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

6 Interesting Facts About Moratuwa

Facts About Moratuwa

Facts About Moratuwa

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Estimated Population of Moratuwa is 168,280.
  • 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.
  • The Average elevation of Moratuwa is Elevation 28 m.
  • Moratuwa is a large suburb of Colombo, on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, near Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.
Facts About Moratuwa
Facts About Moratuwa

10 Interesting Facts About Negombo

Facts About Negombo

Facts About Negombo

  1. The name “Negombo” is the Portuguese corrupted name of its Tamil name Neerkolombu.
  2. Negombo is about 2 metres above sea level.
  3. The average annual precipitation is about 2,400 millimetres.
  4. The population of Negombo is estimated at around 137,223, In 2020.
  5. Negombo has a large bilingual population dominated by Roman Catholics.
  6. Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the west coast and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province.
  7. The northern border of the Negombo is formed by the Ma Oya river which meets the Indian Ocean.
  8. Negombo total area is approximately 34 square kilometres.
  9. Negombo is the 4th largest city in this country and it is also the Negombo Division’s administrative capital centre.
  10. Negombo features a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification.
Facts About Negombo
Facts About Negombo

6 Interesting Facts About Vavuniya

Facts About Vavuniya

Facts About Vavuniya

  1. Geographic coordinates of Vavuniya is Latitude: 8°45′05″ N, Longitude: 80°29′49″ E.
  2. The Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni is located in Vavuniya.
  3. Vavuniya Elevation is 341 ft above sea level.
  4. Vavuniya is a city in the Northern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council.
  5. Vavuniya airport is home to the Air Force and the Domestic Airport.
  6. The estimated Population of Vavuniya is 13,070.
Facts About Vavuniya
Facts About Vavuniya

 

10 Interesting Facts About Kalmunai

Facts About Kalmunai

Facts About Kalmunai

  1. The city is bounded on the east by the Indian Ocean on the north by the Periyaneelavanai village and on the south by Karaitivu village which is considered to be a suburb of the city.
  2. Geographic coordinates of Kalmunai is Latitude: 7°24.5412′ N, Longitude: 81°50.0832′ E
  3. The estimated population of Kalmunai is 106,780.
  4. Kalmunai is one of the few Muslim-majority municipalities in Sri Lanka.
  5. Kalmunai is the largest city of Ampara District.
  6. Kalmunai was the site of the royal farm, as a result of this settlement, it became a Muslim-majority area.
  7. Kalmunai was severely impacted by the 2004 Tsunami.
  8. Kalmunai is the largest city of Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.
  9. Elevation of Kalmunai is 33 ft, above sea level.
  10. Kalmunai began as a 12,000-person refugee shelter and has grown over the years into a nurturing community.
Facts About Kalmunai
Facts About Kalmunai

10 Interesting Facts About Kandy

Facts About Kandy

Facts About Kandy

  1. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province.
  2. Historical records suggest that Kandy was first established by the Vikramabahu III, 1357–1374 AD.
  3. Kandy was part of the Kingdom of Kotte, as the Semi-Independent Kingdom, making it the new capital of the Kandyan Kingdom.
  4. Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.
  5. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka.
  6. Kandy lies at an elevation of 465 metres (1,526 ft) above sea level.
  7. Kandy was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
  8. Kandy is the second-largest city in Siri Lanka.
  9. Kandy city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea.
  10. Kandy is located in the mountainous and thickly forested interior of the island. 
Facts About Kandy
Facts About Kandy

10 Interesting Facts About Galle

Facts About Galle

Facts About Galle

  1. Galle, formerly Point de Galle, is a major city in Sri Lanka.
  2. Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century when it was the main port on the island.
  3. On 26 December 2004, the city was devastated by the massive tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
  4. The historic section of the city, containing a fort and other colonial-era buildings, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
  5. Galle is twinned with Velsen, Netherlands since 1988.
  6. Galle is served by Sri Lanka Railways’ Coastal Line and is connected by rail to Colombo and Matara.
  7. The Galle Municipal Council governs the City of Galle, established under the Municipalities Ordinance of 1865. It was at the time, only the third municipal council in the country.
  8. Galle features a tropical rainforest climate, with average temperatures hovering at around 26 degrees Celsius throughout.
  9. The estimated population of Galle is 93,118, as of 2020.
  10. Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta visited Galle in 134.
Facts About Galle
Facts About Galle