"To me the beauty of
Ceylon lies not so much in its blue seas and golden beaches, its jungles and
its mountain peaks, as in its ancient atmosphere. There is no nation, from
Egypt of the Pharaohs to modern Britian, in whose literature this island has
not at some time been mentioned by one or other of its many names -- Lanka,
Serendib, Taprobane, Cellao, Zellan, to recall a few. History lies buried in
its sands, and ghosts of romance lurk among its bastioned rocks, for Lanka
is very, very old."
- D. J. G.
Hennessy, GREEN AISLES, 1949
A world Heritage
centuries before Christ, Sri Lanka was a land throbbing with
vitality and a well-ordered civilization. Cities, palaces,
reservoirs, parks, temples, monasteries, monuments and works of art
bore testament to the character, imagination, culture, philosophy
and faith of the people of Sri Lanka, the Resplendent Land. Vestiges
of this ancient civilization are abundantly extant today.
1,750,000 Year Old
Man-Made Bridge between India and Sri Lanka Found
During the last one million years,
when humans are known to have existed in various parts of India, Sri
Lanka was connected to the sub-continent on numerous occasions. The
rise and fall of sea level (due to cold/warm fluctuations in the
global climate) determined the periodicities of these connections,
the last separation having occurred at ca. 7000 BP. There is secure
evidence of settlements in Sri Lanka by 130,000 years ago, probably
by 300,000 BP and possibly by 500,000 BP or earlier.
Space images taken
by NASA reveal a mysterious ancient bridge in the Palk Strait
between India and Sri Lanka. The recently discovered bridge
currently named as Adamīs Bridge is made of chain of shoals, c.18 mi
(30 km) long.
Sri Lanka captures the imagination more than a 200 meter lump of
granite that rises starkly above the flat central plains. Sigiriya
has it all -- a blood-stained history full of intrigue, astonishing
frescos of bare-breasted maidens painted 15 centuries ago, a wall
covered in graffiti that is more than 1,000 years old and, to top it
all, Asia's oldest surviving landscape garden.(Read more)