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Colombo National Museum

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The main museum that houses artefacts representing the heritage of Sri Lanka. Established as the Colombo Museum in 1877, the Colombo National Museum is the main museum in the country that exhibits a plethora of artefacts representing Sri Lanka's rich history and ancient heritage. The architecture and design of the premises are dominated by features of Italian architecture and the museum spans across two floors with multiple viewing galleries on each floor. The ground floor displays artefacts belonging to the Pre and Proto Historic, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Transitional periods with stone antiquities gallery. And on the upper floor, you will find paintings, ancient textiles, pottery and ceramics, coins and currency, art and crafts, arms and armaments, presentations of traditional agricultural methods and traditional rituals and the D S Senanayake Memorial Gallery. The atmosphere is usually quiet and calming, and you can explore and wander around the premises at your own pace. If you are in the city, even for a short visit, we recommend that you pay a visit, because there is so much to learn and discover.

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Sri Lanka’s Monkey Kingdom

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa and its ancient ruins is the ultimate forest playground of one of man’s closest relatives, the Toques monkeys. The second kingdom of Sri Lanka is a complex ancient civilisation devoted to Buddha and his teachings, science, advanced irrigation systems, medicine that cured snakebites in a bath and grand architectural designs. Abandoned for around seven hundred years by man but not by beast, the Toque Macaque monkeys, one of three species found in Sri Lanka, still remember who they are and what they are doing here, in the incredible ruins of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site. Polonnaruwa is home to a large monkey population who were famously featured in Disney’s engaging documentary film ‘Monkey Kingdom’. Polonnaruwa is a gloriously majestic backdrop for this experience, which allows you to closely observe the three diurnal primates of Sri Lanka: grey langur, purple-faced leaf monkey and toque macaque. Although these creatures can be seen in various parts of the island, this is one of the best places for travellers to get up close and personal with the monkeys of Sri Lanka. The Monkey Kingdom Expedition is perfect for those who want to get close to a monkey community and learn about their family relationships, friendships and habits.

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Galle Fort in Sri Lanka

Galle, Sri Lanka

The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known, is a fortification first built by the Portugese on the Southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. The initial fortifications, which were built in the late 16th century, were quite basic. However the fort underwent extensive modifications in the 17th century by the Dutch, making it one of the most important archeological, architectural and historic monuments to illutrate the European influence in South East Asia between the 16th and 19th centuries. According to a statement by UNESCO the site was recognized as a World Heritage Site for its unique exposition of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries which is the criterion number four for such recognition.

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Ella Sri Lanka

Badulla, Sri Lanka

Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is in essence a gap formed in a mountain range, very famous hot spot with the ardent adventure tourist with it myriad of adventure trails and what a beautiful sight it presents to the tired mind after a long journey. On one side the dark mountain tops with rutted cliffs falls from dizzying heights into out of site gorges where the turbulent yet infant stream of kirindi oya leaps and gambols among the rocks, on the other side green hills dotted with trees falls more gently bending their shaggy side to long winding valleys, creating a magnificent vistas around you. Look out for the following peaks Chimney-pot hill to the East, Kataragama peak to your West and in the distance straight down your nose is Yala National park until it end in the pale blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Temple of tooth

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with a herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.

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Pettah Market

Colombo, Sri Lanka

The largest and most famous market in Colombo, and Sri Lanka is Pettah Market. Not only a fresh produce market, Pettah Market is a collection of street blocks with maddening traffic, noise and haggling. Not surprising for a street market right? The biggest tip for when visiting Pettah Market is to take a tuk-tuk or taxi to the edge of the market and then walk in to discover all the little shops and goodies. It’s best to go to Pettah in a group and preferably not as a lone woman – Sri Lankan’s love to stare and most of the Pettah workers are men. The entrance to the Pettah Market is marked formally by a tall monument in the centre of a roundabout, known as the Khan Clock Tower which was built by the family of Framjee Bhickajee Khan, an eminent Parsi family from Bombay who used to have substantial business interests in the country and who also owned the Colombo Oil Mills. Most of the businesses in Pettah are dominated by Muslim who specialize in trading of goods and the Tamil people who have migrated from India traders who specialize in gold and jewelry shops. At the end of pettah is sea street which is Sri Lanka s gold market where people all around Sri Lanka come to purchase jewellery . It is a long street of jewellery shops with hundreds of shops next to one another. There are also some jewellery shops in main street gaspa junction.

