Attractions

Feeding Asian Jumbos

Pinnawala is a renowned elephant orphanage which belongs to Kegalle District and located near to the Colombo-Kandy main road. It is wonderful place as it provides shelter for many injured and orphaned elephants who are in need of love and care.

Starting only with five abandoned baby elephants, currently the centre provides protection for massive number of orphaned and injured Elephants. Now it has become the most popular tourist attraction in the island as you could sight huge number of elephants moving around in a closer natural habitat. It would be amazing to witness hundreds of elephants freely moving in this stimulated natural habitat which consists 25 acres land area.

You could further experience a rare opportunity to touch and bath elephants at the riverside which would take place twice daily. Feeding elephants at the Orphanage is another exiting event offered daily for visitors. Especially visitors enjoys bottle feeding cute little jumbos at the centre.

Don’t miss this chance as it would be a wonderful and memorable experience in your life.

Temple of Tooth Relic

Thousands of local as well as foreign devotees around the world visit to Sri Lanka to witness and worship the “Dalada Maligawa”, a temple which magnificently holds the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha

This is situated at the main part of the Kandy City creating a gigantic beauty and nobleness to the city. Kandy is the second main and largest city in Sri Lanka and located nearly 115m away from Colombo which is the main city in Sri Lanka. The city is renowned with its historical and cultural values and popular as a world famous tourist and religious destination.

This city was legendary as the last kingdom in Sri Lanka which was ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe and later it was captured by British in year 1815. The city was recognized as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1988.

Royal Botanical Gardens

This heavenly garden is located 5km away from Kandy City and undoubtedly exhibits a spectacular diversity of plants and trees. Being the largest garden in Sri Lanka, this attracts enormous number of visitors daily and brings pride and grace to the city of Kandy.

The garden eternally possesses a mild and healing climate since it is bounded by the River Mahaweli, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Therefore this elegant place is ideal for relax, stretch your selves and rejuvenate your body with a breath of fresh air release by green surroundings. Guests should certainly spend extra time to stroll around and experience the beauty of the garden in detail.

This garden was formally established in 1843 under the reign of British government. The Garden covers 147 acres and showcases more than 4000 different species of plants, tropical trees, great lawns and fascinating palm avenues, namely Cook's Pine Avenue, Palmyra Palm Avenue, Double Coconut Avenue, and Royal Palm Avenue.

Royal Botanical garden is also renowned for wide variety of stunning Orchids at the Orchid house. Further you could traverse along the suspension bridge situated at the rear corner of the garden as well as the spice garden, fernery, bamboo plant house and popular cactus house.

The most popular and rare plant collection includes Monkey Pot Tree, Giant Bamboo trees, very old giant Java fig tree lawn at the heart of the great lawn covering 2500 sq. meters, the Cannonball tree and the Double Coconut Palm which produced the largest seed in the world that takes five years to reach its maturity.

Opposite to the great Lawn, the guests would notice a giant building named National Herbarium, the leading institution responsible for authenticating plants in Sri Lanka. Plant exploration, identification, specimen preparation, documentation and revision of floral wealth of the country are the key duties of it. This institution is world renowned for preserving endangered rare plants in the world.

As soon as you entered into this lush green park the best thing is to follow the directions given in the brochure before you get lost among gigantic trees.

Kandyan Dancing

If anyone is planning to stay in Kandy for a day or two, this is yet another striking experience you should include into your list of splendid attractions. For those who are really interested in exploring the Sri Lankan aesthetic culture, Kandyan Dancing would explain it for a greater extent.

This event had been mainly used as a ritual in the Central region and later adopted into local religious ceremonies, becoming a key element in the great Esala Perahera festival.

It is fascinating to witness the troupe designed with traditional elaborated costumes including spectacular headdresses which highlights the richness of the country’s aesthetic culture. The dance is performed to the percussion and the most famous drum that is being used is “Geta Beraya” and is only used in Kandyan dancing. One of the types of Kandyan dances called “Vannam” imitates the behaviour of animals such as elephants, monkeys, rabbits, peacock, cocks, serpents etc. The most well known Vannams are the hanuma vannama (monkey), The ukusa vannama (Eagle) and the gajaga vannama (elephant).

Though this type of dance was originated in the Central region in Sri Lanka, now it has become the most important cultural dance and is included in many celebrations of the country.

Kandy Dalada Perehera

The most famous and elegant cultural festival in Kandy is “Esala Perehera “which usually falls in the months of July or August. This is a parade carrying one of the inner caskets of the Tooth Relic of Buddha all around the city of Kandy for ten days and various other activities and events can be witnessed during the period. The Perahera is mainly celebrated to honour and paying tribute to the Sacred Tooth Relic and the four ‘guardian’ Gods Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Goddess Pattini. The local and International tourists visit to Kandy city to witness this ten days traditional event that holds annually.

