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Sri Lanka’s First Safari Park

The first Safari Park in Sri Lanka was officially declared open in Ridiyagama, not far from Ambalantota in the Hambantota area, Southern Province, in order to give animals the privilege of savoring the freedom of space, where you can live and eat in a region of abundance. The park, which should be completed within the two phases, has now spent 1.450 million rupees on the first stage. The African lion's zone, the Indian elephant zone in Sri Lanka and the zone of peace were declared open in the first phase of the project.

«African, Australian and Asian zones will be opened as part of the second phase of the project,» says the director of the National Zoological Department Dhammika Malsinghe.
Mr. Malsinghe revealed some details of the project. According to him, the National Safari Park is located in Ridiyagama, spread out over 500 acres of land in degree. The park, which is located close to the waters of hot springs, is divided into two sectors — a dormitory zone and a safari zone.

Perahera In Kalamatiya

Perahera in Kalamatiya — it's the event. Festival, carnival, masquerade, religious worship, ritaul thanksgiving sacrifices, songs and dances, full of fun and joy. All in one.
Not so often the inhabitants of remote from Colombo and Kandy regions are brought to take their land-scale festivals. The life of traditional Sri Lankan villagers, especially its coastal areas is quite heavy. It affects particularly the coastal climate, with frequent rainfall deficiencies, and the main occupation of local farmers and fishermen — not a simple thing. Cultivation of paddy fields, vegetable growing and fishing. Kahandamodara — Kalamatiya area that is situated on the picturesque banks of the south of Sri Lanka, surrounded by villages, stretched deep into the area on the eve of the holy Poson Poya, the full moon festival, consecrated a real carnival. For the first time from Bata Atha to the temple in Kalamatiya there was regional Perahera. To understand what this means for provincial residents, let's get to start what Perahera in general means.

The Sail Lanka Charter New Season

Industry of boating in Sri Lanka — a separate and very significant part of the entertainment for the guests of our country. As you know, we firmly cooperate and make friends with the leading providers of water recreation, including — an elite and very demanding. Our friends from Sail Lanka Charter happy to share with you their current affairs and plans.

Apart from the regular sailing trips in Bentota offering scenic views aboard a state-of-the-art sailing catamaran, remember manufactured in Sri Lanka, Sail Lanka Charter newly introduces a BBQ Lunch Cruise.

In Mirissa Sail Lanka Charter proudly relaunches the Giant’s Loop whale watching package only on charter basis.

We’re sure you also remember the launch of our residential catamaran Jade, which is now already more than 6 months in operation, presently still offering overnight trips in Passikudah, a true discovery of paradise. Actually this discovery of the East Coast by yacht graces the cover story in this month’s edition of the Sri Lankan Airlines inflight magazine Serendib

Medin Poya

About holidays, or rather, Days of the Full Moon — Poya — we have repeatedly mentioned in previous publications. If you, however, are not yet familiar with this colorful religious tradition, then let's figure out what is Poya. This is the Buddhist New Moon festival, which is celebrated in Sri Lanka 12 (and sometimes 13) once a year. Each such day, Poya bears its name and has a certain significance, the direction of the holiday.

The word «sing» comes from a combination of two words in Sanskrit: «upa» and «vastha», that is, «upavastha», having passed through Pali language, the term acquired a simplified and changed form of «singing». In some years, there are two days of Poya, and then the second day is called «Adhipoya».

Clothing and Costumes of Sri Lanka

The costumes and clothes of the Sinhalese are very diverse. In addition to the Sinhalese population, Tamil, Moors, Burghers, Malays, Europeans and some other national groups of people live in Sri Lanka.
The costumes they wear differ, if not in all, then in some elements, certain obligatory details, the way they are worn, and so on.
So, sari — an indispensable subject of the wardrobe and Sinhalese and Tamil women, but wear their clothes sinhalese and tamil ladies in different ways, giving preference to special patterns, colors and ornaments.
Tamil vetti — an element of the national men's clothing. This is a straight piece of fabric, tied in one way or another around the thighs. It is worn like a long uncoated skirt, and it looks like a Sinhalese sarong.

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