Travelling begins with various interests. Some travel to explore, some travel to seek adventure, some travel to be inspired while some travel to discover intellectual inspirations into diverse cultures. On that note, Sri Lanka is an amazing destination which naturally inhabits the ability to cater all of the above mentioned traveller instincts. Munidasa Kumaratunga is a great scholar from the western province of Sri Lanka and the beautiful monument built to showcase Sri Lankan appreciation lies immortal on the roads of Kalutara. AVANI Kalutara is a fantastic Kalutara hotel. Sri Lanka accommodation offers a glimpse of this beautiful monument along with many other cultural aspects.
The monument of Munidasa Kumaratunga reminisces the presence of a great Sri Lankan linguist that served the nation through his many roles as a writer, poet, journalist, grammarian as well as a wise commentator. He was a fluent practitioner of eastern languages such as Sinhala, Sanskrit, Pali along with western languages such as Latin, Greek and English. He considered language as the sword and teaching it as the battle. Moreover, he was a famed persona that glorified his greatness all over the world.
Munidasa Kumaratunga has written many Sinhala novels targeting diverse age groups. ‘Magul Kema’, ‘Hathpana’, ‘Heen Saraya’ and ‘Kumara Gee”‘ can be named as some that was very well received by the public. His descriptive writing style gave way to creativity and enhanced the love for language in anyone who read his work.
On the other hand, he stands out form many of the other Sri Lankan authors as one that valued both Sinhala language and English Language. He gave prominence to both languages equally as he understood the value of languages. He wrote letters to the magazine ‘Heeliyo’, with the hope of teaching Sinhala in English. Overall, he was a great personality that simply revolutionized the society.
Therefore, a glimpse of this wonderful man’s monument would be a glimpse of a revolutionary character from the history.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.