Sri Lanka, is a tropical paradise – pristine beaches, lush forests, and rich cultural heritage, but Tim wanted to research the weird side*.
*We haven’t told Anna – yet.
The RAF Officer’s Encounter
In 2011, a retired RAF officer vacationing in Sri Lanka reported an extraordinary experience that would later make headlines. The officer claimed to have seen a UFO hovering in the sky and even managed to capture photographs as evidence. These photographs were sent to the UK Ministry of Defence, sparking a wave of interest in the UFO community. The incident was covered by reputable news outlets like BBC News and Reuters, adding credibility to the sighting. The case remains open, with UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike debating the authenticity of the photographs and the implications of such an encounter.
Visit the Skies of Trincomalee
Location: Trincomalee, Eastern Province
What to Do:
- Skywatching Tours: Join a local skywatching group to scan the skies for unidentified flying objects.
- Photography: Capture the stunning night sky; you never know what might appear in your photos later.
- Visit the Naval Museum: Learn about the history of aviation and perhaps some undisclosed UFO sightings.
- Which Cora + Spink Bag to Take: For your compact camera choose Fonthill Utility Bag – really comfortable cross body bag and handy for keeping your hands free.
Sri Lanka’s Stargate: The Sakwala Chakraya
Located in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sakwala Chakraya is a mysterious chart-like carving that has intrigued researchers and conspiracy theorists alike. Found in Ranmasu Uyana, a 40-acre ancient urban park, this enigmatic chart is believed by some to be a stargate—a portal to other dimensions or galaxies. Theories suggest that the intricate designs and symbols on the chart serve as a code to unlock this celestial gateway. The subject has been covered in depth by BBC Travel, offering various perspectives on its origins and purpose.
The Sakwala Chakraya in Anuradhapura
Location: Anuradhapura, North Central Province
What to Do:
- Guided Tours: Take a guided tour of Ranmasu Uyana and the Sakwala Chakraya.
- Meditation Session: Some believe the area has a unique energy; why not meditate and see for yourself?
- Stargazing: The area is perfect for a night of stargazing, adding another layer to its cosmic allure.
- Which Cora + Spink Bag to Take: For a full day out Ten Ball Backpack is the bag. Space for water bottles, cameras, passport as well as something warm for when it gets dark…
Alien Mountain: Danigala
Nestled deep within the Sri Lankan jungle is Danigala, a mountain that defies natural explanation. Also known as Alien Mountain, its unique circular shape and entirely flat top have led many to speculate that it was once a landing site for UFOs. Local villagers have reported unusual phenomena in the area, such as an unusually high frequency of shooting stars, and thunder and lightning storms. These accounts have fueled the belief that Danigala is a hotspot for extraterrestrial activity, making it a must-visit for anyone intrigued by the unknown.
Location: Danigala, Eastern Province
What to Do:
- Mountain Hiking: Take a guided hike to the top of Danigala, also known as Alien Mountain.
- Local Folklore Night: Spend an evening with the villagers listening to local myths and legends.
- Meteor Shower Viewing: If you’re lucky to visit during a meteor shower, this is the place to be.
- Which Cora + Spink Bag to Take: In the jungle you need Goat Tote! Roll it up in the bottom of your backpack to help you carry all the things you find!