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About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an exotic land set within 65,606 sq km island. strand of precious pearls, Sri Lanka offers more variety for a holidaymaker than any other country, Perhaps all what others have to offer beautifully packed into one small Island.

A simple world rooted in the ethics of the Sinhalese culture, its hospitality and ambience, this is a world that calls you from across the roaring waves. Experience this paradise with Hermes International Ltd .

Some of the unique attractions Sri Lanka could offer to all visitors.

  • ·One of the highest level of Bio-diversity lushes and varied vegetation ranging from Paddy fields to plantations
    · Picturesque rivers, lakes and water falls.
    · Canals and Rivers that are maneuverable by canoe and rafting.
    · High, but not insurmountable mountain ranges.
    · Several sites that could be offered for camping.
    · Exotic fauna and flora.
    · Wildlife reserves.
    · Nature based activities (Eco Tourism).
    · An ancient and rich religious Cultural heritage.
    · Ruins of a civilization that flourished over 2000 years ago.
    · World Heritage sites (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Galle, Sinharaha Rain Forest).
    · An indigenous system of medicine (Ayurvedha).
    · Attractive Golf Courses in Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.
    · Deluxe accommodation and small and luxury hotels.
    · Smiling and friendly people.

 

Colombo
Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries it is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the Old World charm is retained. As an example there is a 100 year old clock tower and several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are the Pettah bazaar where one can shop for a bargains, the old Parliament in Fort, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall - BMICH, an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the People's Republic of China .

 

Colombo

Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura is the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of the ancient Sri Lanka . It is the home of two World Heritage sites. Many places of historical and archaeological interest could be visited. Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo-Tree) was brought as a sapling of the tree under which prince Siddhartha attained to enlightenment and it is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world. At Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), the 1600 stone columns you see are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) is the most famous of all the Dagobas. It originally depicted the perfect 'bubble shape" that modern restoration has not been able to accurately reproduce. 'Samadhi' Buddha statue (4th century AD) is one of the most famous statues, depicting the Buddha in a state of 'Samadhi' or deep meditation. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century B.C) is well known for its rock carvings of 'The Lovers'. Kuttam Pokuna - twin ponds (6th century AD) was used by the Buddhist monks as a bathing pool. Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) is the oldest Dagoba in the island, which enshrines the right collarbone of the Buddha.

Thereafter proceed to Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka . On this rock are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of 15 feet wide granite slabs leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

 

 

 

Anuradhapura

Polonnaruwa
Do a city tour of Polonnaruwa which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya -where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king Parakramabahu's statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as, the Shiva temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former temple of the Tooth.

 

Pollonnaruwa

Sigiriya
Thereafter return to Sigiriya and explore the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the 'Heavenly Maidens' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

 

Sigiriya

Dambulla
Enroute visit the Dambulla Rock Temple . Climb up to the temple which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka 's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

 

Dambulla

Matale
Visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

 

Kandy
In Kandy , do a city tour. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive ary Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

 

Kandy

Nuwara Eliya
Enroute visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka 's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka 's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka 's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia .

 

Nuwara Eliya

Peradeniya
Visit Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya which has been first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

 

Peradeniya

Pinnawala
Thereafter proceed to Pinnawala and visit the Elephant Orphanage which is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also you could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see the elephants having their daily bath.

 

Pinnawala

Yala National Park
In the afternoon do a safari of the Yala National Park by Jeep. Yala is the largest national Park in Sri Lanka and is the home of wild Elephants, wild Boar, wild Buffaloes, Leopard, Bear, Deer and Crocodiles. You can also see large flocks of migratory in indigenous birds.

 

Yala National Park

Galle
In Galle , do a city tour, which was once the chief port of Ceylon , as Sri Lanka was named by the British. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres), which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663 which is a world heritage site.

 

Galle

Mihintale
Mihintale where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka . On this rock, there are many shrines and dwellings originally used by monks. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of 15 feet wide granite slabs leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

 

Mihintale

Aukana
Aukana Buddha statue, which is beyond doubt the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka . It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 feet (12 metres) high.

 

Aukana

Kitulgala
Kitulgala was the location where the famous film 'Bridge on the River Kwai' was filmed. Also en route observe the waterfalls St. Clare's and Devon .

 

Kitulgala

Elephant Back Safari
Do an Elephant back safari in the surrounding area of Habarana. This excursion takes you along one of the most picturesque sites through to the jungle, with the opportunity of observing bird life around the hotel garden as well as on the trek to the surrounding forest and foothill. Also, a variety of large and small animals live in the surrounding forest could be seen.

 

Eliphant Back Safari

Minneriya
Minneriya National Park by jeep. The extent of the Minneriya National Park is about 8,889 hectares. There are wet lands in this National Park, which have international importance, animal and plant species, which are plenty in dry zone are found in this park. Wild elephants, various amphibians, local and immigrant bird species are plenty in this park. About 160 species of birds, 09 amphibians, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are bamboo trees, which are rare in other parks and wild elephants can be seen conveniently. The significant feature is that these elephants can be seen going close to them.

 

Horton Plains
After breakfast proceed to Horton Plains which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 7,000 feet (2134 metres) elevation. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the 'World's End', considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka . The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name.

 

Horton Plains

Kitulgala.
The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka ) flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning movie "Bridge on the River Kwai" was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from some unknown civilization.

 

Kataragama
Kataragama is perhaps the most visited holy places in the country. Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims flock to the shrines located there. The deity most often associated with Kataragama is Skanda. Buddhists travel to Kataragama ostensibly to visit the Kirivehera,

 

Kataragama

Lankatilaka Temple / Gadaladeniya Temple / Embekke Devalaya

Visit the Lankatilaka Temple built in 1314 in traditional Sinhala style. Also, visit the Gadaladeniya Temple , built almost exclusively in stone in the same year. Both these temples are on a hilltop with a commanding view of the country side. Thereafter, visit the Embekke Devalaya built using wood, dating back to the 14th century.

 

Lankathilaka Temple

Udawattakele Sanctuary
This is a trek of rainforest rich in species that has enjoyed protection from historical times. It supports many species of bird life. Some of the common birds are Layard's Parakeet, Gold-fronted and Blue-winged Leafbirds, Spotted and Emerald Doves, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-fronted, Crimson-fronted and Brown-headed barbrts and Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.