Kelaniya : where life meets religion…

Sri Lanka is one of the oldest surviving Buddhist countries where 70% of its population are Buddhists. Kelaniya, a suburb about 10km away from Colombo is known for the buddhist temple built on the banks of kelani river and holds a significant place in the life of any Buddhist. It is believed that Buddha had visited Kelaniya and therefore it is said that all your sins will be washed away if you visit and worship the Kelaniya Temple at least once in your lifetime (of course it is just a saying but it just shows how much importance the temple holds).

For me Kelaniya resembles two things. My family, as I grew up in Kelaniya and the Kelaniya Temple. I am not a diehard Buddhist but still I grew up having a special place in my heart for the temple. I love visiting it every time I come down.  To go there in the evening and sit in a corner away from the crowds, gazing at the massive ‘dagaba’ or just soaking up the atmosphere where everyone is quiet and dressed in white with colourful flowers in hand is an experience in itself.

It is not special only for religious purposes but because for me nothing can beat the amazing architecture, the calmness you feel when you enter the temple grounds, and the sound of the bo leaves when the wind blows or the colours… yellow & red hues from monks’ ‘sivuru’, green bo leaves, soft brown sand and white-clad worshipers.

Here are few photos to show you what I am talking about… 🙂

 

 

I love the intricate details in this place…. it is such good craftmanship that you only find in these ancient places.

Hope this post finds your interest and any comment or feedback is much appreciated! 🙂

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Kalpitiya: somewhere a little bit different

ah! the heat!

It was good getting there in our air-conditioned vehicles but when you see the change of colour in trees, the palm trees on the side of the road and woven dried coconut leaf fences you know you are in the dry country. Kalpitiya situated in Puttalam district overlooking the Puttalam lagoon on one side and the Indian ocean on the other is a beautiful place except for the unbearable heat during day.

 

I guess that’s life….

I really feel for the people living here or anywhere in dry lands. They still have to go out do their jobs or things they do to make a living and here I didn’t want to get out of the shade of coconut & palm trees to do anything till the sun went down.

I met some interesting people there….

We visited a little village in Puttlam district known for a group of African descendents who are famous for their music and dancing. According to them the ancestors came to the country in the 1800’s and today there are 22 families in the village and more scattered around puttalam. They were nice enough to do a quick little performance for us saying if they had time to prepare they could have gotten their 12 people group together and dress accordingly. 🙂

And of course with the music and dancing the children came from neighbouring houses to see the performances and to see the strange people from Colombo. I tried to capture a few of those gorgeous little faces and I hope you will find these as interesting as I did…

Sydney: finally!!

It took us four years to cross the border from Victoria to New South Wales. I know, that’s sad. But we did it FINALLY!! It was a short trip and we barely covered the bustling metropolitan. But here are some sites that anybody going to Sydney SHOULD cover. Let the photos speak for this beautiful city….

Sydney Opera House

  

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Museum of Contemporary Art

  

          

The Rocks

Manly (Ferry Ride)

Streets & Around

Photo Credit – Ashan Dias

Geelong : The Beginning

In a way it all began here. Moving from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Geelong, Australia was not easy and sometimes even scary. Geelong was calm and quiet. From Colombo, where there are people on the streets chatting or eating food from road side cafe’s at midnight to Geelong, where roads are deserted and no place to get food after 8pm was sometimes too quiet. But one thing that took my breath away from the first time I saw to today, after four years, was the waterfront. It is where people come on weekends, where boats sway in the wind, where there are some beautiful pieces of architecture and urban landscape and of course some delicious food. To me, this is where Geelong lives…

 

Hello world!

Welcome to my humble little photo blog. This is all about my passion(s) in life. It took me awhile to realise them, but so far I have four. Travel, something I always wanted to do but never had the money. But I am getting there, one country at a time. Food, I love to eat, I can watch cooking shows all day but the actual cooking part by myself is not the most exciting thing. Don’t get me wrong I like cooking and I have tried many dishes but like most people I like it better if it’s done for me. 🙂 Architecture, my love at first sight after flipping through an interior magazine had cost me (and my parents 🙂 ) a lot of money and almost 8 years of education. And finally Photography, I always had a ‘thing’ for photography but never did anything about it until few years ago I was given my first DSLR. It changed a lot of things. So now I am a graduate architect who loves to travel the world with my camera in hand and try ‘most’ things that taste good. And this, is where I share…..

Hope you like it & thank you for your time.