Category: Sri Lanka

UNESCO Heritage Site Threatened by Development of Galle Port; PK Balachandran; The Citizen

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The recently announced multi-faceted US$ 200 million plan to develop Galle harbor at the southern tip of Sri Lanka both as an enhanced commercial port and as a water sports and leisure hub hosting cruise ships, is an attractive proposition.

Source: UNESCO Heritage Site Threatened by Development of Galle Port

Visit vibrant and diverse Sri Lanka; Daitranvan; Viet Reader

Photo: VietReader

For Sri Lanka’s National Day (February 4), Viet Nam News introduces a message from the embassy. When you need less than a day to travel from one end to the other, and yet you can dabble in at least 25 different activities, you know you’ve come to the right place. When you have a past so mighty yet so exciting, with the most vibrant culture that makes falling in love with it as easy as riding a bike; when you can drive into an ocean full of life, catch the freshness spraying from a waterfall hitting the rocks, and hear the birds singing as they build their homes; when every day is a summer romance with sunrise breakfasts and idyllic road trips straight out of a movie; when you can wake up with elephants, play hide and seek with leopards and close your eyes under a sky full of stars; when you can smell fragrant spices cooking in different combinations from every household with age-old treasured recipes; when you feel like everyone around you is family and you’ve run out of words to express how you feel deep inside, and your heart races and warms at the same time- you just know you’ve fallen in love with it all: you know that you have indefinitely fallen for Sri Lanka!

Source: Visit vibrant and diverse Sri Lanka

Sigiriya: Sri Lanka’s ancient water gardens; Katie Lockhart; BBC

Photo: Boy Anupong

A complex masterpiece of irrigation engineering design, Sigiriya’s artfully designed water gardens required structural planning way ahead of its time.

Source: Sigiriya: Sri Lanka’s ancient water gardens

US to fund conservation of Royal Palace and Archaeology Museum in Kandy; Colombo Gazette

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The United States Government, through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), has awarded a grant to conserve a 17th century Royal Palace and Archaeology Museum in Kandy. Funding for the project totals over 52 million Sri Lankan rupees ($265,000).   Since 2001, AFCP has funded 14 projects in Sri Lanka, including the conservation of the Rajagala Buddhist forest monastery, the preservation of Buddhist, Hindu, and other collections in the Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum, the restoration of the Batticaloa Dutch Fort, and the preservation of the intangible heritage of ritual music and dance forms of the Adivasi, Tamil, and Buddhist communities.

Source: US to fund conservation of Royal Palace and Archaeology Museum in Kandy

The World Heritage Sites Of Sri Lanka; Everyman; The Island

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It was on July 31, 2010 that UNESCO inscribed The Central Highlands of Sri Lanka comprising Horton Plains, Knuckles Conservation Forest and the Peak Wilderness- Protected Area, as a World Heritage Site. In fact this site was one of the two which were classified by UNESCO as ‘Natural Sites’ the other being Sinharaja Forest Reserve(1988).

Source: THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF SRI LANKA

The Old Town Of Galle And Fortifications; Everyman; Sunday Island

Photo source: Sunday Island

Volleyball it is claimed is Sri Lanka national sport. However there is no doubt that Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka .That popular West Indies calypso ‘Cricket, lovely cricket.’,’ will always be ringing in the ears. From the villages where youngsters from around 16 to 26 or maybe even older, use ‘polpithi’ bats, to the towns where more sophisticated young men use willow bats.

Source: The Old Town Of Galle And Fortifications

The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘Stargate’; Demi Perera; BBC

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In recent years, the internet has been alight with speculation that a chart-like carving in Anuradhapura is a stargate: an ancient gateway through which humans can enter the Universe.

Source: The unsolved mystery of Sri Lanka’s ‘Stargate’

Saving Sinharaja: Many Layers of Protection But Threats Continue; Tharuka Dissanaike; Ground Views

Photo credit: Rukshan Kuru-Utumpala

Photo courtesy of Rukshan Kuru-Utumpala Sinharaja’s conservation status is of “significant concern”. According to the World Heritage Outlook, published by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sinharaja has been assessed in 2020 as a World Heritage Site with significant concern to its conservation status and future viability.

Source: Saving Sinharaja: Many Layers of Protection But Threats Continue

Saving Sinharaja: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Tharuka Dissanaike; Ground Views

The Sinharaja Rainforest has been in the public eye for a few weeks now. Is it being threatened by encroachment and development? Will it lose its UNESCO World Heritage status?

Source: Saving Sinharaja: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

CENS writes to UNESCO to urge GoSL to stop destroying #Sinharaja; Zulfick Farzan; News First

Source: CENS writes to UNESCO to urge GoSL to stop destroying #Sinharaja

Sri Lanka deforestation: Irrigation reservoirs to be built in Sinharaja; Hamadiya Hamza; Economy Next

Source: Sri Lanka deforestation: Irrigation reservoirs to be built in Sinharaja

Deforestation in Sri Lanka; Raj Gonsalkorale; Sri Lanka Guardian

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Visiting the Sacred Temple of Tooth in Kandy; Hemi; Travel Gumbo

 

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Investors see missing data as key hurdle for biodiversity action; Hilde Jervan; China Dialogue

Financial institutions must better understand their exposure to biodiversity risks so they can take steps to reduce these through company divestment or engagement…

Source: Investors see missing data as key hurdle for biodiversity action – China Dialogue

Environment and development: Sri Lanka’s interminable crisis; Gamini Herath; Daily FT

Source: Environment and development: Sri Lanka’s interminable crisis | Daily FT

Abiding Images from Sri Lanka; Outlook India


From coasts to cloud forests, from tea gardens to wildlife safaris, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to small guest houses serving awesome home cooked food, Sri Lanka packs in a surprising number of diverse attractions despite being an island nation.

Source: Abiding Images from Sri Lanka

Save a prayer at Sigiriya rock, Sri Lanka; Business Mirror

Source: Save a prayer at Sigiriya rock, Sri Lanka | Business Mirror

Sinharaja: Mother Nature’s precious gift; HP Gunawardena & HMPR Wijebandara; Daily News

The fact that Sinharaja forest reserve is a precious gift to us from the nature is nothing new. It is an evergreen tropical forest located in the Wet Zone of the country, stretching across the Districts of Galle, Matara and Ratnapura with an extent of approximately 1,185 hectares.

Source: Sinharaja: Mother Nature’s precious gift | Daily News

The quaint charms of Sri Lanka’s Galle Fort; Arefa Tehsin; Indian Express

A stellar example of a fort city made by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia, Galle Fort is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Source: The quaint charms of Sri Lanka’s Galle Fort

Guardians of the ‘Knuckles’ range; UNDP

Mountain peaks blanketed by clouds, cascading waterfalls, symphonies of forest sounds, hundreds of unique species of flora and fauna, and enchanting landscapes; the Dumbara, or ‘Knuckles’ mountains have…

Source: Guardians of the ‘Knuckles’ range

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