Important Places to Visit

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Considered one of the most colourful religious pageants in Asia, Kandy's ten-day Esala Perahera is one of Sri Lanka's most spectacular festivals. The perahera (procession) is held to honour the sacred tooth enshrined in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Beach Villas

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Sri Lanka offers something unique for all traveler`s. The unique alternate to hotels are…… spending your vacation in a luxury villa along the coastline. Most of the beach villas are open directly on to beautiful Indian Ocean with Stunning sea View`s and gorgeous unspoiled golden Beach`s in southern Sri Lanka.  Read More

Activities

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Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers.

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 Wild Life Safari -

yala2Sri Lanka is one of those few places in the world with a breathtaking array of landscapes and wildlife packed into a relatively compact area. The island of just under 66,000 square kilometers is unusual. Contrary to expectations of island bio-geographic theory, it has large mammals. It is the best place in Asia to see the Asian Elephant, the largest terrestrial mammal on the Asian continent.
Sri Lanka also has another eco-tourism trump card: the Leopard. Yala National Park has one of the highest densities of leopards anywhere in the world.
The famous Safari Parks in Sri Lanka are Yala National Park, Udawalawe National park, and Minneriya National Park. There are few more National parks such as, Wilpaththu, Wasgamuwa, Gal Oya and Lahugala. For Bird watching the famous National Parks are Kumana and Bundala.

Rain Forest Trekking & Hill Country Trekking –

trekkingTrekking, hiking, bush walking or walking in general is an unlimited and exciting way to explore Nature and Culture in Sri Lanka. Specially is in the central highland and some parts of the surrounding lowland of Sri Lanka. The Kandy district has large number of known treks. Within the Kandy city, the short walks, Asgiri Maha Viharaya via Bahirawakanda hill is an interesting. Udawattakelle Forest Reserve is situated within Kandy city limit, gives valuable walking in nature.
Knuckles Mountain Range and its forest trails are the most suitable for trekking and mountaineering in Sri Lanka. Also there are interconnected footpaths of cardamom planters, toddy tapers, tea plantation workers, farmers and villages.
Horton Plains in Nuwaraelliya district is the only national park to walk. It has three main allowed treks. First and main one is the 8 K. M worlds end-Bakers falls trek. The second highest point in the island Kirigalpotta (2398 M) mountain, third highest Thotupola kanda (2357 M) mountain treks are available for visitors. Around Horton plain Devils Path Trek in lower worlds end is a good experience.
Adam's Peak is the fourth highest peak of Sri Lanka and walking up to the summit from Delhausi is traditional. Delhausi and around has much trekking possibilities. The short walk to Laxapana waterfall, surrounded tea plantations, up to Fishing Hut is for example.

While you are traveling in ancient cities of Anuradapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya you can do some hiking and walking in Pidurangala Rock near Sigiriya, trekking in Ritigala Hills, Hiking in Jathika Na Mal Uyana of Pink Quartz Mountain, Visiting Mihintale hills with very special sites etc,.

 

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Use cycling as the mode of transport and discover the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. There are major cycle trails along the country that will cover most of the beautiful and interesting places of Sri Lanka. We make sure that your cycling tour is an experience in itself and not just another peddling tour.

 

 

 

 

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Sri Lanka is a country which has 426 birds in list. 227 birds are residents to the country while 26 birds are endemic species. 198 species have been recorded as migrants to the country arriving during the Northern winter and so present from August to April. About 100 migrants who are seek sanctuary in Sri Lanka from overseas.
Bird watching is possible in woods, hills, lakes and along the seashore and so on. But there are special places which more successful for birding – the national parks, the bird sanctuaries, man-made reservoirs and lakes, river banks, the lagoons, the rain forests etc. Forest birds and Wetland birds are found throughout the dry and wet zone.
The top two locations, Knuckles Mountain Range and Horton Plains in the hill country, for mountain endemic birds such as the Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush and Sri Lanka Bush Warbler. Adam's peak or peak wilderness sanctuary is with many endemic highland birds.
Lowland dry zone forests like Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Minneriya National Park and Wasgamuwa National Park are ideal for a mixture of bird habitats comprising, wetlands, lakes, dry scrubs, grasslands. Days birding in any famous places may easily over 100 species of birds with a good pocket guide and a binocular. Knight Jungle walks and Night Safari help to see the nocturnal birds like Owls. Buduruwagala ancient site is with a dry zone jungle and a lake is good for it. The Vaddha village and Sorabora Lake is special to see night birds.

