Book Train Ticket Sri Lanka

Book Train Ticket Sri Lanka

Book Train Ticket Sri Lanka

How to Book a Train Ticket in Sri Lanka

Book Train Ticket Sri Lanka

Reserve in Person

Go to any of these stations and buy the ticket up to 30 days before the date of travel:

Aluthgama, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Bandarawela, Batticaloa, China Bay, Colombo Fort, Diyathalawa, Ella, Galle, Gal Oya, Gampaha, Haputale, Hatton, Hikkaduwa, Hingurakgoda, Jaffna, Kalutara South, Kandy, Kantale, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala, Matara, Nanu Oya, Nawalapitiya, Pallai, Peradeniya, Polgahawela, Polonnaruwa, Thabalagamuwa, Trincomalee, Valaichchenai, Vavuniya, Welikanda, Wellawatte

If reserved seating is sold out it is always possible to buy an unreserved ticket on the date of travel.

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Book by Telephone

Use the Mobitel or Hutch number 365 or Dialog number 444 to book in advance up to 30 days before the date of travel. You must have a Mobitel, Hutch or Dialog sim to use this service. There are more details on their websites:

The text or email confirmation must be converted to a rail ticket at one of the stations listed above or in any Mobitel or Dialog branch. You must produce the same ID when collecting the ticket that you used to make the reservation.

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Book Online

There are tour operators that will buy a ticket for you if you want to reserve before arriving in Sri Lanka. The cost is normally 2-3 times higher to reserve using this method.

They will reserve by telephone using the same method as above and forward you the text confirmation. See above for info on where to collect tickets. There are 24 hour Mobitel and Dialog counters at the airport.

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Ayurvedic Medicine Holy Tulsi Health Benefits

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Ayurvedic Properties of Tulsi Leaves

The holy Tulsi or basil leaves is an acclaimed herb in almost every Indian household for the past 5000 years. Known for its holiness, it is treated the ‘queen of herbs’. It is also very well known for its medicinal properties and is the base to almost every Ayurvedic medicine.

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Why these Basil Leaves are so special?

We now know that Tulsi leaves are a gift explored and passed over to us by our ancient seers. But, what did they explore and what makes these leaves to be termed the queen, let’s read:

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  • The best germicidal agent: When you have a cold or cough, try boiling a few Tulsi leaves with plain water. Extracting the decoction or filtering out the leaves and drinking down the water will bring great relief to your cold and cough irritation sooner than you expected. It will also soothe your infected respiratory tract. Now, don’t throw out the filtered out leaves, you can very much munch them for more beneficial results.
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  • An excellent anti-inflammatory solution: When you are suffering of flu or fever, there could be nothing more than Tulsi that can act against the influencing virus. For acute fevers, make a decoction out of boiled Tulsi leaves and half a teaspoon of cardamom powder + half a teaspoon of sugar. Use this as syrup to treat your fever and be cured of fever instantly.
  • Known for its strengthening capacity: In case you or your close ones are suffering from renal stones, then go to Tulsi for help. Make a juice out of Tulsi leaves, stir in a teaspoon of honey and drink up this juice on an empty stomach in the early morning to find wonderful results.

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  • Best immunity booster: If pollution takes a toll on your health, Tulsi is the go-to agent to boost your immunity against these harmful environmental agents. Pluck a few Tulsi leaves, rinse them well and chew these leaves to boost your body’s immunity power.
  • Expert cholesterol controller: Tulsi is the best cholesterol regulator. If you keep munching on Tulsi leaves, it will streamline your blood for its cholesterol levels and keep your blood cholesterol levels maintained. It contains Vitamin C and Eugenol as additional features, which have a splendid effect on cholesterol levels.

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  • The best solution for diabetes: If you have been fighting with high and uncontrollable diabetes counts, then Tulsi will spare you off the stress. Keep munching on fresh Tulsi leaves to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

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  • A one stop solution for beauty woes: There are many beauty complaints for the youth-pimples and acnes, dry or oily scalp, white heads or black heads, large pores on the skin, loosened skin which needs tightening and so on. Tulsi is just the solution you have to go for. Making a pack out of Tulsi for your hair and skin related problems; applying the same and leaving it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinsing it off will provide a solution to your beauty woes.
  • Infection fighting master: No matter what kind of infection you are suffering from, treat it with Tulsi. Drink down the Tulsi extract and be surprised to find that your infection has gone away at once!

