Activities

Ayurveda & Yoga

Sri Lanka tour packages will be designed to include Spa retreats for Ayurvedic therapeutic care, Yoga and meditation follow and classes. Boutique Motels, luxurious spa retreats on the seashore and in rural areas will be part of your Sri Lanka vacation. A historic system of medication that’s greater than 5000 years which is outdated, now it has developed into self-discipline of holistic medication as Sri Lanka Ayurveda.

The title says all of it. “Ayur” is Life and “Veda “is Science. The traditional life that’s practiced in Sri Lanka, is an amalgam of each historic Indian and Sri Lankan traditions perfected by Sages and Rishis.  Ayurvedic therapeutic care is obtainable in lots of Sri Lanka seaside resorts and Sri Lanka luxurious accommodations. It’s a non-invasive system of medication centred on prevention and refreshes the mind. A healthful connection with nature and improves the life span of those that observe Ayurvedic recommendation.

Preventive and healing care are the aims of medication. Sri Lanka Ayurveda affords therapeutic look after bodily, psychological, social and non-secular reduction. This will enhance your body and mental wellbeing. Good wellbeing would be the cream on prime of the cake you’ll take residence after your journey to Sri Lanka.

Yoga makes your body extraordinarily agile. The flexibility of the backbone, joints and the elasticity of muscle tissue enhance the blood circulation. Yoga disciplines your thoughts and physique. By concentrating on the rhythm of respiratory you uncover the artwork of rest. The self-discipline of Yoga will guarantee balanced meal consumption. You may be proof against illness and resistant to infections. The easy routine causes constructive considering. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re on a Sri Lanka tour package deal or in any one of many upmarket boutique accommodations in Sri Lanka just go a bit additional in your Sri Lanka trip.

Water sports

With greater than 100 rivers, swamps, lagoons, and some interconnected outdated canals and lakes the alternatives for canoeing and kayaking are a lot in a Sri Lanka Vacation. The Kelani River and the River Kaluganga provide good prospects of canoeing through the calm countryside which are usually placid waters. The numerous reservoirs that dot the inevitable routes you will need to observe in a Sri Lanka journey provide excellent canoeing services. The docile waters of the Samanalawewa reservoir simply accessible from Belihuloya is a well-liked canoeing site. You may also undertake some mountain climbing or biking within the nice environment of Belihuloya which has a mountain climbing path to Horton Plains. The Chandrikawewa reservoir which is on the route from Rathnapura (the Gem Metropolis) to the Yala National park is one other reservoir for canoeing with a panoramic view of the mountain.

Necessary information and trendy life jackets will provide by your Sri Lanka tour operator. Those who are not skilled will be given an acceptable orientation in canoeing Benthota within the south-west. The Negombo lagoon on the west coast and Trincomalee within the east coast are the perfect different coastal spots for windsurfing. The skilled windsurfer is assured of a beautiful infusion of adrenaline skimming over the waters in all three factors. For beginners of windsurfing, the extra tranquil waters of the Bentota River and the Negombo lagoon are suitable. The numerous tanks and lakes present preferred coaching earlier than you head out to the problem of the ocean out of your Sri Lanka seashore resorts. The Nilaveli seashore in Trincomalee offers an unbelievable east coast various when monsoon winds make it much less hospitable for the game on the west coast.

The windy seasons within the Negombo lagoon makes it an academy of this thrilling water sport in a Sri Lanka tour package deal. There may be at all times a wind blowing throughout the Negombo lagoon with waves rising as excessive as 15cm on occasions. Scuba-Diving and snorkelling are important parts of Sri Lanka tour packages. An unimaginable array of tropical fish within the coral reefs and fascinating shipwrecks will be your rewards in diving within the reefs. The marine sanctuary of the bar reef off the Kalpitiya seashore on the west is advisable to the Marine conservation. The abundance of marine riches that scuba divers are wild about is mesmerizing sufficient to think about settling down in a Sri Lanka Villa on the west coast or a boutique resort close to Pigeon Island on the east coast.

Diving and Snorkeling

Sri Lanka is globally famous for diving and snorkeling excursions. As lovely as Sri Lanka is on land, it’s equally matched with its spectacular underwater surroundings. Beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean lies a separate world of tropical fish, coloured coral, and mysterious shipwrecks. The southern coast of Sri Lanka is particularly standard because it offers breath-taking underwater excursions for all those that need to seize a slice of Sri Lanka below the ocean.

Sri Lanka seas are mostly heat and when in a season they continue to be at a temperature of around 27C. Sea circumstances are ruled by the 2 monsoons (the northeast and southwest) allowing calm seas and clear waters alongside the south and western shoreline from November to April and from April to October alongside the Japanese coast of the island. Diving and Snorkelling in Sri Lanka is all of the extra attention-grabbing due to the several types of the reef that’s discovered within the seas across the island. There are sandstone platforms, coral banks, boulders, and rock cliffs which are discovered distant from the shore. A lot of the reefs discovered on the western coast are sandstone platforms. Within the southwest and southern coast rock, boulder reefs are extra widespread as are small fringing coral reefs.

Within the south of Sri Lanka, the perfect place to go snorkelling or scuba diving is within the breath-taking waters of Hikkaduwa, Weligama, and Kirinda. Within the west of the island is the nation’s largest reef ‘Bar reef’. It’s three nautical miles in size and near to the city of Kalpitiya which is now generally related to dolphins and kitesurfing. Nevertheless essentially the most excellent a part of the island to go snorkelling or diving is undoubtedly at Pigeon Island, off Nilaveli which is on the Japanese coast of the nation. The clear turquoise coloured waters are stuffed with fish in addition to coral life making it a pleasant underwater journey. 4 of Sri Lanka’s coral reefs have been declared protected areas. That’s Hikkaduwa, Rumassala, Pigeon Islands and Bar reef. They’re below the fauna and flora safety ordinance which comes below the authority of the Wildlife Conservation Division.

Hikkaduwa has an abundance of tropical fish and coral reefs and is taken into account to be top of the line locations for diving and snorkelling on the Southwest coast. It additionally has an extended-standing diving faculty within the city itself. Weligama, which is east of Galle, can be an attention-grabbing spot at which to enterprise out into deeper waters with a purpose to catch a glimpse of sharks and dolphins. On the Southeast coastal line of the island is the village of Kirinda which gained its repute not solely from the ‘Nice basses’ shipwreck and the little Basses reef but besides by means of Arthur C. Clarke. At Kirinda he enjoyed diving exploration with a purpose to write his e-book, ‘The Treasure of the Reef’. On the west coast, keen snorkelers and scuba divers discover the big variety of tropical fish, reef sharks, manta rays and the odd turtle to be an irresistible mixture. Therefore the explanation of the waters of Kalpitiya is tremendously favoured between November and early May.

Whale and Dolphin watching

Curious about seeing a whale? Desperate to work together with some pleasant dolphins?  Come to Sri Lanka which has been named the “Greatest place within the World for seeing and photographing Blue whales” in addition to being a great place to see Sperm whales and Spinner dolphins. In 2007 the thrilling information broke that migratory whales had been passing through the southern seas of Sri Lanka.

From December to April the calm seas of the southern coast of the island additionally see an inflow of sperm whales and Spinner dolphins.  Within the mammal kingdom, each Sperm and Blue whales are file holders. The Blue whale is the biggest mammal and even perhaps the biggest animal to have ever inhabited the earth.

Sri Lankan Cuisine

Sri Lankan delicacies could be very delicious, a unique mix of tastes and aromas enriched by ethnic variety and centuries of interplay with outdoor settlers. From early Arab merchants to the European colonizers, Sri Lankan meals have a variety of worldwide influences. From rice and curry (a meal which includes seven separate dishes, from curries to sambols) to the popular string hoppers served hawker-style on the streets, one thing to please everybody will be discovered right here. Sri Lanka has been identified for its spices, which Sri Lankan individuals use liberally of their dishes. Go to a spice backyard and see how a few of them are grown and processed, together with clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper and different favorites equivalent to chocolate and vanilla.

Tea can be cultivated on this fertile tropical island, particularly within the cool hill nation but in addition within the lowlands. Sri Lanka has been famed for its tea since the 19th century and now Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth-largest tea exporter. Take a tour of a tea manufacturing unit and watch how the plant is processed from the leaves into this much-loved drink, or take pleasure in a tea tasting session. From native markets bursting with tropical fruits and weird greens, vibrant fragrant spices and glittering fish to the scrumptious contemporary crabs, prawns, and different seafood discovered all alongside the shoreline.

Weddings

Sri Lanka is a combination of lovely landscapes, tropical seashores, wealthy tradition and pleasant, laid-back individuals who have many romantics through the years. It’s no shock that the island is a more and more suitable for a wedding ceremony and honeymoon vacation spot. It’s an ideal location setting for those in love and beginning a new life. The right location in your wedding ceremony is a splendid spot in Sri Lanka as there are quite a few potentialities. A marriage can be held on the coast with swaying palms and the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, within the hill nation with tea plantations, misty mountains, and gushing waterfalls or by a historic reservoir within the north-central province surrounded by untouched wilderness and sounds of birdcall. As soon as the setting is determined upon, then comes the number of venue choices vary from beachside villas, refurbished colonial bungalows and boutique accommodations to eco retreats. All of them providing a novel service to make your wedding ceremony a memorable one.

A marriage in Sri Lanka has no difference. Horoscopes, auspicious occasions, and rituals are blended with vibrant dancers and drummers in celebration of the approaching collectively of two lives. The island’s vibrant mixture of ethnic communities implies that Sri Lanka is residence to numerous non-secular teams (Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians). All of them observe different rituals but share a similar custom.

Marriage can be carried out by a Registrar of marriages, a church ceremony or a conventional Buddhist ‘Poruwa’ ceremony. Marriage ceremonies are carried out Monday to Saturday excluding financial institution holidays. There’s a requirement of a minimal interval of residency of 5 days in Sri Lanka previous to the marriage ceremony. The minimal age requirement for marriage is 18 years. If below 21 years, parental consent is required. All of the ceremonies are carried out in accordance with British legislation and legally recognized as binding.

Shopping

From Arab settlers within the eighth century to the Portuguese, Dutch and the British up till the 20th century all have fought over Sri Lanka’s treasures together with treasured gems, scented woods, spices, and tea. The island stays famous for purchasing clothes with many well-known European and American manufacturers with discounted costs, antiques, and furnishings, homeware and jewellery, craft outlets and bazaars which are enjoyable wandering round to get a feel for actual Sri Lanka. Bigger extra established personal and authorities outlets throughout the island may have costs marked on every merchandise on the market which is much simpler for the shopper.

If you’re shopping vintage outlets, craft outlets, bazaars, and small outlets in vacationer cities like Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa, then you might be anticipated to cut price. You’ll additionally have to cut prices in jewellery shops, so be sure to analyze costs earlier than making a purchase order. Your driver will be capable of offer you and thought of what the right value needs to be for a lot of totally different objects. So do ask if you’re not sure, and do not forget that it’s typical for costs to be considerably inflated for vacationers.

Arts and Crafts

Conventional dance types in Sri Lanka are from the 4th century BC and had been initially related to rituals and ceremonies carried out for functions of expelling illness, or for blessings. Several classical dance varieties developed over the centuries between every area of the island. Three major dance types carried out are Kandyan, Sabaragamuwa (central province) and Ruhunu (low nation). All of them are different in the gown, drum rhythms, actions, and songs, as they’re based mostly on native folklore. See a Kandyan dance present, or watch the Kandy Esala Perahera is an excellent procession with scores of elephants wearing glittering cloaks, dancers and musicians, which is recognized as one in all Asia’s greatest cultural festivals.

