Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Galle Facts: Galle, Sri Lanka - The New Tourist Haven


Galle the New Tourist Haven


The historic port city of Galle in Sri Lanka with its beautiful 400 year old Dutch Fort is rapidly becoming a must visit destination for tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

Galle Fort and the city within it appears as though time left it behind. A Rip Van Winkle city that has only recently awoken.

The old colonnaded Dutch colonial building are being progressively restored and occupied by swank shops, jewellers, and restaurants. It is also to home of one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Recently refurbished to its former colonial splendour the Amangalla Hotel, previously the New Oriental Hotel, beacons the travel to sit at its balcony and sip tea in the afternoon, or a Gin and Tonic in the evening as the British Raj did in their heyday.

Read more about the fascinating city of Galle Sri Lanka on our web page.  It is comprehensive.




Thursday, 12 February 2015

Galle Facts - Things to Do & Attractions

What to Do in Galle


The historic city of Galle and the surrounding area with picturesque beaches is rapidly becoming the new "must see" haven in Sri Lanka. The 400 year old Fort with a thriving city which maintains its quaint colonial charm, convenient shopping and dining and the beaches are just a few of the things to do in Galle.

Galle Fort and the city within it appears as though time left it behind. A Rip Van Winkle city that has only recently awoken.


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Galle Fort Attractions

Galle Fort - Things to Do





The quaint port city of Galle, with its 400 year old Dutch Fort, is a lovely way to spend some time in Sri Lanka. It is a place where time stood still, preserving a by-gone colonial era.


Here are just a few of the Attractions:
  • Galle Fort built 400 years ago, it is the best preserved European fort in existence in Asia today. A walk through the town and along the ramparts (especially at sunset) is a great way to enjoy Sri Lanka.
  • Amangalla Hotel, previously the New Oriental Hotel, beacons the travel to sit at its balcony and sip tea in the afternoon, or a Gin and Tonic in the evening as the British Raj did in their heyday.
  • Dutch Reformed Church contains numerous tombstones for those adventurous Europeans who died so far away from home. 

Read more about the Attractions and Things to Do in Galle .




Sigiriya Sri Lanka

Sigiriya - Must See Site in Sri Lanka.




The Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built 1600 years ago on a rock 200 meters high,  is an absolutely must see historic site in Sri Lanka. Not only are the ruins fascinating, the story behind Kasyapa,  the king who built it is the stuff for novels.

Read more about the Sigiriya on our web page.  It is the most comprehensive and well written site on the subject.




Sunday, 18 January 2015

Climbing Sigiriya Rock

Climbing Sigiriya Rock.


Climbing Sigiriya isn't that hard but it is strenuous. It is not, however, for the unfit. 

There are steps all the way to the top; some of which are very narrow and steep. There are about 1200 steps. That's roughly equivalent to climbing 60 flights of steps of a 60 story building. But don't panic. It’s a lot easier than climbing sixty flights of steps in a building. When you climb Sigiriya Rock take your time, rest often and drink lots of water. Proper footwear is strongly recommended. The best times to climb are early morning and late afternoon.

Visit our webpage Sigiriya, Sri Lanka for a complete guide to Sigiriya.


The easy bit is coming down.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Great Barrier Reef Facts: How Long is the Great Barrier Reef?

Length of the Great Barrier Reef


Arial view of the Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef off the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia is the largest coral reef in the world. It is so large in fact that it is the only living organism on earth which is visible from space. 

It is about 2,300 km (1,450 miles) long. It stretching along the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia from Cape York Peninsula in the north to Bundaberg in the south. This is about the same distance along the west coast of North America starting at Vancouver and ending in San Diego.

Learn more at our website.... The Great Barrier Reef




Thursday, 6 November 2014

SIgiriya Facts: Who Built Sigiriya?


Sigiriya Sri Lanka
Who Built It? 


The Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built over 1600 years ago by King Kasyapa the second monarch of the Moriyan Dynasty of the Anuradhapura Kingdom. 

Kasyapa ascended the throne in 477 AD by having his father murdered. Unable to redeem himself with the people for this terrible crime he abandoned the royal capital of Anuradhapura and built himself a new one deep in the forests of central Sri Lanka. 

Monarchs before Kasyapa expended their energies building religious edifices for the glorification of the Buddhist faith as self-aggrandizement of any sort was strongly frowned upon by society.

Having being rejected and ostracised by the Buddhist clergy,  Kasyapa no longer left bound by these religious constraints and spent his vast wealth building a royal residence of unsurpassed beauty. This was Sigiriya. 

Read ther whole story at  the website Sigiriya or buy the book The Story of Sigiriya available in paperback, hardcover and ebook format.