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Trip to Sri Lanka

Educational tour is nothing but the planned combination of tours, site visits with the target of global learning which can enhance the knowledge of students and can help them to see the clear picture of the theoretical things they have learnt so far. Our school organized an educational trip to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located southeast of India and northeast of the Maldives. The island is home to many cultures, languages and ethnicities. 

12 students and one teacher were part of this educational tour. The four students Mousami Chavan, Aastha Bhosale, Snehan Chauhan and Angad Singh were from VPMS, Patrakar Nagar and 8 students Srushti Chavan, Diksha Gupta, Rajeshwar Rathod, Padmaj Kamble, Siddesh Deshmukh, Siddhant Yadav, Kaustaubh Sonde, Satyen Bhosale were from VPMS, Lohegaon. Ms Harmeet Raghuvanshi accompanied the students.

The students boarded the flight to Colombo from Mumbai International Airport. They reached their destination at 5:00 am on 20th December, 2017. After this students boarded the bus to Sigriya. Here, they checked in the hotel “The Eden Gardens”. Later in the evening they visited Anuradhapura, one of the earliest urban sites in Sri Lanka, dating from before the 5th century BC. It was the country’s first capital and a major religious centre for nearly 1500 years. In its present form it consists of a citadel surrounded by several large Buddhist monastic complexes and four manmade lakes. They also visited the colossal stupa of the Sri MahaBodhiya. King Ashoka’s daughter, the nun Sanghamittra, brought a piece of the Bodhi tree with her to Sri Lanka where it is growing till this day in the island’s ancient capital, Anuradhapura. The Bodhi tree that is growing in Sri Lanka to this day was originally named Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and was a piece of another Bodhi tree planted in the year 245 B.C. Although the original Bodhi tree deteriorated and died of old age, the descendants of the branch that was brought by Emperor Ashoka’s son, Mahinda and his daughter, Sanghmitta, can still be found on the island.

On 21st Dec the students visited the ancient city of Polonnarua, the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century. The ancient remains consist of a walled inner & outer city, surrounded by monastries and temples, gardens & a manmade lake, the “Sea of Paramaa”. In the evening they climbed the UNESCO world heritage site Sigriya Rock, sometimes called Lion’s Rock. It became a rock shelter mountain monastery from the 3rd century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees. The garden city & palace was built by Kashyapa 477 – 495 AD.

Next day i.e on 22nd Dec students visited the place where they saw how Batik work is done. After this the students visited the Golden temple of Damoulla. Students also visited the Noritake factory outlet to see fine bone china and porcelain work. They visited the spice garden and learnt about the various medicinal plants and why Ayurveda is so popular in Sri Lanka. These all places were enroute to Kandy. In the evening students visited the cultural show at Kandy. They later checked in at hotel ‘The Sun Rays ‘in Kandy.

On 23rd Dec students left for NuwaraEliya. NuwaraEliya is an intriguing colonial style town 1890 meters above sea level set in the heart of tea country. Students here visited a tea factory where they learnt how the tea leaves are processed. They then visited the Seeta Amman temple. It was interesting to note that footprints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this stream and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us the immense powers of Hanuman transforming himself to any size. Later we went to the Divurumpola temple. Divurumpola means place of oath. This is the place where Sitadevi underwent the Agni test. Today the temple is revered for the oath taken by Sitadevi and even the legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties.

Next day on 24th Dec we visited the famous temple ‘The Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha’. Later we went to a gem museum and lapidary where students learnt about mining, engraving, cutting, or polishing of stones and gems. We again visited a tea factory and spent the evening on the Negembo beach. While coming from Negembo to Colombo we halted at ‘Odel’ a place to buy souvenirs. We later checked in at the hotel “Concord” in Colombo.

On 25th Dec, 17 students enjoyed the Colombo city tour. We visited the lighthouse, drive by the old parliament house & marine drive. We saw all the major and prominent buildings of the city. We then visited Cargill Supermarket. We then saw a Hindi movie at Colombo theatres. Later in the evening students visited the Crescat mall for shopping. After dinner we moved to the airport for departure with heavy hearts and with a promise to again visit this beautiful country.

The trip was well organized by Savio Tours. All the arrangements were well planned and keeping in mind the needs of the students. It was an exciting and enriching trip.

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