The procession consists of massive number of traditional local dance troupes such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances, musicians, and various other cultural dances. The procession becomes more energetic with large number of tuskers and elephants who are usually adorned with lavish garments.

Kandy Esala Perahera consist of number of significant customs and traditions for centuries. The Perehera was first introduced during the reign of King Gajaba. ( 174-196 AD) On the way to king Gajaba’s victory over the land called “Solli” in south India, the jewellery of goddess Paththini were brought to Sri Lanka. According to legends, it is believed that the Perehera was first introduced at this period to mark the victory and as a respect goddess Paththini. Even though Esala Perahera is conducted in central part of the country, this ritual is still in force in a view of blessing the entire country.

Udawatte Kale

“Udawatte-kele ” is a popular historic forest reserve that is located in the vicinity of the city of Kandy. Having an area of 257 acres, this reserve facilitate a greenery beauty while changing the climate of the city as well. Further it acts as a sanctuary providing a shelter for various types of Flora and fauna.

During the era of Kandyan Kindom, this was known as “Uda wasala Watte” with the meaning “Garden above the royal palace”.

This sanctuary is vital to Kandy City as it naturally acts as a catchment area of water resources specially for Kandy Lake and also purifies the air in the city. Though it is not massive as other rain forests in Sri Lanka, the existence of such reserve at the vicinity of a busy town is remarkable.

Ola Leaves

It is truly fascinating to learn the true story behind Ola Leaves.

Written records are always considered as a vital method of preserving knowledge for the benefit of future. Ola Leaves is a tool that had been used by Sri Lankan ancestors as a writing material replacing stone and rock inscriptions in the past. In Sri Lanka, these palms leaf manuscripts are also called Ola leaf books (referred as “puskola poth” in Sinhala Language)

The process of converting Ola Leaves that are suitable for writing involves complex set of tasks and is time consuming. But it would deliver a quite fascinating craft at the end and would reflect the Sri Lankan culture rich in handcrafts. Extra care should be taken when preparing ola leaves to ensure that the written content remains for a longer time so that many can refer it.

The stylus is the writing tool used to write on ola leaves, and the tip of the stylus has be to shaped properly to make the writing process easier. Once the writer finishes writing on it, leaves will be blacked out in order to make the writing more visible.

Paddy Cultivation

During your stay in Sri Lanka, you would probably notice that rice is being served as the staple food in Sri Lankan cuisine. Therefore we strongly recommend you to taste an authentic rice and curry dish mingled with pure Sri Lankan spices, which would certainly inspire your senses.

Further it would be truly worthwhile to explore the significant process behind rice production in Sri Lanka. Paddy field is a common sight that you would notice as you move along the main roads or rural villages. You certainly deserve a few minutes halt near a paddy field and to feel the soft breeze passes through lush green fields.

The Sri Lankan Paddy Cultivation roots back to the proud history between 161 B.C. and 1017 A.D. during which the river valley cultivation had begun. In the past, it was considered as the main source of income generation

As a country with plenty of freely accessible natural resources, it encouraged our ancestors to be committed with it as the way of their living. Paddy cultivation requires a systematic water supply but for Sri Lanka, it is not a miracle as it possess the highest density of natural springs throughout the country. Adding to these, gigantic man made tanks invented during the king’s era fulfills the water requirement during dry seasons. Further country’s tropical climatic conditions yields a flourishing crop, which made a self-sufficient economy in the past.

Apart from the economic development, paddy cultivation played a vital role in shaping the life style, culture of people and society as a whole. As you explore the paddy industry, it would be fascinating to notice some ancient rituals and cultural practices incorporated with this process. Furthermore you would experience the natural pest and weed controlling methods, natural fertilizing techniques and organic farming practices used by our rural village farmers without damaging to the country’s eco-system.

A day for traditional cooking

If you are keen in exploring the authentic style of a Sri Lankan culinary dish, we would certainly recommend you to try this option. During your visit to a remote village in Kandy, we provide you a wonderful opportunity to get hands on experience on authentic Sri Lankan cooking methods used by Sri Lankan mothers. Unlike in a barbeque, it might be a challenge for you to cook Sri Lankan food on a wood fire hearth, but you would certainly learn new techniques and secrets behind it.

In a typical Sri Lankan family, cooking is primarily done by the mother who is continuously devoted and committed to it. They always believe that the survival of the family depends on how healthy and nutritious the foods they intake thus certainly be careful and caring in food preparation.

As you enter to the kitchen in a remote village, you would certainly mesmerise by the aroma of Pure Sri Lankan Spices. Spices are vital in food Preparation and Sri Lankan village mothers always be concerned in using the best spices produced locally or by themselves.

Also you could join with plucking food from their own village garden and buying other vegetables, fish and fruits from traditional market called “Pola” which usually falls on Sundays or Saturdays.

