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Selected Location Ella, Elpitiya

Ella/Elpitiya is a scenic hamlet with lush, green tea fields, water streams and coconut/rubber plantations. The famous southern pristine beaches of Sri Lanka (Hikkaduwa, Galle…), which attract tourists from all over the world, are just 20-30 km from Elpitiya. Many tourists enjoy whale watching off Galle. Our field trip and religious site visits will cover some historic places in the southern part of Sri Lanka.



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Galle Fort

Galle fort was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards.

It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument,The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna makes for a good, quick beach escape from Galle's Fort: it's only 6km southeast.

Unawatuna traces its roots to the great epic Ramayana.In the epic, the monkey-warrior Hanuman was sent back to India to fetch the four medicinal herbs by Jambavan namely, mritasanjeevani, vishalyakarani, suvarnakarani, and sandhani from the Himalayas in order to heal Lakshman who was wounded trying to save the abducted Princess Sita from the demon king Ravana. Hanuman failed to identify these herbs, so he lifted the entire mountain and carried it to the battlefield to try to save Lakshman, but in the process, a chunk of it "fell-down" in the location of the present day Unawatuna.

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Hikkaduwa

Sri Lankas one of the most beautiful, enchantment city is Hikkaduwa and is the island's most developed beach resort. It has a range of accommodation, good restaurants and pleasant cafe-lined beaches .Hikkaduwa is surrounded lot of natural resourses and her beauty has attracted so many local and foreign visitors throught the year.

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Sinharaja Rain Forest

The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988.

Sinharaja is a paradise of endemic and other species of fauna. Over 50% of endemic species of fauna are living in Sinharaja Tropical rain forest. There are about 282 birds are recorded in Sinharaja out of 384 in Sri Lanka. It is 73%. Most of species who are endemic to Sri Lanka can be seen on Sinharaja. Butterflies, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals are major fauna types.

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kosgoda turtle hatchery

The hatchery program is designed to maximise the number of hatchlings reaching the sea and surviving through the critical stages of their early life.

Only a few hatchlings from each batch will ever make it to adulthood. Therefore every nest-ground, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle is crucial to the survival of the species. Unfortunately, sea turtles face many dangers.