Sri Lanka is an island nation renowned for its beautiful beaches, thousand-year - old Buddhist temples, a wealth of wildlife, and rich archaeological history located in the Indian Ocean. The abundance of water sports, stunning sunsets, vast tea gardens and, of course, mouth-watering Sri Lankan food are sure to make you fall in love with this beautiful place.
Sri Lanka, rich in history, is an fascinating combination of well-preserved local customs amalgamated with quick urbanisation. With eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered around this tiny country, it is no wonder the Lonely Planet called it the best country to visit in the world in 2019. Sri Lanka is a must-visit for those looking for the best of all, drawing its influence from its neighbouring countries of the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia.
The most important economic activity of the Sri Lankan peasantry is rice production. There has been an impressive rise in paddy production since independence. The factors that contributed to this were, first, the opening of 248,000 acres for paddy in the Dry Zone colonisation schemes (including those initiated in the early 1970s by the Mahaweli Development Program) and, second, the introduction of technology that was growing in yield. During the post-independence period, other important changes in peasant agriculture included production diversification and increased commercialization of production transactions.
In many parts of the Wet Region, tea, the preeminent crop of the plantation field, grows. Crops that are clustered at higher altitudes supply the world market with some of the best-quality black teas. The ridge-and-valley country of the interior of the Wet Zone is the largest rubber growing region. In the hinterland of the western seaboard, coconut is primarily cultivated.
Relatively insignificant aspects of the economy are forestry and fishing. Between 1956 and 1981, forests were cleared for settlement and agriculture at an average rate of 104,000 acres annually. The exploitation of forest timber and fuelwood is limited by the protection of the ecosystem. Resource potential is abundant in fisheries, particularly on the north and northwest coasts. Development limitations are primarily technical. Fishing, however, for the people living along the coastal fringe, is an important occupation.
The cultures of Sri Lanka reach far back into antiquity in architecture , sculpture, and painting. The remnants of ancient works restored and preserved at archaeological sites also bear witness to the inspiration derived from Buddhism, while reflecting Indian influences. Classical literature, too, offers a mix of Indian stylistic influences with Buddhist themes. Since the beginning of the 20th century, local creative writing has gained greater variety in style and has become more secular in content, with the literati exposed to European literature.
Several Sinhalese and Tamil folk traditions and a host of recent imports and imitations are present in the performing arts. For example, among the folk dance forms, one finds the highly sophisticated Kandyan dance, which has been associated with state ceremony and religious rituals in and around the historic hill capital of Kandy for several centuries.
Sri Lanka is a cultural land of great diversity. In many facets of life, faith pervades and forms a central part of this diversity. The most easily seen aspects of the cultural landscape are Buddhist and Hindu temples, as well as mosques and churches, with their own colourful rituals. In the cultural mosaic, varying degrees of colonial effect, modernising effects, and wealth and income add other shades.
Trip to Sri Lanka
Kandy: Kandy is a prominent Sri Lankan town located in the very centre of the country. Kandy, a city of both historical and religious significance, is renowned for being the site of the Holiest Tooth Relic Temple, probably the most prominent among all Sri Lankan temples. Many outstanding museums and scenic attractions are also located in Kandy. Kandy was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
The Temple Of The Holy Tooth Relic is the location where the tooth of Lord Buddha, a Buddhist relic venerated throughout the world, is preserved. The remains of the Royal Palace of Kandy are adjacent to the temple; the most impressive features here are the Audience Hall with its exquisitely carved pillars and the Rajah Tusker Hall, dedicated to Rajah, who for fifty years participated in the Kandy Esala Perahera (procession). Situated in the temple complex, the World Buddhist Museum, Kandy National Museum and Sri Dalada Museum have objects related to the history of Buddhism, Kandy and colonial rule.
The beautiful and peaceful 19th-century Kandy Lake and the Udawattekele Sanctuary can be visited, apart from the temple complex. The informative Ceylon Tea Museum and the magnificent Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens are also close to the city, with nearly 4000 floral species.
Places to visit in Sri Lanka
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was launched to provide neglected, wounded and maimed elephants with shelter and nourishment. The philosophy behind this project revolves around the treatment of abandoned baby elephants that, without their mothers, are unable to survive. It helps visitors to ride, pet and play with elephants in the local park.The dogs are very sweet and they spray them with water from the trunk if visitors jump into the water with them.
Arunalu Spice Garden: Arunalu Spice Garden in Matale, Sri Lanka, is one of the most famous spice gardens. To embark on an aromatic journey between the plantations and learn more about their cultivation, tourists have to pay a small entry fee.