Further you would experience a village Garden tour and learn about variety of herbal plants and shrubs used for cooking. For instance home grown curry leaves is used for almost all curries and, moringa leaves used to neutralize the toxins in the food, etc . It would be worthy to get knowledge about the healing powers of home grown plants.

During the day, you could join with village experts in making sweets that are unique only for Sri Lanka, for instance sweetmeats, cokis or Asmi. If you prefer in staying overnight in a village town, never miss the opportunity to learn the unique method of making hoppers by a village mother.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya is a magnificent place that is worthy a visit as it give insights to the archeological importance of Sri Lanka while you enjoy little bit of rock climbing. Sigiriya, also referred as “Lion Rock” is an ancient palace and a rock fortress located in the northern Matale district near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is located 169 KM (105 Miles) From Colombo. Referred by locals as the “Eighth Wonder” of the World, this ancient attracts thousands of tourists every year and is probably the most visited tourist destination in Sri Lanka.

According to Sri Lankan chronicles, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new royal capital and built his palace on the top of this rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. Later this palace was used as a Buddhist monastery.

Interestingly, Sigiriya is recognized as one of the finest examples of ancient urban planning. Based on its archeological value, it has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982 as well. It is a unique ancient place in the world which showcases a massive amount of ancient architecture, rare irrigation systems and designs, horticulture and arts.

As you enter to this amazing gigantic rock fortress, you would notice a huge majestic stone lion, whose feet have survived up to today but the upper parts of the body were destroyed. As you climb further, you would be surprised to notice defensive structures, ancient water gardens, cave and boulder gardens, and terraced gardens, ponds, etc These Gardens of the Sigiriya city are one of the most important aspects of the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.

During rainy seasons, these channels are usually filled with water and circulates among the entire area of Sigiriya, which it extremely astonishing. Fountains of Sigiriya built in the V century, perhaps, are the oldest in the world.

Caves and Paintings

Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to explore ancient curves, frescoes and painting which belongs to historic and pre-historic era.

Starting from Kandy, the most elegant Royal city in the country showcases invaluable sculptures, paintings done during the era of ancient Kings. Apart from that favourite tourist attractions like Dambulla Rock temple, Ambekka, Gadaladeniya and Lankathilake temples possesses immense number of ancient sculptures, frescoes, wood and stone crafts, etc. Further you would be certainly surprised to witness the massive number of caves at the vicinity of Aluvihare Temple located in Matale. These caves had been used by Buddhist monks for meditation purposes thousand years back. Following are the locations where you could explore on ancient sculptures, statues, frescoes, wood and stone crafts.

  • Gadaladeniya Temple
  • Ambekka Devalaya
  • Lankathilake Temple
  • Aluvihare Temple
  • Dambulla Temple
Gadaladeniya Temple

If you are in the journey of visiting famous tri-temples in Pilimathalawa situated in Kandy District, Gadaladeniya Temple is one of those. It is world renowned as a very famous tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and unique for its ancient architecture created out of Stone.

As you enter to this sacred location, you would notice that many of the local and international tourists visit this place as devotees and to capture the most significant historical monuments, architectural designs and stone carvings through their naked eye.

In brief, Gadaladeniya is an ancient Buddhist Monastery located approximately 12.5km from Kandy city. According to Gadaladeniya inscriptions, this temple was built by king Wikcramabahu in 1344. Most importantly the whole temple was constructed on a flat rock surface giving a royal and elegant structure for it. The temple was influenced by South Indian architecture as this was designed by a South Indian Architect named “Ganesvarachan”.

Once you enter into this noble site, you would first experience the great Buddha statue in seated posture (called “Vajrasana”), made out of a rock. On top of the statue, the amazing Dragon Arc ( called “Makara Thorana”) solemnly lies in as it is protecting Lord Buddha. This Thorana embellished with sculptures of Gods namely Brahma, Santhusta, Saumya, Natha and Maithree. The main Buddha statue is surrounded by four other small Buddha statues exhibiting the historically unique arts and crafts designs.

Ambekka Devalaya

This is also belongs to Tri-temples in Pilimathalawa, Kandy and world renowned for its magnificent architectural designs based on wood carvings. This temple has been identified by UNESCO as a place with finest and detailed ancient wood carvings in the world and thus a location which you should enter to your “must visit ” sites.

Ambekka Devalaya is situated in Udunuwara in Kandy District and was built during the reing of King Vikramabahu III in Gampolla kindom. According to inscriptions, this was originally created as a three storied building but later abandoned and remains as a single story structure as at today.

According to legends, there is a fascinating story behind the creation of this masterpiece. One of the consorts of King Vickramabahu III, Henakanda Biso Bandara , was asked to build a temple for God who appeared in her dream. During the same time, Rangama a drummer who was suffering from a skin disease for years wanted to build a temple paying tribute for God since he was cured from the illness. These two incidents made them to construct this noble building which is dedicated mainly to God Mahasen.

