Sri Lankan News and Events
Turtle watching in Rekuwa
Patience is the key to witnessing the nesting & hatching of the world’s most sought after sea turtles in Rekawa. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and the Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary are amongst the sites one can enjoy some turtle watching and get to know more about their conservation too. The peak period for Turtle nesting is considered from March to July.
Surfing in Arugambay
Nestled in the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is ranked among the top surfing destinations in the world. The sun kissed beaches of this hidden gem attract a variety of enthusiastic surfers both professional and amateur alike from all over the globe.
Vesak a cultural and religious festival is celebrated during the month of May on the day of the full moon. This day has religious significance, as Buddhists all over the world celebrate the three most important events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama the “Buddha” or "Enlightened One". The festivities commemorate his birth, enlightenment, and his passing away. You will witness beautiful Pandals depicting the life events of the Buddha and Vesak lanterns decorating homes and streets around the country.
Poson celebration in Mihintale
In June Sri Lankans celebrate the Poson full-moon day signifying the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE. This historical event occurred in the North Central city of Mihintale, where Arahant Mahinda of India converted the then king of Sri Lanka to Buddhism. Be part of the exciting celebrations of free meals and religious observances undertaken by Buddhists to commemorate the event.
Sloth Bear season in Yala & Wasgamuwa
The sloth bear season in Yala and Wasgamuwa runs during the months of June and July. The sloth bear (Melursus Ursinus) which is indigenous to the South Asian region can be found only in Sri Lanka and in the Indian sub-continent. Palu berries (Manilkara Hexanda) are the bear’s favorite fruit and as the palu season falls in the months of June and July there is a good chance of spotting one during this period.
International Surfing Competition in Arugambay
Arugambay which is ranked among the top surf points in the world will host the international surfing Competition this year. Surfers taking part in the competition are guaranteed to find the ideal waves for surfing at the bay. If you are visiting Sri Lanka during the months of June and July don't miss this exciting event.
Snorkeling, diving and whale watching in North East
The North-East of Sri Lanka is a world renowned hot spot for the majestic Blue Whale as well as diving and snorkeling. The best time to hit the seas is during the months of June to September. Come witness the turquoise colored waters and coral sand beaches and be enthralled by the largest mammals in the world.
Kataragama Perahera and the fire walking festival
The Kataragama Perahera or "Procession" lasts up to 14 days during the months of July and August. The procession comprises of fire dances, fire walkers, various dance troupes, talented traditional drummers and whip crackers in commemoration of the God of Kataragama. Come witness this exciting event in the Southern region of the islannd
Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya
For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free styles which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing heaven.
Kandy Esala Perahera
Esala Perahera, a procession in the month of August is a symbol of Sri Lankan culture and beliefs. The Festival is undertaken in a grand scale in Kandy at Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth Relic and pays respect to the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. The Perehera comprises of exciting dances and elephants garlanded with extravagant apparel. Be part of a memorable cultural event in the old Kingdom of Kandy.
Elephant Gathering in Minneriya
The elephant gathering is considered to be the largest assembly of Asian elephants at one time. During the dry season which is at its peak in September over 150 to 200 elephants gather each evening near the banks of the Minneriya tank to drink water and graze on the surrounding foliage, as other areas are severely affected by the droughts. Come witness a true wild life event on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir.
ADAM'S PEAK FESTIVAL
Sri Lanka is one of the bio-diversity hot spots in the world that homes approximately 245 species of butterflies, out of which 23 are endemic to the island. Though there are many intriguing animal/insect/ migration patterns in the world, none of it can compete with the holistic nature, Sri Lankan butterflies migrate. During the season, countless number of butterflies especially yellow, white and jewel coloured butterflies, fly towards the most venerated summit of Sri Lanka