9738666377_48a040b98f_oIt is a ten day magnificent pageant dating back to the fourth century AD-the reign of Kirthi Sri Megha Wanna. This colourful eye-catching event is like a theatrical spectacle which consists of Kap Tree Planting Ceremony (initial), Kumbal perahera – Potters’ parade, Randoli Perahera – the spectacular great parade with caparisoned elephants and the Water cutting ceremony. The finely orchestrated procession attracts excellent photogenic targets to thousands of annual cultural extravaganza-lovers overseas and home. This pageant flourishes historic presentation of acrobatics, traditional rhythmic drumming, cracking whips, walking on stilts, carrying banners, fire limbos and swinging fire pots, braziers, astonishing provincial and regional primitive dancing embodied by Veddas-the jungle people of Sri Lanka while the replica (unoriginal) casket is being majestically moved on the back of the chief ceremonial caparisoned temple tusker.

At this period (in month of August) of encomium, accommodation is something to be booked; that should happen in advance because all the planters’ Victorian hotels, villas, guest houses, motels etc. are rightly booked.

9688551319_a8190bcc1b_bYou may enjoy your best time in this elephant orphanage at Pinnawala while the trained elephants captivate you in their feats of skills. The elephants in captivity range from babies to very old elephants. All of them are driven to the Maoya to have bath from its inception from 1975. The abandoned elephants, injured elephants of land mind are brought here and fed, medicated and trained for various chores. Seeing the antics of bathing elephants and rogue elephants tourists are overjoyed or they meditate what the Endeavour mahouts are taking to tame and train these feral pachyderms. The abutting pachyderm paper factory which uses elephant dung is an abnormal experience for tourists when they see the musty synthesis. Milking and fruit feeding timings add a great joy to hundreds of visitors in excitement.

5903895335_1b60c3d097_oThe low land strip of rain forest – the only UNESCO jungle in Sri Lanka from 1989 is a habitat for over 830 flora and fauna species. Out of 33 endemic birds 26 are sporadically seen but hoots, chirps, warbles, whistles and many more singings could be heard while trekking and seeing reptiles, jungle squirrels, mongoose, spotted cats, host of insects, civets and horned lizards within this 30 km long 300 to 1170 high stretch of wetland in the down south. Cicadas, balls of leeches, slow moving giant millipedes and slippery slates of rocks may discourage your expedition if you are not a hard core nature lover. Lianas, buttressed roots ,wild spices, algae to sturdy trees, moths to giant butterflies, finches and serpent eagles may teach you the natural diversity of the flora and fauna world.

This unique jungle is lying bordering the Kalutara, Ratnapura and Galle districts. You need only 145 minute drive from Colombo at normal speed.

290829389_1eabe71904_zThe most picturesque sight for long term surfing fraternity is this world famous littoral belt while enjoying the appealing surroundings that fetch you to surfing safaris. Ideal international surfing safaris are held here annually. Pothuvil point, Crocodile rock, Peanut Farm are the best sights for surfing beginners. The harmonious ethical mix is a mega help for you to experience this supernatural beach at your command.

 

5216956025_b5999ea90f_zThe ninety acre historic and colonial port was a fort, a beacon, an encampment, colonial haven that belonged to the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English before whom Greeks, Romans, Persians, Arabs, Chinese and Malays liaised; even Mahathma Gandhi walked on the fort terraces. Today it is a tourist destination of local and foreign – for watching its colonial make of glory, education, research, excursion, shopping, religious worship in the Dutch Catholic Church under which a catacomb is inhumed, shipwrecks, watching bastions, a clock tower or even for a rendezvous of love and joy. From the first Portuguese encounter in 1505-1658 the Galle fort took the shape of colonial aura slowly modifying into Western European architectural designs of domination. Today thousands of tourists enjoy the sidewalks on the ramparts and enjoy polarized snapshots to please their photographic desires.

3334937536_6559722680_zStrategically Mirissa for whales and rarely at Kalpitiya, but definitely for dolphins are hotspots from November to April. The fanciful tourists swarm around Blue whales, Sperm whales, Bryde’s whales, Humpback whales, spinner dolphins, Risso and Bottle nosed dolphins which are in our continental shelves in Mirissa in the down south of Sri Lanka while dolphins largely acrobat in Kalpitiya in the upper western coast of Sri Lanka. You can see these sea giants while snorkeling, surfing or diving at Mirissa or Kalpitiya with sport club members.

2330163469_d1dccb128f_zIt is a spectacular site for boat safari for eco-tourists who yearn for brackish water, bird life, mangrove, colorful king fishers, water monitors and much more in the tranquil marine setting. The ninety minute boat trip gives you an extra sight of a Buddhist temple with lurid modern paintings and sculptures stationed in one of the 64 river islands.

6989829423_465651a031_zFive marine species out of seven species in the world can be seen in Sri Lanka. Green turtles, Leatherback turtles, Loggerhead turtles, Hawk’s Bill and Olive Ridley are the constant visitors to the golden beaches at Kosgoda and Balapitiya. You can witness the awesome spectacle when turtles are nesting at night close to the Rakawa Turtle Conservation Project under the sea marine life conservation.

4583082875_8413ba9d22_zBeige Brown Corals, Purple and White Branching Hard Corals, Grey Table Corals, Firy Cup Corals, Glomerate Tree Corals, Purple Hard Corals Spawning and Purple Whitish Bubble corals are main coral types that aquamarine lovers can eye on in the Sri Lankan continental shallow seas in Jaffna, the Gulf of Mannar, Bar Reef Marine Sanctuary in between Puttalam and Mannar, Hikkaduwa Marine Sea Sanctuary, Unawatuna, Weligama, Great Bases and Little Bases in Baticaloa and Pigeon Island. There you can experience kaleidoscopic view in glass – set boats with multi colored shoals of coral sea fish species- lion fish, pencil urchin, reef shark, butterfly fish, banner fish with green turtles, sea anemone while diving as the last tourist destination of most tourists.