Sri Lanka in Photos
The main reason, I went to Sri Lanka was to climb the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka. We started at night and it took us around 4 hours to reach the peak for the sunrise and the puja ceremony. Along the way up, I saw one-legged man hopping on crutches for 5200 steps to the peak and 80 year-old woman who can barley walk. How they made! It must be their strong faith!
Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak
Most Sacred Mountain In Sri Lanka – Stairway To Heaven
Adam’s Peak (7,360 ft – 2,243 meter high peak) Just below the summit there is a depression which is called Sri Pada (Holy Feet) a huge footprint. This was identified by Buddhists as the Buddha’s footprint, by Hindus as that of Shiva, and by Muslims as Adam’s. Later the Portuguese attributed it to St. Thomas the Apostle.
The Puja Ceremony at the Top of Sri Pada
Sigiriya – The lion rock
Sigiriya – The lion rock rises about (200 meters – 660 ft) high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Nuwara Eliya – Tea Plantations
It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) the coolest area in Sri Lanka and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka.
Relic of the tooth of Buddha – Kandy
The Golden Temple – Dambulla
Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the capital Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 metres (13 ft) above the sea level. Mirissa’s beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations.
Sri Pada was the highlight of the trip but I enjoyed every minute in that country