The island of Sri Lanka beckons with mystical
and mesmerizing locales.
An idyllic coastal landscape.
The inviting sea is never far wherever one roams.
|Colorful boats are ready for another fishing venture. |
|And even four-legged creatures enjoy an outing by the shore.|
The Dutch, one of many colonizers, left their
trace with innumerable inland waterways, and canals.
|Maneuvering inland with goods to transport. |
|Boats moored along a canal at dusk after a busy day of fishing. |
|Canals are not only boons to transport, but scenic spots to behold. |
|Away from canals, bicycles are an omnipresent, eco-friendly way to traverse across town. |
The country is home to various religions,
with Buddhism, Hindu, and Islam predominating.
|Places of worship are ubiquitous, including this Hindu temple.|
|And this Mosque in the heart of the capital's commercial district. |
|Stunning architectural edifices amaze, such as the Jaffna library. |
Sunrises and sunsets are a marvel to observe,
as they have been for all prior civilizations.
|And the geologic landscapes that attracted earlier kingdoms |
remain magnificent to behold, such as at Sigiriya.
Up in these rock formations of Dambula, cave temples were constructed millennia ago.
|With astonishing sculptural masterpieces.|
The inhabitants of ancient Sri Lankan cities have long gone, but their astounding works of art and architecture remain.
|The historic kingdom of Polonnaruwa is one of many |
UNESCO world heritage sites in the country.
|An image of the seated, meditating Buddha, at Gal Vihare, |
a sculptural masterpiece at Polannaruwa.
|Reclining Buddha sculpture at Polonnaruwa. |
|Kiri Vehera Dagoba. |
|Tea estates pervade the central highlands.|
|Elephants steal the show, as they dance and march around Kandy in the annual Esala Perahera. |
|This event celebrates a Buddha's tooth, said to reside in an eponymous Kandy temple, |
and paraded around the city in a casket atop dancing elephants, glowing in lights
and sparkling regalia, and entertaining crowds from around
the globe for 8 nights with their spectacular show.
|During the daytime, Kandy remains a tranquil town, |
where one can find joy and solitude on a walk around the lake.
|And smiles dot one's footsteps.|