Excursions & Experience



FISHING IN SRI LANKA

With its extensive coast-line and numerous reservoirs and lakes, Sri Lanka is an excellent place to cast your line and participate in the exciting sport of inland and deep sea fishing. Inland fishing can be arranged at any time of year due to the constant smoothness of the water on inland waterways and reservoirs located around Sri Lanka . However, as with all sea-based activities, Sri Lanka 's deep sea fishing is dependent on the season, with western and southern coasts accessible from November to April and the east coast being more suitable from May to September. You can choose to fish from the beach itself or go further out to sea in an in-built or out-board fibre-glass motor boat and try troll fishing. All safety jackets, rods and bait, and other equipment will be supplied. Fishing tours can be arranged on a day basis or as part of a longer itinerary.

AGRO TOURISM IN SRI LANKA

In recent times there has been a tremendous increase in the interest surrounding the concept of Agro tourism, and Sri Lanka is no exception. Sri Lanka’s complex paddy cultivation systems (developed over the course of 2500 years), huge ancient irrigational tanks and many tea and rubber plantations are just some examples of its diverse agricultural developments and agro tourism will be catering to a niche market of agro tourists.


At Sri Lankan Expedition we can arrange any agricultural experience ranging from milking cattle on a dairy farm, having a go at plucking tea leaves using the traditional ‘bag-on-the-head' method, rubber tapping under expert guidance, or even working in the many picturesque paddy fields of Sri Lanka

ECO TOURISM IN SRI LANKA

Eco tourism in Sri Lanka is a huge trend right now, where most people want to experience their surroundings of the purest form, such as pristine seas and unexplored wilderness. A lot of rain forests are among the list of places to visit in eco-tourism. Pearly beaches and small islands are also famous among tourists. When it comes to wildlife, camping at night, getting a closer look at animals are the main features of it. Hiking, Mountain climbing, canoeing, kayaking are a part of eco-tourism that ensures maximum exposure to nature with a minimal infrastructure. A lot of rules follow when travelling, littering is absolutely prohibited, no vandalizing any properties or feeding any wild animals. The rainforests are to maintained at their virgin states as much as possible. Eco-tourism is the next best thing when visiting Sri Lanka, it gives you da opportunity to be as close to nature as you can ever get.

WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka is one of the top Overseas Wedding destinations set for a traditional Sri Lankan wedding or for a simple ceremony on the beach. Diverse locations are available and choice is yours, Hill country locations amidst the Tea Plantation, Beach, Jungle and many more…


Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life so to make it a memorable occasion for both you and your guests; why not have the Wedding ceremonies in a unique location in the very heart of nature in Sri Lanka? Picture making you vows standing on a temporary platform (made from all natural materials and decorated with beautiful flowers) suspended over the Belihuloya River, with the Bakers Falls waterfall serving as a back drop. Or why not have an evening Wedding ceremony next to a reservoir, with the famous Sigiriya rock in the background. How is a waterfall as a backdrop?

Candles and oil lamps can illuminate the area and a mouthwatering buffet can be served under the shelter of the nearby forest. Traditional touches of Sri Lanka such as the inclusion of local dancers, drummers, costumes and cuisine as well as the practice of local customs like cutting a ‘kiri bath' in a ‘kulla' (a milk rice alternative to the traditional wedding cake) will make the occasion a truly Sri Lankan experience! After the ceremony, we can arrange a whole honeymoon itinerary tailor-made to your exact requirements.

GEMS IN SRI LANKA

Sanctified by picturesque landscapes, crystalline waves kissing the palm fringed golden sandy beaches, misty mountains and friendly people, this island paradise homes an astonishing assortment of vividly coloured precious Gemstones. Throughout history, the brilliance of Sri Lankan Gemstones inspired kings, traders and historians across the globe. The legacy continues, as Sri Lanka still holds the crown for producing world class Gemstones. Welcome to the ‘Rathna Dveepaya’ or the ‘Gemmed Island’; and be mesmerized by the beauties unearthed every day.


Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, has been known to the world for centuries as a land blessed with dazzling Gemstones. Sea faring traders from all over the world chose this magical land as a much sought after port of call in their voyages searching for the world’s finest gem stones. Famous historical chronicles testify that royals around the world, including the English Royal Family

have adorned their icons of monarchy with Gemstones from Sri Lanka.

Spanning across 65,000 square Kilometres, out of which 80% of the landmass undisputedly declared as ‘Potential Gem Bearings’, Sri Lanka possesses the highest density of Gemstone deposits in the world producing over 70 varieties out of around 200 known Gemstone varieties in the world.

JEWELLERY IN SRI LANKA

The jewellery manufacturing industry at present employs approximately 15,000 persons of which around 10,000 are registered individual craftsmen while the rest is employed in factories and workshops producing jewellery mainly for the export market. There may be around 1,500 unregistered employees working under registered craftsmen. About 60% of the jewellery workshops and craftsmen are located mainly in the rural areas of Southern and Central provinces and in pockets in the North Western, Eastern and Northern provinces. 30% and 10% of jewllery workshop are located in suburban and urban areas respectively.


The jewellery manufacturing industry in Sri Lanka mainly consists of three sectors such as manufacturing for exports, local market and tourists’ trade. Sri Lanka’s main markets for jewelleries

are Japan, Germany, USA, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. During recent times, silver jewellery studded with semi- particularly moonstones and low quality precious stones have gained popularity. A large number of traditional jewellery have adapted themselves to producing modern designs particularly for the German market. Jewellery design and manufacturing have undergone a lot of changes during the past few decades. The use of computer software to create modern designs and casting jewellery for bulk production has come to play a major role in the jewellery industry.

