17 November 2009

Kelani Ganga


'Ganga’ is river in native language. Sri Lanka is rich with rivers and other water resources. One of the most interesting features is the high number of rivers flowing from the middle of the country and ending in the Indian Ocean like a cart wheel.

The four main rivers are Mahaweli, Kelani, Kalu and Walawe. These rivers and their tributaries flow through the most scenic areas in the island before meeting the Indian Ocean.

The above picture of the River Kelani was captured at Karawanella.

You may click the labels below to see more about these rivers and their tributaries.

23 comments:

Nat said...

Such an amazing shot of the river running through the valley...breath taking !

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful river, K AND---look at those gorgeous mountains in the background. Wow!!!!

Thanks for sharing your "gengas" for us today.
Betsy

rainfield61 said...

Then, can I call you Mr. Ganga?

Michelle Johnson said...

now that's a scenic route. it's beautiful. i'm sure boaters would have to stop and take in the scenery before moving past. have a great night.

Chavie said...

Ah Karawanella! Such a beautiful beautiful place! :D on a clear morning they say you can see Sri Pada from that bridge, I've never seen it though... Sri Lankan rivers have very interesting stories associated with them, I hope you're going to share a bit of that (including the one about the film shot a few km upstream from that point) ;) :)

Stine in Ontario said...

Very beautiful island. How interesting that all the rivers flow from the enter of the island. I guess that must be the island's highest points.

George said...

I agree that you have some beautiful rivers in your part of the world. How wonderful to be able to enjoy them in person.

J Bar said...

That's beautiful.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Rinkly Rimes said...

I don't think I've read another blog from Sri Lanka and this was a great introduction. Lovely waterway too.

Anonymous said...

I know it's a breathtaking view. One of my favorite places too. :)

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Kirigalpoththa said...

Nat,
Yes, it is a great place to click photos!

Betsy,
You are most welcome :)

Rainfield,
I have come across surname Ganga, in a few countries but not sure whether it means the same :)

Michelle,
I stopped on top of the bridge for a while to enjoy this excellent scenery, and yes lot of people does that!

Chavie,
You should see Sri Pada from here as it is not so far from this point. Most of sri lankan rivers have interesting stories associated with them. Think you meant the film, ‘The bridge on the River Kwai’? I will surely share more about rivers including above place :)

Stine,
Yes, you are spot on! We call it central highlands. The centre of the island is mountainous and the perimeter is low lands so we get this interesting geographical feature.

George,
If you come here I will take you up on the river Mahaweli, a 3 day trip :)

J Bar,
Thanks a lot!

Rinkly Rimes,
Glad I could bring atleast a glimpse of Sri Lanka through this blog :)

Anonymous,
Great! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures!

Gallicissa said...

kelani means Kalyani, which means beautiful.
And it is a real beauty at Karawanella and Kithulgala areas

Kirigalpoththa said...

Gallicissa,
Thanks for the word definition!
Yes Kalani is very 'Kalyani' :)

foto CHIP said...

I enjoy learning about Sri Lanka - thanks :)

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous river scene and the mountains in the background are wonderful too. Great photo, have a great weekend.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Foto CHIP,
Glad you like learning about SL. Thanks very much for your comments!

Eileen,
Great wkend for you too n Thanks alot for your commnets!

Quilt Works said...

Beautiful scene and beautiful photo! Lovely to learn about your beautiful island!


...Beautiful Boston Harbor!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Quilt Works,
Thanks a lot!

Lorac said...

Interesting post. So lush and beautiful!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Hi Lorac,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments!

Quasi Serendipita said...

Beautiful. And such a calming view.

Mona Sweden said...

Magnificent scenery! So lush. It's wonderful to read a blog from Sri Lanka. Internet really makes the world seem smaller.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Quasi Serendipta,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments :)

Mona,
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.
Yes internet has shrunk the world to a small village :)