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Northern Students Witness Fabulous “Kandy Perahera”
[Updated :: 2010-08-29 18:02:18 Hours]

A group of students from Jaffna schools recently had a novel experience of seeing beauty of the upcountry of their own country when the Security Forces- Jaffna (SF-J) took them to World Heritage City of Kandy on a three-day visit that started on 18th August.

Thirty five students who performed well during their studies at Kulaimangal Roman Catholic College-Mallakam, Murugarthi College-Uduvil and Memorial College-Manippay joined the excursion which offered them a good exposure to the world that they never had in their life before.

The students got the golden opportunity of seeing the splendor of famous Kandy Dalada Perahera with a distinguished audience at historical Maha Maluwa of the ancient Royal Palace. Sacred Temple of the Tooth, Kandy museum, Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Victoria dam and the power house were among other places of visits that fascinated and educated the younger crowd.

Army also had arranged a journey by train from Kandy to Matale during which the visitors from the north received warm welcome at stations on their way. Students had their lunch with soldiers of the 8th Gajaba Regiment at Matale, the destination.

Boys were overjoyed to be spectators of the one day cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Dambulla international stadium on their way back to Jaffna. Major General (Retd) Lawrence Fernando provided free seats for them to see the match.

Students of Dharmaraja College Kandy showed the sentiment of brotherhood to their northern counterparts giving food and accommodation at college hostel during stay in Kandy. Jaffna students expressed their extreme delight over the experience they had in the beautiful Hill Capital.

On a concept of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the 51 Division in Jaffna organized the excursion with guidance of General Officer Commanding 51 Division Major General Janaka Walgama. 513 Brigade coordinated the tour with principals of relevant schools.

Visit to Muttumari Amman Kovil Matale Getting ready for the day at Dharmaraja hostal
Witnessing the glamour of Kandy Perahera
Walking through flowery paths in Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Lunch on the Victoria Dam Watching Victoria reservoir
At Temple of the Tooth At Kandy City Centre
Receiving warm welcome at Matale After watching the cricket match at Dambulla

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