Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Great Barrier Reef Facts: How Long is the Great Barrier Reef?

Length of the Great Barrier Reef

Arial view of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef off the Gold Coast of Queensland Australia is the largest coral reef in the world. It is so large in fact that it is the only living organism on earth which is visible from space. 

It is about 2,300 km (1,450 miles) long. It stretching along the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia from Cape York Peninsula in the north to Bundaberg in the south. This is about the same distance along the west coast of North America starting at Vancouver and ending in San Diego.

Learn more at our website.... The Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, 6 November 2014

SIgiriya Facts: Who Built Sigiriya?

Sigiriya Sri Lanka
Who Built It? 

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built over 1600 years ago by King Kasyapa the second monarch of the Moriyan Dynasty of the Anuradhapura Kingdom. 

Kasyapa ascended the throne in 477 AD by having his father murdered. Unable to redeem himself with the people for this terrible crime he abandoned the royal capital of Anuradhapura and built himself a new one deep in the forests of central Sri Lanka. 

Monarchs before Kasyapa expended their energies building religious edifices for the glorification of the Buddhist faith as self-aggrandizement of any sort was strongly frowned upon by society.

Having being rejected and ostracised by the Buddhist clergy,  Kasyapa no longer left bound by these religious constraints and spent his vast wealth building a royal residence of unsurpassed beauty. This was Sigiriya. 

Read ther whole story at  the website Sigiriya or buy the book The Story of Sigiriya available in paperback, hardcover and ebook format.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sigiriya Facts: Review of Best Hotels in Sigiriya

Review of Hotels at Sigiriya

Sigiriya is located in the middle of the Cultural Triangle of historic sites in Sri Lanka. This makes it an perfect location from which to visit sites such as Sigiriya, Pidurangala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya and Dambulla. (see Map for more details of distances).

The reviews below are the authors unbiased opinions of some of the hotels he has stayed at during his many visits to the site while researching his book "The Story of Sigiriya".

A complete review can be found on our website.

Heritance Kandalama - “A Must Stay at Hotel”

Jetwing Vil Uyana - Luxurious Tranquillity

Aliya Resort & Spa - New Hotel Excellent Facilities

Sigiriya Village - "Fantastic View”

Back of Beyond (Pidurangala) - Fantastic Eco-resort

Back of Beyond (Dehigaha Ela) - Wild Eco-resort.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana - Lovely setting

Friday, 14 February 2014

Sigiriya Facts: What are the Sigiriya Frescoes?

Sigiriya Frescoes

Sigiriya Frescoes - Two ladies with flowers

The Sigiriya Frescoes were painted 1600 years ago on the western surface of Sigiriya Rock  in Sri Lanka during the reign of King Kasyapa I who ruled between  477 — 495 AD. 

Only nineteen frescoes survive today, located in a small sheltered depression a hundred meters above ground. Ancient graffiti scribbled on the Mirror Wall, however, refer to the existence of as many as five hundred of these frescoes covering an area in excess of 5600 sq. meters over the entire western surface of Sigiriya Rock. 

These were portraits of ladies of King Kasyapa’s haremDressed in their finest, they were to be admired but not touched.  Depicted as supernatural they are portrayed with flowers to shower upon the humans below. They were intended to evoke a sense of wonderment and to project the opulence and grandeur of Kasyapa, the all-powerful god-king. 

These spectacular paintings offer us a rare glimpse of ancient  Sri Lankan art at its finest. 

They are a celebration of beauty. 

Read more at our Sigiriya website.