and the Sea around
A Scene from Handapangala
a prime eco location
Sri Lanka is a Nature's wonder. the
little island 270 km by 140 km in size has everything a nature lover
will look for. The highly diversified island differs from city to city,
district to district and province to province.
Mountains, Plains, Water Falls, National parks, Sea, Beaches Rocks,
Paddy fields, Tea Gardens, Rain Forests, Rivers, Landscapes, Streams
all are beautiful. The Sri Lankan nature's beauty blends in it's
wild life of elephants, birds, animals, flowers and trees.
You can discover paradise only by
CHRISTOPHER SCHWEITZER 1676 A.D
In Sri Lanka nature is considered as sacred. The world's first Wild Life
Cuntuary was created by King Devanam Piyatissa (nn B.C.) on the request
of Arahath Mahinda Thero (the sun of Great King Dharmashoka) who brought
buddism to Sri Lanka.
The King was on a deer hunt when he was called by his name. The King
The Arahath Mahinda thero adviced the King
"Dear King .. The animal who live in the land, the birds fly in the
sky, and the fish swim in the river has a right to life like you and me.
As the King you are not there owner, but the protector and the rular"
The King declared the Ambasthala (Currently Mihintale) forest a wild
life santuary and ordered his men and countrymen not to kill any animals
in the forest.