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  • A good laxative: If you have been suffering from stomach infections, digestion problems and constipation, try drinking Tulsi juice on an empty stomach. You will be amazed at the miracle.
  • The best pain reliever: If you have been suffering from tooth pain/rheumatism, then treat it with a pack of Tulsi leaves to get relieved of pain instantly.

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  • Expert detoxifier: Smokers and drinkers who have recouped themselves from these bad habits and are looking for detoxifying their lungs from all those accumulated pollutants, then Tulsi is the best solution for this as well. Munching on Tulsi leaves will extract all the poison away from you.

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  • Promotes quick healing: If you have been suffering of an unhealable infection, then trust on Tulsi. Just munching on fresh leaves and taking in Tulsi extracts can do the wonder to your problems.
  • Treats cuts and wounds expertly: If you have had a recent cut or wound, apply some Tulsi pack over the affected area. Tulsi will fight those infections and drive away the pain instantly. You will be healed very soon with its miracle.

With all these pronounced professional qualities, now we know why it is the one-stop-solution for health problems. Try planting Tulsi leaves in your balcony or backyard-it not only brings benefits to your health, but also brings in positive vibrations to your living space because it is that holy!!

Probably that is why our grandmothers and moms worshipped the plant so very much. Even though we don’t get the real time for this plant’s worship, let us be a part of its medicinal worship-join the Tulsi revolution and spread the word of goodness to the world around you!

MAHAYANIST IN SRI LANKA

Ruhunu Province has several Mahayana sites with granite statues belonging to Mahayanist.

The figures at Buduruwagala in relief on the face of large rocks

Having visited Dematamal Vihara (featured last week), my next destination on the same road was Maligawila, a vast monastic complex with two huge statues of standing Maligawila Buddha and Dambegoda Avalokitheswara Bodhisattva statues belonging to Mahayanist.

As I venture into most of the archaeological sites around the country, I have encountered a number of Buddha images constructed often in a seated position, in the attitude of meditation, or standing. But, in some places I have seen, all the images are in a standing position as groups. There are other images in the recumbent posture. Travelling in the Ruhunu Province I have come upon several Mahayana sites with granite statues belonging to Mahayanist.

Among the standing statues are three colossal figures in granite. They are Avukana and Sasseruwa in the North Central Province and Buduruwagala and ‘Kustarajagala’ in Weligama, in the Ruhuna and some of the archaeological sites strewn around Ruhuna are the most outstanding relics today, from a period during which Mahayana and Tantric Buddhism held sway in Sri Lanka.

The beginning of Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka was probably in about the year 100 BC. This coincided with similar events in neighbouring India. There were many exchange of visits between the Indian and Sri Lankan Mahayanists. According to the Mahayanists, the attainment of individual liberation as followed by Theravada Buddhism was a selfish objective. They taught that the true followers of the Buddha should aspire to become a Bodhisattva so that he could later lead others to the path of liberation.

In Theravada Buddhism, there is only one Bodhisattva, Maitreya, while in Mahayanist there are innumerable Bodhisattvas. The latter religion has been called the ‘cult Bodhisattvas’. The elaboration of religious ritual and worship of images of both Bodhisattvas and others paramount in this religion later came to absorb Tantric practices.

In the latter it was taught that liberation may be realized through the repetition of sacred texts and formulae and through special types of yoga involving sexual intercourse with a shakti or ‘spiritual wife’. The influence of Tantrism resulted in the adaptation of Tantric goddesses, such as Tara, among the icons which were worshipped. The attendant figures at Buduruwagala rock reflect Mahayana-Tantric doctrines.

According to historical notes, Mahayanism reached its peak in Sri Lanka in the 3rd and 4th centuries. During this time it received royal patronage, chiefly from Gotabaya (253-266) and his second son Mahasena (276-303), in preference to the orthodox doctrines. Later, kings like Dhatusena (463-479) and Sena II (851-885) supported Bodhisatta worship but by this time Theravada Buddhism had been restored to its rightful place.

Apparently, most of the Mahayanist sites scatter around the Southern Province today. The first and most significant site is the awe-inspiring Buduruwagala. I too on several occasions in recent times, went along this roadway flanked by farmers’ huts, cottages and modern houses. Amidst the forest this forested mountain frontier, stand in all its serenity, the Buduruwagala tank which had been restored in the past years. It waters the rice fields worked by the peasantry there. The profile of the Namunukula, Bandarawela hills and the Ella gap loom over these frontiers.

Before us stood a rock boulder in the shape of an elephant’s back with its protruding head, and set beside this were these wonderful figures in groups in real relief pose. In the middle of these figures, stands a Buddha statue carved out of its boulder which appeared to have been sculptured in high relief in stucco. When observing these figures, these carving stand in a stone gallery of rock icons in separate groups.

To the right of this Buddha statue, is the largest carving of Bodhisattva (manifesting the doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism representing Avalokitesvara). The panel on its left symbolizes Maitriya- Maitri Bodhisattva, identified to be that of Sudhana Kumaraya.

The other figures in this panel of figures are those of Manjusri Bodhisattva and goddess Tara Devi supposed to be the consort of Avalokitesvara. Vajira Pani is also identified as one of the female figures. Goddess Tara Devi is mentioned in the Mahayana Tantric doctrine which had their origins in India.

From this rock gallery of carvings of human figures, it is seen that each of the Bodhisattva is flanked by a female companion on one side and a male on the other side. Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara is symbolized by the Dhyani Buddha Amitabbha in head dress as evident in this particular icon which appears on the right hand side of the Buddha statue.

Similarly, Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara statues and other Bodhisattva images had existed in ancient times, besides the remains found at Buduruwagala. Among them is the well-known Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara colossus icon at Dambegoda in Maligawila, Okkampitiya. This gigantic Avalokiteswara Bodhisattva statue which had fallen down many years ago, and lay in tatters in the tentacles of the dense jungle was restored and brought to the upright position it had stood in 1990. It was unveiled by the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa. This gigantic Avalokiteswara Bodhisattva statue is 16 metres high. It appears to date back to the same period of the Buduruwagala Bodhisattva statues around 9th-10th century A.D.

The other awe-inspiring Mahayana site where similar Avaloketeswara Bodhisattva statue exist, is at Weligama, on the main road to Galle, the well-known Kustarajagala. This statue also sculptured on the face of a solitary rock, is situated within the Weligama town. It is one of the finest Mahayana sculptures found in Sri Lanka.

This statue, belonging to the 7th-8th centuries AD had been carved inside a niche on the rock to protect it from the ravages of the weather. It is also referred to as a statue of God Natha, Maithri Bodhisattva, as well as Avalokestiswara. The statue is heavily draped in elaborate ornaments and clothes. The head-dress is elaborately designed with four figures on it. Many necklaces adorn the neck. Parts of the head-dress touch the shoulders. This is one of the most beautiful and intricately carved statues in Sri Lanka, suggestive of the influence in the peak of Mahayana Buddhism in the country, dated to the 10th century.

The other Mahayana sites where similar Avalokiteswara Bodhisattva statues exist is Situlpauwa, situated 24 kilometres from Tissamaharama, and is one of the major ancient monasteries in Magam Pattuwa (Southern Province, Ruhunu Rata), in the Yala National Park where two such Bodhisattva statues are found, one is headless. Even in the priceless archaeological site of Yatala in Tissamaharama, such Bodhisattva images have been discovered. The ancient site of Muhudu MahaVihara at Pottuvil also contains two elaborately carved Avalokiteswara Bodhisattva statues flanked by Buddha.