 

 river-campingLuxury Camping & River Camping -

There are various different standards of camping experiences, Luxury camping, Super-Luxury camping, and River camping in Sri Lanka. Most popular Safari Camping locations are Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Sinharaja Rain Forest and Wilpattu National Park, and also around Kithulgala Rain forest areas.

 

 

 

 

 White water rafting rafting-

Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers. It is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous.
Some of the rivers of Sri Lanka afford the opportunity for the recreational activists and water sport enthusiast to enjoy whitewater rafting. Kitulgala in the hill country is the most famous whitewater rafting location in Sri Lanka. Whitewater rafting at Kitulgala holds out the chance to enjoy the stunning tropical scenery of the region. This high adventure is suitable for first time rafters and experts alike. Along one ride you can pass the scenic location outside. Rafting has become a very popular exciting get safe adventure sport option.

 

 bentota12Whale & Dolphin watching -

Whale Watching has been most popular attraction among the tourists who visit Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission's protected zone in Indian Ocean. West coast in locations from Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Mirissa or Dondra Point of down south, east coast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka is the main ports of Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Not like other places you can watch Blue Whales & Spinner Dolphins with in 2 hours in mirissa during the months of January to April. Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya is the best places if you are interested in seeing dolphins. During November to March is the best season to go Dolphin Watching off Kalpitiya. Whale and Dolphin watching is also possible during June to September off the eastern shores such as Trincomalee.

Blue Whales
Blue whales are thought to be the largest animal ever to live on the Earth. They reach lengths up to about 100 feet and weights of an amazing 100-150 tons. Their skin is a beautiful gray-blue color, often with a mottling of light spots.

Hump Back Whale
The humpback whale is known as the "big-winged New Englander" because it has long pectoral fins, or flippers. Its majestic tail and variety of spectacular behaviors make this whale a favorite of whale watchers.

Spinner Dolphins
Spinner dolphins are one of the most well-known and well-studied marine mammals. Their gray coloration and "smiling" appearance makes them easily recognizable. Bottlenose dolphins are toothed whales that live in pods that can range in size up to several hundred animals. They may also be found close to shore.

 

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With many rivers, lagoons and interconnected old canals, Sri Lanka provides vast opportunities to try out Kayaking / canoeing, which are a different and relaxing mode of water sport. Sri Lanka's famous KALU GANGA flows from the heart of the island down to the west coast town of Kalutara where it finally meets the Indian Ocean, during a leisurely canoe trip down this beautiful river, canoeists can marvel at ever-changing landscapes and a fascinating variety of flora and fauna. For an alternative to river canoeing, you also have the option of country's many vast tanks and reservoirs! The calm waters of the Samanalawewa reservoir in Sri Lanka provide an ideal setting for this slow-paced activity and with the area's prolific birdlife and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, there's no end of things to see as you paddle.

 

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Bentota is the perfect spot for windsurfing in Sri Lanka located in the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. The calm water of the Bentota River is the best place for a novice windsurfer. The beach and Indian Sea is right next to the river where experienced wind surfers can ride the waves. There are place to hire good boards and sails. Surf between November and April in the west coast of Sri Lankaas the seas are rough soon afer April due to the monsoons, conditions which are best for the seasoned windsurfer. The Negombo Lagoon is a good spot to windsurf too. Kalpitiya is a great location for Kite Surfing. Set in the north of Trincomalee, offers excellent windsurfing opportunities in Sri Lankan east coast due to its strong winds. With the sun and sand, it would be a memorable experience. Arugambay offers the ideal spot for kite surfing, surfing and boogie boarding.

