Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in many joys. The majestic beasts, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain, rich with bird life. All of these add up to bring about memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is one of the most renowned exotic destinations in the world and what makes this place even more amazing is the fact that you can enjoy a lot of water related activities there such as kite surfing, snorkeling and others. Going for kite surfing is a lot of fun and if you visiting the country anytime soon. The exotic destination of Kalpitiya, is perfect for kite surfing in Sri Lanka, with super spots for surfers of all levels, from beginners to professional free styles.
The Muthurajawela Marshes are situated just south of Negombo and cover an area of approximately 6,000 hectares, inclusive of the Negombo lagoon. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean into the wetland, and the continuous mixing of these two waters over thousands of years has led to a brackish, integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. A variety of mangroves and other types of flora including medicinal plants are found alongside numerous types of birds, butterflies and fish, some of which are endemic. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the python, are also native.
Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to marine life and a vast number of different birds, and Sri Lanka is now one of the best places in the world to see whales, including the mighty blue whale. With 12% of the country designated for wildlife protection, it is easy to get a taste of Sri Lankan wildlife: safari parks and sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, offer the easiest way to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered leopard; take your time as you watch the elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon, or walk quietly along the beaches of the west and south coast near to marine turtles as they lay their eggs.
Yoga has a deep-rooted history in the island. Yoga in Sri Lanka is practiced widely in Ashrams and retreats and now in a growing number of hotels, guesthouses, eco-retreats, and holiday villas around the island, often in conjunction with guided meditation sessions and Ayurveda therapies. My Vacation Lanka is able to offer advice on the best Yoga retreats in the island, and we also have a Yoga-focused holiday for those who wish to immerse themselves in the practice more completely.
Sri Lankan cuisine is very distinctive, an exotic blend of tastes and aromas enriched by ethnic diversity and centuries of interaction with outside settlers. From early Arab traders to the European colonisers, Sri Lankan food has a wide range of international influences and is rich in flavour and variety. From rice and curry – a meal with a deceptively simple name that incorporates seven separate dishes, from curries to sambols – to the ever-popular string hoppers served hawker-style on the streets, something to please everyone can be found here.
Whale Watching. The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka.
Snorkeling is the best way to view underwater life in the shallow seas of Sri Lanka. The snorkeling gear can be bought or rented in the area. Almost every beachside shop has them. Snorkeling helps view the corals and shoals of fish without damaging them.
You can also see the colorful live corals that live somewhat deeper. This is because even though the corals in the area are protected now the ones closer to the beach and surface have died out due human carelessness.
The island of Sri Lanka is a paradise for scuba diving's lovers. There are many exceptional wrecks, dazzling coral reefs and, of course, an extremely rich marine life and flora.
Sri Lanka is a very special hiking destination. There are trails for all sorts of experience, from easy walks to more intense treks. Sri Lanka also has over 400 waterfalls, a visit to which is included in plenty of hikes. Here are some of the best hiking and trekking trails in Sri Lanka. Horton Plains Ella rock Little adam's peak Adams Peak Knuckles rage Sinharaja rain forest Pidurangala Lipton's seat Meemure
Meeting the country folk and the wildlife gives you a better understanding of the country which is why the Hiriwadunna Village Tour is organized. Visit Hiriwadunna, a village where trees outnumber people 1 to 100 and enjoy a trek across natural trails, a catamaran boat trip and a bullock cart ride. Then head to Minneriya National Park for a wildlife safari and a chance to spot a variety of animals and bird life.
Handicraft of woodcarving in Sri Lanka has a long history. The tradition of woodcarving in Sri Lanka is manifested at Lankatilaka Temple and Embekke Devale at Kandy. At these temples, miniature replicas of the low-relief wood carving done by the traditional woodcarvers can be bought at fair prices. The three dimensional carvings of ebony elephants, Buddha are popular in Sri Lanka. Wood-carved decorative panels are used widely in Sri Lanka in the trade of interior decoration too.
A wide range of handicraft items made of wood combine utility and beauty adding elegance to your lifestyle. wall hangings, fancy jewelry, figurines, sculpture, lacquer products, gift boxes, toys, educational items for pre-school children, household items are some of the woodcraft items produced in Sri Lanka.
The Batik industry in Sri Lanka is a small scale industry which can employ individual design talent and creativity. Its economic benefit is profit from dealing with foreign customers. It is now the most visible of the island's crafts with galleries and factories, large and small, having sprung up in many tourist areas.
Gemstone mining in Sri Lanka is mostly from secondary deposits. The gravels yield sapphire, ruby, cat's-eye and other chrysoberyls, spinel, garnet, beryl, tourmaline, topaz, quartz, and many other gemstones. Sri Lanka's gem-bearing gravels, called illam, are some of the richest in the world.
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by the white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.
Ayurveda is an ancient authentic medical system which originated in India, more than 5000 years ago. In Sri Lanka, it is practiced in harmony with Sri Lankan Traditional Medicine, which evolved from the prehistoric eras and currently regarded as Sri Lanka Ayurveda, with a distinct identity, different from Indian Ayurveda.
This form of dance has developed from the period of Kandyan kings and today is regarded as the national dance of Sri Lanka. The dance imitates movements of animals as there are dancing of elephant and peacock, for example, and also depicts scenes of Ramayana epic or stories of kings and heroes. The costumes of Kandyan dancers are striking; male dancers wear a skirt-like garment with their bare chests decorated with exquisitely silver regalia and spectacular headgear; silver bangles are also worn on the arms and ankles. The performance is companied with hectic rhythms of drums called “gata beraya”.
Gregory Lake was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the vistors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time. Graory lake gets crowded during the April tourist season.
Madu River is a wetland, near the Small town "Balapitiya" along the Colombo Galle highway. This is the point where the Estuary of the Madu river. The river flows through a terrain where it creates a large number of islands, and the eco system creates a beautiful wetland. The hotels around provide boat rids through the canals created at a good cost. And there are loads of places to stay, dine and wine.