The belief in a Bodhisattva (future Buddha) is preached in the doctrine of Mahayanism. Avalokiteswara appears to be the Load of Compassion worshipped by Mahayana Buddhists. He is the guardian of the sick, according to the Mahayana school of Buddhism and is the Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara. The Buddha Amittabha denoting its head-dress as worn on his head. In Mahayans Bodhisattva statues, the face is directed towards Heaven and not towards the earth as the heavenly guardian of the sick and the infirm. In the precinctsof Dambegoda Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara, according to archaeologists, a hospital for the blind and sick were built in the blindman’s village called Kanagama, which had been known to be around Maligawila Dambegoda. The Bodhisattva statue of Weligama too has several legends related to sickness and the favourite among them seems to be that this statue was constructed under the patronage of a prince who had a skin disease, which was cured at this site.

Since all of these Bodhisattva Avalokiteswara figures in Ruhuna have been dated to the 10th century, these sculptures appear to have been built long after the peak of Mahayana Buddhism had faded.

Sri Lanka Beaches

ARUGAMBAY BEACH SRI LANKA

Hailed as one of the best surfing destinations in the world, many events are held each year under the patronage of Sri Lanka Tourism Authority to promote this beach, the ones to watch are regional championships held each year in May – June. Arugambay is located on southeast corner of the island in close proximity to Kumana, which is one of the best places for birdwatchers, and Lahugala another destination to observe elephants in Sri Lanka.

Further inland rising out of the line of trees in the distance one spots the lonely rock, standing above the rest called Kudumbigala. A stone inscription located here states that the monastery was built and gifted by Nandimithra, one of the ten generals (referred as giants) of King Duttugemunu in the pre-Christian era, Panama is an economical beach vacationers paradise for those with a constricted budget.

 

BENTOTA BEACH SRI LANKA

Bentota, a mere 45 minutes away from Colombo along the Southern express way, hails as a premier resort town with no less than 15 Star class Hotels clustered together plus numerous other less than 10 rooms boutique style hotels with Sun, surf and sand. This gives the visitor an ideal chance to stay in one and savour many different above water activities, Bentota has always been renowned as the water sport capital of Sri Lanka with the hoteliers in the area actively promoting water sports from adrenaline filled speed boat and jet ski riding, wind surfing, boogie boarding, water skiing, kite surfing, to a leisurely ride on a banana boat for the family & kids.

“Lunuganga” and “The Brief” are places where one should visit and meet the renowned landscaper Doolan Silva a gentleman and a friend, who owns the tropical garden with a famous mural done by Australian artist John Friend.

 

GALLE BEACH SRI LANKA

The first references of Galle port comes during King Solomons times which is believed to be “Tarish” in the Bible, and cinnamon has been the main export of Sri Lanka starting around 1400 years BC. Southern port of call for many ancient silk route bound ships, the Galle harbour or then known as “Gimhathitha” but the ancient mariner Ibn Battuta referes to it as “Qali” is located 119 kilometers from Colombo. The town reached its peak during the Dutch colonial period remnants’ of it lies today in the form of the UNESCO world heritage site of Galle Fort, which is also acclaimed as the largest remaining fortification in Asia, fortified by every European nation that set foot on the Island such was the importance of this port to their spice trade. Site and sounds of Galle includes, National Maritime museum, St.Mary’s cathedral and the Dutch fort built in 1663.

Two kilometres away is the famous beach resort town of Unawatuna, popular with foreign & local tourist alike for its placid deep blue sea, a fine reef for snorkelling also the only spot where one could spot whale shark the largest know fish in the world and not a shark, and one should also know that sharks are unheard of in Sri Lankan waters. The area is also frequented by turtles to lay eggs.

 

HIKKADUWA BEACH SRI LANKA

In 1940, the Hikkaduwa Rocky Islets were declared sanctuaries and was limited to the land boundaries of these rocky islets. In 1998 it was upgraded to the status of a nature reserve and later to a national park. The famed Coral Gardens and Telwatte Bird Sanctuary are the main attractions of Hikkaduwe which lies 98km from Colombo.

Foreign and local tourist come to see the famous “coral gardens” of Hikkaduwe, for the tourist who doesn’t like to get their feet wet glass bottom boats are available while others snorkel to reach them which are filled with brightly coloured corals and marine life.