When you stroll around this ancient location, you would notice three main sections called Sanctum of Garagha, Dance Hall and Drummers’ Hall that had been used mainly to worship god, hold dancing events and to organize musical events respectively.

Aluvihare Temple

Located in Matale district, Aluvihare is a gigantic ancient rock temple along with 13 rock caves where Buddhist monks had first written the Tripitaka (Pali canon- 84,000………) completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. These original ola leaves manuscripts which belongs to 1st century have been carefully preserved and still remains in these caves for generations to admire.

Therefore it is a temple with high significance, specially related to the history of Buddhism and ranks among the very first temples in Sri Lanka. Certainly it would be a unique experience for you to sight the massive number of ancient frescoes, paintings, sculptures and statues inside the caves surrounded. Further you would get a chance of to know-how the wonderful process of writing on ola leaves that last for centuries.

The history of this sacred place dates back to 3rd century B.C., under the reign of King Devanampiyathissa, during whose period the Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka.

Main Interactions at Aluvihare Temple

  • The International Library and Museum
  • Valuable Buddha Statues made of clay, brass, ceramic, marble, gold and gifted f rom Thailand, Cambodia, China, Japan, and Myanmar
  • Image House
  • “Abhaya Mudra” Golden Buddha Statue on the top of the hills.
  • 13 caves consisting frescoes

If you are curious about knowing the story behind Aluvihare temple, the summary is as follows.

During the 1st century B.C. under the reign of King Walagamba, the island had to face a deadly famine known as ‘Baminithiyaseya” for 12 years. At this time, teaching of Dhamma were memorized, recited and transmitted orally to next generations by monks. Due to the famine, thousands of people had died in starvation and some had left the country, including monks. The situation had become even worst due to the south Indian invasion occurred at the same period.

During the 1st century B.C. under the reign of King Walagamba, the island had to face a deadly famine known as ‘Baminithiyaseya” for 12 years. At this time, teaching of Dhamma were memorized, recited and transmitted orally to next generations by monks. Due to the famine, thousands of people had died in starvation and some had left the country, including monks. The situation had become even worst due to the south Indian invasion occurred at the same period.

Under these brutal conditions, the existence and survival of Buddhism was threatened. Hence the monks who survived during this difficult period decided to transfer the Buddha word to a written form which could last for generations. This noble Aluvihare temple place had been selected as the most suitable place to carry out this special task. Finally the forth Buddhist Council was convened and was written down for the first time in the island history.

Dambulla Temple

This magnificent ancient temple with Golden Buddha statute is undoubtedly one of the most famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. Situated in the central part of the country, it is recognized as the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Because of the history, archaeological and artistic implications, this site was declared as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1991.

Golden Dambulla Rock Temple caves had been a location of human habitation even during pre-historic period of Lanka. Later it had been used as the center of pilgrimage for Buddhists for centuries and a home to Buddhist monks.

Interestingly the Dambulla temple has five caves and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, Some of the statues were first created here over 2000 years ago and later built and embellished subsequently by Kings reigns on that particular era. But the fascination of these caves is not only the statues but also the many intricate and delicate paintings that cover the ceiling and walls, created with indigenous traditional paints. The murals which covers an area of 2,100 square metres showcases the artistic talent of ancient people in Sri Lanka. Apart from five main caves, there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area.

As you enter to the temple through climbing up a gentle rock, the Dambulla Rock, sits 160 m above the surrounding plains, offers you a panoramic view of the surrounding flat lands, including the rock fortress Sigiriya, which is 19 km away. So on your way to Sigiriya, do not forget to step into this amazing ancient temple as it would make your tour to our wonderful island worthy and significant.

Water Lilies and village temple

Away from usual travel plan, this is kind of rare and opportunity you would experience during your stay in Sri Lanka. We would arrange a free tour to a village temple in a rural area and to offer water lilies and fragrances.

Horton Plains

In your plan to Nuwara Eliya, it is worthwhile to reserve at least half a day at Horton Plains National Park, a splendid place with a lot of stunning activities to experience. It would take approximately one hour to reach the entrance of the park which is 32km away from Nuwara Eliya Town.

As you enter to this wet montane forest in Central Highlands spreading over 3160 hectares, you would experience a strange feeling with cold and windy weather spreading across the misty mountains which you don’t experience in any part of Sri Lanka. Being the highest tableland in the island, it facilitates an breathtaking panoramic view of the hill country for the spectators. It is a finest choice to get into your hiking shoes as this location would be a paradise for nature enthusiasts and hikers.

With the altitude of 2100m, the vegetation of this National Park is usually grassland surrounded by pygmy trees ferns, etc. As it holds an enormous number of flora and fauna, Horton Plains was declared as a UNESCO World heritage site. Horton Plains is bounded by the country’s second and third highest mountain peaks of Sri Lanka: Mount Kirigalpotta (2389 m) and Mount Thotupola (2357 m), so those who love trekking would continue their journey for longer and enjoy a trekking experience as well.

