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"PUT IT BEFORE THEM BRIEFLY SO THEY WILL READ IT, CLEARLY SO THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT, PICTURESQUELY SO THEY WILL REMEMBER IT AND, ABOVE ALL, ACCURATELY SO THEY WILL BE GUIDED BY ITS LIGHT" ***** JOSEPH PULITZER *****
DISCOVER - SRI LANKA: PROLOGUE

IN PRAISE OF MY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND,
INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO.

THE 13th CENTURY VENETIAN TRAVELER MARCO POLO DESCRIBED THE ISLAND AS 'THE JADE PENDANT IN THE INDIAN OCEAN'. THE ABUNDANCE OF GEMSTONES, SPICES, RAIN FORESTS AND WILDLIFE; THE MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS AND A WRITTEN HISTORY OF OVER 2500 YEARS MAKE THIS ISLAND A TOURISTS' PARADISE.

THE RUINED CITIES OF ANURADHAPURA AND POLONNARUWA ILLUSTRATE THE GLORY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOMS. THE GIGANTIC STUPAS AND BUDDHA STATUES ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST MAN MADE STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD. THE MASSIVE RESERVOIRS, BUILT BY ANCIENT KINGS TO IRRIGATE THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND, ARE MARVELS OF HYDRO ENGINEERING. THERE ARE EIGHT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SRI LANKA

THE ISLAND WAS KNOWN TO THE GREEKS AS 'TAPROBANE' AND TO THE ARABS AS 'SERENDIB'. EARLY MERCHANTS VISITED THE ISLAND IN SEARCH OF GEMSTONES AND SPICES, MAINLY CINNAMON AND PEPPER. COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS WERE STARTED BY THE BRITISH COLONIAL RULERS. CEYLON TEA IS FAMOUS THE WORLD OVER.

TOURISM INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR MONEY SPINNER FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THE VAST EXPANSE OF BEACHES, RAIN FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS WITH HERDS OF WILD ELEPHANTS, THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WITH LITHE WATER FALLS, BRING IN THE TOURISTS. THE ISLAND IS DOTTED WITH HUNDREDS OF HOTELS TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRAVELER. AN ISLAND OF 25,000 SQ; MILES HAS 103 RIVERS AND 25000 RESERVOIRS, MOSTLY MAN MADE. WITH VARYING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS THIS IS TRULY A 'SMALL MIRACLE'.

" THE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA IS A SMALL UNIVERSE, IT CONTAINS AS MANY VARIATIONS OF CULTURE, SCENERY AND CLIMATE AS SOME COUNTRIES A DOZEN TIMES ITS SIZE........I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY COUNTRY WHICH SCORES SO HIGHLY IN ALL DEPARTMENTS - WHICH HAVE SO MANY ADVANTAGES AND SO FEW DISADVANTAGES. LOVELY BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, IMPRESSIVE RUINS, A VIBRANT CULTURE AND CHARMING PEOPLE- NO WONDER SRI LANKA IS A SMALL MIRACLE ".***** Arthur C. Clark *****




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26 August, 2016

SRI LANKA - MARITIME MUSEUM

Exhibits, some, recovered from shipwrecks, at the Maritime Museum of Galle.







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16 August, 2016

SRI LANKA - MARITIME ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM

The Maritime Archeology Museum of Galle is housed in a Dutch warehouse built in 1671, this two storey building with its 3 foot thick walls withstood the impact of the 2004 tsunami.





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08 August, 2016

SRI LANKA - ANTIQUES

Antique hat rack and exquisitely carved window, woodwork over one hundred years old!



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27 July, 2016

SRI LANKA - HANDYCRAFTS OF GALLE

City of Galle, on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka is a tourist haven well known for highly skilled craftsmen, This seven foot tall elephant, carved out of a huge log, adorned  the entrance of a jewelry shop.



Fishing boat made of material taken from a coconut palm.


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21 July, 2016

SRI LANKA - JEWELRY SHOPS OF GALLE

Galle, on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, is a very popular tourist destination - this is a glimpse into a jewelry shop window.




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15 July, 2016

SRI LANKA - INSECT MUSICIANS

These insect sounds were recorded while having dinner at a restaurant, situated close to a pond, in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. First, there was a heavy downpour and when the rain ceased - the "orchestra" started, 127 seconds of music from a billion voices in the wilderness!


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SRI LANKA - FISH, CRAB, SQUID AND SHRIMP [NEGOMBO FISH MARKET]

Fresh seafood on sale at the Negombo fish market.




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14 July, 2016

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