The artistic arts are an inherent part of Sri Lanka’s historic cultural heritage. The dancer, drummer, musician, artist, and craftsman all provide their contribution to Sri Lanka’s unique tradition. There are a lot of alternatives to discover the humanities in Sri Lanka throughout your vacation. Those alternatives are seen as a conventional dance present, buy some genuine crafts, go to the artwork galleries in Colombo, discover the murals and work of historic temples, or attend the annual Galle literary pageant. This pageant was listed by Harper’s Bazaar as one of many six most interesting literary festivals on this planet.

Sri Lanka’s artwork prevailed for 2,000 years, from historic temple work and rock sculptures of Lord Buddha. Go to Dambulla cave temple and marvel on the historic statues and vibrant frescos which adorn the ceilings, or do the ‘Three Temple Loop’ in Gampola and see varied gorgeous examples of Kandyan artwork.

Up to date Sri Lankan artwork will be explored in the Colombo National Artwork gallery and discover the summary paintings displayed on the Saskia Fernando Gallery. Conventional Sri Lankan crafts are important industries in lots of elements of the island. Those are drum making, mat weaving, handloom, wooden carving, and masks making. Attempt your hand at masks making at a workshop with an artist in Galle Fort, or go to Barefoot, one in all Sri Lanka’s most outstanding arts and crafts outlets. It helps to discover a variety of genuine and modern crafts which make lovely souvenirs or presents.

Wildlife

Most of the individuals go to Sri Lanka is due to its very numerous wildlife. From flora to fauna, a whole lot of species are endemic to Sri Lanka. Lots of people, even the locals come to nature reserves and forests to get a knowledge of uncommon creatures. All of nature reserves and sanctuaries are in Sri Lanka with a purpose to defend the wildlife from human pursuits that may hurt the animals together with poaching. Guests are allowed into those reserves the place you may take safari journeys with educated information supplied by the reserves themselves.

Bundala national park is the primary Sri Lankan wetland to be declared a Ramsar site below the Ramsar conference on wetlands. Situated 250km south of Colombo within the district of Hambantota. This thorny scrub jungle with its seashores, sand dunes and lagoons has to turn into identified for its different biodiversity. 197 different species of birds together with 32 different mammal species make it a well-liked reserve for birdwatchers and wildlife fanatics. The truth is Bundala national park is taken as a distinct segment of chicken watching expertise as a result of massive numbers of larger flamingos who migrate here from Siberia and the Rann of Kutch in India. The larger flamingo arrives in Bundala between August and April and as much as 2000 of them had been counted throughout one migratory interval. A small herd of elephants, wild boar, sambar, the noticed deer, and the grey langur monkeys are a number of the different animals that may be noticed within the warmth of Bundala.

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains is above 2000m above sea level and Sri Lanka’s highest plateau. Also known as probably the most ‘superior and forbidding areas’ of the nation. Situated within the central hill nation 20km south of Nuwara Eliya, the plains are tough to entry however it’s nicely definitely worth the trek. This magnificent panorama with its untamed grasslands, patches of dense forest, lakes and waterfalls are sights for sore eyes. Inhabited by quite a lot of wildlife the plains are residence to wild boar and the sambar deer whereas the shaggy bear-monkey and the endemic toque macaque can be noticed from time to time. Horton plains national park additionally consists of Bakers falls, Chimney pool and World’s end. World’s End with its 880m sharp drop downwards is reputed for being the best view in Sri Lanka and is on the edge of the Horton Plains plateau.

Gal Oya National Park

Over 2000m above sea stage is Horton Plains, Sri Lanka’s highest plateau and what has been known as probably the most ‘superior and forbidding areas’ of the nation. Situated within the central hill nation 20km south of Nuwara Eliya the plains are tough to entry however it’s nicely definitely worth the trek. This magnificent panorama with its untamed grasslands, patches of dense forest, lakes and waterfalls is a sight for sore eyes. Inhabited by quite a lot of wildlife the plains are residence to wild boar and the sambar deer whereas the shaggy bear-monkey and the endemic toque macaque can be noticed from time to time. Horton Plains Nationwide Park additionally consists of points of interest equivalent to Bakers Falls, Chimney Pool and World’s Finish. World’s Finish with its 880m sharp drop downwards is reputed for being the best view in Sri Lanka and is on the finish of the Horton Plains plateau.