 

Wawater-skingter skiing –

Water-Skiing is the ultimate sprint on the water's surface!
Bentota offers you the most exciting Water skiing site in Sri Lanka. If you are a beginner Sri Lanka and their trainers are the best to get around for water skiing. You're guaranteed a good time! Full training, on dry land and in the water, is available for both beginners and those more experienced water-skiers who simply want to brush up on their style while on holiday in Sri Lanka.

 

 


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Jet Skiing is also a very popular water sport in Bentota, specially among young holiday makers.

 

 

 

 

 

 banana-rideBanana Ride –

Is also a popular water sport In Bentota, Sri Lanka, specially among younger generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tube riding is one sport that could be called, plain reckless. If you are a fan of big tides and love risks, then this is for you. Benthota is one of the best places in Sri Lanka that you could rely on for the best experience of this thrilling water sport. With gusty winds and huge waves you might stand a chance to meet wave tubes like you never have before.

 

 

 

 

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Often referred to as the 'pearl in the Indian Ocean', Sri Lanka offers world-class Scuba-Diving and Snorkelling tours. A multitude of tropical fish, magnificently colourful coral reefs and fascinating ship wrecks can be explored at several locations off the south coast of Sri Lanka. HIKKADUWA, WELIGAMA and KIRINDA provide breathtaking snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities down South Coast. Best Diving site in the west of Sri Lanka (In kalpitiya) is 'Bar Reef' (Sri Lanka's largest reef, spanning an impressive 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth). But for the country's 'pièce de resistance', Pigeon Island, off Nilaveli (in Trincomalee) is a paradise of turquoise-coloured waters and abundant fish and coral life make it the ultimate underwater experience.
All underwater activities are conducted by well-trained and experienced UDI and PADI instructors to ensure your absolute safety and enjoyment.
Due to the monsoon seasons, west coast diving and snorkelling is generally best from November to April whilst the east coast waters are at their calmest April – September.

Best Diving Sites in Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa – With its impressive coral reefs and abundance of tropical fish, HIKKADUWA is recognised as one of the best places for Snorkelling and diving on the Southwest coast (in the southwest season of November to April).

 

Kalpitiya – Despite its natural beauty, the western peninsular area of KALPITIYA in the Puttalam district of Sri Lanka is remarkably untouched by tourism. For keen scuba divers and snorkellers, the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka ('bar reef') is only an hour's boat trip from Kalpitiya. This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sighting of manta rays, reef sharks and the occasional turtle! Diving and Snorkelling are not possible during the southwest monsoon period (May to November). The best times are therefore between late November and early May. The underwater currents in the seas off Kalpitiya are generally not strong, but are influenced by small tide changes of two high water and two low water tides. The underwater temperature is approximately 75°F so no wetsuits are required (but thin wetsuits could be worn to protect from any bruising from the coral).

Kirinda – On the southeast coast, approximately 10km south of Tissa, lies the pretty village of KIRINDA. The village itself boasts a superb beach and an interesting Buddhist shrine on the rocks. However, it is best known as a base from which to experience some excellent diving at the famous 'Great Basses' wreck and the Great and Little Basses reefs (southeast of Kirinda). The famous Arthur C Clarke also put Kirinda on the map when he used it as his base for his diving exploration in order to write his book 'The Treasure of the Reef'. A particularly unique feature of the Great Basses is the light-house that was actually constructed on the reef in 1860.

Weligama – Also known as 'sandy village' WELIGAMA is located approximately 30 km east of Galle. As well as having an attractive sandy bay, this fishing town is also an ideal base for SNORKELLING and DIVING, with many fascinating sites to explore. For those who'd rather stay above the surface of the water, catarmaran rides are a pleasant way to venture out on the sea. You can also go out further to the deeper waters to see a variety of dolphins and sharks. Possible Period Early November to Mid April.

