human body. If executed properly, they can stop the blood circulation of vital organs, leading to paralysis or even death.Alongside such techniques students learn an Ayurvedic practice known as Beheth Pārawal, or medical shots, for reversing the effects of such strikes.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fishing Hut

Fishing Hut in Maskeliya
One of the beautifull and natural place to visit. there are three cautages for accomadation,these are belongs to marrey state before you visit there remember to reserve and go there.
If you like you can watch water falls also.tree water falls there.
root: from hatton to maskeliya and drive up to nallathanniya and there is bridge to marray state, cross the bridge and you have to go 11.3 KM and you can reach to fishing hut.
this place is more beautifull because of the Bathhulu oya.
 










More details.....
 

Getting There
Journey to Fishing Huts from Colombo is also an exciting one. From Colombo reach Awissawella on High-level road (A4) and from Awissawella drive towards Hatton on A7 highway. This section of A7 winds though the beautiful Kelani Valley passing Kithulgala and then climbs up to Gingathehna pass and enters the central hills giving you an opportunity to enjoy some spectacular hill country landscapes.
After few kilometers passing Ginigathhena, take the right turn towards Norton Bridge (Sri-Pada road). You can enjoy the breath-taking views of Seven-Hill mountain range (Saptha Kanya) on your way to Norton Bridge. Passing Norton Bridge town, drive towards Maskeliya. At Mausakelle on Norton Bridge – Maskeliya road, again turn right towards Nallathanni- Delhousie Bazaar. Few kilometers before Delhousie Bazaar, turn left towards Mooray estate.
Once you enter Mooray estate, the last and most exciting section of the journey begins. The estate road will quickly turn in to a dirt track which winds through the estate, with breath-taking views over the Mausakelle reservoir, spectacular Adam’s Peak waterfalls and the peak wilderness sanctuary. It may not be possible to tackle this track with a car. You will need something with a little bit more ground clearance (A van would do fine).

 

Weather and Season
Best time to visit fishing huts is Late December to April. July and August will also be ok. May-June, September through November there is a very high chance of raining in the area.
Attractions and activities
  1. Hiking: There are several hiking trails in the area. You can climb Adams Peak, a hike of about two and a half hours to the summit. There are two water falls which you can reach by walking along the streams flowing through the forest. Just staying at the huts and enjoying the scenic beauty of the location it self will be extremely relaxing.
  2. Birds watching – If you are a keen bird watcher, peak wilderness sanctuary is one of the best areas in Sri Lanka to observe birds.
  3. The Baththulu-Oya river – The view all around is unbelievably beautiful, with the montane forest surrounding the area and the river below. Swimming is possible in the river if you can handle the temperatures. Rafting in the clear waters of Baththulu Oya is also full of fun.
  4. Waterfalls – On your way to Fishing Huts from Colombo, it is possible to visit three beautiful water falls. They are Aberdeen Falls (Turn right just before Ginigathhena town, a few kilometers drive and walk of about another kilometer), Laxapana falls (Turn right towards SevenHills farm, few kilometers from NortonBridge on Norton Bridge – Maskeliya road and then a 300m walk), Mohini falls (on the road side passing Mausakelle reservoir)
Accommodation Options
Two simple log cabins have been constructed in the banks of Buththulu-Oya, one of the main feeders of Maskeli Oya which in turn forms Kelani River. Be prepared for the basic nature of the accommodation. Each log cabin has two bedrooms, with attached toilets, a dining area and a kitchen. A cook is available but provisions should be taken with you. Each hut can accommodate six to seven people. There is no electricity but hurricane lamps are provided.
Fishing huts is owned and managed by Maskeliya Plantations Limited. Reservation can be made at Maskeliya Plantations Limited office located in Arpico Complex, Navinna, Maharagama.
Tel: 011 4310500 and ask for Maskeliya Plantations
Notes, Tips and Special Remarks
  1. Remember to wake up early in the morning and explore the surrounding. The best scenery can be witnessed as the first rays of the day hits the tea fields and the forest covered mountain peaks including Adam’s Peak

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ambuluwawa

AMBULUWAWA IN GAMPOLA






This is a beautiful place to visit in sri lanka.i have already been there in 1994.at that time there's no road to visit.we had to climb the mountain through the forrest and there was a small pond there and broken stachue of load budhdha.


