Country & CultureThe story of ancient Lanka has its beginnings as far back as the Stone Age – an ageless, timeless period; Sri Lanka has an enthralling recorded history of civilization. It’s unique and proud history span over 25 chronicled centuries, and begins with the occupation of the island in 5th century, BC.
Sinhala is the official and national language, followed by Tamil, also a national language. With Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus all living harmoniously side by side, the country is a unique melting pot of interesting traditions, myths, and people!
Sri Lanka has had its’ tough times over the last several years, with the civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers LTTE, for over 25 years there was significant hardship for the population, environment and economy of the country. 2009 saw the end of the war, and since then, the country is making great strides in growth and investment, with tourism firmly back on the map!
A country of rich traditions and multicultural societies, this stunning island has amazing diversity - from misty mountains and cool tea plantations, tropical rain forests, grassy plains and national parks, and palm fringed sandy beaches, the traveler can return to this stunning country time and time again and always experience something completely new.
Being a tropical country, you should expect a cooling rain shower anytime of the year in most parts. However, the two major rainy seasons are North-East monsoon (October to January) and South-West monsoon (May to July).
Being an island, the climate of Sri Lanka changes dramatically from one part of the country to another. For example at Nuwara Eliya, in the hills of Central Sri Lanka, the temperature varies from between 5-20C throughout the year, whereas somewhere like Hambanthota, located in the ‘dry’ zone, consistently is around 30-35C
Places of Interest
Arugam Bay is one of the TOP 10 surf points in the world .From April to October it has the best surfing waves in Sri Lanka .On its own, Arugam Bay is also a great place to unwind, eat seafood and enjoy the laid back ambience.
The wide, sweeping sandy beach in front of the village is an attraction for swimming all year-round. The beach is usually deserted, except at the southwest corner, where some fishing boats & thatch huts reveal the tiny fishing village of Ulla, just to the south of the guest house area. This is also the safest area for swimming.
During the low season (November to April) things get very quiet, but locals will come for weekend and the sea which is better for swimming then. At any time of year the surrounding region offers some superb opportunities for viewing birdlife, crocodiles and elephants.
The Hummanaya Blow Hole
The Kudawella Blow Hole or Hoo Manaya is a wonderful, rare geological formation of nature. It's situated at the southern coast village in Sri Lanka named Kudawella. The Kudawella village name means small beach, it was unfortunately very badly hit in the Tsunami in 2004.
The blowhole itself is a natural crack in the rocks, and when the wind blows in the right direction the water shoots up the cliff and into the air. The water shoots up above the cliffs in the monsoon seasons more than 30 M. The first part of the name Hoo-maniya comes from the whooshing sound of the water volume of sea water whistle through a natural fine hole from beneath a massive rock in the sea. Located on a rock about 40 ft above sea level. The Kudawella blow hole is most probably the world’s highest.