There are only eight species of Marine Turtles that are in existence in the globe and five of these species inhabit Sri Lanka. Each year these turtles visit the beaches of the island in order to lay eggs to produce their young. The best time for turtle watching is in the night, which is complimented by the cool climes of the Island.
Madu Ganga is a river situated in Balapitiya area and is considered the second largest wetland of the Island. It had been used to connect many Islands that surround the wetland. The river also supports a rich offering of life including various aquatic plants and fish. Sri Lanka also has up to 90 species of fish and 21 species of crabs while some ongoing studies seem to suggest that there is the possibility that there are more undiscovered species located in the Island.
Toddy tapping is the process of collecting juice from the bud of the Coconut Palm Trees and had been practiced in the Island for centuries. The fermenting of the collected juice results in Palm Wine locally known as ‘RAA’.
Witness the traditional mode of crafting of wooden masks that provides a livelihood for many villagers in the area of Ambalangoda.
Catamaran is a word used for a type of a multihull boat generally consisting of two hulls and joined by a structured frame. A ride down Bentota River lagoon in a Catamaran enables you to experience a wonderful journey under the shade of palm trees in the diverse forest of mangroves.
For the souvenir shopper, the Island offers a whole treasure house. Small crafts and souvenir shops surrounding virtually every corner of the country with mementos to suit every budget. The best departmental stores in the country are just an hour and a half away from the Resort in the capital city of Colombo.
Located about 75 km away from the capital city, this is the only elephant sanctuary in the world where young elephants get a safe retreat. The Elephant Orphanage is a home to about 60 elephants and many of them are babies orphaned in the wild. Animals are allowed to roam freely during the day in the limited area of 12 acres of grassland. The best time to see them is around 8am when the baby elephants are being bottled fed with milk. At 10.00am and at 2.00pm the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath. Here is an opportunity for you to accompany the elephants to the river close-by and watch them having their daily bath.
Formerly known as ‘Hippie Duwa’, with 20 years synonymous with mass tourism in Sri Lanka, the Sunday market is so colourful and humorous as ever. Enjoy the water sports such as diving, surfing or take a ride in a glass bottomed boat & view the world below whilst witnessing nature at its best, where the rare species of marine creatures perform their acts.
Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions.