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Sri Lankan Beaches
Sri Lankan Beaches
October 31, 2018

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied

~SEA FEVER, JOHN MASEFIELD


There is something about the beach and its sea that draws people in. The tranquility and the rush of excitement is something to be relished. Sri Lanka as an island is blessed with some of the finest beaches in the world. One of the best things about Sri Lanka’s beaches is that; while it could be pouring on one coast,...

Habarana the Sri Lankan safe haven
Habarana the Sri Lankan safe haven
November 07, 2018

When travelling along the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa, that small city you find yourself drawn to will be Habarana. Even though it is not a destination in itself, Habarana city is a safe haven for most tourists as it holds some of the best hotels the country offers.
Being in close vicinity to many places with that of cultural...

Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery
November 17, 2018

The Second World War is by far the most gruesome time that history has ever recorded. Unlike the other battles between powerful countries, the First and the Second World War affected almost every country that was then under the British and other European colonies.

Their name liveth for evermore

The Kandy war cemetery (formerly known as Pitakande...

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Ancient city of Anuradhapura
Ancient city of Anuradhapura
November 21, 2018

Without doubt the era of the Kingdom of Anuradhapura is one of the most important time periods in the history of Sri Lanka. The era began with the rule of King Pandukhabaya in 337 BC and ends with the reign of King Kassapa VII in 1055 AD.

Now a World Heritage Site, this ancient city of Anuradhapura is considered sacred to the Buddhist world. It is recorded in history that the kings and queens of the late Anuradhapura period...

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
November 29, 2018

The Pinnawala orphanage is the first ever animal orphanage that was dedicated to the care and protection of the majestic beasts that are elephants. Established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1975, the priority of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has always been to feed, nurture and house orphaned baby and adult elephants found lost in the wilderness. In most of these scenarios, the mother of the baby elephant has been killed or there have been accidents of elephants...

Kandy
Kandy
December 07, 2018

As the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, the Kandyan city boasts history and culture, and the tourists that visit Sri Lanka always make it a point to stop by this beautiful city. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka, and houses some of the best hotels in the island.
There are many sites in Kandy that attracts and draws tourists in. They vary from cultural and religious significance to the history and beauty, the Kandyan Kingdom offers.

Most interesting places to see in Kandy:

The 9 arch bridge
The 9 arch bridge
December 13, 2018

If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka and love hiking, then Ella should definitely be on your bucket list. Being a major tourist spot in Sri Lanka, Ella offers breathtaking views and great hikes for tourists.

The nine arch bridge, located between Ella and Demodara stations is one of the most unique attractions in Sri Lanka. The bridge with its b...

Intriguing Jaffna
Intriguing Jaffna
December 20, 2018

Home to Sri Lankan Tamil culture, Jaffna is one of the most rewarding places to visit in Sri Lanka. From the imposing Hindu temples to the stretches of scenic coastline, Jaffna offers many interesting places for curious travelers.


Following are some of the most intriguing places in Jaffna:


Jaffna Fort

Built using cut blocks of coral that can be clearly seen in the blocks; the Jaffna fort is the second largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka. The southern side of the fort is bou...

World's End Sri Lanka
World's End Sri Lanka
December 27, 2018

One of the most exhilarating adventures Sri Lanka offers is the World’s End at Horton Plains National Park, Nuwara Eliya. The park itself is a spectacular view with its montane grassland and cloud forest; however, the sheer cliff with a drop of 4000ft at the end of the Horton Plains plateau is what makes...

The Sri Lankan Culture
The Sri Lankan Culture
January 03, 2019

The culture of Sri Lanka is distinctive and contributes to the identity of the country. With religion playing an important role in molding the customs and traditions of Sri Lanka, the country’s close connectivity with neighboring India and the colonization by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British has brought forth a burst of colorful cultural diversity.

Having customs and rituals passed down from generation to generation for more than 2000 years, Sri Lanka has become one of the main tourist attractions, popular for its...

Thai Pongal Celebrations In Sri Lanka
Thai Pongal Celebrations In Sri Lanka
January 14, 2019

One of the most cherished festivities celebrated by the Sri Lankan Tamils; this year’s Thai Pongal lands on the 15th of January, marking it the first day of the month of Thai on the Tamil traditional calendar. Thai Pongal is a thanksgiving ceremony where the farmers show gratitude to the spirits, the sun and the far...

7 Best things to do in Nuwara Eliya
7 Best things to do in Nuwara Eliya
January 18, 2019

Popularly known as the Little England of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is one of the most serene and must-visit places in the island. Located in the central highlands, the road that leads to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo via Kandy offers some of the most scenic and beautiful views of the country together with tea plantations, vegetable plots and green hills.

Nuwara Eliya gives off a British country village vibe with its pretty rose gardens, red telephone boxes and colonial bungalows. Tourists...

Bentota
Bentota
January 24, 2019

Located in the southwestern coastal belt of the island, Bentota with its pristine sand and wide blue ocean is one of the most visited and popular beaches in Sri Lanka. Famous for its watersports during the October to April season, Bentota offers a wide range of activities from swimming, body surfing and diving to je...

Sri Lanka Independence Day
Sri Lanka Independence Day
February 01, 2019

Sri Lanka celebrates 71 years of Independence on the 4th of February 2019. After being under the British and colonial rule; this long and hard won victory is celebrated nationwide with beautiful displays of dances, cultural performances, parades and with every household hoisting the Sri Lankan flag.


EUROPEAN INVATIONS

In 1505, with the Portuguese fleet commanded by Lourenco de Almeida landing...

