Explore the rich culture of Sri Lanka – Learn about the wonders of the island

Sri Lankan Culture

Clockwise (Gangaramaya,Polonnaruwa Watadage, Sigiriya, Dambulla)  Image Source : Walkers Tours 

Sri Lanka has a rich cultural diversity, which defines the identity of the country. Dating back 2000 years, this vast culture is based on ancient customs, traditions and rituals. Some of the major elements, deep-rooted within the culture range from the colourful festivals including the regional ‘Pereheras’, the remarkable ancient architecture in historical temples, monasteries and the other religious monuments such as the stupas in Anuradhapura and Polonaruwa and the exotic cuisine.

If you’re planning to book your holidays to Sri Lanka, there are many tour companies such as Walkers Tours who will be able to assist in planning the perfect cultural tour of the island, to ensure you get the best cultural experience from the island.

Sri Lankan culture is greatly reflected through art, sculpture and general behavior and rituals of the people. Sri Lankan way of life is greatly associated with nature, making it extremely simple. Sri Lankans tend to appreciate simple qualities of each other, individual religions and varied regional cultures.

Sri Lankan culture is immensely shaped by the influence of colonial rule. A great deal of architecture especially in the coastal regions such as Galle, Negombo and Colombo were constructed according to the whims and fancies of the respective colonial rulers. These structures and historical monuments including the Galle fort and Dutch hospital, however serve as major tourist attractions of the country in modern times.

The indigenous medicine of the country often practiced with the integration of Indian Ayurveda medicine also make a monumental aspect of the culture. This is a splendid form of treatments with simple cures for fatal diseases often untreatable by western medicine.

The visual and performing arts of the country are another beautiful aspect of its culture. Traditional dance forms vary from region to region. Kandyan dancing originating from the central province of the country, is often regarded to be the most magnificent and alluring picture of them all. Traditional drums play a major role in the performing arts.
It is quite significant that similar to most agricultural societies, a vibrant culture has developed around tea planting communities dispersed around the country.

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Things to do in Colombo – City Adventures, Cultural Discoveries

colombo city guide

                                               Photo Courtesy : Walkers Tours

Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka is the kind of city where you can enjoy the very best of what this enchanting island has to offer. But if you have limited time to spend in the city while on your Sri Lanka tours, then you need to choose wisely on what exactly to add to your Colombo itinerary.

Sightseeing is, of course, a top requirement, especially for first-time visitors. Make sure you plan a visit to Pettah, a multicultural melting pot of sights and sounds. Famous for its market and the countless shops and street side stalls where one can purchase all manner of goods, the locale is always bustling with energy. For a truly unique way to explore the area, use a local tuk-tuk (three-wheeled vehicle) to get around. Some tour operators like Walkers Tours even have special tuk-tuk tours with English speaking drivers.

Colombo is also known for having quite an eclectic foodie culture and going on a food tour should also be on your agenda. Just like the many communities that make up the Sri Lankan population, the food too is diverse. Kottu roti is a popular street food with many street side eateries offering this dish containing chopped up slices of rotti, stir-fried with a variety of ingredients be it eggs, spices, vegetables or meats. Make sure you try typical rice and curry too though it can be on the extremely spicy side if you are not used to it! Of course, you also get plenty of cafes in Colombo where you can enjoy different varieties of coffee and other beverages along with some wonderful desserts.

Combine recreation with some sightseeing by visiting some of these popular sites; Independence Square features a beautifully designed memorial hall with plenty of space surrounding it for jogging and cycling, while Galle Face Green is a great place to unwind by the sea with family and friends. You can always indulge in some shopping at either of the two main malls in the city or at one of the popular boutiques or department stores.

Of course, there is much more to do in Colombo and part of the fun is to make these discoveries on your own!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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