Cape St. Vincent, The End of The World – Where Heritage and Geographical Splendour Entwine

Cape St Vincent ...Portugal

Cape St Vincent Portugal|Img by : Medienservice via Pixabay 

 

Portugal is a truly magnificent country, and is a treasure-trove of natural and cultural wonders. Head towards the southern coast of Portugal and you will experience one of her finest attractions.

 

History
Cape St.Vincent was considered a sacred site even during Neolithic times. It was known during this period as ‘Ophiussa’, which means the Land of Serpents. The land was named the edge of the world because at this time it was believed the sun sank into the ocean at this location.

 

Modern History and Naval Battles
There were many legendary naval battles fought at Cape St.Vincent. The earliest was in 1337 when a Castilian fleet conquered a Portuguese fleet during the ‘Battle of Cape St.Vincent’. The most recent was in 1833 when the Miguelites were defeated by a loyalist Portuguese fleet.

 

Features
With steep vertical cliffs and marine-life as well as birds in abundance, Cape St.Vincent is truly a breathtaking place. You can discover many rare and fascinating bird species such as Bonelli’s Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. Almost any hotel in Lagos Portugal or in the nearby vicinity, such as Tivoli Lagos Algarve Hotel would recommend a visit here.

 

Lighthouse of Cabo de Sao Vincente
This is an icon of Cape St.Vincent and was built during the 16th century upon the ruins of an ancient convent. It boasts one of the most powerful beams in the world, and stands almost eighty-feet high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Important Locations within Sri Dalada Maligawa – Highlights of the City’s Most Iconic Attraction

 

Sri Lanka Kandy Temple Of The Tooth Sacred

Sri Lanka Kandy Temple Of The Tooth Sacred | Img By : DEZALB via Pixabay (CC0 Creative Commons)

 

Anyone who has been or planning to go to Kandy in Sri Lanka knows that the great Temple of the Tooth or the Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most important attraction in the city and one of the biggest in the nation. Here are some of its highlights that should not be missed.

 

Ambarawa (Tunnel)
The Ambarawa is no ordinary tunnel. At a length of 29 feet and 08 inches and a breath of 8 feet, the Ambarawa leads the way to ‘Hewisi Mandapaya. Painted along the walls of the tunnel are stunning murals of many shapes, patterns and stories. If you’re staying at a hotel in Kandy that organizes guided tours to the Dalada Maligawa like the Hotel Hilltop Kandy does; you can get a well detailed insight into the unique style of art that you will see here.

 

Paththirippuwa (The Octagon)
A perfect symbol of the spectacular style of architecture of Kandy, the Paththirippuwa is shaped as an octagon with a curiously shaped roof. It was originally used by the kings as a sort of a resting place but currently the Paththirippuwa houses Buddhist scriptures written in Ola leaf.

 

Wada Sitina Maligawa
Located in front of the Hewisi Mandapaya, the Wada Sitina Maligawa is where the sacred tooth relic of the Gautama Buddha can be found enshrined within a majestic gold, bejewelled casket in the shape of a stupa.

 

Hewisi Mandapaya
Meaning the drummer’s dais or platform, the Hewisi Mandapaya is where the Hewisi Poojawa (offering of Hewisi/ drums) is conducted daily to honour the sacred relic. As its done according to the Kandyan tradition, five types of musical instruments are used in the ritual.

Hakgala Botanical Garden – A Visit to the Sri Lankan Garden of Eden

Home to multicoloured foliage, lush gardens and an impressive variety of endemic fauna, the Hakgala Botanical Garden entices many a visitor be it foreign or local.

Image Credit - nuzree Via Pixabay

Image Credit – nuzree Via Pixabay

Introduction

Enticing many visitors to its finest specimens of tropical fauna and flora, the Hakgala Botanical Garden is a destination frequented by lovers and admirers of nature. The season between April and August welcomes enthusiastic visitors to the blooming spectacles of the garden.

Reaching Hakgala Botanical Garden

The garden is found around 10 kilometres south of Nuwara Eliya. You will pass many a stunning spectacle through a pine forest en route to the Hakgala Garden along the Badulla road. If you are based in any of the nearby hotels in Nuwara Eliya including popular options such as Jetwing St. Andrews, the garden is just a half an hour drive away.

History of the Garden

The present botanical garden was founded by the popular British botanist, Dr. G.H.K Thwaites. Several folklore tales indicate that the gardens were used by Ravana to hide his beloved, princess Sita.

Features of the Garden

Low-country water lilies sway in the wind as sophisticated English roses lined up along winding pathways add a sense of elegance to this stunning backdrop. Those exploring the garden will also come across prehistoric ferns and endemic orchids.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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