Dickwella

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Dickwella
Buddha statue in Dickwella
Buddha statue in Dickwella
Dickwella is located in Sri Lanka
Dickwella
Dickwella
Coordinates: 5°58′00″N 80°41′00″E / 5.96667°N 80.68333°E / 5.96667; 80.68333Coordinates: 5°58′00″N 80°41′00″E / 5.96667°N 80.68333°E / 5.96667; 80.68333
Country Sri Lanka
Province Southern Province
Population (2012)
 • Total 54,370
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
 • Summer (DST) Summer time (UTC+5.30)

Dickwella, also known as Dikwella and as Dikwella South, is a small coastal market town in the Matara district in Southern province of Sri Lanka. It is located 22 km (14 mi) east of the city of Matara. Dickwella is noted for its long sandy beach which is protected by headlands, reefs and sand-bars, making it safer for swimming.

Dickwella is the location of Sri Lanka's largest seated Buddha statue, which is 50 metres (160 ft) tall. Walls in the rooms of the building behind the statue are decorated with a 'library' of colourful pictures depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha and punishments of miscreants.[1][2]

Dickwella Market[edit]

Market Day is Saturday.

Dickwella Market is held next to the beach. It has been rebuilt after destruction in the 2004 Asian Tsunami. Fortunately, Dickwella Market was not open that day, although traders and customers who'd travelled to nearby markets were lost.

Dickwella Peraheras[edit]

Wesak Perahera, Dickwella

Dickwella usually has Peraheras to celebrate Wesak, Poson & Esala during May, June & July.[3] These colourful Buddhist festivals usually include daytime and torch-lit night-time processions of caparisoned temple elephants, dancers and musicians. The size and pattern of these celebrations vary from year to year.

Dickwella beach[edit]

Pehambiya Headland, Dickwella Beach

This long sandy beach is largely protected by headlands, reefs and sand-bars, making it safer for swimming.

The headlands have reefs along their rocks, close to the beach. At both the Pehambiya end and the western end, swimmers can snorkel out from the beach to watch colourful reef fish amongst the rocks.

Local inshore fishermen, especially at the sheltered Pehambiya end, mostly use colourful small Oru outrigger canoes which are easier to manoeuvre over the seasonal shifting sand-bars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Up the South Coast - Tangalle to Negombo
  2. ^ * Dickwella – a hidden Buddhist haven
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Festival Calendar". Premlanka Hotel, Dickwella, Southern Sri Lanka. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 

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