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1000 Rupees 2015, Sri Lanka

in Krause book Number: 127
Years of issue: 04.02.2015
Signatures: Finance Minister: Ravi Karunanayake, CBSL Governor: A. Mahendran
Serie: Serie 2010 Development, Prosperity and Sri Lanka Dancers
Specimen of: 01.01.2010
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 148 x 67
Printer: De la Rue Lanka Currency and Securities Print (Pvt) Ltd, Malawana

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1000 Rupees 2015




Cornerstones. Denomination 1000. The Sri Lanka hanging parrot (Loriculus beryllinus).


1000 Rupees 2015

Ramboda tunnel Ramboda tunnel

In the center is the Ramboda tunnel, left of it - The rock and the road along it, at the site of the Rambod tunnel, before its construction.

Lanka’s longest tunnel at Ramboda.

By Suranga Rajanayaka and R.S. Keeriyawatte.

A tunnel is constructed on the A5 highway, in 2006, on the Peradeniya-Nuwara Eliya road, via the Ramboda Pass, marking a milestone in the annals of Sri Lanka’s highways.

The A5 highway constructed by colonial engineers for transport of their tea and coffee to the metropolis has stayed the test of time intact. But, with centuries gone by, it comes time for the locals to improve the road network in the hill country.

The new tunnel is 220 metres in length and 7 metres wide, with a height of 5.6 metres.

Nuwara Eliya, located among the salubrious mountain region, is considered a health resort and a place for holidaying. As the traffic was very high it has necessitated the new construction.

Care has to be exercised in any improvements to the roadway as its historical importance should be maintained. The original idea to construct a bridge had to be given up as the work entailed greater difficulty. Hence, the Road Development Authority (RDA) decided to construct this tunnel at Thawalantenna as the answer to the traffic congestion.

During colonial times, Thawalantenna was a hive of activity due to travellers taking a much needed rest. The Ramboda Pass on the Colombo-Nuwara Eliya highway is today a bottle neck due to heavy transport needs.

The state has allocated Rs. 2,100 million to improve the 70 km. stretch from Gampola to Nuwara Eliya. The new tunnel providing the passage of two vehicles in opposite directions. It is the longest and broadest highway tunnel in Sri Lanka.

Two beautiful and scenic Divithura ella and Punaoya ella falls mark the beginning and the end of the new tunnel. More than the locals the foreigners too would enjoy its scenic beauty with the Ramboda Falls at one end.

The completed tunnel contains telecommunication facilities, fire fighting equipment and even pavements. (Suranga Rajanayaka and R.S. Keeriyawatte)

Loriculus beryllinus

On the right side is The Sri Lanka hanging parrot.

It is a small parrot which is a resident endemic breeder in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka hanging parrot is a small, mainly green hanging parrot, only 13 cm long with a short tail. The adult has a red crown and rump. The nape and back have on orange tint. The chin and throat are pale blue. The beak is red and the irises are white.

Immature birds lack the orange hue to the back, have a duller rump, and have only a hint of orange on the crown. They have a faint blue throat. They have orange beaks and brown irises.

Sri Lanka hanging parrot is less gregarious than some of its relatives, and is usually alone or in small groups outside the breeding season. Its flight is swift and direct, and the call is a sharp whistled twiwittwit..twitwitwit. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit, seeds, buds and blossoms that make up its diet.

Sri Lanka hanging parrot is a bird of open forest. It is strictly arboreal, never descending to the ground. It nests in holes in trees, laying 2-3 eggs.

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Gira Maliththa - ගිරාමලිත්තා or Pol Girwa - පොල් ගිරවා in Sinhala language.

Ypthima ceylonica

In lower left corner is butterfly The White Four Ring (Ypthima ceylonica).

Sithirisiwwa (Sinhala).

The White Four Ring is found all over the island. It flies close to the ground. Its four wings are dark brown and lower half of the hind wings are white. There is a prominent eye spot ringed in yellow towards the tip of its four wings. The under side of the hind wings are grayish white with prominent spots of which the number and size varies. ( (

Panthera leo sinhaleyus

In top right corner is The Sri Lanka Lion (Panthera leo sinhaleyus), with sword (from coat of arms). About The Sri Lanka Lion, please, read watermark description here!

Numeric 1000 at upper left and lower right. At bottom center the value රුපියල් දාහයි in Sinhala, ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் in Thamil and One Thousand Rupees in English, of decreasing font size.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala at Top center, with smaller இலங்கை மத்திய வங்கி in Thamil and English CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA on next line.

Legality Legend in 3 lines

"ශ්‍රී ලංකාණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් නිකුත් කරන ලද මේ

මුදල් නෝට්ටුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඈතුළත ඕනෑම මුදල් ගණනක්

ගෙවිම සඳහා නිතියෙන් වලංගුය"

In English: "Issued on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka

Banknote legally valid for payment in Sri Lanka".


1000 Rupees 2015

The Rathnaprasadaya guard stone

In top right corner is The guard stone at the Rathnaprasadaya of the Abhayagiri Viharaya, in Anuradhapura.

This guard stone is considered the most exquisite guard stone. This guard stone is carved with a Nagaraja symbol, which carries a pot of plenty in the left hand and a bunch of flowers in the right hand.

Across all field of banknote is floral motive Dvithva Liya vela.

Traditional Sinhalese art has a floral motifs depicted with two similar creepers called Dvithva liya vela. These flower bands are combined or run parallel to each other in a regular pattern.

A map of Sri Lanka appears in the background, centered.


This banknote shows a drummer with Davul Beraya and Malpadaya Netuma Dancer.

Davul Beraya is a cylindrical drum, which is shorter than Geta Beraya and Yak Beraya. This drum is accompanied in the Sabaragamuwa dance tradition and often used in Buddhist temples. The right side is played with a stick known as Kadippu and left is prayed with the hand. This drum is also used in Ana Bera (for communication).

Malpadaya Netuma

Malpadaya Netuma belongs to the Sabaragamuwa dance form. It is associated with the ritual known as Gammaduwa to propitiate the Pattini goddess in order to obtain a good harvest, Immunity and relief from infectious diseases The main drum used is the Davul Beraya.

Numeric 1000 at upper left and lower right. රුපියල් දාහයි in Sinhala, ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் in Thamil and One Thousand Rupees in English, in 3 lines of decresing font size at lower left.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා මහ බැංකුව in Sinhala, ஐந்நூறு ரூபாய் in Thamil and CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA in English, in 3 lines of decresing font size, at center upper left.

Printer Thomas De la Rue, Sri Lanka, in tiny text DE LA RUE in bottom right.