eLanka Newsletter – 20th March 2023 – 6th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Photos from The Old Josephians’ Association of NSW – Feast, Mass and Social held on 16 March 2024 The Tollywood film stars in a Celebrity Cricket Carnival in Melbourne for the 1st time Champions in the T20 exhibition match. By CCC in Melbourne – sent by Johann Dias Jayasinha Microplastics have been discovered in the plaques that accumulate in the coronary arteries – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Rukrakaganno’s Ecological Reforestation Project in Singharaja Rainforest-by Michael Roberts Battle of the Saints” – Recap of Josephian-Peterite Encounters Looking after humble people in Estate Sector who were making our Economy strong – Sent by former Admiral Ravindra Chandrasiri Wijegunaratne – eLanka  Hans Van Culenburg: An All-Time Boxing hero – By Lawrence Machado Felicitas (Girla) Appathurai turns ...

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Memories left behind by former Yala National Park Ranger in Charge Travis Meynert – 1930s to 40s Source : photos.google Introduction by daugther Forrest Meynert Woodbury – Travice and Kathleen met when Kathleen was still in school. He was keen to marry her and they became engaged when she was about 16 and married in 1939, when she was 18 and Travice was 29. I think they went to live at Palutupana after the wedding. I was born 5 years later in 1944. At some time they moved to Hambantota because I remember living there when I was 2 years old. I also remember visiting Palutupana when I was 4, but only living there for a short time. We also visited Buttuwa, and Yala at that time. Some time later Dad joined the Forestry Dept and we lived in Elpitiya. Phil, my brother, was born in 1948 while we were still ...

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Save our Elephants – By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne Source : island The killing and dismembering of the tusker in Block 3 of Yala National Park recently brought tears to the eyes of elephant lovers. This poor animal stayed within the boundaries, marked by us to say “you are safe here”, and was still killed with a single shot to the head by inhuman poachers operating within the National Park. Further his small tusks were removed using a chainsaw. The tail was also removed because its hair is in high demand. Why is this happening? Why can we not catch these culprits? We should do our best to stop these inhuman activities. Sri Lanka Army’s elite units can help the Wildlife Department in this effort. As a local saying goes, you never get fed with watching ‘Bali and Ali’. ‘Bali’ is a traditional dance form and ‘Ali’ are elephants. An elephant ...

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Exploring the Mystical Charm of Kataragama Village in Sri Lanka – Bhanuka – eLanka Nestled in the southeastern part of Sri Lanka, Kataragama is a village that exudes an air of mysticism and spirituality. This quaint village, with its rich cultural heritage and diverse religious significance, attracts pilgrims, tourists, and spiritual seekers alike. From the revered Kataragama Temple to the lush Yala National Park, Kataragama offers a unique blend of spirituality and natural beauty that is worth exploring. In this article, we will take a closer look at the enchanting village of Kataragama and what makes it a must-visit destination. Historical Significance Kataragama’s history dates back thousands of years, making it one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and most revered pilgrimage sites. The village is mentioned in the ancient epic poem, the “Mahabharata,” as a place of worship. It is believed to have been a site of worship for various deities ...

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Special Vistas For Tourists in Sri Lanka Today-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Lee Tulloch, in Sydney Morning Herald, 9 June 2023, where the title reads = “Why you should visit this undersold, teardrop-shaped island right now” If there’s a country that could do with a lot of love right now, it’s Sri Lanka. Over the past three decades, the island nation has been ravaged by conflict and disaster, beginning with the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed 30,000 lives, and the 26-year-long civil war, which ended in 2009. It had just re-emerged as a popular tourist destination when, on Easter Sunday 2019, an Islamic group, in retaliation for the Christchurch attacks thousands of kilometres away, bombed three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo, unnerving the tourists who had returned in record numbers. ...

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A town located in the Hambantota District of Sri Lanka ‘ Thissamaharamaya ‘ – By Malsha – elanka Thissamaharamaya is a town located in the Hambantota District of Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Southern Province of the country. Thissamaharamaya is known for its historical and cultural significance and serves as a gateway to several popular tourist attractions in the region. One of the key attractions in Thissamaharamaya is the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, which is an ancient Buddhist temple dating back to the 2nd century BC. It is believed to have been built by King Kavantissa and is known for its beautiful architecture and serene surroundings. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site and attracts both locals and tourists. Thissamaharamaya is also renowned as a base for exploring the nearby Yala National Park, which is one of the most popular national parks in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park ...

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Why you should visit this undersold, teardrop-shaped island right now – By Lee Tulloch Source : smh If there’s a country that could do with a lot of love right now, it’s Sri Lanka. Over the past three decades, the island nation has been ravaged by conflict and disaster, beginning with the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which claimed 30,000 lives, and the 26-year-long civil war, which ended in 2009. It had just re-emerged as a popular tourist destination when, on Easter Sunday 2019, an Islamic group, in retaliation for the Christchurch attacks thousands of kilometres away, bombed three churches and three luxury hotels in Colombo, unnerving the tourists who had returned in record numbers. And then in 2020 there was COVID-19. Even though Sri Lanka managed it well, the world shut down. Shopkeepers in Galle Fort, the beautiful, fortified 17th-century village on the south-west coast, say they closed their stalls ...

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A popular pilgrimage destination in Sri Lanka ‘ Katharagama ‘ – By Nishantha Weragoda Source : Nishantha Weragoda Linkedin Katharagama a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents of all religions in Sri Lanka. The main shrine devoted to Skanda popularly described in eulogies as God having six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC. The annual procession held in July or August is the main event of the shrine with fire walkers and Kawadi dancers. Offering to the god are made at 04.30am , 10.30 am and 06.30pm daily. Menik Ganga (River of Gems) Can be reached this popular river Menik Ganga from Kataragama and Yala National park as well. A walk across the bridge takes you to the shallow places in the river from Kataragama pilgrim area or one of the resting site at yala ...

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