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Wow! After so many holidays in Sri Lanka, this time we could spend few hours relaxing in a calm and quiet atmosphere while watching the nature’s beauty at its best! This is the lake we visited at Dambana, Sri Lanka in our road trip to Mahiyanganaya. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of this lake as it is not that famous (or I don’t know about this lake)

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Once we reached there I was surprised by the clear sky and beautiful water. It was so spacious and windy. The lake was peaceful and allowed us to capture beautiful moments as we wanted. However I was too concern about my son who loves to run here and there, but still my camera is full of beautiful views of this lake in Dambana.

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Well, Dambana is popular as the place for Sri Lankan indigenous people, called as Veddah. Most of the time people visit Dambana to meet veddah community. But, it seems this lake is not popular among those, because I didn’t see much pollution there. 🙂  If this lake is much popular, I know people start visiting Dambana to enjoy bathing and swimming.

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It was October 1st last year and Children’s day. We met some students and teachers from a nearby  school who have visited this lake as a celebration for Children’s Day. The teachers were so friendly and showed us the best hospitality of Sri Lankans. We too joined with them for some snacks as they invited us.

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Some children were enjoying their time swimming and bathing
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There are huge trees around this lake.
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Beautiful views around the lake in Dambana
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For Amma and Sanu it was a perfect Place for a Photo 🙂
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We reached to the lake by this three wheeler (Tuk Tuk) parking our vehicle somewhere as it is easy to reach with such small vehicle.

And we didn’t forget to enjoy our lunch in a place near Dambana (Main road at Mahiyanganaya and a restaurant called ‘kohomba Sevana at 52 mile post)

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We enjoyed food including Fried Lake Fish

We enjoyed typical Sri Lankan lunch with rice and curry.The place was decent and perfect for having lunch in this kind of road trips.

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Sri Lankan Food at Mahiyanganaya

It was such a nice visit to Dambana and I hope we will be able to visit this place again.

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Visiting beautiful places in Sri Lanka is always amazing. This is the best part of Sri Lanka holidays although it is bit tiresome. Most of the time these are few days road trips and we usually visit our relatives in other areas. We Sri Lankans treasure the family values. It is not we only visit our parents; instead we visit our uncles’ aunts, grandparents and even their siblings. Although we stay with them for night or two, we get the opportunity to see the different places of the country with such visits. This is such a visit we made to Polonnaruwa and Mahiyanganaya during our last year October holiday.

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On our way to Dambana,Mahiyanganaya via Girandurukotte

Mahiyanganaya is popular for the ancient Buddhist temple which is a place even lord Buddha has visited in ancient times. On the other way, it is the place for Sri Lankan indigenous people, called as Veddah.

As we visit nearby and as there are some of my cousins live in that area, we included Mahiyanganaya as another place to visit during the same road trip. Our initial plan was to visit Polonnaruwa to see my father’s elder brother. It was a long hours road trip and we spent the night with them. The next day we started our journey to visit Mahiyanganaya.

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Dambana , Sri Lanka

In this trip, I had few plans, not only to visit my cousins, but also to visit the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. But, always our plans do not work well. It was same for me as we were rushing. Of course we visited Dambana which is the place of indigenous people (Vedda) of Sri Lanka. We were about ½ km away from meeting them. But, I didn’t want to visit them just to take a photograph with them and share in this blog. Instead I had plans to spend few hours talking with them, observing their culture and spend time with them. First we visited Dambane Gunawardana’s home who is the first graduate of Vedda community, unfortunately it was 1st October and Children’s day. He was not at home and was attending some Children’s day programs. Our plans were changed and it was almost afternoon. As we didn’t have much time left, we returned home thinking we will be able to visit Dambana again. Till that I have some memories from Dambana.

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Dambana is a really a beautiful place to visit and experience the local life of Sri Lanka. Surrounded with many beautiful trees and with opportunity of watching some wild animals we had great time there. We were really relaxed. Although it was hot, it was windy too. So, we didn’t feel much tired.

We stopped in a provisions shop in Dambana.

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Our son enjoyed his trip and started running here and there freely.

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See,he was sitting in front of the shop and for him it was a nice experience.I forgot about hygiene and allowed him to behave as he wanted. 🙂

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At a provisions shop- Dambana, Sri Lanka

It was a great location for another family photo.But our son wanted to run away! 🙂

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A lazy dog,it was sleeping all the time

The best of this trip was we visited a lake in Dambana.It was absolutely beautiful!