Trincomalee – TRINCOMALEE (more commonly known as 'Trinco') is a prime eco tourism venue which is located on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka and offers some of the country's most attractive beaches such as 'Uppuveli' and 'Nilaveli'. Fine white-sand and crystal clear water provides an irresistible combination that won't fail to disappoint any visitor who loves the beach!.
Snorkelling around the famous Pigeon island just off Nilaveli beach is widely recognised to be a 'must-do' activity during a stay in Trinco.
The East Coast of Sri Lanka is rated as one of Asia's top dive sites and offers outstanding experiences for all skill levels. As the island essentially sits atop a huge sandbank that drops 3000m into Deep Ocean you'll usually find shallow sand or rock bottoms, but you can also dive on walls and drop-offs. Because you're seldom far from deep water, opportunities for encounters with pelagics, sharks and other inhabitants of the open ocean abound.

Diving Areas

• Kalpitiya
• Negombo
• Colombo
• Beruwala
• Bentota
• Hikkaduwa
• Unawatuna
• Weligama
• Batticaloa
• Pasikudah/Vakarai
• Trincomalee

 

Luxuryyacht-ride Yacht Ride & Sea Sailing –

To visit the island of Sri Lanka to enjoy cruise sailing on the sparkling blue waters of the southern and eastern coast! If you are an enthusiast for whale and dolphin watching, fishing, site seeing and water sports, this is the best cruise ride you should pick for your holidays, fishing excursions, business meeting while sailing.

 

 

 

 

Deep Sea Ffishingishing & Inland Fishing (Lagoon Fishing) –

Sri Lanka is an excellent place for another exciting sport of inland and deep sea fishing (With its extensive coast-line and numerous reservoirs and lakes Sri Lanka has). Sri Lanka's deep sea fishing is dependent on the season, with western and southern coasts accessible from November to April and the east coast being more suitable from May to September. You can choose to fish from the beach itself or go further out to sea in an in-built or out-board fibre-glass motor boat and try troll fishing. All safety jackets and other equipment will be supplied. Inland fishing can be arranged at any time of year due to the constant smoothness of the water on inland waterways and reservoirs located around Sri Lanka.

 

River Cruriver-cruiseise –

Madu Ganga is one of the most important natural assets of Sri Lanka. It is located in Balapitiya, few km's passed Bentota. Madu Ganga is the second largest wetland in the island, consisting of 28 islands. The number of families living in the islands estimated to be around 250. Madu Ganga spreads over 915 hectares of wet land and harbors multi-varied Bio-diversity Eco-system. Madu Ganga wetland is fed by seven tributaries and forms the body of the wetland. The water runs through a course of land that span of 2300 hectares that was declares as a national sanctuary in 2006.

 

 

Paramoparamotoringtoring –

A tandem paraglide is a wing that can take two people. You will fly in the safety of a qualified instructor over the beautiful coast line and inland. Your instructor will fit you with your own harness, attached to a main body you to the glider and step into the air for a breathtaking experience. The flight lasts between 15minutes and half an hour but it can seem like a lifetime.

 

 

 

Hot Airhot-baloon Ballooning –

Treat yourself to a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka. There are few pleasures as unforgettable as drifting gently over breathtaking views. It's an experience you'll never forget! The most popular Hot Air Ballooning sites in Sri Lanka are at Sigiriya, Dambulla & Uda Walawe. The Hot Air Balloon ride lasts for approximately an hour. The ride that is reserved exclusively for the guests find its best timings within 2 hours of sunrise or two hours of sunset. Steady Weather conditions being important, most of the balloon operators prefer to operate the flights in the early morning. Hot Air Ballooning being a fine adventure sport, the guests are invited lend a hand in the ring of activity encompassing inflation and the deflation of the balloon.

 

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Sri Lanka is a leading wedding destination and remains to be one of the most sought after destinations for British brides and grooms. The immense beauty of the island, along with its colonial past, over 2,500 years of ancient history, and the stunning beaches of the west coast are all attractions very few people manage to resist. In our opinion, a wedding in Sri Lanka is not just a wedding, it is a dream come true.

