Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sri Lanka Tourism - Island of Gems & Beaches

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Around Sri Lanka ...

A Sri Lankan fisherman walks into the water in the Koggala area, Sri Lanka.

Fishermen push their boat ashore as they use the waves to help them get it onto the beach in Unawatuna.

Christian priest holds a small idol of Our Lady of Good Voyage as her main idol lies covered in floral tributes and decorations, right, atop a fishing boat, at a fishing port in Negambo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 19, 2009. Fishermen of the Christian community take out a traditional annual procession of the Lady of Good Voyage from a local church by foot and then later by boat to the ocean, as an expression of thanks for what the community considers her blessings for safe voyage.

Sri Lankan traditional dancers from Budawatta Dance Troupe perform during the launch of "Meet in Sri Lanka" campaign, in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 31, 2009. The campaign is launched by Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry and Sri Lankan airlines to attract tour operators and Indian tourists.

A monkey rests on a wall as another grooms it at the rock fortress ruins in Sigiriya, near Dambulla

Hindu devotees take part in a procession of chariots during the annual Chariot Festival in Wellawattha

Sri Lankan torch bearers wait for festivities to begin on opening night of the annual Kandy Esala Perahera festival Kandy.

Sri Lankan train commuters sit in a railway train coming from Galle and connecting further to Anuradhapura

A Sri Lankan girl peeps from her window as the train rolls out from the railway station in Galle

A Sri Lankan fisherman avoids a wave as he wades into the water to take his place on stilts, south of Galle

Sri Lankan fishermen, also known locally as stick fishermen, sit perched on stilts fixed into the ocean floor as they fish in Koggala area, south of Galle

People sit on the edge of a lookout on the walls of a 16th century Dutch fort as the sun sets in Galle.

A Buddha statue is reflected in a lake at the Tsumani Honganji Vihara in Peraliya, north of Galle. The statue at the Vihara, along the coast, was built with Japanese assistance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

An elephant herd bathes at a river near an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala

An elephant feeds at an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala The elephant orphanage aims to take care of orphaned or abandoned elephants in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The mahouts, or elephant keepers, feed the elephants and take them twice a day to a nearby river for bathing and drinking water.

Three elephants, including one carrying a casket believed to contain a Buddha tooth relic (center), stand in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy

A man displays a 3-day-old green turtle hatching before releasing it into the ocean at a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, north of Galle. Of the world's eight turtle species, Sri Lanka is home to five. Turtle hatcheries along the coast provide a way of earning a living for the people running them and also help combat the poaching of turtle eggs.
Kandyan dancers perform in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy

The shadow of the rock fortress is seen on the forest canopies below, in Sigiriya.

A visitor looks at frescoes on a rock face at the rock fortress in Sigiriya. Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is a popular tourist destination renowned for its ancient fresco paintings.

A fisherman prepares his net for the night at Kandalama Lake, near Dambulla.

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan bowls at a practice session ahead of the second one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in Dambulla.

Sri Lankan officer cadets march at a ceremony for 281 new army officers' graduation at the central hill town of Diyatalawa.

A child holds an oil lamp in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy. The festival features a nightly procession of Kandyan dancers, fire twirlers, traditional musicians and elephants and draws thousands of spectators from around the country.

School children descend the steps as they return after a visit to the rock fortress in Sigiriya. Sigiriya (Lion's rock), an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in central Sri Lanka is a World Heritage Site.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sri Lanka My Second Homeland (Sinhala Song) by Ms Midori Hara (Japanese Lady)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lankapura - Historic Images of Sri Lanka

Images of The Past Sri Lanka (Ceylon) photos archives, featuring an extensive collection of historical photographs of Sri Lanka. This collection includes images from 1850 to 1970. These photographs present a unique view of our past. And mostly every picture contains a small story behind it.
This gallery is a collection from many contributes. You can join to the site and submit your photos as well. The Gallery continas mainly the following titles.

The main official site can be found here.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Scuba Diving

Sri Lankan warm seas house thousands of marine species for the fascination of any scuba diver. The recreational coral reefs around the island range from depth 5-10 meters to 40 meters. Many ancient wrecks, caves and special reef formations will make a diver to experience best of Scuba Diving. The diving centers and training schools are equipped with the latest scuba gear and internationally qualified instructors.

The monsoon cycle in Sri Lanka ensures that one half of the island's coastal waters are always in season for Swimming, snorkeling & diving. Underwater visibility in the season is good and ranges from 50 to 100 feet.
A wide coral reef surrounds Sri Lanka's coast at intervals, from north to south, providing excellent sites for diving and snorkeling. There are 138 species of coral recorded for Sri Lanka. Some of the coral reefs are magnificently colored and beautifully shaped, harbors many tropical fish. Among the most spectacular are the Angel Fish, the dainty Powder-blue Sturgeon, Sergeant-Major, Lion, Unicorn, Clown, Porcupine, and Striped Damsel.

For more information and diving arrangements can be done by contacting dive Sri lanka and contacting .

Navarathri Festival - (Sep-Oct 2009)

Every year, Hindus throughout Sri Lanka join communities around the world in celebrating the nine-day Navarathri festival. To commemorate the nine days and nights that Goddess Durga fought the Asura, she is worshipped in all her innumerable forms, signifying the triumph of good, piety and devotion over evil.
Also referred to as Dasara, prayers are held for first three nights for Goddess Thurgai (bravery), second three nights for Goddess Lakshmi (wealth) and the final three nights for Goddess Saraswathy (education).
In temples throughout the world, including the Veera Pathirakaali Amman Temple in Rajagiriya, Goddess Durga's blessings are invoked. At home, a doll exhibition called kolu is arranged. Ladies visit each others homes to see the kolu, bearing sweets, savoury items and other gifts.

