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Old September 30th, 2005, 02:28 PM   #181
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Adams Peak. - Garden Of Eden

Beleived by the caholics/christians to be where Adam set foot when he was seeking console after being banished from the heavens.

The Buddhist beleive that this is where Lord Buddha set foot in one of the instances when he visited the island.

Also beleived to be the place where butterflies go to die, hence also named as "samanale kanda" (butterfly mountain.).


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Old September 30th, 2005, 02:49 PM   #182
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Adams Peak - Sinbad's Visit.


Now the island of Serendib lieth under the equinoctial line, its night and day both numbering twelve hours. It measureth eighty leagues long by a breadth of thirty and its width is bounded by a lofty mountain and a deep valley. The mountain is conspicuous from a distance of three days and it contains many rubies and other minerals, and spice trees of all sorts. I ascended that mountain and solaced myself with a view of its marvels which are indescribable and afterwards I returned to the King. (Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor, from The Thousand and One Arabian Nights)
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Old September 30th, 2005, 02:51 PM   #183
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Visit of Alexander the Great to the sacred mount of Sri Pada: Fact or Fiction?



After his skirmish with the Indian king, the restless Alexander decided to detour the southwest coast of India and explore further south where he had heard of the fabulous isle of Sri Lanka known to the early Greeks as ‘Taprobane’. Here reports of the sacred mount of Sri Pada, attracted his attention. The peak with its proud pinnacle commanding an enchanting prospect was too much of an attraction for the pleasure-bent Alexander to resist.

Ashraff, the 15th century Persian poet and chronicler, describes this odyssey of Alexander to Sri Pada in his work ‘Zaffer Namah Skendari’. After landing in the island and indulging himself and his retinue in orgies and revelry he explores the wonders of the island. Here Alexander is known to have sought the assistance of the philosopher Bolinas, a celebrated Greek occultist and magician, to climb the sacred peak then supposed to be zealously guarded by various deities.

Among the artefacts devised to ascend the almost inaccessible peak were massive iron chains affixed to stanchions of the same metal secured to the bare rock face. The chains were secured to the stanchions with rivets of iron and bronze. Remains of these artefacts still exist. Early pilgrims to the peak sought the assistance of these chains to hoist themselves up to the summit
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Old September 30th, 2005, 02:53 PM   #184
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Adams Peak Sunrise


Reach the peak the crowd inside the enclosure and upon the steps outside, facing the east with their hands held together in an attitude of adoration awaiting the emergence of the sun. They watch intently the changing colours or the sky prior to sunrise and just as the tip of the sun appears, the pilgrims cry out uproariously, "Sadhu, sadhu, sa!" bending their heads in worship, while a heavy bell is loudly rung.
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Old September 30th, 2005, 03:55 PM   #185
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Adams Peak View Below - Temple Buddhist

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Old September 30th, 2005, 04:26 PM   #186
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Old September 30th, 2005, 04:46 PM   #187
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Ceylinco Towers Colombo



Just to the Left Corner the Land before the tower is now being used for the construction of sri lankas heighest building, apparently a 60 storey hotel/apartment complex, another high rise to the colombo skyline. its a shame photos cannot be taken in Colombo/Fort as it is a Hige Security Zone and photograhy is a criminal offence and will be arrested on the spot if caught. many of the pics here about colombo are outdated by 4 to 5 years and doesnt give a proper picture of colombo today!! ...
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Old September 30th, 2005, 05:40 PM   #188
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Elephant Corridor Hotel...

Elephants walk through this corridor every evening ... the rock you see through the corridor is the proposed "eigth" wonder of the world, sigiriya rock fortress.

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Mount Lavinia Sunset

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Old September 30th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #190
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The Elusive Leopard ..

Sri Lanka is now the best place on earth to observe leopards...


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Another One From the Colombo Port ..

One of the busiest transshipment ports in the world , situated in the middle of the Indian ocean, in the route which connects the west to the east.


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Viharamahadevi Park.

Viharamahadevi is an Queen of ancient Sri Lanka.

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Old September 30th, 2005, 07:17 PM   #193
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Mount Lavinia Hotel

colombo skyline can be seen at the backdrop....

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Old September 30th, 2005, 07:52 PM   #194
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Absoloutely Amazing
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beautiful wath is that constroction in the top of Adam's peack?
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beautiful wath is that constroction in the top of Adam's peack?

On top of adams peak is a Temple .. which houses the foot print of adam/lord buddah...
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its sad that i can't present any photos from Colombo .. cause colombo now is very very modern and clean but photography as i have mentioned is not permeitted .. i asked for permission from the police as i talked to the Inspector General of the Police but i asked too late ..sice i cannot find time to take the pics as im leaving colombo to uk for studies tommorrow...
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Old September 30th, 2005, 09:06 PM   #198
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More From Gangaramaya Colombo



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