School children descend the steps as they return after a visit
to the rock fortress in Sigiriya. Sigiriya (Lion's rock), an
ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in central Sri
Lanka is a World Heritage Site.
A child holds an oil lamp in front of the Sri
Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as
they take part in a procession during the
Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill
capital of Kandy. The festival features a
nightlyprocession of Kandyan dancers, fire
twirlers, traditional musicians and elephants
and draws thousands of spectators from
around the country.
Sri Lankan officer cadets march at a ceremony for 281 new army
officers' graduation at the central hill town of Diyatalawa.
Pakistani cricket captain Younus Khan (right) plays a
stroke during the first day of the first Test match between
Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Galle International Cricket
Stadium in Galle.
Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan bowls at a
practice session ahead of the second one-day international
cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in Dambulla.
A fisherman prepares his net for the night at Kandalama
Lake, near Dambulla.
A visitor looks at frescoes on a rock face at the
rock fortress in Sigiriya. Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is
a popular tourist destination renowned for its
ancient fresco paintings.
The shadow of the rock fortress is seen on the forest
canopies below, in Sigiriya.
Kandyan dancers perform in front of the Sri Dalada
Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a
procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the
ancient hill capital of Kandy
A man displays a 3-day-old green turtle hatchling before
releasing it into the ocean at a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda,
north of Galle. Of the world's eight turtle species, Sri Lanka is
home to five. Turtle hatcheries along the coast provide a way
of earning a living for the people running them and also
help combat the poaching of turtle eggs.
Three elephants, including one carrying a casket believed to
contain a Buddha tooth relic (center), stand in front of the Sri
Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a
procession during the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy
An elephant feeds at an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala The
elephant orphanage aims to take care of orphaned or
abandoned elephants in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The mahouts,
or elephant keepers, feed the elephants and take them twice a
day to a nearby river for bathing and drinking water.
An elephant herd bathes at a river near an elephant
orphanage in Pinnawala
A Buddha statue is reflected in a lake at the Tsumani
Honganji Vihara in Peraliya, north of Galle. The statue
at the Vihara, along the coast, was built with Japanese
assistance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Sri Lankan fishermen, also known locally
as stick fishermen, sit perched on stilts
fixed into the ocean floor as they fish in
Koggala area, south of Galle
A Sri Lankan fisherman avoids a wave as he wades into the
water to take his place on stilts, south of Galle
Sri Lankan train commuters sit
in a railway train coming
from Galle and connecting
further to Anuradhapura
A vendor displays a Video CD of the Sri Lankan
army offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels which
he holds above a poster of Lord Buddha on a
moving train about 50 km (31 mi) north of Galle
Sri Lankan torch bearers wait for festivities
to begin on opening night of the annual
Kandy Esala Perahera festival Kandy.
Hindu devotees take part in
a procession of chariots
during the annual Chariot
Festival in Wellawattha
A monkey rests on a wall as another grooms it at
the rock fortress ruins in Sigiriya, near Dambulla
Sri Lankan traditional dancers
from Budawatta Dance Troupe
perform during the launch of
"Meet in Sri Lanka" campaign,
in New Delhi, India, Friday, July
31, 2009. The campaign is
launched by Sri Lankan Tourism
Ministry and Sri Lankan airlines
to attract tour operators and
Christian priest holds a small idol of Our
Lady of Good Voyage as her main idol lies
covered in floral tributes and decorations,
right, atop a fishing boat, at a fishing port
in Negambo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 19,
2009. Fishermen of the Christian community
take out a traditional annual procession of
the Lady of Good Voyage from a local church
by foot and then later by boat to the ocean,
as an expression of thanks for what the
community considers her blessings for safe
Fishermen push their boat ashore as they use the waves to help
them get it onto the beach in Unawatuna.
A Sri Lankan fisherman walks into the
water in the Koggala area, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is recognized around the world for the
absolutely stunning golden beaches in Hikkaduwa area