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SRI LANKA ”Pearl of the Orient”

Srilanka

Nine day trip to Colombo and Bentota

Bentota is a seaside resort at the mouth of the river of the same name. It’e a great place to relax, take in the sun and sights and get your own personal taste of Sir Lanka.

 

Useful Information 

 

 

   Shopping

What you can buy 

What you can buy – gems, finished garments, batiks, tea and handicrafts are popular shopping itineraries among the tourists. Handlooms fabric materials, leather products, furniture, reproduction of antiques, jewellery and ceramic are also popular with visitors of fine taste. Also notable is the lacquer work where you can get items like ash trays, teapoys, ornamental pots, jewellery boxes paterned in a unique style. Where you can buy – modern shopping complexes, malls, traditional and night markets and Gem Exchange in Colombo houses many Gem dealers, also check out the Pettah bazaar district 

 

 

  Events

 

 

 

The Kandy Esala Perahera (July/August) is the country’s most important and spectacular pageant, with 10 days of torch-bearers, whip-crackers, dancers and drummers, not to mention elephants lit up like giant birthday cakes. It climaxes in a great procession honouring the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy. Second in importance is the Duruthu Perahera (January), held in Colombo, which celebrates a visit by Buddha to Sri Lanka. Other celebrations include National Day (February), which is celebrated with parades, dances and national games; New Year (March/April), celebrated with elephant races, coconut games and pillow fights; Vesak (May), a sacred full moon festival commemorating the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha; the Hindu Vel Festival (July/August) in Colombo, where the ceremonial chariot of Skanda, the God of War, is hauled between two temples; and the predominantly Hindu Kataragama Festival (July/August) in Kataragama, where devotees put themselves through a whole gamut of ritual masochism. Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights symbolising the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word `Deepawali’ literally means rows of clay lamps.

 

   Places of Intrest

  

 

 

Uda Walawe National Park best rivals the savanna reserves of Africa, with its elephants, buffalo, sambar deer and leopards. The 12m standing Aukana Buddh dates to the 12th or 13th centuary. Aukana means ‘sun-eating’, and dawn, when the first rays light up the huge statue’s finely-carved features, is the best time to see it. Kandy, the historical bastion of Buddhist power, is built around a peaceful lake and set in a picturesque bowl of hills. It has a distinctive architectural character and the town centre is a delightful compendium of old shops, buses, markets and hotels. Culture buffs shouldn’t miss the National Museum, which has a good collection of historical works, the Art Gallery, which focuses on portraiture and temporary exhibits by local artists, and the city’s many mosques and Buddhist and Hindu temples. The Cultural Triangle, synonymous with archeological and religious heritage of the country.

 

   Sports and Leisure

  

 

  

Popular things to do in Sri Lanka would include canoeing and kayaking, white water rafting, hiking and trekking and rock climbing. For those with a less adventurous spirit, consider taking a hot air ballon ride or following the National Cycle Trail. Ever since Sri Lanka became World Champion in 1996, cricket has been an obsession for Sri Lankans. If you’re willing to try, new facilities are being developed in the vicinity of the nation’s international sports stadiums in Colombo, Kandy, Galle and most recently in Dambulla. For the golfers, there are various clubs with holes ranging up to 18.

 

   Out and About

 

Most Sri Lankan towns, except the larger cities like Colombo and Kandy, are rather low on entertainment. In large hotels, there will often be nightclubs; some hotels, clubs and other venues also offer cultural per formances by traditional artistes.

 

 

 

 

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