With the altitude of 2100m, the vegetation of this National Park is usually grassland surrounded by pygmy trees ferns, etc. As it holds an enormous number of flora and fauna, Horton Plains was declared as a UNESCO World heritage site. Horton Plains is bounded by the country’s second and third highest mountain peaks of Sri Lanka: Mount Kirigalpotta (2389 m) and Mount Thotupola (2357 m), so those who love trekking would continue their journey for longer and enjoy a trekking experience as well.

With the altitude of 2100m, the vegetation of this National Park is usually grassland surrounded by pygmy trees ferns, etc. As it holds an enormous number of flora and fauna, Horton Plains was declared as a UNESCO World heritage site. Horton Plains is bounded by the country’s second and third highest mountain peaks of Sri Lanka: Mount Kirigalpotta (2389 m) and Mount Thotupola (2357 m), so those who love trekking would continue their journey for longer and enjoy a trekking experience as well.

Colonial Fort

This is one of the famous fortifications in Sri Lanka and located in the bay of Galle in the Southwestern coast. Originally built by Portugese in 16th century, it had then been further fortified by Dutch from 17th century. Gallle fort has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site and showcases the elegant history of a fortified city adorned with European architecture.

There are so many things to explore in this town. If you are a explorer of archeology and enthusiastic about history, the Galle Fort has much more to offer you including ruins, monuments, boutique hotels, churches, mosques, old Dutch Government House, National Maritime Museum, The Old Dutch Hospital, etc. Further you could see the Galle Lighthouse, which was built in 1938, rising 59 feet height.

White sand beaches

Let us take you through one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka, the world famous destination Arugam Bay. The Arugam Bay surf beach is located 314 km (212 miles) from Colombo and 2 ½ km south of the small town of Pottuvil in the Ampara District which belongs to the Dry Zone along the South-East coast of Sri Lanka. Beach is a wide sweeping sandy beach in front of the village of Arugam Bay and is an attraction for surfing and swimming all year-round.

This Bay is well-known for its gigantic waves, which attract surfers from all over the globe. Even though tourists visit here to surf all year around, the best season is from April to October. Main surf spots are Pottuvil, a long and deserted beach, Main Break and Crocodile Rock. Beach consists of a coral reef which is home to variety of tropical fish and is recognized as a delightful snorkeling paradise.

Besides surfing, diving and snorkeling, there are many other tourist attraction and visiting spots in the close proximity. The village of Arugam Bay brings about the loveliest sceneries that span over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and sand dunes. This varied landscape coupled with many National Wildlife Parks that are home to mammals including elephants and migrant birds. Moreover, the historical and archaeological sites in the area reveal the history of the area with its stone inscriptions and longstanding ruins. The following are some destinations where you could further explore near Arugam bay.

  • Kumana National Park - One of the best places for bird sighting
  • Magul Maha Viharay1a - Some of the best preserved moonstone in all of Asia, with a special feature of the Mahout carved on the back of the elephant.
  • Lahugala - The best place to catch a glimpse of wildlife such as these gigantic elephants, wild boar, deer crocodiles Kudumbigala - Forest Hermitage on a lonely rock
  • Muhudu Maha Viharaya - consists ruins of a Buddhist temple with fairly well preserved stone statues

Healing with Sri Lankan traditional Medicine

Meet our traditional “Veda Mahaththaya” living in villages like Anuradhapura, Kandy and Panadura, etc. It would be quite surprising to witness the traditional methods that they have been using to diagnose and cure the ailments of the patients. The technique of pulse reading is a special practice unique to indigenous medicine and easily diagnoses the sickness without knowing or asking any symptoms.

You could fearlessly try the precious oils refined carefully by the village people and feel the magic effect of those oils in curing ailments within a short period of time. Also you can try the massages and steam baths included in healing package called “Pancha karma’ which is carried out in a systematic and professional way.

Meditation

Are you fed up of living a life with unlimited schedules, deadlines, unrealistic expectations, work place stress , etc, we would assist to keep you away from busy lifestyle and make you feel more relaxed. These programs will be conducted by experienced Buddhist monks and you will be appropriately guided on each and every step of meditation process. A proper meditation leads consciousness, inner peace, relaxed mind and body, contentment as it assists you to eliminate stress, anxiety, anger and depression in your mind.

Wood Carvings

Wood carving is a popular traditional industry in Sri Lanka and these carvings could be seen specially in Kandy district. For instance Lankathilake and Ambekke temples are most famous for ancient wood carvings and resembles the richness of the Sri Lankan traditional handicraft industry.

Ambalantota is another famous and unique destination located in coastal area in Galle district which is renowned for masks workshops and Museums. The craftsmen who have been doing the task of mask making for generations creates wonderful wooden masks such as devil masks and puppets.

Your valued purchase of these amazing creation of devil masks or funny puppets would help those craftsmen to protect and continue this traditional wood crafting industry for next generations.

Finest Tea Retreats

Moment as a Sri Lankan Tea Plucker

Tasting a finely prepared aromatic “Ceylon Cup of Tea” is some of yours obsession and sometimes might be the single reason to visit Sri Lanka, the home for finest tea gardens in the World. Apparently you would buy some expensive Sri Lankan Tea Silver Tips or Orange Pekoe Tea Packs as souvenirs without knowing much about how it is made

So if you are a tea lover, grab this unusual opportunity. Be aware about your favorite divine drink. Do not hesitate to trouble our friendly guides to take you through evergreen tea valleys located in the misty central hills. Make sure you pat the tips of the blooming tea bushes around while walking through narrow gravel paths to enjoy the real aromatic Ceylon tea sensation.

Join to a free demonstration of how to pluck tender two leaves and a bud precisely from freshly grown tea shrubs by experienced tea plucker in the site. Be a tea plucker for a while and learn the amazing art behind selecting and snipping the leaves ideal for perfect tea.

Do not forget to pose a picture of your challenging task, working as a tea plucker and share the experience with your friends.

Most importantly, spent some time to observe the process behind the tea production at a Sri Lankan tea factory which delivers the authentic Ceylon tea with variety of flavours to the world. If you are still curious about , you would further acts as a tea taster for various types of tea produced in the factory.

Tea Factory Tour

If you are enthusiastic about learning the detailed process of tea production starting from tea plucking, weighing, withering, etc to final step packing the end product, you could simply step into our local Tea Factory usually located in Central hills or Southern region of the country.

Tea tour is less costly and required little time to spent around thus you can experience it on your way to tea plantations. Our tour guides will direct you to the most suitable tea factory where you could learn the dynamic process of Ceylon Fine Tea production.

It is quite fascinating that you would get a rare chance to take part in the Tea Tasting Sessions at the factory as well as to enjoy a fresh and pure Sri Lankan Fine Tea at the production centre itself.

The Ceylon Tea Museum – Kandy

During your journey of exploring the story of pure Ceylon Tea, it is worth enough to head towards to this fascinating place, The Ceylon Tea Museum located at Hanthana, Kandy which exhibits the evolution of Ceylon Tea Industry. This was established in year 2001 to preserve the ancient machinery and equipment that had been used to manufacture tea in the past.

You would learn the process of tea preparation starting from plucking tea leaves to a finest tea product through comprehensive demonstrations.

If you are a passionate tea lover, third floor of this Museum would be appealing as you could buy your favourite Ceylon Tea with various types and brands such as Sri Lanka Tea Board teas, Tea Tang, Basilur, Impra, Mlesna, Zesta, etc

The roof top of the Museum is the place where your senses will get delighted with different flavours of fine teas grown in Sri Lanka. It is the Tea Cafe where you could leisurely enjoy your favourite cup of Pure Ceylon Tea and participate in the Tea Tasting Session to experience the art behind Tea Tasting task.

Bird Watching

Located in the Indian Ocean as a tropical island, Sri Lanka is a hub and an amazing paradise for many creatures, especially for many bird species. Countries’ rich natural diversity and ideal climate conditions permits many endemic and seasonal migrant birds to fly around and make their sweet homes all over the island. There are massive number of evergreen rain forests, wetlands, grasslands, reservoirs, etc which facilitates safety and tropical climate conditions for nesting and laying eggs. Sri Lanka is a paradise for more than 400 bird species including 23 endemic birds.

If you wish to witness these beautiful and rare bird types in Sri Lanka, one location is Kumana National Park, which is ranked as the most famous bird statuary in the country. It provides shelter and breeding grounds for many species. Following are the locations where you could further sight endemic and migrant birds in Sri Lanka.

  • Bundala National Park
  • Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Kalametiya Bird Santuary
  • Kithulgala Forest Reserve
  • Uda Walawe National Park
  • Yala National Park
  • Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Horton Plains

Our experienced naturalists and tour guides will direct you at the right time to the ideal locations to spot these amazing birds. Therefore jump in to your favourite jungle pants and get ready with your cameras and binoculars to capture these amazing tropical birds in Sri Lanka.

Elephant Safari

If you are in love with Asian Jumbos and dream of spending a moment walking around on it’s back, we recommend you to go on a wildlife safari. You can plan your safari tour to either Habara, which is most famous location for elephant safari or some other popular parks. The Habarana, Udawalawe, Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park, Yala National Parks are also popular parks for elephant safaris.

Elephant Safari has now become most impressive and joyful tourist experience in Sri Lanka. You could be able to view greenly forests with lakes, wetlands, colourful birds and other endemic habitats while you are riding on these giant beasts.