A lake in Dambana

I really can’t recall the name of this lake.But,it seems most of the people who visits Dambana miss this lake,they only visit Vedda people.We had the opposite experience.We visited this lake,but we missed meeting veddah people.

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University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Once this was a place in my dreams! Once this was a place which I had great moments and memories. Now it is only in my memories and I am so grateful for the things I learned not only for the degree or my career, but for the life. It was a place with entirely different student culture which I hate and admire. This is the place which changed my life after school days. With lot of memories, thoughts and dreams, I wanted to visit the University again, but in each Sri Lanka holiday, we missed visiting our university of Peradeniya.

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But, I could achieve the dream of visiting back the University in our last year Sri Lanka tour as we had a road trip to Kandy. On the second day of the trip and when we return home, we visited University again and this is after 13 years. Yes, we graduated in 2003 and after that we couldn’t visit the University for any reason.

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It is after 13 years. Our lives have changed. We have changed much. But, the University and its buildings are same. The memorable spots are still the same. So, we could walk back to memory lane which we spent happy, unhappy and excited moments of our student life.

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Well, one of the not so secret is that I met my husband in this University. We were in the same batch and finally we ended up marrying and now we share our lives together.

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This visit is special because we have our son with us and this is his first visit to a University (Unofficial)
So, let’s walk around the University of Peradeniya together with my memories.

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WUS Canteen – University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka

We reached the University at around 10 am, it was a sunny and bright day. How can we go back without tasting some of the food from the canteen which we didn’t like few years ago! Surprisingly my son, who is a picky eater like the food. It seems the quality of food is much improved now than the time we studied.

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Having Thosei and Dhal curry in WUS Canteen,University of Peradeniya,Sri Lanka

After having our meal, we started walking around.

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Akbar Bridge – This Bridge connects the Main University with Faculty of Engineering
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View of the ‘Lovers Lane’ which only lovers are permitted to enter.

Above capture is a view of the lane called  ‘Lovers Lane‘ which only lovers are permitted to enter.

After spending some time around Akbar Bridge, we went to see the ‘Polonnaruwa’.If you notice, Polonnaruwa is one of the ancient cities of Sri Lanka. If you visit Polonnaruwa, you’ll see lot of ruins from ancient kingdom.

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In University this area is also called as ‘Polonnaruwa’ because of the stone pillars placed under the huge tree. 🙂 However,Polonnaruwa is still same and we couldnt see any change even after 13 years.The tree is full of flowers for a season and that is the beautiful time of the University.

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This Open Air Thetere (Sarachchandra Open Air Theate) which is popular as ‘Wala’ is one of the places which create memories for any student. We could watch many popular stage drama performances and musical shows for a very law ticket price.

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Open Air Thetere (Sarachchandra Open Air Theate) -University of Peradeniya

It was very hot and sunny,but my little son joined me to pose for a photo. 🙂

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This spacious University,which is kind of a City with all facilities for students life including resident halls,medical center,salon,eating places is a beautiful place with lot of landscape views.It is blessed with the beauty of nature.Views of Hanthana make this University a Unique place among the other Universities of Sri Lanka.And we are glad,we receive all this education for free or for very low cost for utilities.

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After walking around the University main buildings,we reached the Faculty of Engineering.

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Faculty of Engineering – University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka

Some years ago I entered this faculty with lot of dreams in mind.I graduated and now I am residing in another country.But still my heart melts when I see the pictures of our faculty.

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Faculty of Engineering – University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka

Life is so beautiful.We live with our dreams and memories.Everyday is a new day and our memories sometimes give fuel to the life.Though it is a tour to the University after 13 years,we could regain our memories,strength and we returned home with lot of inspiring thoughts.

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Raja Museum - Kandy , Sri Lanka

Raja was a tusker.  He was in the Temple of the Tooth Relic Sri Lanka and served the temple to carry the Sacred Tooth Relic Casket. Raja served the temple for more than half century before he passed away. His body is preserved and the Raja Museum is dedicated for him for his service as the great tusker for the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

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Raja – The Great Tusker (1913-1988 )

His dead skin and tusks are preserved and prepared to look like the real elephant/tusker and placed in Raja Museum.

Raja Museum is located behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic in a small building. Most of the people who visit the temple visit this museum in order to see Raja and to pay honor for his service to the Temple.

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We visited this museum during our recent Kandy road trip and found most of the interesting details of the Tusker.

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Photos of Raja

His photos and other stuffs he used are placed there and it is worth to pay a visit.

Read the story/history of Raja in wikipedia.

Location: Behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic adjacent to the Royal Palace.