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Hot Air Ballooning in Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Immerse yourself in the ride of a lifetime. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka. There are few pleasures as amazing and unforgettable as drifting gently over breathtaking views of this tropical paradise. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!. What is Air Ballooning? Feel the excitement as you lift off and drift effortlessly over the spectacular scenery. As the climbing goes on unnoticed, find yourself amidst endless horizons of rugged mountains and green fields with only the burners to disturb the peace. Watch your pilot gradually lower the balloon until it is just inches above the evergreen trees. as you pick leaves or touch the tree tops, spot a bird or an animal waking to the daybreak. Air Ballooning is an expirience unlike traditional air travel, where u cannot feel movement and the silence is absolute. Leaving you to enjoy the surroundings with utmost serenity and peace. Flight Plan Since flights average about an hour or so and the whole excursion is upto about 3 ½ hours from the time of pick up to the time you are dropped back at your hotel. Where the hot air balloon flies is always in the direction of the wind and no two flights are the same. Preparations Hot Air Ballooning flights are subjected to weather conditions on the scheduled day. An early morning wake up call confirms the ride. If a flight is cancelled in view of the bad weather, payment will be refunded. The destination or the exact route of a Hot Air Ballooning cannot be predicted since the flight is subjected to as the wind direction. Since it is little warmer high up in the air, the hot air ballooning enthusiasts are advised to dress casually. A hat or cap to shade you from the sun is an excellent idea. Closed toe shoes are recommended in view of the limited floor space of the wicker basket. Hot Air Ballooning Season in Sri Lanka Hot Air Ballooning trips are operate during this season. During the period of November to May, most often the winds are light and the sky is at its bluest. Of the season March and April offer the best weather. At other times of the year too Hot Air Ballooning is possible. However strong winds blowing from the east take you downwind of the mountains on the western side of the island. The Tourism Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka in association with the Ceylon Airship and Balloon Club organizes Sri Lanka Balloon Festival on yearly basis. The participants that arrive from Asia and Europe annually are treated to an exclusive week-long tour of the island. The 2011 Sri Lanka Balloon Festival was held in March.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Galle, Sri Lanka