 

INDURUWA BEACH SRI LANKA

Nestled along a small ravine in the west coast, was once a sleepy fishing village today however it has turned into a major hotspot for tourists looking for white sandy beaches with perfect surf to relax in. The town caters all types of accommodation facilities from star class to beach villa style accommodation.

 

KALPITIYA BEACH SRI LANKA

The Sinhalese chronicle Mahavamsa states that prince Vijaya landed in a place not too far from the present day Kalpitiya. A sandy headland which keeps the Kalpitiya lagoon sheltered from the Indian Ocean, the blue water with a calm surface beacons the kite surfers to try the breeze coming across the peninsular towards the land and enjoy a trouble free ride without the hassle of a sudden guest, which as every kite surfer knows can be a trifle more than tricky to handle on a board.

Kalpitiya is also the best place to see Dolphins and during the season you can witness Dolphin pods up to 1000 to 1500 members at most given times. We can arrange accommodation in a basic holiday cottage or a nice beach villa in Kalpitiya area or get a boat ride organised from Negombo and proceed to Kalpitya by sea, known hotspot for reef sharks, manta rays and occasionally turtles, in our opinion a week’s holiday here of snorkelling and diving will barely scratch the surface of what’s on offer.

 

KALUTARA BEACH SRI LANKA

The city gets its name from the “Kaluganga” river which flows past famous “Gangathilake” Temple with a hollow “stupa” and adored inside with many paintings, sits on the former location of the Kalutara British fort. First mentioned in the 11th century where a Tamil prince made this a temporary capital but was unable to hold it against the Sinhalese forces from the south. Today the region is more famous for lush coconut palms and the capital for rush and reed ware products along with the toddy tapper’s ropes running from coconut tree to coconut tree, a common sight in Kaluthara.

 

MADIHA BEACH SRI LANKA

 Best known as a “locals” surfing beach, near Matara. Great surf for intermediate to advanced levels. Both left and right side surf breaks – if there is surf “Down South” there will be surf here. There are no big hotel chains here – enjoy the peace and quiet of a “real” Sri Lankan comunity. Some great boutique villas and some simp[le and friendly guest houses.

MIRISSA BEACH SRI LANKA

The BBC documentary titled “Ocean Giants” featuring the mesmeric world of Whales and Dolphins, and the scientist’s effort to shed light on their habits and why they grow so large were filmed around Mirissa Sri Lanka and according to them 30 Blue Whales were sighted in a single day!

One of the best places in the world to see one of the only recorded resident blue whale colonies in their natural habitat. Dolphins are regularly spotted on whale watching trips organized from Mirissa and Dondra head on the south coast.

 

NEGOMBO BEACH SRI LANKA

Negombo, Situated six kilometres, a mere stones throwaway from the International airport of Sri Lanka, is a characteristic predominantly Christian fishing town with narrow streets and small boutiques and many a historic churches to visit and see, with its routes running back to the arrival of the Portuguese. Negombo is an ideal place to enjoy the traditional fishing methods of Sri Lanka, the out rigger canoe, the swifter catamaran and the lagoon famous for its promfret, lagoon crab & lobster during season. A resort town dotted with many hotels and restaurants and the famous lagoon, where one could take a ride in a out rigger sailing canoe and experience the authentic fisherman’s life.

 

NILAVELI BEACH SRI LANKA

Is a stretch of beach which is situated approximately 16 kilometres North of Trincomalle, passing a thriving lagoon on either side and lush coconut palm groves and hordes of cattle, note that the people in the area are predominantly Hindu and consider the cows sacred. Arriving at the hamlet of “Errakkandy”, a sharp right turn will take you down a gravel road to Nilaweli beach, almost a kilometre of in lenght, white sandy beach with gentle surf. Across the beach about two kilometres into the ocean you will see the famous pigeon island, named due to rock pigeons roosting on it by the hundreds and crystal clear water around it to snorkel on to the clear depths of a reef. Further up North you will see a cluster of reddish rocks which are referred to as the red rock beach.