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Flowers from Sri Lanka

This is another beautiful flower which we find commonly in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately I am not sure about its English name or botanical name. In Sri Lanka we call these flowers as ‘Gini Kuuru Mal’. Usually these are grown as small vines and we can see lot of tiny single flowers in the plant. Bright red colour is so attractive and these flowers can create any garden so beautiful.

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Sri Lanka Flowers – Gini Kuuru Mal

I usually like to feature Sri Lanka flowers in this blog.Each of my holiday in Sri Lanka give me the opportunity capture lot of common Sri Lanka flowers,but some times it is difficult to find the English name or botanical name.

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Sri Lanka Flowers

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Red Weaver Ants Nest

These Red Weaver Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) are a common sight in Sri Lanka and I came across them building a nest when I was in Sri Lanka in October for a holiday. In Sri Lanka we call these nests of Red Weaver Ants as ‘Dimi Gotu’. And if you have such experience, you should know how painful if any of this weaver ant bite you.

They fold down the leaves of this Ixora plant to make their nest. With their own sticky substance these Red Weaver Ants are clever enough to glue the leaves from the selected plant and create a beautiful nest for them.

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Busy Red Weaver Ants

It is really interesting to see how they work together to build their nest or colony using all their strength, sometimes creating a bridge using their bodies in order to make the nest strong and without the gaps.

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National Railway Museum - Kadugannawa - Sri Lanka

These are some photos of the National Railway Museum which is located in Kadugannawa,Sri Lanka.We actually didn’t get the chance to visit the Railway museum and see the exhibits.Instead these are captures of the railway engines which are kept at the outside of the museum.I still wish to visit this place in our next holiday to Sri Lanka and hope to write another detailed post about our experiences.Till that hope these pictures will inspire you to visit the National Railway Museum of Kadugannawa if you visit along the Colombo Kandy road.

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National Railway Museum- Kadugannawa

If you travel Kandy through Colombo Kandy road,then this railway museum is located at Kadugannwa railway station.A good attraction for both young and adults and we hope to visit it and see all the exhibits in our next Kandy trip.

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National Railway Museum – Kadugannawa,Sri Lanka

These are some of the views captured from outside of Sri Lanka National Railway Museum-Kadugannawa.

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Views from Sri Lanka National Railway Museum-Kadugannawa

Do you like Railway museums?Have you been to Sri Lanka? Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is another attraction along the Colombo Kandy road which you should check!

Kandy Lake - Sri Lanka

We were lucky enough to watch sunset over the Kandy Lake when we were returning from the Temple of the tooth Relic. The sky was stunning and amazing with beautiful colours. Actually these sky colours changed fast making beautiful views for all those who were looking at the sky. It was beautiful to see both the sky and the people who were looking at the sky.

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Sky was making beautiful paintings with different colours. Truly it was a beautiful sunset. Most of the people around were busy with their cameras. So, it was same with me too.

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Captured these sunset pictures over the Kandy lake during our recent Sri Lanka holiday which we visited Kandy Tooth Relic Temple. Kandy Lake is in front of the Tooth Relic Temple which is one of the major attractions to anyone who visit Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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Kandy Lake which is also known as ‘Bogambara Wawa’ is built in 1807 by the last king of Sri Lanka, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. Inside this Lake, there is a small island. If you check clearly, you will see the palm trees in these photos and those are in the small island of the Kandy Lake.

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Kandy-Dalada-Maligawa

Kandy Tooth Relic Temple or Sri Dalada Maligawa is one of the sacred places for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. It is also a must visit attraction of Sri Lanka for anyone who travel Sri Lanka. I was sharing our travelogue of Road Trip to Kandy and still there are few posts to share. I really hope this post series is not so boring and still you like to read these travel stories from Sri Lanka.

Anyway, we reached Kandy through mountain views and spent time in Historical Restaurant before we visited Kandy Tooth Relic Temple. I’ve been here many times, but I still like to visit this temple again.

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The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

The sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is placed in this temple and therefore it is a most venerated Buddhist places in Sri Lanka. However, you cannot see the tooth relic when you visit the temple. It is protected and it is inside a golden casket. You will only see the casket. For that also you need to visit the temple for special time. But, once a year there will be a parade (Asala Perahara) and the sacred tooth relic is taken out from the temple.

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Ambarawa-Tunnel to Sri Dalada Maligawa

We entered to the temple and walked through ‘Ambarawa’ which is a tunnel of around 29 feet long. This tunnel is with beautiful paintings and the upper part is painted and decorated with lotus flowers.(paintings)

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We entered into the shrine and offered flowers. Usually Buddhists offer flowers to Lord Buddha, so we follow the same practice.

