Island of Sri Lanka
TRAVEL WITH NEVIL - DISCOVER SRILANKA
Sri Lanka is a destination has got all the necessary holiday ingredients hence the reason it is often accompanied by the descriptive title of ‘magical magnificence’. Holidays in Sri Lanka are a combination of magic that enthralls you and magnificence because of the striking impression it leaves on you. Once you step off that plane and onto Sri Lankan soil you are part of an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing for more.
Sri Lanka is a tropical island found off the southern tip of India. Part of the South Asian subcontinent, this pearl of the Indian Ocean, (as it has been described for time immemorial) is a travelers’ paradise and the scene of many a historic event. According to its earliest historical record the Mahavamsa, one of the first names it was called by was ‘Tambapanni’ because when invaders landed from India they noticed the copper (Tamba) colored sea-sand. The golden beaches of Sri Lanka are a testament to the fact that although over a 1000 years has passed since this incident was recorded not much has changed in the natural beauty of the island.
Over the centuries Sri Lanka became a melting pot of cultures as it was continually influenced by outside travelers, traders and of course explorers. Early Settlers came from North India and South India, while ancient mariners, traders and travelers came from China, Arabia, Rome, Greece and Africa as Sri Lanka was on the famous silk route. Colonizers came from the colder climates of Portugal, Holland and Britain. Thus it was called Lanka, Taprobane, Serendib, Cellao, Zellan, Ceylon and finally Sri Lanka. Some remained while some left Sri Lanka, however they influenced and were forever influenced by their visit to this island which Mahathama Gandhi referred to as “unsurpassed on the face of the earth”. Food, dress, languages, religion and customs were left behind, intermingled and now form the multi-cultural experience that is Sri Lanka.
While sunny weather is generally the norm in Sri Lanka, the location of the island between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea means that it faces trade winds from both the East and the West. These trade winds bring the Monsoon which means that a thunderstorm can also be part of your magical holiday weather.
Come experience the magnificence of Sri Lanka for yourself and rest assured that it will be the holiday of a lifetime. Sri Lanka has many accommodation options for the discerning traveler. From opulent boutique hotels to private villas, from budget resorts to guest houses there is something for everyone. Top-knotch cuisine, stunning scenery, a colourful culture and amazing people all come together to make it the holiday of a lifetime.
To learn more about what to see and do in Sri Lanka, make sure that you read up on the country and available holiday deals so that you can have a vacation that is tailor made to suit you. with NF Travels & Tours, we strive to make our guests happy and content with their vacation and the rest we leave to ‘serendipity’ together with oriental-touch, finally you are assured to bring back home the fond memories of your dream holiday from SriLanka.
1. SRILANKAN AIRLINES.
2. AIR ASIA
3. EMIRATES AIRLINES
4. CATHAY PACIFIC
5. Air Arabia
6. Air india
7. Malayasian airlines
8. Kuwait Airways
9. THAI AIRWAYS
10. CHINA EASTERN
11. QATAR AIRWAYS
12. SINGAPORE AIRLINES.
Shopping in Sri Lanka can take many forms haggling with a handicraft-seller while sunbathing on the beach choosing fruit from the traditional village store, ‘the kade’ while side-stepping sacks of rice or checking out the bargain-priced latest international fashions (Sri Lanka is a major garment exporter) while enjoying the ambiance of a Luxurious shopping centers in Colombo.
And there’s much in-between. Visit a handicraft shop and familiarize yourself with traditional designs such as makara (a mythical animal, lion, swan, elephant and lotus which are most evident in brasswork (boxes, trays, lanterns, vases) and silverware (ornately carved and filigree jewellery, tea-sets) that make excellent souvenirs. In addition, ritual masks, lacquer ware, batik and handloom textiles, lace, and wood carvings are popular.
Last but certainly not least, Sri Lanka has the widest variety of precious stones among the world’s gem producing countries – blue sapphires, star sapphires, rubies, cat’s eye, garnets, moonstones, aquamarines and topazes being just a dazzling handful. What’s more, Sri Lanka naturally has a tradition in jewelers-making, so you can bring your gems to life
Your choice includes Sapphires that are blue, white and star Sapphires, Chrysoberyl cat’s eye, Spinel, Tourmaline, Garnet, Topaz, Moonstones and Zircon. In these days of derivatives diving for cover a precious stone of Beauty, clarity and durability is an investment for life.
You can look for the porcelain and pottery as well as furniture of the Dutch period. You can always settle for the reproductions of furniture at much lower prices. If you are type who can wait for the paperback instead of the hard cover the latter is a wise proposition.
Wraparounds, sarongs, kurthas and a wide range of blouses and shirts in tasteful color contrasts form the apparel choice. Table linen and upholstery materiel promise both quality and value not forgetting the fact that they are hand spun cotton.
Tea is available in all the blends and flavours beginning with Earl Grey once sought as the stuff from the Jewel of the Empire in the salons of Victorian England. The trendy teas that go as Sri Lanka Exports have more exotic flavours. The Tea can be bought in ingenious and innovative containers made of soft wood, polished hard wood, metal, leather, cloth and even reeds.
Tea is available in all the blends and flavours beginning with Earl Grey once sought as the stuff from the Jewel of the Empire in the salons of Victorian England. The trendy teas that go as Sri Lanka Exports have more exotic flavours. The Tea can be bought in ingenious and innovative containers made of soft wood, polished hard wood, metal, leather, cloth and even reeds. Obviously the tea is vacuum packed.