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A TRIP TO POLONNARUWA........... (3)

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We office friends & families had a nice trip to Polonnaruwa last weekend. I was fortunate enough to photograph this beautiful scenic ancient kingdom with my camera. Sometimes my pictures must be not the most perfect but still tried my best to capture the beauty of this beautiful place........!
There were lot of nature to watch, but mostly I was so amazed to see the bird life, which was so abundant & the best part of the day was watching Eagles praying for their food in the Parakrama Samudraya Tank. There were lot of waders I observed during my stay & I was so thankful to the creator & mother nature for giving me a chance to see this beautiful place. We also had a short visit to Gal Vihara. The place I believe would make yourself calm forever....!

Gal Vihara...

The Gal Vihara (Sinhala: ගල් විහාරය), also known as Gal Viharaya, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka. It was constructed in the 12Th century by Parakramabahu I. The central feature of the shrine are four images of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granite rock. The images consist of a large seated figure, another, smaller seated figure inside an artificial cavern, and standing figure and a reclining figure. These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts, and have made the Gal Vihara one of the most visited monuments in Polonnaruwa.

The images of Gal Vihara follow a different style than the images of the previous Anuradhapura period, and show some significant differences. The identity of the standing image is subject to a certain amount of dispute among historians and archaeologists, some of whom argue that it depicts the monk Ananda rather than the Buddha. Each of the images have been carved in a way that uses a maximum possible area of the rock, and their heights seem to have been decided based on the height of the rock itself. Each statue appears to have had its own image house, as indicated by the remains of brick walls at the site. The Gal Vihara, or Uttararama as it was known during that period, was where Parakramabahu I held a congregation of monks to purify the Buddhist priesthood, and later drew up a code of conduct for them. This code of conduct has been recorded in an inscription on the same rock face containing the images of the Buddha.

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We also had a chance of visiting the Kawudulla National Park, which is situated 30 Km away from Polonnaruwa. In the ancient days Kawudulla was considered as a one of the main irrigation centers of the Rajarata area. Today Kawudulla tank is the main highlight of this national park & during the evening time if you are lucky, you will have a good view of Jumbos (Elephant Maximus Maximus) roaming in search of water. These mighty giants who comes to fulfil their thirst, to eat & play in the open areas are a pleasing sight to the visitors.

I observed during my visit how disturbing most of the visitors towards these gentle giants. Most of the time without respecting the park laws most jeep drivers got closed to this elephants & it was a horrible sight to see some elephants leaving the tank into the jungle to avoid their daily drink in the evening. After coming to see these elephants in their habitat , I was so sad to see how unlawful most of this Jeep drivers were towards the animals. It will be a great mistake if the park officials don't take immediate measures to take action against this situation & also must monitor the daily affairs to ensure the park law & orders are restored. We know that today SriLanka is moving towards into a new dimension & we are named as a Global hot spot in the Eco tourism. After three decades of brutal war we are slowly started to take a new breath & we must fully take advantage of taking the best from our nature reserves while protecting them & ensuring that our future generations too will get a chance of enjoying it..

"Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation."
Charles Cook

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Udappuwa,Anawilundawa,Chilaw & Katunayake.... 1

5:27 AM by , under

Sometimes I feel I am fortunate to have very nice friends around who really love to go outdoor & photograph your favorite.. the wild life & wild places. My friends Mendis Wickramasinghe, Aruna Senevirathne & Priyal Mahendra & Gehan Rajeev, we had a nice journey around the western dry zone areas. Here are some memorable pictures I took along the journey.

"Anawilundawa is one of the 3 RAMSAR wetland in Sri Lanka, the other two being BundalaMadhu Ganga Sanctuary . The sanctuary covers 1,397ha lying between the coastal line and the Negambo - Putlam railway line. This wetland consist of six large man made tanks and 3 peripheral tanks interconnected to create a complex irrigation system. The larger tanks are Pinkattiya, Maradansola, Anawilundawa, Mayyawa, Surawila and Vellawali. The history of these tank system goes back to 12th century and sadly the water ways which fed this system is lost without an trace and today these tanks are fed by flood waters of the Deduru Oya brought to the area via the Sengaloya scheme. These tanks has created a natural habitat which is ideal for the birds as well as supplied water to paddy fields around this area for over 800 years." "Today this area is very popular among bird watchers and nature lovers. During migration season a large variety of birds can be seen using this area as feeding ground as well as breeding ground ."
( Courtesy by www.amazinglanka.com)

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