Temple of the Tooth relic-KandyAfter spending time in the temple and after worshiping, we visited around the temple.

Legendary say that Sri Lankans received the sacred of tooth relic from India after Lord Buddha passed away.(Parinirwana). Princess Hemamali & Prince Dantha brought the sacred tooth relic from India and finally ended up in Kandy after several kingdoms. This painting shows Princess Hemamali & Prince Dantha’ s visit to Sri Lanka.

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Painting of Princess Hemamali & Prince Dantha’ s visit to Sri Lanka

Below is a photo of new temple/new shrine.This shrine is also called as ‘Aluth Maligawa‘ and we usually visit this temple after visiting the main shrine.

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New Shrine (Aluth Maligawa )-Kandy

When we come out from the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) ,it was almost evening.Below capture shows how beautiful and calm the view over sunset.

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Sri Dalada Maligawa-Kandy,Sri Lanka

Before leaving the Tooth Relic Temple,we visited the Museum Of Raja Tusker,I hope to share the photos in another post.

Anyway,we captured few photos of outside view of ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa‘ and it was beautiful with moody looks of the sky.

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Kandy-Dalada-MaligawaBelow is the statue of Great Anagarika Dharmapala.He is one of the Sri Lankan heros who dedicated his life entirely for Sri Lankans and Buddhists.

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Statue of Great Anagarika Dharmapala-Kandy

Finally,we watched sunset over the Kandy Lake.It was amazing.We watched the changes of sky into different colours which was a magical moment.

Kandy Lake-sunset

All those photos are for another post!We had a great time there and still the memories are wonderful!

Note: You also need to wear appropriate clothes before entering the Temple of the Tooth Relic.Read this post about things you should know before visiting Buddhist Temples and Monasteries for some understanding on how to prepare for a Buddhist temple visit.

 

 

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After we reached Kandy, and before worshiping the Temple of the Tooth Relic, we wanted to have some food. It was almost around 3 pm. We couldn’t find a proper place for a quick snack and finally found the History Restaurant.

Located in Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, the ground floor of the same building is a popular place for quick snacks. We’ve been there before for breads and buns. Once we reached the bread shop as before, we noticed this themed restaurant in the upper floor and also we noticed that they serve lunch. With a sudden change of mind to have lunch instead of quick snack (actually I want to see this theme restaurant), we peeked into the History Restaurant.

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 History Restaurant-Kandy,Sri Lanka

We didn’t disappoint with the view and arrangements of the History Restaurant. But, we were disappointed because no lunch is served at that time. So, we had to order food from their menu.

Well, ordering food and the menu is for later of this post. This is all about its interior.

This History Restaurant is a quiet and calm place with dim lights. The walls were full of vintage items and photos of 1800s of Sri Lanka. Most of the photos were of Kandy city. Till we get our food, we checked all the photos. It was like a visit to an art gallery. Nicely arranged interior and walls for anyone who loves to know a bit of Sri Lanka’s history at a glance.

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A Photo Wall

Walk Back to 1800s of Sri Lanka with these photos 🙂

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The Temple of the Tooth Relic in 1875

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A photo walk to 1900s of Sri Lanka.

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Other than the photos of 1800s and 1900s,we also found some vintage items such as feeder,soap packets and even some cheque books!

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A half size feeder bottle
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Soap packets and covers

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Cheque books from 1900’s

Staff was friendly. At that time, there were 2-3 visitors inside. So, we had a quite relaxing time walking around, taking photos and enjoying some old pictures.

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Friendly staff and beautiful interior.

They offer a special Sri Lankan buffet on weekends. As per them, lunch is also served as ‘Rice & Curry’.(Sri Lankan food).But surprisingly, in their menu, we couldn’t find any Sri Lankan dish. As I remember, there were some Chinese and Indian dishes for a quick order. With our point of view, that doesn’t go with the theme of the restaurant. It is nice if we could enjoy some Sri Lankan dishes while enjoying the views of historical Sri Lanka.

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Anyway, we ordered some fried rice and had a quick meal after viewing all the photos and exhibits. It was of average taste. There’s nothing special to mention. But, I heard one of the staff was saying that they do not use any food flavor or MSG in their kitchen. That’s something to admire when considering the healthy factor.

After spending around one hour in this History restaurant,then we headed to the Tooth Relic Temple which I am planning to share in my next post about the road trip to Kandy.

History Restaurant

Location: 27A Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Kandy, Sri Lanka

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