Location of Sinharaja Rain Forest in Sri Lanka Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest spanning an area of 18900 acres is located within Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces of the south-west lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja is bounded by rivers on three sides. On the north, Sinharaja is bounded by the Napola Dola and Koskulana Ganga. On the south and south-west are the rivers Maha Dola and Gin Ganga. On the west are the river Kalukandawa Ela and river Kudawa Ganga. To the east of Sinharaja is an ancient footpath near Beverley Tea Estate and by the Denuwa Kanda. 6°21′-6°26’N, 80°21′-80°34’E. Reaching Sinharaja Rain Forest From Northern or western parts of the country you can reach Sinharaja Forest Reserve via Ratnapura, Kiriella, Kalawana, Weddala. From the South you can enter Sinharaja Rain Forest from Deniya. Coming form Hambantota, Udawalawe you can enter Sinharaja from Rakwana side. Area of Sinharaja Rain Forest The total area of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is 18,900 acres or 7,648 hectares. It ranges in altitude from 300m to 1,170m. Significance of Sinharaja Forest Sinharaja Forest reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. Establishment of Sinharaja Forest Reserve Most of the area of Sinharaha forest was originally declared a forest reserve under the Waste Lands Ordinance in 1875. In 1978, Sinharaja Rain Forest was included in the international network of biosphere reserves, established and maintained as part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program. In October 1988, this reserve, together with a northeastern extension of it, was declared Sri Lanka’s first National Wilderness Heritage Area. In December 1988, the Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve became Sri Lanka’s first natural site to be added to UNESCO World Heritage list. Climate of Sinharaja Rain Forest Meteorological records gathered from in and around Sinharaja over the last 60 years reveal the annual rainfall of Sinharaja Forest has ranged between 3614mm to 5006mm and temperatures from 19°C to 34°C. The high rainfall is owing to two monsoons: south-west monsoons during May-July and the north-east monsoons during November-January. Physical features Sinharaja Rain Forest is a narrow strip of undulating terrain consists of a series of ridges and valleys drained by an intricate network of streams, which flow into the Gin Ganga on the southern boundary and Kalu Ganga, via the Napola Dola, Koskulana Ganga and Kudawa Ganga, on the northern boundary. Nature trails of Sinharaja Rain Forest The two main nature trails of Sinharaja Rain Forest are those lead to the peak of Moulawella and the peak of Sinhagala. Both of these nature trails begins at Kudawa Conservation Centre (KCC) are equally enjoyable and enlightening. The forest is densly crowded with tall trees growing in close proximity, but winding trails make the trekking. Small streams of crystal-clear cool water, that is home to a variety of fish, toads and crabs, crisscross the trails. And the mixed species of birds are seen in the canopy of woods. Birdlife in Sinharaja Rain Forest Sinharaja Rain Forest is home to numerous indigenous birds such asthe Ceylon Hanging Parrot (Loriculus beryllinus), the Ceylon Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis), the Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush (Garrulax cinereifrons), Layard’s parakeet (Psittacula calthripae), the Jungle fowl (Gallus lafayetii ), the Spur fowl (Galloperdix bicalcarata), the Ceylon Wood Pigeon (Columba torringtonii), the Brown- capped Babbler (Pellorneum fuscocapillum), the Red-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus) and the Ceylon Blue Magpie (Urocissa ornate) among others, are prominent in this area. 19 of Sri Lanka’s 20 species of endemic bird species in Sri Lanka are found in the Sinharaja Reserve Among the endangered birds are Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Green-Billed Coucal, Sri Lankan white-headed starling, Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Caucal, Sri Lanka Spur fowl Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, and Ashy-headed Babbler, all of which are endemic. Mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies Out of 12 endemic mammal species of the country 8 are found here. Giant squirrel, dusky-stripped jungle squirrel, badger mongoose and endemic purple-faced leaf monkey and torque macaque are frequently seen. Many threatened species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies are found in the Reserve including the leopard. Endemism among mammals and butterflies is greater than 50%. Reptiles and amphibia include python, endemic green pit viper, endemic hump nosed lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus) and and rough-nose horned lizard (Ceratophora aspera). Conservation Value Sinharaja Conservation Value Sinharaja is the last extensive primary lowland tropical rain forest in Sri Lanka. It holds a large number of endemic species of plants and animals, and a variety of plants of known benefit to man. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rain forest; over 60% of the trees are endemic and many of these are rare; and there are 21 endemic bird species, and a number of rare insects, reptiles and amphibians (IUCN Technical Evaluation). The long-term success of conserving Sinharaja depends upon the sustainable development of its buffer and peripheral zones through a participatory approach emphasizing the involvement of local people. Construction of hotels on peripheral zones and constructions of roads over the protected areas are bound to result in irrecoverable damages to this world heritage site Mountain Peaks of Sinharaja Rain Forest Hinipitigala Peak – 1,171 m Dotugala Peak – 769 m Mulawella Peak – 760 m Kosgulana 797 m Hinipitigala West 1170 m Hinipitigala East 1168 m Pathinigala 605 m Sinhagala 742 m Tibbotagala 904 m Kohilarambe 757 m Rivers of Sinharaja Rain Forest Koskulana Ganga Maha Ganga Kudawa Ganga Maha Dola Pitakele Ganga Gin Ganga Kalukandawa Gin Ganga Napala Dola Aranuwa Dola

