Ceylon the then called Sri Lanka homes for the kaleidoscopic view of rich cultural heritages aged from Vedic period to the bliss of flora and fauna in the 21st century. Along the bay of scenic beaches, wildlife in the soaring jungles and the essence of rich culture and its diversity is prevailing across the length and breadth of the country. The land of serene smiles for which it is famed for across the globe is now being ignored for various reasons, stating from international political issues, Sri Lankan civil war and divesting Tsunami which effected the major part of tourism of the island country.
The scenic beauty of Sri Lanka appears like a rainbow on earth with beautiful landscapes, lush forests & gushing water falls. The nature of this magical island changes along the country from tropical forests on part to the carpets of paddy and green tea gardens. It has pristine beach bums along the coastline offering various thrill and adventurous drives. Some of the beaches include TangUlla, Arugam bay & Bentota with varying options of food and stay to explore the undiscovered paradise.
Scuba diving and surfing are the famous beach water sports in the country apart from the emerging new sports as white water rafting, kayaking & canoeing. The adventure of Sri Lanka can be felt by feet beneath the rocks under the sea to the multitude of mountains reaching the clouds amidst the sun. The nature of Sri Lanka doesn’t complete without its wildlife endemism. The country boasts land and oceanic species along with the endangered ones. It is the home for famous Sri Lankan Asian Elephant. The country has the highest amphibian species with huge density in Sinharaja rain forest.
The rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka from the age of epic Ramayana to the period of Gautama Buddha, holds some of the world’s ancient cities, architectures & monuments. Anuradhapura and Digamdulla are some of the ancient cities where Anuradhapura is one of the most sacred temple of world Buddhists. Sri Lanka homes for eight world heritage sites which include; hill capital Kandy, The sacred city of Anuradapura, The Dutch fort of Galle, The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, The rock fortress of Sigiriya, The golden rock temple of Dambulla, The beautiful Horton plains and The Singharaja rain forest. The cultural diversity can easily be noted from giant statues of Lord Buddha at North central part of the country to colorful Hindu temples at Northern part of Sri Lanka. The rich cultural diversity of different races, religions & communities is cherished along the year by different festivals and celebrations making Sri Lanka the country with more number of festivals and holidays. The Sinha-Tamil New Year in April is a major cultural festival of the country remarking the beginning of the New Year along with Vesak an important religious celebration where Buddhists celebrate the enlightenment and passing away of lord Buddha.
The Kandy Esala Perahera or the Dalanda Perahera is the largest cultural parade in the world and showcases the best of Sri Lankan dancing and music and the best of the domesticated tuskers in the country. There three major dance forms of Sri Lanka resembling there culture ; Kandyan dancing, Low country dancing and sabaragamuwa dancing.
Sri Lanka has been the renowned place for spices to the world, the aura of Sri Lankan nativity can be much found in their cuisine. Rice being the main course food it is cooked and served in different styles with a tinge of their nativity to make it delicious. Some of the food includes kottu, kiribath, lamprais, pittu along with passion fruit juice being popular in the country. Traditionally the food will be served in plantain leaves in most of the parts of the country.
Relaxation and rejuvenation can be experienced to both heart and mind by Buddhist way of mediation and native healing system; it deals with right concentration, right views and right mindfulness. Apart from the luxurious shopping ambience in Colombo, Sri Lanka is the land for many native hand crafts such as makara, silver ware, lacquer ware, wood carvings, batiks (cloth made by using manual wax resist dye technique), cane works and lace works. Precious stones such as blue sapphire, cat eye, garnets, moon stones, topazes, spinets and aquamarines are commonly found.
This vibrant geography along with the colorful mixture of different races of people and their eternal values & tastes makes the dusk and dawn of the island country much more picturesque and makes intent for everyone to mark their foot mark on this island.
The pearl of the Indian Ocean by which Sri Lanka is acclaimed worldwide, a “Land like no other”, by which Sri Lanka tourism promotes it country, need to be wide spread along all the corners of the globe. After the hasty civil & political situations of sri lanka ending in 2009, the stagnated tourism field has started resurgence slowly. The marking of Sri Lanka in ‘New york times’ 46 places to visit in 2013, show the potential of the country even in the hard times. The panorama of the bliss and the blessings of the nature along with a cultural diversity & affordable budget can only be experienced in the island nation Sri Lanka.