Turtle Hatchery

Sri Lanka’s southern coastal area is generally renowned for turtles. Turtle Care Centre is one of the famous turtle hatcheries in the island. So if you visit to one of these places, you would understand the efforts the centers have undertaken in protecting endangered sea turtles and preventing extinction.

Most of these centers have all the five commonly recognized turtle species in Sri Lanka namely Leatherbacks, Green Turtles, Loggerheads, Hawksbills and Olive Ridley Turtles. Also you could sight rare albino and part albino turtles. Apart from that, they keep disabled turtles in separate tanks, feed them, protect from any threat and diseases.

Most of these conservation programs aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. Turtles mothers often come to the sea shore during night and lay 100 to 200 eggs at once. Member in these conservation centres patrols the beach all night to protect the mother turtle during the nesting process, egg laying season and make sure it is safely return back to the ocean. These laid eggs are brought into the centre’s hatchery, kept for a week to protect the eggs from other species eating them. Once the turtle comes out of its shell in 48 to 62 days they are kept in a tank for few days and released back to the sea which is their natural habitat.

You will be surprised to hear that some of the released turtles have again come back to the shore to lay eggs. It is vital to note that these some centers are releasing 100,000 turtles every year into the sea from the hatchery. Visitors are able to see large glass tanks full of new born turtles, so you may touch them gently, but make sure not to hurt them.

Helping to Smile

It is for sure that you are accumulating quite of lot of fantastic experiences during your short stay in Sri Lanka. In the mean time you could also spend some time with people in need and make your tour more meaningful. It could be an orphanage, an elders’ home or a rural school deprived with basic needs. You could dedicate your time to talk to them and sing a song with them. Else, you could donate some money to buy basic stuff, medicine, books, etc. Alternatively, you could share the knowledge, teach a language etc., especially for kids to encourage them further.

Be a volunteer Tree Planting

Considering the prevailing issues related to global warming and climate change as the consequences of destroying forests and excessive carbon emissions, it is our utmost responsibility to plant trees as much as possible to mitigate this situation.

Therefore volunteer tree planting is such a great initiative launched by Ceylon Retreats in order to create a greener environment. You too could join with this fabulous project to make your tour further fruitful and one such tree would safeguard our next generation with much purified environment. Also you would be able to tag your name near the sapling planted and witness how it grows in your next visit to Sri Lanka.

Sun rise at Sri Pada

Rising Majestically with a height of 7,360ft, “Sri Pada” also referred as “Adam’s Peak” is a conical shaped mountain located in Ratnapura district. This is recognized as a World Heritage Site and world renowned pilgrimage site.

According to the Mahavansa; the historical chronicle of Sri Lanka, Lord Buddha visited the island three times. It is said that, during his last visit, Lord Buddha place his sacred foot print on the summit of the rock at the request of the deity of Adam’s Peak God Maha Suman Saman. This sacred footprint was covered with a stone tablet and preserved for devotees to pay homage. Thousands of devotees of many religions consider it as a pilgrimage and climb Sri Pada to invoke blessings.

It would take around 5-6 hours for you to climb to the top of this sacred mountain through misty paths, but if you are a veteran hiker, you could make it by less than expected time. Though there are 6 possible trails to access summit Sri Pada, we suggest you to try the Hatton-Nallathanni or Ratnapura-Palabaddala trails in which you may experience many attractions and picturesque clicks. Best option is to climb the mountain during the night with chilly breeze and reach the summit early before sunrise. There you could witness the amazing spectacle of sun rise over the sea.

Whale Watching at Mirissa

If you travelling towards Galle, remind your chauffer to take you to this amazing location to capture the giant mammals playing around the seas at Mirissa, southern coast. This destination is renowned as one of the finest places for Whale and Dolphin sighting in the world.

Usually Blue Whales,Bryde Whales,Sperm Whales,Killer Whales,Dolphins & Turtles can be seen in this area. December, January and April are the peak months of sightings these giant creatures frequently.So you may lucky to see one or few types of whales & bunch of friendly dolphins during the tour which would be a unforgettable experience for you.

Meet a Monk

Seeing a monk is a frequent scene once you step into the island Sri Lanka. But spending one or two hours of your precious travel time to meet a highly devoted monk would be priceless. Ceylon Retreats could arrange you a visit to meet a monk in a religious village in Anuradhapura.

Usually Blue Whales,Bryde Whales,Sperm Whales,Killer Whales,Dolphins & Turtles can be seen in this area. December, January and April are the peak months of sightings these giant creatures frequently.So you may lucky to see one or few types of whales & bunch of friendly dolphins during the tour which would be a unforgettable experience for you.

Street Food

During your stay in a foreign country, tasting some delicious street food is a must as you could explore and learn more about their culture and traditions. So do not forget to come out of your luxury hotel room and step into a street food corner in the town.

You could obviously taste a portion of rice with intricately spiced array of vegetable dishes and some fish or meat curry from your hotel or from a local roadside restaurants. Rice, being the staple national food in Sri Lanka is frequently served in many street food corners as well but, in different styles which you may try during street food discovery.

