It is largely Roman Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every stret. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo scenery. Negombo first flourished as a center for cinnamon production in Sri Lanka. The cinnamon industry in Negombo was initiated by the Portuguese and subsequently attended to by the Moors. After the Portuguese were defeated by the Dutch in 1640, the Cinnamon business was kept as an key aspect of the region 2019s economy. However, by the time the British took over in 1796, the industry was in decline. Another point of interest in Negombo is the Old Dutch fort, which was built in 1672. It is situated near the shore and offers a glimpse into the colonization history of Negombo.
Leave to the cultural triangle region.
Check in to your hotel. Relax & overnight at hotel.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilisation. The Civilization which was built upon this city was one of the greatest civilizations of Asia and in the world. The city now a UNESCO heritage site, Founded in the 4th century BC it was the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom till the beginning of the 11th century AC. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. It was also a wealthy city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. The ruins consist of three classes of buildings, dagobas, monastic buildings, and pokunas. The dagobas are bell-shaped masses of masonry, varying from a few feet to over 1100 ft (340 m) in circumference. Some of them contain enough masonry to build a town for twenty-five thousand inhabitants. Remains of the monastic buildings are to be found in every direction in the shape of raised stone platforms, foundations and stone pillars. The most famous is the Brazen Palace erected by King Dutugamunu about 164 BC. The pokunas are bathing-tanks or tanks for the supply of drinking water, which are scattered everywhere through the jungle. The city also contains a sacred Bo-Tree, which is said to date back to the year 245 BC.
The city of Dambulla is situated in the Matale District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka,
Major attractions of the city include the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka; there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, famous for being built in just 167 days. The city also boasts to have the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest or Namal Uyana.
Polonnaruwa is the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka. In the 11th Century the capital was moved from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa, as it was hoped that this new residence in such a difficult accessible area would be better protected from the notorious raids from the Indian Sub-Continent As a result Polonnaruwa became a splendid residence and capital. During the reigns of the king Parakrama Bahu the Great (1153 – 1186) and his successor Nissanka Malla 1187 – 1196 the Sinhalese kingdom reached its last golden age, of which the splendor of its buildings and palaces the impressive irrigation system with artificial lakes, tanks and channels give clear evidence.
Sigiriya damsels, wonderful creatures, half goddess, half princesses. Perche 370 m, on top of a granitic rock overlooking a harmonious designs gardens in the fifth century, the citadel of SIGIRIYA class is by Unesco since 1982. Nest eagle parricide king Kasyapa (who reigned from 477 495), the palace of the summit is served by a narrow staircase that winds through the gant paws of a lion. Kasyapa, power-hungry, deposed his father, the king Dhatusena to take his place then immured alive and drove his brother Mugalan. He reigned over this citadel he had built on top of a rock to make it impregnable. Kasyapa, large TCWL, invited the greatest artists of the era his court, whom we owe the fresco Demoiselles. Mugalan returned 18 years later to avenge his father
Matale – Spices are an integral part of the Sri Lankan cuisine and Ayurvedic traditions. Visiting a garden of spices is a great way to discover the hidden virtues of spices that used for years as cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, and black pepper.
Then visit the batik factory. Indonesian art of batik has grown rapidly in Sri Lanka.
Kandyan dance is said to have spawned from an exorcism ritual that Indian shamans brought to the island at the request of the king who was suffering from a mysterious illness many years ago. Dancers adorned with rattling anklets, elaborate beads, jingling bangles, funky headgear and colorful flowing costumes perform stunning high jumps and somersaults while drummers flank them, pounding out heart-thumping tribal rhythms. With a stage set amid the deep, lush jungle of Sri Lanka, a Kandyan dance performance captures the imagination by connecting audiences to their tribal roots. Fire Walking spectacle a must to be seen.
The main attraction of the city and also the most sacred Buddhist establishment in Sri Lanka is where one of Buddha’s tooth is being kept. Built in the 16th century but improvements and additions have been done to this structure until the fall of the Kandy kingdom. A golden canopy was added recently. Daily rituals are being carried out at various offering times to the shrine. A dress code applies for entering the temple. The magnificence has been enhanced by the octagonal pavilion.
Kandy has a rich history. It was originally known as Senkadagala pura after a hermit named Senkada who lived there. The name Kandy was derived by the colonial rulers from the word Kanda in Sinhala, meaning a hill. Kandy was the stronghold of the Sinhalese kings, who promoted and protected the local culture until the city fell to the British in 1815. Kandy the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka. Visit the city of Kandy. The most prominent landmark of Kandy is its lake, in the center of the city..
This garden is well known for its large number and variety of decorative, useful and medicinal plants. More than 4000 species including native and endemic plants. This is best known for its largest collection of orchids in Asia. Established in 1821 and occupying 60 hectares, to see the magnificent avenue of palms, bamboos Burma and some larger trees are covered with huge bats. One of the most beautiful gardens in the world, also famous for flowers and plants
Visit a tea plantation and then a factory to see the operations of trading post: withering, rolling, drying and screening a total duration of almost 24 hours. The opportunity to enjoy a good cup of tea on site after the visit.
This significant location is called as the Paradise of Nature & as the heart of Tea country located at a height of 1980 meters in the central highland of a tropical Island. The weather & the climate of this location feel difference comparing with other places in Sri Lanka. Therefore most of the visitors are interested in spending their Holidays in Nuwara-Eliya. Apart from the assortment of Climate, there are plenty of places which are really eye-catching & heart-touching. Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and it’s strict formal dinner attire; the 18 hole golf course, race course etc., all remind you of ‘England’.
A joy ride in the Sri Lankan Railways to see the beautiful scenic mountain landscape. (Seats not guaranteed)
Ella this small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding countryside. It occupies a very scenic vantage point, with views on a fine day stretching right across the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery. Most visitors to Ella only spend a couple of days there. But if you are willing to travel out of town, you can find plenty of things to do to keep you occupied. The other nice thing about Ella is the climate. It reminds a hot English summer. Hot during the day and nice and cool at night. If you fancy climbing the peaks that are dotted around Ella.
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900; it 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 and aquatic birds. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka, 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is more than 40, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, it 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 and aquatic birds. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka, 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is more than 40, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
Tissamaharama is a town in south-eastern Sri Lanka. It used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. Only few buildings from that period can still be seen today. The large artificial Tissa Wewa Lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. Today, the town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama.
Weligama is located in Southern Cost in Sri Lanka. The term Weligama literally means “sandy village” which refers to the area’s sandy sweep bay. Weligama is a popular tourist destination and hosts several boutique hotels. It is most famous for its distinct stilt fishermen and an offshore islet known as Taprobane, where a dream house of French Count de Mauny was built. There are many sites of historical importance and tourist attractions within Weligama and its vicinity.
Galle the capital of the southern province is a city with a colorful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 years Old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers and the Dutch Reformed Church, the church contains record of marriages since 1748 and baptism from 1678. The other significant of the building is there are no pillars inside the building and the weight of the roof is supported by the walls.
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