For more infomation read here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Victoria Golf & Country Resort

It's a secret you might not want to share. You might want to keep to yourself the award-winning golf course, the year round temperate tropical climate, the swimming pool, luxury accommodation and warm friendly welcome at the international resort.
Victoria offers a feast for the senses. Wander down fairways lined by majestic Mara Rain Trees, just as two or three white egrets swoop across the landscape; absorb the fragrance of magnificently flowering shrubs, take an evening swim in our infinity pool with unparalleled views of mountains and flowing landscapes, or play a set or two of tennis. Then there is dinner on the Terrace as the sun sets behind the magnificent Knuckles Mountain Range
Readers of Asian Golf Monthly Magazine have voted Victoria Golf & Country Resort as the Best Golf Course on the Sub - Continent for the second time! At the Award Ceremony at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China our Marketing Executive received the award on behalf of Victoria Golf Club. We are very privileged and proud to have won this prestigious award.

The new restaurant ‘the Araliya’ with an indoor seating capacity of 60 diners and patio dining for a further 48, was opened during a gala occasion , by the Hon Minister for Livestock Development, Hon C B Ratanayake, following a golf tournament sponsored by Lexmark. The Robert Turner designed restaurant adds a new modern dimension to the resort, blending into the natural landscape, and providing patrons with spectacular views over the golf course and the Knuckles Ranges in the distance. Patrons members and guests were treated to a spectacular display of Traditional Kandy dancing, while enjoying a sumptuous dinner prepared in the new state of the art kitchen, by Chef Seahan and his staff.

The official website can be found here.

The Galle Literary Festival - 2010

Time to start looking forward to the next Galle Literary Festival!

The Festival will take place 27-31 January 2010, once again in the historic city of Galle, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. We are drawing together an exciting line-up of literary guests and new events – to be revealed on this site from September.

Michael Morpurgo called Galle Literary Festival 2009 ‘the most companionable of all festivals’ and Pico Iyer went into detail: ‘Lush tropical gardens, a mysterious walled city unique in Asia, long lunches with literary superstars and huge crowds of readers from across the globe: is it any wonder that every writer longs for an invitation to the Galle Festival, already one of the literary jewels in Asia's crown?'

At the start of 2009, writers from around the world came together with their Sri Lankan counterparts for five days of conversation and literary sparring in Galle. Festival goers sat with them at intimate lunches and dinners in splendid locations, to take the conversation further. At an evening of Dead Men’s Tales writers spoke about their own literary heroes and over a long breakfast our festival poets played out a conversation in new poetry. Meanwhile the Festival’s children practised their own storytelling, rooted around the history and backstreets of the Fort and set off on pirate adventures.
Visit the Festival Features page of this site for a closer look at what you missed. And rush to tell us what you’d like to see next, at, before the Galle Literary Festival 2010 is here.

World Spice Food Festival – 2009

Culinary skills of some of the world’s best master chefs will be seen at the World Spice Festival, 2009 across Colombo’s reputed hotels, restaurants and cafes flown by courtesy of Sri Lankan Airlines.

Following the success of the first Spice Festival in 2005, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and the HSBC have come together to present this year’s World Spice Food Festival incorporating a “Global Spice Food Village’ to enhance the event that will showcase the culinary expertise from around the world.
The Festival will be an ideal opportunity for tourists who are in transit or holidaying here to enjoy a variety of delectable cuisine ranging from Cuban American, Moroccan, Arabian, Italian, Spanish/Portugese, Chinese Szechuan/Cantonese, Chinese Seafood, Thai, Indonesian Balinese, Korean, Malaysian, Singapore, Japanese, Indian, Pakistan and Sri Lankan specialties.

The above Food festival Scheduled to be held from 6th - 14th November 2009, with the public event “Global Spice Food Village” to be held from 6 to 8th November 2009.

Each designated hotel and restaurant will conduct a food festival for one week with a guest chef taking you through a speciality cuisine. A number of city hotels are enthusiastically looking forward to ensure that the master chefs will be on hand to showcase culinary delights from their part of the globe.

Participating hotels, cafes and restaurants at the “Global Spice Food Village” will be Hilton Colombo, Galle Face Hotel, Galadari, Trans Asia, Cinnamon Grand, Taj Samudra, Ceylon Continental, Holday Inn, Mount Lavinia, Waters Edge, Raja Bojun, Siam House, The Mango Tree,Sizzle Grill, Regina Margharita and Nihon Bashi
Spices and condiments that are used around the world for therapeutic and taste enhancement of food will be on display under one roof to enable visitors to enlighten themselves on the intricacies in producing quality meals.

More information can be found at the official web site here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Train Tours

Go back to the past in our “time machines” witnessing breath taking views and historical locations. We are talking about a railway system that you could only witness in Museums.
Come and be part of these trilling experience. And one of the best places to be by rail is detailed below.

Demodara Station
Demodara railway station is a wonderful design of architecture situated in the Badulla district of the Uva province in Sri Lanka in a distance of 172 miles (276.8 Kilometers) from Colombo with a height of 2990 ft. (911.61 Meters) from the sea level.
The length of the Demodara tunnel which runs beneath the railway station is 1049 ft (320 meters). Construction of the tracks in this nature is known as “looping to loop” as per the idea of late Mr.D.J.Wimalasurendra who was the greatest Sri Lankan engineer to achieve the level difference by maintaining 1:44 which is maximum allowable gradient in Sri Lankan Railways.

The first train arrived at Demodara was in the year of 1921.

For more information check And for travel arrangements contact Sri Lankan Expeditions.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Photos from Hikkafest 2009

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