It is hard to describe the essence of Sri Lanka, it has to be experienced. The country is rich in tradition and while it has embraced the modern world, retains its old values. With the importance given to elders and the due respect given to their experiences, you will find Sri Lanka a place where you can feel safe and cared for. Skills are handed down from generation to generation with religion playing a very important role in everyday life.

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The British brought the first tea shrub to Sri Lanka in 1824, planting it at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens but it was not until 1867 that tea was planted for commercial purposes.



Sri Lanka's spices have been its main attraction for thousands of years. The Romans, Arabs and the western world traded with Sri Lanka in the bygone years. Today it remains one of the foremost exporters of quality spice across the world.


Traditional Craftsmanship

Sri Lanka's age-old culture is one seeped in traditional arts and craft. In modern day Sri Lanka, these traditions live on.

Batik - Adapted from the Indonesian classic art, Batik gained elitist status in medieval Sri Lank, featuring prominently in the Kandyan Court in the form of banners, wall hangings and the ceremonial dress of the nobility. Today most batiks artists are located in the Western province, Colombo in particular. Some young and enterprising designers have taken the art-form to high fashion featuring their exclusive creations in the global fashion ramps.

Wooden masks - Sri Lanka has a long tradition of mask- making, with most masks featuring carved images of demons, divine beings, legendary characters and animals. In early times they were used as part of "devil dancing' rituals to exorcise spirits and illness, a traditional ritual that is still prevalent amongst communities in rural Sri Lanka. Masks also feature prominently in traditional Sri Lankan theatre.



What do the Queen of Sheba, the famous Caliph of Baghdad, Haroun al-Raschid, the Duchess of Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana all have in common? They are just some of the famous names fortunate enough to have owned exquisite gemstones mined in Sri Lanka.

Fortunately for lovers of some of the world's finest gems, the soil of Sri Lanka produces a seemingly endless supply of these precious stones. And just as reassuringly, Sri Lanka also has skilled jewelers who produce jewelry that meets the standards of the world's top jewelry houses.


Traditional Gem Mining


For such a tiny island Sri Lanka has very different landscapes and scenery to experience, depending on which part of the island you visit. From the very green misty up country area that harks back to our colonial heritage, to the soft, warm beaches that are perfect for lazing on; your senses will be definitely treated with beauty.



Rawana Fall

Laced curtains of water cascade down steep precipices, throwing a fine mist of water to the surrounding; the incessant crash of water on the rock below is a symphony that is repeated from time immemorial. The central highlands of Sri Lanka are home to 350 waterfalls with Bambarakanda Falls plummeting a height of 263 meters (83 feet) to rank as Sri Lanka's tallest fall.

The mist shrouded beauty and grandeur of Sri Lankan waterfalls also has interesting legends and folklore attached to it. Apart from Bambarakanda, some of the main waterfalls are:Dunhinda falls,Diyaluma fall,Ravana fall,Bopath fall.

Ramboda Fall

Botanical Gardens

A famous botanist once declared that Sri Lanka is simply one big botanical garden, nurtured by Nature itself. Yet when the British colonials arrived in Sri Lanka in the 19th century, they were determined to establish more gardens within this garden - man-made botanical gardens cloned from the mother Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in England.

In 1821 on the site of a pleasure garden first created in about 1371 for the King of Kandy. The British established the gracious Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya. Another garden was set up in the hill country, established in 1861 at Hakgala south of Nuwara Eliya. And in 1876, yet another garden was established, this time in the lowlands at Henarathgoda, the Gampaha Botanic Gardens, designated for the trial planting of the country's first Rubber trees.