Kaudulla National Park

The newest attraction in eco-tourism is Kaudulla national park which was opened in 2002 and is the latest national park and wildlife reserve in Sri Lanka. Located inside easy accessibility of the Cultural Triangle. Kaudulla is about 6km from the Gal Oya junction on the Habarana – Trincomalee Street. The title of the park is derived from being located close to the historic Kaudalla tank built by King Mahasena. Jeep safaris are a popular way of visiting the park. August to December have been marked as the perfect months throughout the year to observe elephants. A 6656-hectare elephant hall between the Minneriya national park and the Somawathie Chaitya has additionally been established within the park. The dry evergreen forests of the park are residence to 24 mammal species, 25 reptile species and a 160 species of birds. Leopards, fishing cats, sloth bear and the endangered rusty noticed cat are favourites among guests to Kaudulla.

Kumana National Park

Situated within the southeast of Sri Lanka and neighbouring the Yala national park, the Kumana national park is Sri Lanka’s foremost chicken sanctuary. It homes various vary of endemic and migrants birds. An excellent tenting and safari spot, Kumana is a favorite location for chicken watching devotees. From sightings, you can observe very uncommon migratory Black-necked storks, Yellow-footed pigeons, larger racket-tailed drongo, Eurasian Spoonbill, Purple Heron and Wooden sandpiper. Kumana are abounded with a complete of 255 species of birds. In addition to mammals European Otter, Golden Jackal, and some elephants can be seen. Historic 1st and 2nd-century cave inscriptions that have been found inside the neighborhood of the park. The well-known Pada Yatra pilgrims consisting of Hindu and Buddhist devotees yearly cross Kumana by the foot of their pilgrimage to Kataragama.

Minneriya National Park

Between Habarana and Polonnaruwa are the scrub forests of the Minneriya National park. Heaven for sambar deer, toque macaques and leopards and the park is now a world-famed vacation spot site. The shores of Minneriya’s practically 2000 year outdated manmade lake which the world’s largest gathering of elephants takes place. This spectacular sight happens inside the boundaries of the Minneriya national park in the course of the dry season from July to October. With practically 300 elephants gathering each night it’s no shock that lonely planet has ranked it at quantity 6 for being one of many world’s greatest wildlife spectacles. The ‘Gathering’ is a result of the shortage of waterholes in the drought season. Unable to obtain their everyday consumption of water the elephants make their solution to the Minneriya tank making it an occasion to not be missed.

Wilpattu National Park

The oldest and largest national park in Sri Lanka, the Wilpattu national park is positioned on the west coast of the island and consists of what’s principally thick secondary forest mixed with small clearings. The park is exclusive for its excessive focus of villus (basin like pure tanks) which give water to herds of untamed animals and flocks of birds. Crocodiles additionally make their residence in these villi. Nevertheless, Wilpattu’s fame is derived primarily from its leopard and bear inhabitants. It’s fairly a typical incidence to see leopards enjoyable from the various villus discovered within the park. The nature of Wilpattu makes it all of the extra thrilling to expertise with January to might being thought of the perfect time to go to.

Yala National Park

Situated within the southeastern nook of the island and 300km away from the capital Colombo is Sri Lanka’s most visited national park, usually known as Yala. Thought about by the BBC to be top of the line wildlife locations in Asia. The park is made up of 5 blocks of which two are open to the general public. The excessive density of leopards in block 1 means it’s ceaselessly visited however till 1938 block 1 was reserved for hunters and thereafter was it made a conservationist reserve. Yala can be a favourite spot for seeing elephants grazing within the scrub jungle. One of the vital lovely sights at Yala is the great mating dance of the fabulous peacock. Undoubtedly a wildlife safari at its greatest.