Sigiriya
Sigiriya
February 09, 2019

The Lion Rock of Sri Lanka is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the country, drawing hundreds of tourists from around the world every year. The now UNESCO listed world heritage site, was first used as a monastery during the 3rd century BC and was eight centuries later, turned into a royal palace. <...

The Adam’s Peak
The Adam’s Peak
February 15, 2019

Adam’s peak is one of the best mountain treks Sri Lanka offers, however the 5500-step climb can be quite the challenge. The climb, typically started in the middle of the night comes to an end with the breathtaking view of the sunrise over the mountain peaks, and gives a mysterious view of the triangular shadows cast by the mountain.
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Galle
Galle
February 21, 2019

One of the most welcoming coastal towns in Sri Lanka, Galle offers a picturesque view and a wide range of activities for tourists to enjoy. Built during the early European Invasions, Galle was a major trading port and is today a UNESCO listed world heritage site that has become famous for its Dutch Fort. With...

Lovers Leap Waterfall
Lovers Leap Waterfall
March 01, 2019

As one of the many impressive waterfalls found in Nuwara Eliya, the 30m high cascading waters of the Lovers Leap falls has become a popular tour destination, due to the beauty and romantic folklore surrounding it. The mystic fall tells the story of a prince who, while hunting, gets lost in the wood...

Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Sinhala and Tamil New Year
March 08, 2019

Tourists who visit Sri Lanka during the month of April are rewarded with the bursting merriments and the vibrant colors of the Sinhalese and Tamils celebrating New Year’s. Even though many countries welcome their New Year on the 01st of January, Sri Lanka along with a few other countries follow different calendars with varied New Years.

The Sinhala and Tamil new year celebrations (Aluth Avurudda or P...

8 Best things to do in Trincomalee
8 Best things to do in Trincomalee
March 15, 2019

As opposed to the buzzing noise of the southern coast, Trincomalee with its beautiful white sand and swaying palm trees offers a more quiet and serene experience for beach lovers. Being one of the finest natural harbors in the world, the old city of Trinco found on the east coast of the island is charming, affordable and is full of interesting people and places to see.

Things to do in Trinco:

Nilaveli Beach
Nilaveli with its soothing turquoise waters can be easily listed as one o...

Hummanaya
Hummanaya
March 23, 2019

“the hoarse gurgling roar gathers in volume, then suddenly a pillar of water churned into a dazzling whiteness gushes out somewhere up the cliff and for the moment you stand aghast”
– R.L. Brohier, Seeing Ceylon 1965


The Hummanaya blowhole found in the Hambantota district is one of Sri Lan...

Yala Wildlife
Yala Wildlife
April 01, 2019

For those safari lovers out there, the Yala National Park offers a massive forest and grasslands to spot Sri Lanka’s fauna. Known to have a higher leopard density than anywhere else in the world, the National Park has the telltale signs of a lost civilization that makes the safari both an intriguing and...

Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla Cave Temple
April 08, 2019

Eight of Sri Lanka’s most visited places have been listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. Among them is the beautiful and ancient rock temple complex of Dambulla. Widely known as the Ran Giri or the Golden Temple for its gilded interior and intricate paintings, Dambulla is the largest and best preserved cave temple...

7 Most Amazing Foods to Try in SL
7 Most Amazing Foods to Try in SL
April 11, 2019

Almost all of Sri Lanka’s food is made with generous doses of spices and traditional recipes altered, blended and made better with time. As a tropical island, Sri Lanka has no shortage of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, coconuts and precious spices; and the mouthwatering aroma and the even better taste of the Sri Lankan cuisine speaks for it.

With its pristine beaches, heritage sites and beautiful tea estates, Sri Lanka is truly a pearl, and if you’re visiting don’t leave the count...

Hiriketiya Sri Lanka's Hidden Gem
Hiriketiya Sri Lanka's Hidden Gem
April 24, 2019

Located on the southern coast of the island, the horseshoe bay of Hiriketiya can be classified as a well-known secret. Well-known among the locals and tourists who venture from the sleepy beach of Dickwella to the Hiriketiya Bay, and a secret to be discovered by those who don’t. Hiriketiya with its great...

Explore Sri Lanka by Rail
Explore Sri Lanka by Rail
April 26, 2019

The train ride in Sri Lanka can easily be identified as one of the best in the world, and is a main highlight in the country. The railways was first built by the British in 1864 as an arrangement to transport coffee and tea from the Hill Country to Colombo. Today the Sri Lankan railway is a complex and efficient network that takes cargo an...

Sri Lankan Flea Markets
Sri Lankan Flea Markets
May 04, 2019

The best way of interacting with Sri Lankans and getting an insight into their daily lives would be to visit the flea markets. Buzzing with locals selling, buying and bargaining their fresh produce, crafts and spices; the Sri Lankan flea markets are especially crowded and thriving in the early mornings and late afternoons.

The best and must visit flea markets in the country:


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Vesak Celebrations In Sri Lanka
Vesak Celebrations In Sri Lanka
May 08, 2019

One of the biggest days in the Buddhist world, Vesak is a cultural and religious festival celebrated around the world in Buddhist dominated countries. Recognized as Buddha’s day, Vesak is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Lord...

Alagalla Hike
Alagalla Hike
May 16, 2019

One of the most rewarding hikes for the seasoned traveler is the Alagalla Mountain Range. Bordering the Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces of the country, the mountain range is famous for its historic significance, panoramic views and the adventurous hike.

The Alagalla mountain range gets its name from the potato shaped rock found at the peak. The 3740 ft. high su...