SLINTGL Educational Program – Lecture No 02

Human settlements of Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers held an online lecture on Human Settlements in Sri Lanka on the 30th of October 2022. It was conducted by Mr. Don Anil Munasinghe, who is a member of our institute. Mr Munasinghe has completed his higher studies in the Russian Federation and bears Postgraduate Diplomas in Palaeobiodiversity as well as Archaeology and Cultural Tourism from the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR), University of Kelaniya.

The lecture was successfully conducted with the participation of more than 70 members. It enlightened the participants on many vital and unknown facts about the early human settlements of Sri Lanka. Based on the “Out of Africa” theory, the lecturer traced the trail of the humans’ odyssey from Africa to the other continents. He went on to elucidate the way our great ancestors built up their settlements in various locations in Sri Lanka.

As the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Munasinghe for this valuable lecture and the time and effort he dedicated to it. No less thanks are due to all the members who participated in the event.

SLINTGL Educational Program – Lecture No. 01

SLINTGL lecture on 14th October 2022
  The Sri Lanka Institute of National Tour Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL) in collaboration with the Lions Club, Colombo held a lecture at the SLINTGL Auditorium on Friday 14th October, 2022. The lecture titled DISCOVERING SIGIRIYA, Visualizing the Ancient Sigiriya Complex through a Contemporary Architects Perspective ‘ was presented by Mr. Sanath Abeysekere- Lecturer and Researcher- Art and Architecture, ( MARCH- Moscow Architecture State Academy / BSc, MSc/Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Mural Paintings, University of ICROM, Italy.

Mr.Abeysekere provided precious less known insights while lecturing on the latest discoveries at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya. The final Q & A session was engaging and enlightening with over a hundred NTGL’S participating. SLINTGL will be conducting more lectures in the near future and hope to keep you all posted.

Ramayana Yatra Training Program

A number of National Tourist Guide Lecturers, and others involved in the tourism sector, are currently taking part in a free online  Ramayana Yatra Training Program offered under the guidance of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). Tours based on the Ramayana epic have been gaining popularity among Asian tourists in the past few decades, and the highest number of visitors to Sri Lanka now happen to be from India.

The eight-day program is presented by Mr. Bala Sankuratri, author of My Name Is Ravana, which is hailed as Sri Lanka’s perspective of Ramayana. On Day 3, Mr. Nilesh Nilkanth Oak, author of The Historic Rama: Indian Civilization at the End of Pleistocene among other books, appeared as a guest lecturer from the USA to provide a scientific justification of the Ramayana timeline.

The organisers are also planning to have a training tour led by Mr. Sankuratri after the Covid-19 threat eases off.

International Tourist Guide Day – 2020

Proposing Parakrama Samudraya
as a World Heritage Site

The International Tourist Guide Day was celebrated at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourist Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL) with an event centred around the proposal to have Parakrama Samudraya declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ingenious reservoir, considered the apex of Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation system, was built in the 12th century CE in the then capital city of Polonnaruwa, located in north-central Sri Lanka.

Invitees to the Head Table:

  • President of SLINTGL – Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana
  • President of Sri Lanka Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) – Mr. Maheen Kariyawasan
  • Asst. Secretary General of UNA – Dr. Kamal Abeywardane
  • Director HR, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) – Mr. Mihira Liyanarachchi
  • Board Director, SLTDA – Mr.Thilak Weerasinghe
  • Director General, Central Cultural Fund (CCF) – Prof. Gamini Adikari


Students from University college Anuradhapura, Hiking and Trekking team, Officers from the Department of Archaeology, President of the Chauffeur Guide Association and 46 NTGLs.


  • National Anthem.
  • Moment of Appreciation.
  • Theme Song of the SLINTGL.                                                       
  • Lighting the Oil Lamp.
  • Mr. Dodangoda invited the President of SLINTGL Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana for welcome Speech and introduction of WTGD.
  • Speech by Treasurer of SLINTGL, Mr. Priyalal Malevirachchi.
  • Message of Chairperson of SLTDA by Director HR, Mr.Mihira Liyanarachchi.
  • Speech by President of SLAITO, Mr. Maheen Kariyawasam.
  • “Evolution of Water Management System from “Wapi” to “Samudra”, Mr. Indika Manawadu.
  • “Why Parakrama Samudra has to be declared as a World Heritage Site” by Mr. Sunil Gunathilake.
  • “Socio economic benefits of declaring Parakrama Samudraya as a World Heritage Site”  Ms. Sasankaa Gunathilke.
  • Conclusion speech by Director General of CCF, Prof. Gamini Adikari.
  • Vote of Thanks by Treasurer of SLINTGL, Mr. Priyalal Maleviarachchi.
  • Program conclusion.

    The Director General of the Central Cultural Fund promised to organize meetings at SLINTGL with the officials of the World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka for building up the mutual understanding between both parties.

    The program ended successfully, commemorating the ITGD 2020 and proposing Parakrama Samudraya as a World Heritage Site. The request was handed over to the Director General of CCF and to the Asst. Secretary General of UNA, who are on the accreditation board of UNESCO.

Parakrama Samudra and its unique water management system as a solution for impacts of global warming. Let’s make it a World Heritage Site.

Theme for ITGD 2020- Tourist Guides: Contributors to Sustainable Tourism & Jobs

History of water management in Sri Lanka goes back to 8th century BC where primitive micro irrigation system appeared for the first time. The first technically feasible tank was built by king Pandukaabhaya in 4th century BC and it is called as Abhaya wewa or Basawakkulama.

 Building large sized reservoirs had been started in the 1st century B.C. during the reign of King Wasabha (67 – 111 BC). He has built 11 large reservoirs and two irrigation canals. It was followed by many small and medium size tanks that built all over the island. By the 3rd century, King Mahasen built 16 large reservoirs including Minneriya,Kaudulla ,Kanthale, Nachchiduwa and Mahakanadharawewa  in Anuradhapura. These huge reservoirs were supported with a complex network of river diversions and miles long man-made channel systems.

Kalawewa was built during the reign of king Dhathusena in 5th century and the tradition of building lakes and water management continued to the Polonnaruwa period where it reached to its climax.

During the Anuradhapura period, the lakes were built based on the concept of “wapi” where the sole purpose of the lakes were to provide water for the agriculture. The lakes became more sophisticated in technology in the reign of King Parakramabahu the Great and the concept of “Samudra” s evolved. A “Samudra” was versatile in contributing to the protection of the capital of the kingdom, and most importantly to maintain the water table at a higher level which enable the development of a self-sufficient economy in ancient Sri Lanka. Simply, the Samudra concept was the unseen foundation of the “granary and greenery of East”.

Awareness Discussion with SLTDA Officials

An awareness discussion on the menace of unauthorised guiding services was held at the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL) on 02nd January 2020. Mrs. Kimarli Fernando (new Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority – SLTDA), Mrs. Chandani Werapitiya (new Director General of SLTDA), Mr. Upali Ratnayake (former Director General of SLTDA), Mr. Dhammika Kasthurimudali (Chief of the SLTDA Investigation Unit), Mr. Prabath Vidanagama (Officer in Charge of Tourist Police) and members of SLINTGL took part in the discussion.

Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana, President of SLINTGL, started off the proceedings with a presentation on the history of SLINTGL and the current problems faced by its members, who are National Tourist Guide Lecturers, or NTGLs – the highest category of tour guides in the country, licensed by SLTDA to operate on an island-wide basis. Dr. Priyadarshana pointed out how the in-depth training received by NTGLs and the ongoing skills-development efforts of SLINTGL to further uplift the standards of its members are being undermined by unauthorised guiding services being offered in various parts of the country. During the question-and-answer session that followed, some members drew the attention of the authorities to how the image of the country is being tarnished by the misinformation provided by untrained foreigners who happen to guide certain tour groups.

The officials gave a keen ear to the grievances aired by the members of SLINTGL and promised to continue the dialogue with SLINTGL in the future formulation and implementation of regulations. The Chairperson explained how she intends to take positive measures to open up new vistas in the tourism industry, in keeping with the vision of the new administration of the country. The former and new DGs presented their intended plans of action meant for the betterment of the industry. The law-enforcement officials clarified the legal aspects of undesirable practices like illegal guiding and suggested a joint action plan to tackle such cases.

SLINTGL hopes that the new rapport with the authorities will lead to better co-operation, which will enable us to find common ground in the interest of the tourism industry.

Photo credit: Sam Casseer (member of SLINTGL)

Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana, President of SLINTGL, making his keynote presentation
Mrs. Kimarly Fernando, Chairperson of SLTDA, delivering her speech
Mrs. Kimarly Fernando, Chairperson of SLTDA, and members of SLINTGL
Mrs. Chandani Werapitiya, Director General of SLTDA, delivering her speech
Mr. Upali Ratnayake, former Director General of SLTDA, making his presentation
Mr. Dhammika Kasthurimudali, Chief of the SLTDA Investigation Unit, delivering his speech
Mrs. Kimarly Fernando, Chairperson of SLTDA and Mrs. Chandani Werapitiya, Director General of SLTDA
Mr. Upali Ratnayake, former Director General of SLTDA, Mr. Prabath Vidanagama, Officer in Charge of Tourist Police and Mr. Dhammika Kasthurimudali, Chief of the SLTDA Investigation Unit
Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana, President of SLINTGL, Mr. Joe Livera, a former president, and other members
General Secretary and Directors of SLINTGL
Members of SLINTGL
Members of SLINTGL
Members of SLINTGL
Members of SLINTGL