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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

Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along t…

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

Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of…

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

Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in M…

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 festivals th…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

Medical Tourism – Dental Care …

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

Family Travel to Philippines…

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…

Kalutara Temple (Viharaya) – Visit One of Sri Lanka’s Most Sacred Temples

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, has recently become one of the most popular global holiday destinations. The country has everything from gorgeous beaches to dense jungles and green mountains, making it ideal for eco-tourism. The country also has many historical buildings which have become quite popular. Many of the island’s iconic structures, such as the Galle Fort, are actually remnants from the colonial era, but one can find marvellous examples of Sri Lankan architecture as well.

The famed Kalutara Temple is one site that must not be missed. The temple is located, as the name suggests, in the coastal town of Kalutara. The Portuguese originally built a fort on the land where the temple now stands. The fort was taken over by the Dutch and then by the British, who converted it into a private residence. The temple was built in 1960, and contains the world’s only hollow dagoba (a Buddhist shrine). The walls are covered in murals depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. There are seventy four murals in total, and they are based on the Jataka, which chronicles the five hundred and fifty incarnations of the Buddha.

The temple complex is extremely lively, and lets devotees come at three different times during the day to give offerings at the shrine. On the outside of the complex one can find a series of donation boxes, and many travellers stop to drop a few coins and say a quick prayer. The temple also contains a Bodhiya, which is one of several saplings from the sacred Bo tree. The three story tall temple is located south of the Kalutara Bridge.

Kalutara is found roughly forty kilometres outside Colombo, the island’s cosmopolitan capital. The city was once an important centre for the spice trade. The city is well known for its historic buildings which also includes the Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, which was built in 1873. It is a tourist hotspot and finding a good hotel in Kalutara will not be a difficulty. Those looking for a Kalutara beach hotel should try the Avani Kalutara, which offers terrific lodgings by the sea.

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