 

PASIKUDA BEACH SRI LANKA

Pasikuda, meaning “green-algae-bay” is situated in Eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka between Kalkuda and the Indian Ocean, approximately 35 kilometers from Batticaloa Town. The turquoise blue waters of the bay attracts local and foreign tourist to this wide sandy place under the hot tropical sun to surf, swim or just frolic in the water. Many other activities are available from kite surfing, boogie boarding to surfing and sailing across in a canoe.

Long out of reach due to the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, is now re-emerging as a tourist hot spot in the East of Sri Lanka. Coconut palms and palmyrah tree adorn the shores of this area, due to the semi-arid state, Sun screen and a large brimmed hat is recommended along with lots of liquid, to keep the heat under control.

 

POLHENA BEACH SRI LANKA

Big open beach with a cafe and beach shop. Large car park and well lifeguarded. Stay away from the reef and the rest of the beach is quiet and safe. Good selection of accommodation within walking distance.

RANNA BEACH SRI LANKA

A sleepy off the track hamlet, famous as a secluded beach and ideal as a honeymooner’s getaway with strolls down almost six kilometres of beach hand in hand, famous for turtle landings, it is known that adjoining Rekawa beach is frequented by four of the six known types of turtles in the world. We suggest you to take a stroll down this pristine beach during the months of January to April & full moon “poya” days of the year to see these ancient wonderers of the sea labour onto the shore to lay eggs and disappear into the night, a amazing sight indeed. The Kalametiya bird sanctuary is a stone’s throw away and the ancient rock monastery of Mulkirigala inhabited by Buddhist priests from the 2nd century BC, also know as the 2nd lion rock is half an hour away.

 

TANGALLE BEACH SRI LANKA

The resort township of Tangalle, lying in the Deep South with nothing between it and Antarctica has some of the most beautiful un-crowded beaches in the island from Pallikkudawa to the famous pigeon bay with a small rocky islet off to a side to which one could walk over, where on one side a reef guards a rock pool with a myriad of marine life. The surf breaks here with the sound of gunfire at times and a little further off is the fisheries harbour of Tangalle where deep sea fishing vessels anchor.

 

TALALLA BEACH SRI LANKA

Squirreled away down muddy dirt tracks, this is one of those near-pristine beaches that really does define all the tropical-beach postcard clichés. This 1km-long curve of sand is mostly unspoiled by tourism development; the major man-made feature here is small fishing boats.You can reach Talalla’s narrow access road from two points on the main road; the best is at the 171km marker

 

TRINCOMALEE BEACH SRI LANKA

One of the finest natural deepwater harbours in the world, located in the eastern seaboard of Sri Lanka approximately 245km from Colombo. There is an account of “Gokanna”, as it was known during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa period, attracting great sea fares in the calibre Marco Polo and Ptolemy. The empire building British fortified it with fort Fredrick, which stands guard to this day with cannons intact, the approach of the natural harbour the other is the small Dutch fort both stand together. Famous swami rock (lovers leap) is inside the fort where one could dive into the deep water off a cliff next to one of the “Koneswaran” one of the oldest Hindu kovils on the Island. Most of the beaches in the area are wide and the water is crystal clear and one place not to miss is the marble beach, best you use the selections of hotels that will give you a bird’s eye view of the China bay.

About 16 km further north you’ll find yourself in “Nilaweli” beach with the famous Pigeon Island, the corals around the island is a great place to snorkel in our opinion and red rocks lying just 2 km offshore are reachable by small boat. The village of “Kanniyai” holds 07 wells that contain water from moderately warm water to very hot they are famous for their medicinal properties.

In our opinion Trincomalle has everything on offer whether it be a beach stay, diving to a shipwreck, snorkelling in crystal clear water, whale watching across the bay, kite surfing all this in city built on a headland, which naturally protects the massive harbour behind it, also a naval station of Sri Lanka navy.

