SRI LANKA

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SRI LANKA

The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka, located in the Indian Ocean has a very expansive past that tracks back to the dawn of time. Its nature is copious and unspoilt from the modernity of time. The original soul of Buddhism goes strong and still flourishes in the country’s vast lineage. One of the rarer places on the planet that offers its visitors a breath-taking blend of untouched beaches, superb scenery with a cavil cade of life changing experiences that will travellers grasping for more. VIP-Blog-Sri-Linka-4

Culture

VIP-Blog-Sri-Linka-1 The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka, located in the Indian Ocean has a very expansive past that tracks back to the dawn of time. Its nature is copious and unspoilt from the modernity of time. The original soul of Buddhism goes strong and still flourishes in the country’s vast lineage. One of the rarer places on the planet that offers its visitors a breath-taking blend of untouched beaches, superb scenery with a cavil cade of life changing experiences that will travellers grasping for more.

Heritage

Sri Lanka with its about 3000 years of history holds some of world’s antiquated urban areas including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Digamadulla. Leftovers of these once eminent urban areas, are their castles, sanctuaries, religious communities, doctor’s facilities and theatres unpredictably cut and demonstrated out of stone lay relinquished amid the taking off mountains. Of all the old locales, the most extremely popular and most lovely is the Kingdom of Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka’s third and the longest serving capital and one of the most seasoned constantly possessed urban areas on the planet is likewise a standout amongst the most holy urban areas of World Buddhists. It was the capital of Sri Lanka from the Fourth Century BC up to the turn of the eleventh Century and was a standout amongst the most steady and sturdy focuses of political power and urban life in South Asia. Anuradhapura was relinquished because of the rehashed South Indian Invasions and was in the long run overlooked with time until it was rediscovered in the mid-19th century. Polonnaruwa, the second most old kingdom of the nation was first made the political focal point of the nation in the ninth century BC. The kingdom’s transcendence was brief and a South Indian attack pushed the political focus towards the focal point of the nation by the eleventh century. Today the old city of Polonnaruwa stays one of the best arranged archaeological relic destinations in the nation, a declaration to the significance of the Kingdom’s first rulers.

 

Scenic Beauty

Nuwara Eliya

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A nineteenth century hill station Nuwara Eliya holds its frontier feeling with its fairway, men of honour’s clubs and deride Tudor structures. It is a standout amongst the most delightful areas in Sri Lanka for a beautiful rail ride. Encounter the staggering perspectives of the encompassing tea estates, waterfalls and sensational mountains the prepare takes you from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.

Sigiriya Rock

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The spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s significant attractions which were worked by King Kassapa 1 (477-95). As per narrative Mahawansa, he changed the regular rock into a magnificent Palace with water gardens, channels, dividers and frescoes. The stone summit was supplanted with a glory royal residence complex, which was drawn nearer through a block – fabricated passage entered through a vast mouth of a lion based on the level. Exceptionally compelling is the exhibition of frescoes, which were painted on the sheer rock face. Just 22 out of assessed 500 pictures have remained now, however some of them are truly in amazingly great condition.

Places to visit

Kandy

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The slope city of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala Kings and is a beguiling spot offering a living record of a wonderful past and is set around an alluring man-made lake in beautiful slope nation. It is the site of Sri Lanka’s most prominent yearly exhibition, the Esala Perahera Festival in August, otherwise called the Kandy Festival when a huge number of individuals from all parts of the nation and Elephants are paraded in the patios of the sanctuary amid Esala Perahera

Colombo

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As the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a cutting-edge city loaded with great lodgings, eateries, in the open-air bistros, shopping and each type of transport possible. Simply off the north end of Galle Road is the Fort, once a provincial fortress however now home of numerous administration homes and workplaces. Toward the south is Galle Face Green, a shoreline promenade where casual cricket diversions are played out among city society. Only east of the Fort is the Pettah, a customary bazaar where you can appreciate a vivid retail encounter.

 Galle

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With the Indian Ocean lapping at its walled outskirts, Galle is a beguiling verifiable city situated on Sri Lanka’s west drift. Overflowing with shocking provincial structures and injected with the fragrance of intriguing flavours, Galle is a mix of societies and strikes a harmony amongst advancement and artefact, giving itself a one of a kind social personality that doesn’t neglect to charm and excite. The most well-known part of the city is the Fort, which is encompassed by the ocean on three sides and envelops a whole flourishing group, finish with boutiques, bistros and workplaces. Initially worked by the Dutch in the 1600s, the principle fascination of the post is basically meandering around, drenching up the environment and savouring in the serenity that accompanies an absence of activity. Once a hideaway for bohos and flighty expats, the sluggish boulevards of Galle are awakening because of remote money and premium.

Food

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The cuisine in Sri Lanka have a few staples such as rice, coconut and spices. The South Indian influences are also present in the flavours shaping the ever-volatile Sri Lankan cuisine. The traditional Moor dishes are influenced by Middle East while dishes like Bolo Fiado (Portuguese-style layer cake), Lamprais (rice cooked in stock and baked in a banana leaf) and Breudher (Dutch Holiday Biscuit) were created from Portuguese and Dutch influences found with the island’s Burgher community. A few of the tasty dishes are Kottu, which is a spicy stir-fry of shredded roti bread with vegetables. Hoppers is a pan-fried or steamed dish which is based on a fermented batter, usually made of rice flour and coconut milk with spices and there’s Pittu which are cylinders of steamed rice mixed with grated coconut.

Famous Restaurants

The Gallery Café

Opened in 1998 in the previous workplaces of incredibly famous modeler Geoffrey Bawa, The Gallery Café offers an exceptional blend of workmanship and gastronomy inside its barometrical lounge area. As a feature of the Paradise Road complex, guests can view a craftsmanship display which has a revolving choice of nearby craftsmen and architects before taking a seat to eat. In the lounge area they will be served the best in credible Sri Lankan toll, utilizing just the freshest nearby fixings. The lemon grass and ginger chicken, dark pork curry and prawn curry with sautéed kankun all come exceptionally suggested, as do the Café’s numerous mixed drinks.

 

Nihonbashi

Named the 38th best eatery in Asia by San Pellegrino, Nihonbashi is controlled by Japanese-Sri Lankan culinary expert restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, who conveys a cut of Japanese style to the Sri Lankan capital. The stylistic layout intentionally brings out the Zen like quiet of a Japanese garden, with delicately gurgling wellsprings and a moderate, downplayed environment. The food is comparatively straightforward, using the most sensitive blends to bring the best out of sashimi and sushi, all of which is given lovely tender loving care. Each thing on the menu is set up to flawlessness, with a charcoal flame broil and hotpot dishes to go with the mark sushi and sashimi.

How to Reach Sri Lanka

Via Air

Sri Lanka is only accessible by air. Bandaranaike International Airport, otherwise called Colombo International Airport, is the main airplane terminal in Sri Lanka. There are general flights of Indian Airlines from Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai to Colombo. You can travel to Colombo from other significant centre points in India including Delhi and Mumbai.

 

Do’s & Don’ts in Sri Lanka

  • Take the train through the hill country
  • Know the average prices in Sri Lanka
  • Get a local SIM card
  • Try the ‘short eats’ and know that places selling them
  • Don’t Ride the elephants
  • Don’t underestimate the distance between places in Sri Lanka

When to Visit

The best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country if Sri Lanka is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September.

 

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