Slideshow: Keepsakes from Ceylon

Ayubowan Sri Lanka!

Images from Colombo, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya

Fort Railway Station
Colombo's major rail hub.
Ruwanweli Saya Stupa
A sacred Buddhism site, Ruwanweli Saya Stupa is one of the 8 places of veneration in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura.
Ruwanweli Saya Stupa
Ruwanweli Saya Stupa is one of the world's tallest monuments, standing at 338 feet (103 m) and with a circumference of 950 ft (290 m).
Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools)
These bathing tanks or pools are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.
One of the tallest structures in the ancient world.
Another dagoba in Anuradhapura and among the Buddhist sacred places of veneration in the ancient city.
The Frescoes
Ancient paintings in the mid-level terrace of the Lion Rock.
Top Rock Palace
Top Rock Palace
The ruins of the summit of the Lion Rock.
Top Rock Palace
The ruins of the summit of the Lion Rock.
Lion Rock
The modern stairways to Top Rock Palace.
The Lion Gate
The stairway to the summit is sandwiched by the Lion Paws.
Lion Rock
The heart of the ancient city of Sigiriya.
Lion Rock
A massive granite rock standing at 180m high and with a flat summit where a palace of King Kasyapa was built.
  • Top Rock Palace

An unexpected turn of circumstances and events led me to the land of beautiful beaches, timeless ruins, hospitable people, lovely elephants, perfect swells and flavorful food. An island nation in Indian Ocean with vivid history and unique culture, ayubowan Sri Lanka!

It was a hectic itinerary. I had to make the most in my short Sri Lankan holiday that as soon as my plane touched down the airport of Colombo, I went straight to the train terminal in the city and found my way to the sacred city  of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the principal shrines of Buddhism, once abandoned and hidden in dense jungle for so many years with its palaces, monasteries and monuments.
The next day, I rode a bus and traveled for four-and-a-half hours to the ancient city of Sigiriya, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya consists of an ancient castle used by King Kasyapa who ruled the country from 473 to 495 CE. It is the center of Ceylon civilization during its establishment.
It was four days and three nights of discovery, quite short for an interesting place like Sri Lanka but just enough to jumpstart the journey and before I delve into the depths of the mystery that envelopes the land.
I would like to believe that my love affair with Ceylon has just started. That in the future, my feet will soon walk on its soil. But until then, I find consolation on moments of nostalgia while looking back to my good days in Sri Lanka!