 

 

UNAWATUNA BEACH SRI LANKA

Two kilometres away from Galle is the famous beach resort town of Unawatuna, popular with foreign & local tourist alike for its placid turquoise blue sea, a fine reef for snorkelling also the only spot where one could spot whale shark, the largest know fish in the world and not a shark, and one should also know that sharks are unheard of in Sri Lankan waters. The area is also frequented by turtles to lay eggs. Those of who are familier with the Indian epic of Valmiki Ramayana will no doubt be thrilled to know that when Rama dropped to the ground hit by powerful arrows fell unconscious and to bring him back to life Hanuman the monkey cheif was instructed to bring herbs from Himalaya. Hanuman being under a spell of forgetfulness due to cheeky behaviour forgot the name of the herb and lifted the whole mountain onto his back returned and parts of it fell off in five places in Sri Lanka and “Una-Watuna” or “Oh! Dropped a piece”.

 

WELIGAMA BEACH SRI LANKA

The Chronicles gives an interesting account of “Mahavalukagama” meaning big sandy city, today known as Weligama, where King Parakramabahu I sent his general, Rakkha to suppress the southern province, and the city has always been a port city with its half moon bay where many a ship anchored from time immoral. When approaching this picturesque Baytown in the Southeast of the island from Colombo, you will notice a curious little island with turquoise blue water around it called Taprobane on map but with many other local names which we leave for you to find along with the reasons, the other curiosity that you will notice is fisherman on stilts with fishing rods in hand seated motionless on the cross arm waiting like a rather curious bird, a method which is unique to this area. A sleepy town with pristine beach and strong surf is ideal for windsurfing and sail for the expert and novice alike. Join a deep sea fishing trip or join up on an out rigger canoe for a ride across the bay or on a sail boat to experience the best of Weligama bay.

 

 

Sri Lanka Beach Activities Information and Tours

Sri Lanka has around thirteen hundred kilometers of beautiful picture postcard style white sandy beaches.

There are many beach forms making semi private sheltered little coves, a sandy beach headland or a little bay, of all shapes sizes and colours.

Popular beaches can be found “Down South” Sri Lanka, some are a little crowded in the season, many are quiet and peacful.

Some beaches are famous for providing the best snorkeling safaris, while other beaches in the deep South and east are waiting for you to revel in their remoteness, serenity and unspoilt beauty, and are ideal for a refreshing day in the sun.

Sri Lanka beaches are ideal places for families and friends to meet and usually head to the beach on holidays, weekends, if only to gaze out at the sea.

The natural music of crashing waves brings peace and solitude, great for sharing with that special person in your life.

You can walk leisurely along the beach at sunset, enjoy a game of cricket on the beach, laze in the sun or cast a rod and fish for night’s dinner.

Whether it’s a lazy snorkel in crystal clear water or dive on a nearby reef, swim with a pod of friendly spinner dolphins in Kalpitiya, watch blue whales or dive onto a coral reef teaming with tropical fish marvelling at the explosion of colours hidden beneath the sea, or enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with gentle but massive blue whale off the coast of Mirissa or cavort with friendly dolphins off Dondra head, Sri Lanka has it all.

Fishing is the widespread occupation of many folk living along the coastal belt of Sri Lanka thus many fishing villages are abound.

There are many different ways to catch fish. the most picturesque and famous being “stilt fishing” technique found in the southern coastal areas. Discover the true “Malu Banna” chat with them and take the photos, they will also appreciate a small contribution to their family upkeep!

The deep south and eastern coastal areas are still natural although many are being developed as far as tourism is concerned. This is where you can enjoy an authentic village lifestyle and see for yourself how is the real Sri Lanka.

Once the sun dips over the horizon a whole new nocturnal world opens up for the visitor with the rhythmic moan of the Loris, the long continuous note of the cicada bringing a primeval ambience to life.

Ideal time to walk along the beach to watch fisherman either returning with the days catch, or leaving on their daily work, or watch turtles beaching to lay eggs.

Four types of turtles frequent Sri Lankan waters, the turtles are protected by law in Sri Lanka and possessing items made from turtle carapace carries penalties, but you could support various turtle conservation projects or simply watch turtle in their natural habitat, or even get involved in releasing young ones to see and watch their mad scramble towards the breaking waves.

Surf beaches are found in many places and their popularity depends on the season. Down south in the winter and East Coast in the summer.