The Paradise on Earth
February 12, 2015 1:18 PM   Subscribe

In case it's not obvious, each of the historic sites listed is a link to an extended history and dozens of images from each location.
posted by Think_Long at 1:21 PM on February 12, 2015

awesome! I was an exchange student there in '81 and have pics of many of these places from before the war. it will be interesting to see if and how much they have changed in the years since then. thanks for the post.
posted by OHenryPacey at 2:00 PM on February 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

Going to Sri Lanka in a month!

This, and the local word for ice cold beer will be invaluable resources.
posted by Keith Talent at 2:03 PM on February 12, 2015

Keith, my wife and I got married in Sri Lanka and I don't know that we encountered a single person who did not speak English.

And a cold Lion at the end of a hot day is heaven!
posted by JaredSeth at 2:19 PM on February 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

You can wait til the end of the day? You are a better man than I.

And I hope Sri Lanka is an outlier in terms of what constitutes a cold beer on the sub-continent.
posted by Keith Talent at 3:13 PM on February 12, 2015

I was in Kandy in 2004 when the tsunami hit. I fell in love with what little I saw of the country and it's people then and I've always wanted to go back.
posted by peppermind at 4:05 PM on February 12, 2015

This just came up on my radar from TYWKIWDBI, too. I gawked at so many thumbnails.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 4:17 PM on February 12, 2015

Sri Lanka is home to Kataragama, the destination of perhaps the oldest continuous foot pilgrimage still practiced today, the Pada Yatra. Associated with the Hindu god Murugan, Kataragama is also considered a holy place by the Buddhists, Muslims and aboriginal Veddah people. The Cultural Survival Trust works to conserve and celebrate the many holy power spots around the island. Much much more available through Sri Lanka's Living Heritage Network.
posted by BinGregory at 4:27 PM on February 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

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