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Sri Lanka Travel and Tourism

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Sri Lanka , officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka , is an island country in South Asia, located about 31 kilometres off the southern coast of India. It is home to around twenty million people. Because of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia. It has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. The Sinhalese community forms the majority of the population; Tamils, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, form the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include Moors, Burghers, Kaffirs and the Malays. Famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts and rubber, Sri Lanka boasts a progressive and modern industrial economy and the highest per capita income in South Asia. The natural beauty of Sri Lanka's tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage, make it a world famous tourist destination. After over two thousand years of rule by local kingdoms, parts of Sri Lanka were colonized by Portugal and the Netherlands beginning in the 16th century, before control of the entire country was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. During World War II, Sri Lanka served as an important base for Allied forces in the fight against the Japanese Empire. A nationalist political movement arose in the country in the early 20th century with the aim of obtaining political independence, which was eventually granted by the British after peaceful negotiations in 1948.

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WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums - Colombo
WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums WOMAD Sri Lanka Festival of Drums

When:Sep 2006 (annual) Where:Colombo

Some of the world's most talented master drummers and percussionists gather in Sri Lanka for the WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) Festival of Drums. The event is billed as the Sri Lankan equivalent of the UK's Glastonbury Festival and includes concerts in Kandy and Colombo. Celebrating the island's 2500-year association with drums, the festival showcases at least 14 different groups and artists from 12 different countries including Bill Cobham (USA), The Dhol Foundation (UK and India) and the Drummers of Burundi. The coordination of the local drumming and dancing performance w...

Sri Lanka Holidays And Its British Appeal - Colombo
Sri Lanka Holidays And Its British Appeal Sri Lanka could be described as one of the most beautiful islands around the world. It is situated just off the southern Indian fringe at about 600 miles north of the equator in the Indian Ocean. There is strong evidence that human civilization has existed in this tiny island nation for over 2000 years now. The island's teeming natural beauties, a great legacy of its historic events, and a well-admired ability to host the outside world have always been applauded by travelers. Those who love examining ancient worlds, the serenity of nature and going through the excitement of life will always want to be part of Sri Lanka holidays. Travel companies selling hot deals, including those to Sri Lanka in the name of last minut...

Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Festival - Colombo
Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Festival Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Festival

When:Oct 2006 (annual) Where:Victoria Golf Club

The Sri Lankan Airlines Golf Festival is an amateur tournament held annually at the beautiful Victoria Golf Club just outside Kandy. Attracting the cream of Sri Lankan Golf and enthusiasts from around the world, the event offers participants the opportunity to test themselves on a truly competitive golf course. The tournament is open to amateurs and enthusiasts with separate events for men and ladies. The competition consists of two Stableford rounds and each competitor must play a round on two consecutive days. The competition will be played under R&A rules The Vict...

Kataragama Festival - Colombo
Kataragama Festival Kataragama Festival

When:Jul 2006 (annual)

This annual festival in Sri Lanka's southern jungle celebrates the variously named Kataragama God in true style. The two-week event culminates in a spectacular performance of devotees walking over burning coals, with only the light of the full moon to cool them down. Kataragama is one of the 16 principal places of Buddhist pilgrimage, and is also an important shrine for other religions - the Kataragama God pre-dates the Buddha of 2500 years ago, and was originally inherited (in some form) from the indigenous Vedda forest dwellers. To confuse things further, there's a Muslim shrine tucked amongst the foliage, a...

Kandy Perahera - Colombo
Kandy Perahera Kandy Perahera (Esala Perahera)

When:30 Jul - 9 Aug 2006 (annual) Where:Kandy

As the August moon waxes in the Buddhist month of Esala, the streets of Kandy erupt in a ten-day-long pageant. Young men mortify their flesh while fulfilling vows to the Hindu god of Skanda by walking in harness with spikes in their backs, accompanied by a fabulous procession. The procession includes fire-juggling acrobats, sumptuously-decorated elephants, traditional dancers, oboe-tooting musicians, banners, palanquins, whip crackers, torch bearers and thousands of barefoot pilgrims and swordsmen. To top it off, all this has happened every year since about 300 AD. The a...