7 Interesting Nine Arches Bridge Facts

Nine Arches Bridge Facts

Nine Arches Bridge Facts

  • The Nine Arch Bridge also called the Bridge in the Sky, is a viaduct bridge in Sri Lanka.
  • Nine Arch Bridge Total length is 300 ft.
  • The designer of the viaduct was Harold Cuthbert Marwood of Railway Construction Department of Ceylon Government Railway.
  • The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers.
  • Nine Arch Bridge is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country.
  • The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m.
  • The 1923 report titled “Construction of a Concrete Railway Viaduct in Ceylon” published by the Engineering Association of Ceylon has details of all the records including the plans and drawings.
Nine Arches Bridge Facts
Nine Arches Bridge Facts

10 Interesting Kandy Lake Facts

Kandy Lake Facts

Kandy Lake Facts

  1. Kandy Lake also is known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  2. The Maximum depth of Kandy Lake is 18 metres (59 ft).
  3. Kandy Lake was built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size.
  4. Kandy Lake is a protected lake, with fishing banned.
  5. Until 1960 the Kandy waterboard used the lake to distribute water to the surrounding areas, however, this was stopped due to the lake having an increase in pollution.
  6. The lake is surrounded by a wall called Walakulu Bamma or Clouds Wall, which was built to increase the beauty of the Kandy Lake.
  7. Kandy Lake was originally built to beautify the Temple of the Tooth and serves as a remnant of the last Sri Lankan Kingdome.
  8. Kandy Lake Altitude 524m.
  9. The small island in the middle of the Lake has been used by the King as his personal harem. It was later used by the British to store Weapons.
  10. Kandy Lake Primary inflows Creek from Ampitiya.
Kandy Lake Facts
Kandy Lake Facts

10 Interesting Sri Pada Facts

Sri Pada Facts

Sri Pada Facts

  1. Sri Pada is also known as Adam’s Peak.
  2. Sri Pada is a 2,243 m (7,359 ft) tall conical mountain located in central Sri Lanka.
  3. The mountain is located in the southern reaches of the Central Highlands in the Ratnapura District and Nuwara Eliya district of the Sabaragamuwa Province and Central Province lying about 40 km northeast of Ratnapura and 32 km southwest of Hatton.
  4. Adam’s Peak is important as a watershed.
  5. The Arab traveller Ibn Battuta climbed to the summit of the mountain which he called Sarandīb in 1344 CE. In his description, he mentions a stairway and iron stanchions with chains to help the pilgrims.
  6. Sri Pada is first mentioned (as Samanthakuta) in the Deepawamsa, the earliest Pali chronicle.
  7. The Sri Pada is a 2,243m mountain and you will be climbing 5,000–6,000 crumbling steps
  8. Sri Pada was first ascended by Bhuvanekhabahu IV.
  9. Sri Pada Geographic Coordinates 6°48′34″N 80°29′59″ECoordinates: 6°48′34″N 80°29′59″E.
  10. The Italian merchant Marco Polo in his Travels of 1298 CE noted that Adam’s Peak was an important place of pilgrimage but did not mention a footprint in the rock.
Sri Pada Facts
Sri Pada Facts

10 Interesting Yala National Park Facts

Yala National Park Facts

Yala National Park Facts

  1. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean.
  2. Yala National Park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi).
  3. The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilizations. Two important pilgrim sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara, are situated within the park.
  4. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami caused severe damage on the Yala National Park and 250 people died in its vicinity.
  5. On 1 March 1938, Yala became a national park when the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance was passed into law by D. S. Senanayake, the minister of agriculture.
  6. Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka.
  7. Yala National Park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks.
  8. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.
  9. Yala National Park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi-deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, marshes, marine wetlands, and sandy beaches.
  10. The Yala area is mostly composed of metamorphic rock belonging to the Precambrian era and classified into two series, Vijayan series and Highland series.
Yala National Park Facts
Yala National Park Facts

6 Interesting Independence Memorial Hall Facts

Independence Memorial Hall Facts

Independence Memorial Hall Facts

  • The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self-rule, with the opening of the first parliament by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium February 4, 1948.
  • The building was designed by a group of eight notable architects led by Tom Neville Wynne-Jones CBE, and included F.H. Billimoria, Shirley de Alwis, Oliver Weerasinghe, Homi Billimoria, Justin Samarasekera and M. B. Morina.
  • The Memorial Hall was featured as a Pit Stop on the 4th season of The Amazing Race Asia, the 1st season of The Amazing Race Australia, and the second season of the Israeli edition of The Amazing Race.
  • Independence Memorial Hall is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the restoration of full governing responsibility to a Ceylonese-elected legislature on February 4, 1948.
  • Independence Memorial Hall is located in Independence Square in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum.
  • Independence Memorial Hall Construction started 4 February 1949.
Independence Memorial Hall Facts
Independence Memorial Hall Facts