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Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ayurveda translates into English as the Science of Life (Ayur - life, veda - science). Ayurveda is the oldest and most developed life science of natural healing in the world. Life is the outcome of the union of body (Sharir), sense organs (Indriya), Psyche (Mana) and Soul (Atma). “Ayurveda” is not only a form of medication – it is a way of life known to generations of Sri Lankans for over 3000 years. The health conscious today are searching for effective alternatives to the spiraling costs and side effects that result from the use of modern medicine. Sri Lankans, in the last couple of millennia has made use of the “user-friendly and traditional medicine – Ayurveda” which over 75% of the island’s population depend on because of its reliance on natural plants, herbs and oils. Three vital forces of Ayurveda Ayurveda is not merely a system of Healing, but an entire way of life that aims to bring about the perfect balance of the entire personality - body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda is based on theory of tridosha of the three Biological forces - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Disease arises when there is an imbalance among the three Doshas and aim of the therapy is to bring about the required equilibrium. Types of Ayurveda Massages Ayurveda Body Massage This is the application of oil on the body with the help of palms. The abhyanga (Massage) is used for relaxation, as well as giving tone to the muscles and promoting blood circulation. The regular application of oil gives longevity, strengthens the muscles and relieves fatigue. It also treats diseases of the nervous system (Vata Roga). The selection of the type of oil depends on the diagnosis of the physician and the duration of the treatment is usually for 30-40 minutes. Ayurveda Head Oil Application This is the application of oil and massaging with the help of hands. Different types of oils are used according to the guest’s condition and any ailments if present. It improves the blood circulation and prevents and cures headache and migraine. It also prevents and cures hair loss, baldness and premature graying of hair and helps hair growth. It promotes eye sight and clears the complexion of the face. It helps the individual to sleep and is good for stress and mental diseases. It is also good for conditions such as facial paralysis and hemiplegia (paralysis). Ayurveda Facial Treatment Herbal pastes and steam are used to smooth out wrinkles and clear the skin. Ayurveda Herbal Bath Herbal leaves and roots are boiled and the water is poured on the patients. Different types of herbal water is used according to any prevalent ailment and the condition of the patient. Ayurveda Herbal Steam Bath Herbal leaves and roots are boiled and the steam passed through the body for a prescribed period of time. Indications – obesity, joint pains. Ayurveda Nasal Treatment Medicated oils, herbal juices, powders etc. are administered through the nose tract. This treatment is very effective for chronic sinusitis, chronic headache, migraine, facial paralysis, nasal congestion, cataract and diseases of eye, nose, ear, mouth and head. Ayurveda Arm Massage Headaches, neck pain, aching shoulders or tired hands can all be caused by tension in the arms. Massaging the arms helps the arms and shoulders to relax, and can alleviate many of these problems. Ayurveda Leg Massage By stimulating the circulation, massaging brings blood and nutrients to the legs and helps to prevent varicose veins. Gentle stroking up the legs towards the lymph nodes can help to reduce puffiness or swelling in the lower legs. Help to reduce accumulation of cellulite, dry skin and flabby thighs. Ayurveda Neck & Shoulder Massage Special herbal oil is applied to the neck and the shoulder to release muscular spasms, rheumatic pain and stress related conditions as the neck and the shoulder area is so often stiff and tense. This is due to the neck muscles having to continuously support the head and also many people habitually hunch their shoulders, making the muscles at the sides of the neck very tense. Ayurveda Foot Massage During a foot massage, special attention is focused on the tender spots. This massage produces a reflect effect on the internal organs as well as creating a combined soothing and invigorating effect. Massage of the feet prevents and cures dryness, numbness, roughness, fatigue, and cracking of the heels. It strengthens walking and running.

