Sri Lanka tsunami tragedy memorial a highlight of Yala National Park visit
Atlas Obscura bills itself as “the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world.”
That includes a long and loving look at Sri Lanka, with some great stories about the best of the many sights and experiences that are making our Paradise island a must visit for travellers in 2017.
It’s latest is a piece about the memorial to the thousands of tragic deaths in the 2004 tsunami that wreaked havoc around our coast and killed 47 at the Yala National Park resthouse.
It notes that “safari visitors to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka can only tour the grounds with a guide and in a car, and there are only a few designated places where you can stop and get out of vehicle for a snack and drink.
“One of those stops is at the Patangala Rest House—or now, what’s left of it. It was destroyed during the tsunami that devastated the Sri Lankan coast on Boxing Day, 2004.
“On December 26th, three large tsunami waves hit the remote beach in the south of Sri Lanka, flooding the middle of the national park where the rest house was located, and killing 47 visitors that were stopped there.
“Only the foundation of the rest house remains. In its place there’s a memorial, commemorating the 47 people that were killed on the site—15 Japanese and German tourists, and 29 local visitors, according to the monument’s stone inscription.
“The sculpture represents the three tsunami waves that struck the area, and the level of water after the tsunami.”