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Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of Indian wildlife in their natural habitat

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South Asia’s most teeming nation is a veritable fusion of attractive places, lush landscapes and an ancient culture steeped in history and rituals. Architectural masterpieces of historic dynasties dot various states. India’s rich heritage together with its flourishing bio diversity showcases the beauty of the country. The city of Hyderabad offe…
Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

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Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

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Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

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  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

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The Thai island of Koh Samui might have garnered a reputation for its idyllic beaches and pristine oceans, but it is also gaining popularity for another feature that is quite unique; medical tourism! Offering reasonably priced and international standard medical care, Koh Samui and such coastal areas as Bohput are also known for their high standards…
Family Travel to Philippines

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The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

Buddhist Art – Paintings in Sri Lanka

Have you ever visited an Art Gallery Sri Lanka has to offer for the lovers of art and paintings? Sri Lanka is a country rich with an ancient Buddhist civilization after the epic event in history where Buddhism was introduced by India and embraced as the Island’s major religion, during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa (247 – 207 BC). Since then Buddhism played a significant role in evolving and developing a great tradition of pictorial art known for its vibrant simplicity to transform blank walls of Buddhist shrines and rugged rock surfaces into marvelous colorful figurative forms of paintings that generate joy and spiritual growth within the devotees.

The genius of Sri Lankan painters who were instrumental in bringing worldwide recognition drawing tourists from around the globe to the island due to its renowned paintings such as Sigiriya and Ajantha bithu sithuwam (wall paintings) have not been individually recognized for their valuable contribution. The purpose of the Sri Lankan Art Gallery, the CSR arm of John Keells Group, John Keells Foundation (JKF) is to offer upcoming and renowned Sri Lankan artists a platform to recognize their talents and to sell their work and develop a global clientele. It is also with the interest of empowering Sri Lankan artists to gain confidence in continuing their beautiful creative artistry in the form of paintings that enhance the truth and values of Buddhism and pass it down to future generations.

Buddhist paintings are centered on the key figure and the founder of Buddhism, Lord Siddhartha Gauthama Buddha. His life story, stories connected with his life, tales of his previous incarnations (Jathaka katha), various deities worshiping him, representations of different hells and heavens are some that are used to depict pictorial stories across the nation. The Sigiriya paintings (Frescos) of beautiful women offering flowers that suggest religious worship which is an art of spiritual symbolism stands among the most famous and historical paintings in Sri Lanka.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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