5 Interesting Ravana Falls Facts

Ravana Falls Facts

Ravana Falls Facts

  • This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.
  • The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary and are located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.
  • The Ravana Ella Cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff.
  • Ravana Falls Geogathric Coordinates 6°50′27″N 81°3′16″E
  • The falls have been named after the legendary king Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana.
Ravana Falls Facts
Ravana Falls Facts

8 Interesting Ruwanwelisaya Facts

Ruwanwelisaya Facts

Ruwanwelisaya Facts

  • The Ruwanveli Seya Restoration Society was founded in 1902 and the final crowning of the stupa took place on 17 June 1940.
  • The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa and a hemispherical structure containing relics, in Sri Lanka, considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world.
  • Ruwanwelisaya also known as “Mahathupa”, “Swarnamali Chaitya”, “Suvarnamali Mahaceti” (in Pali) and “Rathnamali Dagaba”.
  • The stupa was a ruin in the 19th century. After fundraising efforts by a Sinhalese bhikkhu, it was renovated in the early 20th century.
  • Ruwanwelisaya diameter of 90 meters at the base and a height of 92 meters (300 ft) and circumference of 292 meters (950 ft).
  • Ruwanwelisaya Geographic coordinates 8°21′0″N 80°23′47″E.
  • Ruwanwelisaya is one of the world’s tallest monuments, standing at 103 m (338 ft.)
  • Built by King Dutugamunu c. 140 B.C.
Ruwanwelisaya Facts
Ruwanwelisaya Facts

7 Interesting Gangaramaya Temple Facts

Gangaramaya Temple Facts

Gangaramaya Temple Facts

  1. Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence.
  2. The temple’s architecture demonstrates an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture.
  3. Gangaramaya Temple was the home for erudite scholars such as Ratmalana Sri Dharmarama Thero, Waskaduwa Sri Subhuti Thero, Weligama Sri Sumangala Thero, Welivitiye Dhammaratna Thero, and Pandit Batuwantudawe.
  4. The land bordered on two sides by the Moragoda Ela and the Pettigala Ela was used to build the temple, which was subsequently named the Padawthota Gangaramaya Viharaya.
  5. Gangaramaya Temple was established in 1885 by Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera.
  6. The original structure slowly sank into the water in the 1970s. In 1976, Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was brought in to redesign and construct the temple, which stands today.
  7. Gangaramaya Temple Geographic coordinates 6°54′59″N 79°51′23″E
Gangaramaya Temple Facts
Gangaramaya Temple Facts

8 Interesting Facts About Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia

Facts About Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia

Facts About Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia

  1. Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is a suburb of Colombo Metropolitan Region.
  2. There are 2 Divisional Secretary in the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia area: Dehiwala Divisional Secretariat & Ratmalana Divisional Secretariat.
  3. The Estimated Population of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is 245,974.
  4. Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia covers 2109 hectares.
  5. Notable people of Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia: Chandima Gomes, Ranil Abeynaike, Uthum Herat, Devaka Fernando, R. D. Gunaratne, Desmond Fernando, Marvan Atapattu, Arittha R Wikramanayake, Elanga Wikramanayake, Eric Wikramanayake, Gayesha Perera & Vivien Leigh.
  6. Geographic coordinates of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia is Latitude: 6°50′24″ N, Longitude: 79°52′16″ E.
  7. Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery, which runs along the coast to the south of the country.
  8. The Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia area receives an average annual rainfall between 2000 and 3000 mm mainly during the south-west monsoon and the intermonsoon periods.
Facts About Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia
Facts About Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia

10 Interesting Sigiriya Fortress Facts

Sigiriya Fortress Facts

Sigiriya Fortress Facts

  1. Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.
  2. Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.
  3. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high.
  4. Sigiriya was featured in the eleventh episode of The Amazing Race 6 in 2005.
  5. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.
  6. Sigiriya Fortress Geographic Coordinates 07°57′25″N 80°45′35″E.
  7. A version of Sigiriya features in Arthur C. Clarke’s 1979 novel The Fountains of Paradise.
  8. The name of this place is derived from this structure, Sīnhāgiri, the Lion Rock.
  9. The palace is located in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky plateau 370 meters above the sea level.
  10. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Sigiriya Fortress Facts
Sigiriya Fortress Facts