AYURVEDA TREATMENTS IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka is a country of rich heritage, one of which is its indigenous system of Medicine, which has been racticed by the people since time immemorial. The Ayurveda system of medicine from North India, the Siddha system of medicine from South India and the Unani system of medicine of Arabs enriched with contributions from the traditional system of medicine called Desheeya Chikitsa is popularly known as the Indigenous system of medicine in Sri Lanka.


The word "Ayurveda" originated from one of the pristine language called Sanskrit. Ayurveda into two segments as "Ayur" and "Veda", these two words stands for "Life" and "Science". [Science of Life]


Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest approaches to medicine. This is an ancient healing system is based on 5000 years of tradition. Also this healing system has been use for more than 5000 years in India & Sri Lanka. Still today in Sri Lanka approximately 60% of the populations are treated with healing system. Ayurveda an approach to healing that has been proven and tested over thousands of years and that only uses medicines that are found in nature.

The major source of Ayurvedic knowledge is the "Vedas" the sacred texts of knowledge of Hindu God called Load Brahma, (MAHA BRAHMA). The God Maha Brahma introduced this healing system for both achievement of "Enlightment" and also to prevent from disorders. "Ayurveda" published two Ayurvedic sub categories such as "Three Dosha" and "Panchakarmaya".


Three Dosha

VATHA (Air)

PITHA (Bile)

KAPHA (Phlegm)


This healing method that does entirely without chemicals. Health means harmony between BODY and SOUL. Ayurveda Re - Establishes the balance between body and soul. Maintaining and Re - Establishing health has always been the aim of Ayurveda. I you adopt a preventative approach and avoid anything that has a damaging influence on your body and soul, you will be able to preserve your health. Ayurveda will assist you with this healing method.

WOOD CARVING IN SRI LANKA

Thanks to the abundance of timber in Sri Lanka, traditional architecture was made of wood, and this led to a strong heritage of woodcarving skills.


Handicraft of woodcarving in Sri Lanka has a long history. The tradition of woodcarving in Sri Lanka is manifested at Lankatilaka Temple and Embekke Devale at Kandy. At these temples, miniature replicas of the low-relief wood carving done by the traditional woodcarvers can be bought at fair prices. The three dimensional carvings of ebony elephants, Buddha are popular in Sri Lanka. Wood-carved decorative panels are used widely in Sri Lanka in the trade of interior decoration too.


A wide range of handicraft items made of wood combine utility and beauty adding elegance to your lifestyle. wall hangings, fancy jewelry, figurines, sculpture, lacquer products, gift boxes, toys, educational items for pre-school children, household items are some of the woodcraft items produced in Sri Lanka.

BATIK IN SRI LANKA

Batik is of Indonesian roots, yet in Sri Lanka, the craft has developed into a unique style to produce shirts, sarongs, dresses, shorts, wall hangings, cushions covers, bed hangers and a multitude of décor items. Batik handicraft products are of distinctive designs in vibrant colors.


The time consuming technique in producing high quality Batik involves multiple waxing and dyeing of cloth on which the design is done. In the end all wax is scraped out and then boiled. The cloth is made to absorb colors of the dyes further by the use of Hydrochloric Acid. Drying in the sun brightens up the colors. The number of colors in batik is the precise indication of the number of times it was immersed in the dye bath and application and removal of wax. That is to say a multicolored design of Batik involves a great deal of work than a Batik design in just a couple of colors.


Today, since chemical dyes too have come into the equation in addition to the traditional dyes, the spectrum of colors in Batik seems to have become endless. Originally a cottage industry, today manufacture of Batik products is done at workshop level in the South-western coastal areas of as well as the Central area of Sri Lanka.

HANDLOOM INDUSTRY IN SRI LANKA

The Handloom Textile Industry in Sri Lanka has a centuries old history. This tradition of handloom weaving has been brought down from generation to generation in the country. The Sri Lankan weavers succeeded in creating a distinct identity of their own by transforming the traditional woven patterns and color schemes into the beautiful textile designs.


Sri Lanka’s handloom industry is a highly labor intensive, export oriented rural based industry. It demonstrates excellent fabric handling properties partly due to its weaving method. The fabrics presently manufactured in Sri Lanka are mostly of cotton with relatively small quantities of rayon’s, and polyester cotton. Sri Lanka also produces a range of products by using silk yarn. These textile products have been able to compete successfully with machine made fabrics.


The industry provides livelihood for a large number of households in the country particularly in the South, Central and Eastern Provinces. Sri Lankan handloom manufacturers are capable of producing attractive handloom textile products to the international market with a range of designs and colors to satisfy the specific requirements of the international market. Internationally there is a very good demand for handlooms while Sri Lankans too wear handloom clothing

SPICES AND SPICE GARDENS IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka is famous for its spices and spices gardens. These spice gardens offers tourists memorable visits to various spice plantations in Sri Lanka. In order to promote and uplift spice growing and spice gardens of Sri Lanka a spice council was established with all key industry private and public sector stakeholders. During early historical times Sri Lanka Known as Taprobane, was world renowned for its quality spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade.


There are some 4,000 different species of plants at Peradeniya Gardens. The 10,000 or so trees, which are the stars, are mature, lofty giants, many of them tropical timber trees. Highlights of the collection include the Giant Bamboo of Burma, capable of growing to 40 meters’ height (130 feet), with a 25-centimetre (10-inch) stem diameter and it can grow by a rapid 30 centimeters a day (12 inches).

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