If you walk further you would find “Kottu” hut spreading a touching smell throughout the town. You shouldn’t miss the process of making the delicious “kottu” together the fabulous drum of kottu maker. Kottu is a little bit of spicy food made out of finely cut “rotti” bread, some vegetables and some egg or meat according to your preference. You could also order a personalized low spicy Kottu, but believe me having a bit of spicy Kottu would give you a unique unforgettable street food experience which you have never felt before. So go for it.

Apart from kottu, you could also try Paratha, Vadai, Samosa, Coconut rotti, String Hoppers during your exploration of street food in Sri lanka. But there is one more thing that you shouldn’t miss out. That’s “Hoppers” and pray for a well-made hopper with thin and crispy edges. Hopper is usually preferred as breakfast food by many Sri Lankans but could make it for lunch as well. These are round and bowl shaped item made out of rice batter and coconut milk. Pouring a cracked egg to the middle of the half cooked hopper converts a plain hopper to an “egg hopper” which gives a divine taste if you try it with chilli sambol.

Meet veddhas

If you are enthusiastic in learning history and related tribes in Sri Lanka, it is worthwhile to spend a day in the Dambana, a remote village in Mahiyangana where the indigenous tribe in Sri Lanka called “Vedda” lives. They are harmless people from whom you could learn and explore many thing about Sri Lanka.

Spending some quality time in the backwoods of Sri Lanka with the Vedda People means you get a fantastic opportunity to understand their culture and lifestyles. They use to speak in their native Veddha language and maintain their traditional lifestyle and cultural identity to preserve their dignity. It would be quite surprising to unveil the secrets behind their indigenous medicine techniques that have been using for centuries to cure themselves from many dreadful diseases. You could also gain insights through their traditional folk dancing and music campfires which are sometimes carried out as a ritual and custom.

You could also join with them in trekking through the jungle and learn their distinctive techniques of hunting using bows and arrows, fishing, collecting honey from honeycombs, etc

Airport Pickup

Your package includes a prearranged airport pickup guided by our trustworthy hustle free drivers. Therefore you are completely free of searching for vehicles to pick you up at the airport, but we would be there to give you a warm welcome.

King Coconuts

Rejuvenate your body with our free complementary King Coconut drink served on the way to your first destination. It is truly amazing to taste such an aromatic natural drink which keeps your entire journey cool and fresh.

Tropical Fruit experience

It is yet another surprising gift from us! You are entitled for a free plate of tropical Sri Lankan fruits which you have never experience before. So join with us to flourish your taste buds with those unique flavours, different textures and multi-colours, of which some are not found anywhere in the world.

Many fruits are grown domestically by locals at their backyards, and some fruits are grown as main crop in bare lands as a commercial product. Therefore, it is easy to find at least four or five fruits from any food outlet at a reasonable price.

Most of them have medicinal values therefore worth eating them as much as possible. For instance the fruit called “Beli’ by locals and “Bael’, Golden apple or Japanese bitter orange in other countries.

Visiting tea estate

As a complementary tour, we take you through a lush green tea estate in up country hills and present you an unforgettable experience in tea plucking with estate people.

Spice Walk

You would experience the globally renowned Sri Lankan Spices at spice gardens available at Kandy and Matale cities. Your senses would be undoubtedly overwhelmed by the natural blend of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, etc. visible around you.

The souvenirs with pure Sri Lankan natural spices available at spice garden outlets could be taken back to your country to impress your loved ones and to make your regular food in tropical style.

Spice Processing

It would be fascinating to visit and explore the spice processing locations in Sri Lanka, a country which supplies high quality fine products to the world. Therefore we recommend you to join with our free tour to visit spice processing locations in a rural village, Sri Lanka.

Cinnamon and Pepper are famous for their different methods of processing that are unique to Sri Lanka. You could explore the secrets behind production of pepper products with different textures and tastes.

Leopards safari Yala

Sri Lanka is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and places that you could cover during your short stay in the island would be limited. Therefore, choosing the ideal location which gives the greatest safari experience would be a wise decision. Yala is such a place which takes you to through different safari experience.

Yala National Park is generally recognized as the Sri Lanka's most visited National Park and is situated in southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. It is globally renowned as the park with highest density of leopard population in the world, thus would be the ideal location for you to capture the glamour of leopards through your naked eye. Most simply, leopard safari in Sri Lanka is spectacular, therefore never miss it!

Yala is also prominent for its biodiversity, with over 200 species of birds and over 40 species of mammals. The park is also a home for mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and it has a high density of sloth bears as well. It is a common sight to see elephants, buffalo, sloth bears and even leopards crossing the road in front of you. Also you could see birds such as jungle fowl, peacocks, and endemic species such as Sri Lanka grey hornbill, crimson-fronted barbet and Sri Lanka wood pigeon.