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Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Our state of the art Ayurveda hospital in Sri Lanka offers professional consultation to both local & foreign patients everyday of the week. A wide range of treatments are delivered to patients by a panel of well experienced Ayurveda specialist doctors who are renowned for providing customized remedies combined with personal care & attention. Additionally, our hospital is the only Ayurveda hospital to have a panel of renowned consultants visiting on a regular basis. What makes our hospital standout is that 90% of the medicine used in our treatments are produced locally by Siddhalepa using all natural ingredients. Keeping up with international standards and ensuring both safety and authenticity, our ISO standard medicine has become a trusted name around the world. Treatments Our service to you is not limited solely to the curing of ailments and other diseases, but as a preferred Sri Lanka Ayurveda hospital, we remain committed to ensuring that you reconnect with your inner self, thus giving you a sense of contentment and fulfilment to your lifestyle. We administer the ‘Panchakarma’ treatment that is successful in maintaining the smooth functioning of your body while alleviating any form of stress. Our medicated oils have been used throughout the years to relieve one of aches and pains and visitors ought to make use of these healing properties to ease and loosen tensed muscles. Further, the softening and improving of the skin’s textures are taken care of by our experts through the use of mineral and herbal baths that leave your skin refreshed and healthy. Services & Facilities With an expert panel of Ayurveda doctors together with a range of available in-house treatments, the Siddhalepa Hospital continues in its endeavour of being at the forefront of affording well thought out therapeutic healing. As an Ayurveda hospital Sri Lanka is well known for, visitors can expect a heartfelt service that comprises specialist consultations, OPD service, 24-hour ambulance and an array of facilities to take advantage of during the course of one’s treatment Hospital Facilities Private room Attendant services Bed Hot and cold water Carefully prepared meals in accordance with dietary plans Telephone Pharmacy facilities Ayurveda product shop Other Facilities Ambulance facilities E-channelling Medical insurance - Sri Lanka Insurance – Health Plus - Janashakthi InsuranceAsian Alliance – Health Net - Union Assurance - Agrahara - Ceylinco Insurance – Suwa Sampatha - AIA Insurance - Hayley’s AIG Insurance - Amana Takaful Insurance - Employees Trust Fund – Hospital Medical Insurance Scheme – Shrama Suwa Rekawarana OPD Our team of highly qualified Ayurvedic doctors in Sri Lanka perform general physician services for outpatients as required. Referral services to specialists are also offered in the event that they are deemed necessary. Patients can visit the hospital daily from 07:00am till 08:00pm. Channeling The Siddhalepa Hospital offers quality professional medical assistance from experienced Ayurvedic doctors in Sri Lanka, who are also available for consultation on a permanent basis at various clinics which are affiliated with and maintained by the hospital. Clinic - Arthritis - Respiratory Disorders - Skin Diseases - Psoriasis - Asthma - Dislocation Features of Joints & bones - Mental Disorders - Gynecological Diseases - Neurological Diseases and Paralysis - ENT Disorders - Diabetes - Slimming Treatments

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Treasure Hunt in the wild for Kids

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Go on an exciting treasure hunt through the jungle/ village path on an ATV/chally bike. Learn about nature and village life on your quest to find hidden treasure– This is an ultimate adventure for your kids. Let them join us in a true adventure while you enjoy your free time! Or come along! Habarana is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike – an ideal destination for families wanting to play together in the outdoors. We explore this through a multitude of activities: hiking in the forests, swimming in the tanks (optional and not always possible due to weather), doing out door tasks, and traditional net fishing with a village fisherman, exploring the wildlife and searching for treasure. It is definitely the most unique and the best kids activities, so get ready to get wet and muddy. You will be riding an ATV/ challyBike/ hiking in the forest, while searching for treasureand learning about our surroundings and bird life (identifying local birds). Your children will reveal the mystery of lost treasure and will be the ones to find it. A great time for the whole family.

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Rhythm and Blues (R&B)

Colombo, Sri Lanka

R&B is the ultimate party destination - armed with a new look, a night out is set to be unique in every respect. It first opened its doors back in 2000 and has grown to become one of Colombo's most famous night spots as well as an institution. R&B prides itself on its sophisticated atmosphere and creative detail that goes into every drink and dish served, successfully creating a venue where partying and dining can coexist under one roof. The new outdoor gardens provides a relaxed atmosphere to sit back and enjoy what our excellent chefs can cook up for you. Not forgetting our extensive wine list - the perfect accompaniment to your dining experience. The club, framed by its tables and comfortable booths with lighting and sound installations create the perfect environment for even the most discerning party-goer. Whether dancing the sounds of the very best in live music that Colombo has to offer, or simply relaxing at your table, each guest can expect unsurpassed service from our highly experienced team of staff. Offering an enticing list of spirits, wines, cocktails and champagne they will ensure you and your guests have a night to remember.

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