The Hingula-based Luckyland Spice Garden produces, cultivates and sells spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper and cardamom commercially. The special curry powder developed with organically grown spices from Sri Lanka is a good purchase. At the Luckyland Spice Garden, tourists can also see ornamental plants such as cacao, saffron and sandalwood.
There are numerous spice plants in the Sirilak Spice and Herbal Botanical Garden, located in Matale. Visitors also learn more about their medicinal benefits through guided tours, in addition to witnessing these plants. Within the garden, there are stores selling organic herbs and spices as well.
Giragama Tea Plantation: Sri Lanka goes hand in hand with its tea plantations. Giragama Tea Plantation, a quaint village renowned for growing tea, stands in the central province of Sri Lanka. One of the first few plantations near Kandy, the heart of Sri Lanka, was Giragama.
Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest tea manufacturers, and this tea estate allows visitors to see how tea is processed by machines indoors. In addition, they can also buy tea from the same location.
The estate stretches over several hectares; it seems as if Giragama Tea Plantation knows no boundaries when you stand at one end. They have estates that are open for walks for tourists; tea production units that display the whole process from how to pluck tea leaves, cleaning and further processing into the finished product; and in-house shops that sell various types of freshly packed tea.
Colombo: The prime city of Sri Lanka is Colombo. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the official capital, is also within Colombo's metropolitan area, so Colombo is also sometimes referred to as Sri Lanka 's capital. The city has a rich heritage of colonisation, and some very scenic and famous attractions as well.
Colombo is arguably the most popular tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The coastal town is a lovely place to spend a few days just relaxing, indulging in the local cuisine, and recreational activities. It has a good set of attractions to serve just this function, such as Galle Face Green, Beira Lake, and Viharamahadevi Park, which are popular picnic spots and also for you to spend some quality time with your loved one.
The town still has many buildings from the colonial era and early history. The colonial masters once used most of the museums you see today. Take the Dutch Museum, for instance, which was originally the residence of the Dutch Governor of Ceylon when it was first constructed. Even the Maritime Museum used to be a Dutch gaol. You'll also find several Buddhist temples in Colombo, the most prominent of which are the Gangaramaya and the Kelaniya Raj Maha Vihara.
Departing from Madurai airport @ 10:15 AM. // Airport can be changed as per your convenience
On arrival Colombo airport @ 11:10 AM.
Pick up from airport and then transfer to the Hotel.
After Lunch at a restaurant, Check in to the Hotel.
Thereafter proceed on a City/ Shopping tour of Colombo, driving through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point.
Drive passed “Pettah” – a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of Humanity, ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples. Visit Hindu temple & drive pass Jumi-UL Alfar Jumma Mosque, Continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall.
Also, visit the ceramics corporation showroom, majestic city shopping complex, House of Fashion, and the Odel unlimited dress boutique.
Dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight stay at Hotel, Colombo.
After Breakfast and then proceed towards Kandy.
En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed.
Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.
Lunch at an restaurant
Check in at the Hotel.
Thereafter proceed on a city tour of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence.
Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary.
Also visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
And also proceed to visit Dalada Maligawa – The Temple of the Tooth Relic in time for the ‘Pooja’.
Thereafter witness a typical Sri Lankan Cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Dinner & Overnight Stay at Royal Classic , Kandy.
After Breakfast leave to Bentota.
Lunch at an restaurant.
Check-in to the hotel.
Rest of the day at Leisure.
Dinner & Overnight Stay at resort, Bentota.
After Breakfast @ Hotel.
Thereafter proceed on a Bentota sightseeing, which is a paradise of unlimited sun, sea and sand. The rest of the Day is at leisure to indulge in various water sports activities to take a picturesque boat trip on the ‘Madhu Ganga’ river.
The primitive life style of the inhabitant of the island of the Madhu River is only a boat ride away.
The boat ride takes us through the thick mangroves and abundant the bird life, to reveal the primitive style of fishing and prawn trapping still practiced by the inhabitants of the islands.
Lunch at a restaurant.
And also visit the Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda which is being operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill are protected here. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast.
The goodwill of Kosgoda area fishermen who bring these eggs gratis to the hatchery has led to the hatching and have released around 100,000 young turtles in only two.
Dinner & Overnight Stay at resort, Bentota.
After Breakfast leave for airport in time for the departure flight.
Then proceed towards Colombo.
Finally drop @ Colombo airport.
Departing from Colombo airport @ 01:40 PM.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
(as per required)
English Speaking Guide *
(As per required)
Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer