Kataragama Perahera

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God Kataragama

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God Kataragama is a guardian deity of Sri Lanka. A popular deity who is considered to be very powerful, shrines dedicated to Kataragama deviyo are found in many places of the country. Sinhalese Buddhists believe him also as a divine patron of the Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka. An ancient temple dedicated to God Kataragama, known as Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya.

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Kataragama Devalaya

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Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. People from South India also go there to worship. The town has the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragamadevio. Kataragama is in the Monaragala District of Uva province, Sri Lanka. It is 228 km ESE of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Although Kataragama was a small village in medieval times, today it is a fast-developing township surrounded by jungle in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka. It houses the ancient Kiri Vehera Buddhist stupa. The town has a venerable history dating back to the last centuries BCE. It was the seat of government of many Sinhalese kings during the days of Rohana kingdom. Since the 1950s the city has undergone many improvements with successive governments investing in public transportation, medical facilities, and business development and hotel services. It adjoins the popular Yala National Park.

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Kataragama Perahera

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Kataragama Perahera Festival. The Kataragama Perehera is held in the months of July & August. While elephants take center stage at this parade, regional dance performances burst into view, followed by ceremonial fire walkers, fire eaters, singers, musicians and a myriad of acrobatics and jugglers engulfing the streets in a wave of color and wonderment.

Kandy Perahera

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The number of visitors to the city reaches a spectacular peak in July and August. A courtyard on the south side o the Temple of the Tooth becomes the hub of ornate and frenzied activity during the two-week Perahera. Many dozens of caparisoned elephant, dancers, drummers and other performance come together to parade the sacred tooth relic through the streets. The rituals and ceremony associated with Perahera have persisted for many centuries and have changed remarkably little over this time. the belief among the people is that country will not suffer from famine, revolution or calamity as long as these rituals are perfectly practiced. What ever the quality of the ritual, calamity is likely to come your way if you arrive in Kandy during Perahera without planning ahead. The hole town goes into carnival mode for a fortnight.

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Sinharaja rain forest

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Sinharaja is a lowland tropical rain-forest of global importance showing certain affinities with rain-forest of south and north-east India, Indonesia and Malaysia. As a result of long isolation in the shelter of the central mountains of Sri Lanka, as well as being separated by ocean from other regional rain-forest, Sinharaja displays a high level of endemic in the composition of both its flora and fauna. As such it warrants special protections. Indeed, the bulk of Sri Lanka’s remarkable bio-diversity is concentrated in rain-forest such as Sinharaja, along with those of the peak wilderness and the knuckles range. 22,000 acres in extent, the Sinharaja rain-forest amount to only 10 percent of the remaining forest to only 10 percent of the remaining forest cover of the wet zone of Sri Lanka.

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Elephant back ride

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Elephant Back Ride and Eco Tourism activities are, most harmonies blend distinct cultural and natural elements of its own particular locality. Our Eco tourism has become establish rapidly as one of the most innovative and expert providers of nature based tourism in Asia. Elephants are the great travel companien since ancient time. You can have great opportunity with elephant in elephant riding. While elephant ride you can observe wild life as well as people’s life. With this greatest beast you will have most unforgettable experience in your life time. We can arrange you elephant riding in Sigiriya, Habarana, Minneriya, Kavudulla as well as in vilages you wish to wive while siting on elephant back.

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Water falls

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Baker’s Falls

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Baker’s Falls is a famous waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Horton Plains National Park on a tributary of the Belihul Oya. The height of the Baker’s waterfalls is 20 metres (66 ft). The falls were named after Sir Samuel Baker, who was a famous explorer. Many Rhododendron and Fern bushes can be seen around the waterfall.

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Bambarakanda Falls

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Bambarakanda Falls (also known as Bambarakele Falls) is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. With a height of 263 m (863 ft), it ranks as the 299th highest waterfall in the world. Situated in Kalupahana in the Badulla District, this waterfall is 5km away from the A4 Highway. The waterfall was formed by Kuda Oya, which is a branch of the Walawe River. The Bambarakanda Falls can be found in a forest of pine trees.

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Bopath Ella Falls

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The name “Bopath Ella” has been given to the waterfall because of its shape. The water flows through a narrow gap in the rocks and then widens, forming the shape of a leaf of a “Bo” tree which is the Sinhalese name for sacred fig (Ficus religiosa). “Path” means leaves of a tree and “Ella” means waterfall. Virgin forests with a rich biodiversity surround the waterfall. Bopath Ella is 30 metres (98 ft) high. It is formed from the Kuru Ganga, which is a tributary of the Kalu Ganga. Its mean rate of flow is 6 square metres (65 sq ft) per second, and its catchment area receives an average rainfall of 5,080 millimetres (200 in) annually. Water from the falls is used for paddy cultivation. Bopath Ella is also the most comprehensively studied waterfall in the country.

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Devon Falls

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Devon Falls is a waterfall in Sri Lanka, situated 6 km west of Talawakele, Nuwara Eliya District on A7 highway. The falls is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation is situated nearby the falls. The Waterfall is 97 metres high and ranked 19th highest in the Island. The Falls formed by Kothmale Oya, a tributary of Mahaweli River. Altitude of Devon falls is 1,140m above sea level.

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Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma water falls’ is 220m high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world. It is situated 6 km away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya.

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Dunhinda Falls

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Dunhinda Falls is a waterfall located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Badulla town in Sri Lanka.The Dunhinda Falls is one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful waterfalls.The waterfall, which is 210 feet (64 m) high gets its name from the smoky dew drops spray, (Dun in sinhala means mist or smoke) which surrounds the area at the foot of the waterfall. The water fall is created by the river called Badulu Oya which goes through the Badulla town.