Ambuluwawa peak situated in the center of Gampola Kingdom established by the great Sinhala King Buvanekabahu IV. (1341-1357 AD) was hitherto not put into any use. Height of the peak trom the mean sea level is 365 feet and from the Gampola town is 1965 feet Mayura Sandesa, the messenger poem written in the 14th Century describes this enchanting rock and the surroundings thus:

When the planets and stars disappear trom the sky and when the nectar appears in or drops from flowers on tree tops and when the sun spreads its rays as it rises over the mountain of the east, you may set off trom Ambuluwakada happily

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DIWAGUHAWA

DIWAGUHAWA



A cave temple, believes to be that the place Buddha had rest while visiting Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) with his 500 priests, as in Mahavamsa one of the nine places Buddha had visited during his third visit to the Sri Lanka. Spectacular view of Samanala Kanda (mountain of Sri Pada) and size of the cave (able to shelter over 500 people at once) lead widely acceptance as Diva Guhawa. About 5 km off from Kuruwita town (10 km towards to Colombo from Ratnapura) on Erathna road, one of the ancient road to Sri Pada, direct to Diva Guhawa.


Diva Guhawa is a cave temple around 15 km from Ratnapura. The name literally means heavenly cave. It is said that Lord Buddha rested here after marking his footprint at Sri Pada (Adam's Peak). The huge cave is said to have sheltered him and his 500 disciples. It is supposed to be one of the nine places Buddha had visited during his third visit to the Sri Lanka.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Kebiliththa Devalaya


                                                        Kebiliththa Devaalaya







                                                    

Kebiliththa, is said to be the spiritual residence of God Kataragama as such it is believed that Kebiliththa is a site of great divine power. Kataragama Devalaya, is the more well known abode of Kataragama Deviyo where crowds throng in thousands everyday to pay their respects. However, it is believed that Kataragama Deviyo resides there only on festival days or poya days and on all other days He resides at His modest abode in Kebiliththa.



The story is that the God Kataragama had met his future wife Walli amma on a rainy day near a tamarind tree at this place which is also called Siyambalawa devalaya.(Kebaliththa).People at Kotiyagala respect this place very strongly and they are even scared to deal with this place.Everyone must be refrained from consuming all kinds of meat and alcohol for one week before the date of visit.This place is considered very sacred by devotees of God Katharagama .They believe that the God’s present staying place is the ‘Maha Siyambalawa Devalaya’.


Routes to Kebaliththa Devalaya

Route1 Kumana-> Kuda Kabaliththa->Ada Kumbuka->Gal amuna->Maha siyabalawa devalaya(Kebaliththa)


Route2 Yala->Block 2-> cross Kumbukkan Oya->Kuda Kabaliththa->Ada Kumbuka->Gal amuna ->Maha siyabalawa devalaya


Route3 Monaragala->Kodayana->5 Kanuwa(5th Post)->Kotiyagala->Bogas hanidiya road or Kammal yaya road->Maha siyabalawa devalaya (31Km from Kotiyagala to devalaya)

Route Condition

These routes are very difficult for traveling and at least two 4x4 vehicles are advisable.And 4X4 recovery accessories are needed(reliable winch+snatch belt+Hi-lift Jacks+Extra fuel+) with 4x4 driving skills.There are big tractors you can hire from Kotiyagala (for a tour about 12,000 LKR)


Precaution
before you visit the place you need the faith of Katharagama God and need to prevent from "Kili" (meat ,alcohol etc) at least for 7 days.