Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dambakola Patuna

I had a rare chance to visit Dambakola Patuna, the place which Sangamitta Therani landed in Sri Lanka with the most sacred Bo tree which is in Anuradhapura today. Sangamitta Therani is the only daughter of King Dharmashoka and the sister of Arhat Mahinda who introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka. The Bo tree was was brought to Sri lanka during King Devanampiyatissa (306BC-266 BC) and planted in Mahamewna Uyana.
Dambakola Patuna is located about 20 km from Jaffna town and 10 km from Kankasanthurai. Dambakola Patuna is not very far from Keermale water ponds.

Point Pedro

Point Pedro is a place at north which had no acess to civilians in the past 3 decades. Length of Sri Lanka measure from Dondra point( Devundara Thuduwa)in the Southern Province near Matara to Point Pedro( Peduru Thuduwa) in the Nothern Province near Jaffna. Distance between two points is 432 kilometers.Unlike the sandy coast with strong waves in Dondra, Point Pedro has calm ocean with coral beach. I was fortunate to see the other corner of Sri Lanka first time in my life in April 2010.