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Hunnas Falls

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Hunnas waterfall is located about 22km from Kandy town, Sri Lanka. However this is located in Matale District, Elkaduwa village. This waterfall is 125ft in height and created by a stream from Hunnasgeria peak. Apart from the main fall several streams can be seen during rainy seasons.

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Ravana Falls

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This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically.

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St. Clair’s Falls

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St. Clair’s Falls is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It is called the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka” and is one of the most politically discussed environmental entities in Sri Lanka. It is situated 3 km west of the town of Talawakele on the Hatton-Talawakele Highway in Nuwara Eliya District. The falls derived its name from a nearby tea estate. The Falls is 80m high and hence 20th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. St. Clair’s falls comprises two falls called “Maha Ella” (Sinhalese “The Greater Fall”) and “Kuda Ella,” (Sinhalese “The Lesser Fall”) which is 50m high and was created by a tributary of Kotmale Oya.

Beaches

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South Coast Beaches – Hikkaduwa

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Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province, about 17 km north-west of Galle and 98 km south of Colombo. Hikkaduwa beach reputed as the second best surfing spot in Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary – located a few hundred meters offshore. The sanctuary has approximately seventy varieties of multi-coloured.

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South Coast Beaches – Weligama

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Is a town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. The name Weligama, literally means “sandy village” which refers to the area’s sandy sweep bay. It is approximately 144 kilometres (89 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 9 metres (30 ft) above the sea level.

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South Coast Beaches – Mirissa

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Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 metres (13 ft) above the sea level. Mirissa’s beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is also a fishing port and one of the island’s main whale and dolphin watching locations.

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East Coast Beaches – Pasikuda

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Is a coastal resort town located about 35 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka. It is a popular tourist destination. Pasikudah is easily accessible from Trincomalee and Batticaloa, both of which cities have star class accommodation.

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East Coast Beaches – Trincomalee

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Is a coastal resort town located about 16 km North-West of Trincomalee, Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka. It is a popular tourist destination.

Safari & national parks

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Minneriya National Park

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Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The national park’s faunal species include 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies.

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Kaudulla National Park

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Kaudulla National Park is a national park on the island of Sri Lanka located 197 kilometres (122 mi) away from the largest city, Colombo. It was designated a national park on April 1, 2002 becoming the 15th such area on the island. The faunal species recorded in the park include 24 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 160 species of bird. In the drought period Sri Lankan Elephants move to the Minneriya tank to drink and feed. Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Chevrotain, Wild boar, Sri Lankan Leopard, and Sloth Bear are other mammals found in the park. Kaudulla National Park is also one of the sites in which the Gray Slender Loris is reportedly found in Sri Lanka.

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Udawalawa National Park

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Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. Udawalawe is an important habitat for Sri Lankan elephants, which are relatively easy to see in its open habitats. Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the Udawalawe reservoir, with a herd of about 250 believed to be permanently resident.

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Yala National Park

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Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.

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Wasgamuwa National Park

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Wasgamuwa National Park is a natural park in Sri Lanka situated in the Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts. The name of the Wasgamuwa has derived through the words “Walas Gamuwa”. “Walasa” is Sinhala for Sloth bear and “Gamuwa” means a wood. The park is situated 225 km away from Colombo. Wasgamuwa National Park exhibits one of the highest biodiversity among the protected areas in Sri Lanka. More than 150 floral species have recorded from the park.

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Wilpattu National Park

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The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. 31 species of mammals have been identified.

What to eat

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The spices and Herbs used for flavor, aroma and Medicinal properties derive a special value from the said factors. Sri Lankan cooking has evolved around the staple rice. The national meal is not referred to as “curry” but as “rice and curry” which gives credit in descending order, for a Sri Lankan will sit in front of a mountainous plate of rice to which is added small spoonfuls of curries, meat or vegetable, along with spoonfuls of various pickles or sambols. More than 15 varieties of rice are grown on the island to long-grained basmati and the red kakuluhaal, a nutty strain with as much flavor as the camargue red rice so much in demand in Europe. the fully cooked rice has the highly spiced accompaniments rubbed into it and each mouthful is gently massaged to mix the flavors.

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Elephant orphanage

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The elephant population is a major feature of Sri Lanka and, although endangered in the 1960s, is now protected and a regular sight on the island. Elephant in the wild live in tight-knit family herds of no more than 15, headed by an elderly female. Although elephants family ties are strong, it is common for ageing males to take voluntary retirement from the herd so that the females mate only with the virile younger bulls. The Pinnawella elephant orphanage providers most visitors with the best chance of seeing a large numbers of elephant at close quarters. The animals are free to roam around the sanctuary but come together at specific bath and feeding times.

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Golf club

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Oldest of the courses, the royal Colombo golf club, lie about a 20 minute drive from the center of the capital in pleasant surroundings. The course stretches over 6,000 yards and has well placed sand traps and water hazards to make most golfers think twice before making their club selection. Colombo is the most forgiving of the three courses but can be very challenging fron the back tees, especially during windy conditions. The 200-yard par three 13th holes is the toughest, have to hit over a long body of water to an elevated green surrounded by bunkers. The next challenge lies in Nuwara Eliya, which is a five six-hour drive from Colombo. Being 5,000 feet above sea level the playing conditions are comfortable, especially in the dry season. During the day the temperature varies from 15-20 degrees Celsius and you feel on top of the world. The fairways are the best of any course in Sri Lanka, lush and springy.

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