Sri Lanka Travel Guide
Sri Lanka is a diverse multicultural country with a prestigious history impacted by centuries of foreign influence. Its bountiful natural riches and unending miles of golden beaches make it one of Asia’s ultimate tropical Paradises. Nothing compares to the comfort and hospitability you will get when you book with Asiapacifichotels.com.au, come and let’s make your vacation the most memorable ever.
Festivals in Sri Lanka
Life on the island is filled with numerous celebrations and Festivals. Currently, 25 public holidays are listed on the calendar comprising of different religious festivals celebrated by Christians, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindu and other public holidays like Independence Day and May Day. There are also temple festivals and minor religious holidays observed in different locations on the island. Sri Lanka claims to have the highest number of festivals in the world, this however remains unverified.
Buddhist festivals are the most important of all religious festivals in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of drummers, acrobats and dancers together with elephants in colorful clothes storm the streets in Kandy and Colombo on the day of the great peraheras. The Poya day holidays are also observed every full moon.
The Poya days consist of 12 public holidays with Vesak being the most important and one of the most notable festivals on the island. Buddhist festivals including Poya days typically vary by a week or two each year because they follow the lunar calendar.
Important Hindu festivals include the Vel festival held in Colombo, the great temple festival of Jaffna and the north and the Kataragama festival –where devotees of Skanda puncture their skin with skewers and walk on hot coals to show devotion to the gods.
Muslim and Christian festivals sometimes draw a crowd but are usually more private. There are also numerous festival that break ethnic and religious boundaries forming a blend of different faiths and attracting visitors from different religious backgrounds.
The Veddhas were the first humans to inhabit Sri Lanka between 16,000 to 125,000BC. Streams of immigrants who were to become the ancestors of modern Shihalese arrived the island around the 4th century BC. Tamils who currently make about 18% o Sri Lanka migrated into the country in the 10th century AD even though a few of them already settled in the north and East of the Island in the 3rd century BC.
Galle Fort’s atmospheric streets
Feel the historic ambience as you stroll the quiet streets of Galle Forte, an intact colonial time capsule with Dutch-era mansions surrounded by the waves of the Indian ocean and archaic chain of ramparts and bastions.
Traditional Dance in romantic Kandy
You should visit the cultural capital of Sri Lanka that hosts a perfect collection of palaces, Buddhist temples and a beautiful spot surrounded by the central hills on the island.
Elephants at Pinnawela
Make a stop at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage that houses the largest troupe of captive elephants in the world, from the cute newborns to the old tuskers.
Buddhist art at Polonnaruwa
Feed your eyes with the finest collection of Sri Lanka’s ancient art and architecture, like the elegant Statues of Gal Vihara which is made from rock and the adorned temples of the Quadrangle.