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Sri Lankas history, rich in spices, began over 2,500 years ago. In the 16th century Ceylon, as it was then known, was discovered by Portuguese who soon began trading in cinnamon and other spices. The Dutch and British followed bringing with them their own history and influences, forming a strong western presence which created a history of food expressed with spices which can be tasted in the dishes today. The Spices which are a vital part of Sri Lankan food are used by her people with such ease, creating

The gems of Sri Lanka are woven in to his history. The Mahavansa, the ancient chronicle of Sri Lanka to mentioned about gems and jewellery. Indeed, the Lord Buddha himself is sad to have had to come to Sri Lanka from India to settle a dispute between two kings, Chulodara and Mahodara, over a throne of gems. King Solomon is reported to have had jems brought from this island to win the heart of beautiful Queens. The great traveler, Marco Polo, Was said to have been so awe

Handicrafts Objects carved in a mood , made of brass and silver, decorated with lacquer , hand woven cloth and lace, beautiful reed mats , attractive batiks , pottery mask are among the handicraft items made by the traditional  craftsmen of Sri Lanka , These  are  available in the government handicraft emporium called  ‘Laksala’ in Colombo and its branches in major outstation cities and towns and in numerous privately owned handicraft shops . Wood Carving Wood carving is practiced by traditional craftsmen in the Kandyan region and Galle. Religious and secular

Sri Lanka is blessed with innumerable waterfalls. In fact the island nation has highest waterfalls density (number of waterfalls per unit area) in the world. There are some 103 rivers and streams in Sri Lanka. Radiating from the hills, fed by two half-yearly monsoons, these rivers rush down the rocky precipices and form spectacular waterfalls. Only some of these picturesque waterfalls can be viewed with ease, while others are located inside thick forests and around tea plantations. Bambarakanda Ella: Bambarakanda Ella is the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka with

Stilt fishing, has been a traditional fishing practice found among the fishing communities in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. Once prevalent in a limited number of localities including Induruwa, Koggala, Kumbalgama, Aranwala, Midigama, Thalarambe and Kathaluwa, stilt fishing has now spread deeper and further into the South of Sri Lanka as far as Weligama. Fishermen seated on a stilt, made by attaching a wide bar to a large wooden pole carrying a rudimentary fishing rod is a permanent fixture of the scene that cannot be missed when traveling

Traditional Kandyan dances include the cobra dance, mask dance, the Ginisila, showing power over fire. The entire frenetic and colourful spectacle climaxes with the amazing fire-walking act. All four men are dressed similarly with a white turban-like headdress with colorful ribbon adorning it and what looks like a red feather at the back. They have long earrings and a wide and ornate collar which drapes over their shoulders and ends in a triangular point at the top of their chest. Below this, they wear a red bodice, trimmed with

A visit to the Royal Botanical Garden Paradeniya near Kandy, Hakgala Gardens near Nuwara Eliya and Botanical Gardens Gampaha will pay rich dividends. To the botanist, this is indeed a land of plenty. The diversified climate allows for the growth of tropical as well as sub-tropical trees. The luxuriant undergrowth and tall majestic trees of the wet-zone tropical forest contrast with the arid scrub land and talipot palms of the dry north. In the hills, vegetation varies from the almost treeless patnas of Horton Plains to the dark

Over one thousand kilometers of palm fringed sandy beaches encircle the Island. Sri Lanka is never out of season for a beach holiday. The beach resorts in the West Coast, South Coast and the East Coast are the most popular with people who enjoy taking a dip in the warm waters and relaxing on the sandy beach. MT.LAVINIA: Eleven kilometers south from Colombo along the road to Galle is the beach resort of Mt.Lavinia. the sea is safe for bathing and is a popular bathing spot with clean sandy

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