Traditional Sri Lankan Weddings
A colourful ceremony with Kandyan dancers, drummers, fire-eaters and young children singing traditional sinhala songs.
The bride & groom are invited to take their place on a 'Poruwa', which is a stage decorated with trailing flowers. The wedding vows are exchanged whilst standing on the Poruwa.
The couple is then invited to light a traditional oil lamp made of brass symbolising hope and success. A traditional wedding is a lovely experience, a memory which you will treasure forever.

A Registry service
If you are looking for a quiet wedding with little fuss, then we recommend a simple exchange of vows. You can either marry in a registry office, or in the privacy of your villa or retreat.

Things to know about getting married in Sri Lanka
All wedding ceremonies are carried out in accordance with British Law and are legally recognised as binding.
There is a minimum residency of 5 days. Bride and groom must arrive in Sri Lanka at least 5 days prior to the wedding ceremony.

Legal age
The minimum legal age to marry in Sri Lanka is 18 years. Parental consent is required,
if under the age of 21 years.

Required documentation
The following documentation MUST be sent to the venue at least 2 MONTHS prior to the day of the wedding.

• Birth Certificates – Copies can be mailed and originals to be presented on the day of the marriage.
• 10 year valid Passport – photocopy to be mailed and the originals to be presented on the day of the marriage.
• A document detailing the names, addresses and the occupations of the bride & groom.
• A document detailing the names, addresses and the occupations of the Parents of the bride and groom.
• An affidavit (from a solicitor) confirming the marital status (i.e. single) of the bride and groom prior to   the wedding.
• If either party is divorced, a Decree Absolute must be presented prior to the wedding ceremony.
• If widowed, a Death Certificate of the former spouse.
• If bride or groom has changed their name by Deed Poll, legal proof.
• (Signed by solicitor) is required.


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sinharajaThe last major undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka, this forest reserve occupies a broad ridge at the heart of the island's wet zone. On most days the forest is shrouded by copious rain clouds that replenish its deep soils and balance water resources for much of southwestern Sri Lanka. Recognising its importance to the island's ecosystem, UNESCO declared the Sinharaja Forest Reserve a World Heritage Site in 1989.
Sinharaja (Lion King) is bordered by rivers: the Koskulana Ganga in the north and the Gin Ganga in the south. An old foot track that goes past the Beverley Estate marks the eastern border, close to the highest peak in the forest, Hinipitigala (1171m). Towards the west the land decreases in elevation.
The reserve comprises 18,899 hectares of natural and modified forest, measuring about 21km east to west and 3.7km north to south. It was once a royal reserve, and some colonial records refer to it as Rajasinghe Forest. It may have been the last redoubt of the Sri Lankan lion.
There are 22 villages around the forest, and locals are permitted to enter the area to tap palms to make jaggery (a hard brown sweet) and treacle, and to collect dead wood and leaves for fuel and construction. Medicinal plants are collected during specific seasons.
Sinharaja has a wild profusion of flora. The canopy trees reach heights of up to 45m, with the next layer down topping 30m. Nearly all the subcanopy trees found here are rare or endangered. More than 65% of the 217 types of trees and woody climbers endemic to Sri Lanka's rainforest are found in Sinharaja.
The largest carnivore here is the leopard. Its presence can usually be gauged only by droppings and tracks, and it's seldom seen. Even rarer are rusty spotted cats and fishing cats. Sambar, barking deer and wild boar can be found on the forest floor. Groups of 10 to 14 purple-faced langurs are fairly common. There are three kinds of squirrels, the flame-striped jungle squirrel, the dusky-striped jungle squirrel and the western giant squirrel. Porcupines and pangolins waddle around the forest floor, mostly unseen. Civets and mongooses are nocturnal, though you may glimpse the occasional mongoose darting through the foliage during the day. Six species of bats have been recorded here.
Sinharaja has 45 species of reptiles, 21 of them endemic. Venomous snakes include the green pit viper (which inhabits trees), the hump-nosed viper and the krait, which lives on the forest floor. One of the most frequently found amphibians is the wrinkled frog, whose croaking is often heard at night.
There is a wealth of birdlife: 160 species have been recorded, with 18 of Sri Lanka's 20 endemic species seen here.
The drier months (August and September, and January to early April) are the best times to visit.

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