Udawalawe National Park

Located on the south of the central hill, the Udawalawe national park was established in 1972 after the Udawalawe reservoir was constructed inflicting the displacement of the wild animals within the space. It is the third hottest park on the island. Udawalawe is a vital habitat for aquatic birds and Sri Lankan elephants. With around 600 elephants within the park, Udawalawe is reputed to be top of the line locations within the island to identify these large creatures. In 1995 the Elephant transit residence was based and offers shelter and a house to round 25 child elephants who had been orphaned within the wild. Udawalawe can be inhabited by crocodiles, foxes, 30 kinds of snakes and noticed sambar deer in addition to tons of buffaloes and some leopards. There are three campsites and 4 bungalows alongside the reservoir and the Walawe Ganga if you wish to expertise a genuine life within the wilds.

Wasgamuwa National Park

The title ‘Wasgamuwa’ happened from the phrases ‘Walas Gamuwa’, Walasa or walaha being the sinhalese time period for sloth bear and Gamuwa the period for wooden. The park was named as a result of at one time it had a big amount of Sri Lankan sloth bears. At current it’s inhabited by these endangered animals though catching sight of them isn’t fairly as straight forward. Surrounded nearly fully by rivers because it borders the Mahaweli and Amban River, the park is a thrilling place at which to see some attention-grabbing chicken species. For example, the endemic Pink confronted malkoha is present in Wasgamuwa as is the yellow fronted barbet. With over 150 species of flora, the park is excessive in biodiversity. Its historic significance can be made obvious because it accommodates the ruins of the Dakota, Malagamuwa and Wilmitiya irrigation tanks and Kalinga Yoda Ela cannel constructed by Parakramabahu.

Sinharaja Rainforest

The Sinharaja rainforest is a UNESCO world heritage site and a chosen biosphere reserve positioned within the southwest lowland moist zone of Sri Lanka. It was first declared a forest reserve in 1875 however has been of legendary and historic significance for the individuals of Sri Lanka for hundreds of years previous to that. The phrase Sinharaja, which straight as a lion (Sinha) and king (raja) is the final remaining tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka with 60% of the bushes being endemic. Additionally, it is the placement for over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals, butterflies in addition to reptiles, uncommon amphibians, and bugs. Guests to Sinharaja are continuously amazed by the wonderful assortment of life when exploring this biodiversity hotspot. Spineless forest lizard, a Sri Lankan rose or a Bamboo orchid is only a snippet of the specific animals and vegetation discovered right here.

Golf

Sri Lanka is famed as a leisure vacation spot for its splendid hill nation, beautiful seashores, and engaging cultural attraction of historic cities. If you happen to look up the Sri Lanka Map you’ll study to your pleasant shock which you can simply slot in three fabulous golf programs of all Asia positioned at three elevations.

The Royal Colombo Golf Club

The Royal Colombo Golf course is 5,770 m lengthy (par 71). A flat course with broad fairways which seems to be easy with many water hazards and nicely guarded bunkers. The Royal Colombo Golf membership is accessible. It’s a 20-minute drive from any of the star class accommodations within the metropolis. RCGC is the house of the Sri Lanka Golf Union, the governing physique of Golf in Sri Lanka and solely answerable to the Royal and Historic Golf Membership of St Andrew’s in Scotland. There are solely sixteen different Royal Golf equipment on this planet that are older.

Victoria Golf Club

Victoria Golf course is in Digana and 6,190 m lengthy (par 73). It is a championship golf course designed by Donald Metal and inaugurated early in 1999. The fairways are a bit slim within the hilly terrain within the nation aspect. Majestic wooden bushes and avenues of coconuts give the course an aura of outdated world appeal within the tropics. The pure outcrops of rocks are a particular characteristic and regarded as a hazard of the course. The Victoria Golf membership is 25 km away from Kandy.

The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

This course is reputed to be one in all of Asia’s best is 5,520 m (par 71). The fairways are lengthy and slim and bordered by fir bushes and thick bushes. It calls for skillful “place play” and the hilly terrain makes it important that gamers can address up-hill and down-hill lies.