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Sri Lanka Calling 2011 – August

Sri Lanka Calling 2011 – August

































Sri Lanka Tourism’s banner line ‘Wonder of Asia’ where the 12 months of theyear is dedicated to celebrating a particular tourism attraction; August lights up to showcase – Heritage.

A rich cultural heritage which dates many centuries and enriched over the years by various factors, Sri Lanka’s Heritage is a colorful multi cultural multi ethnic tapestry shining in its diversity and antiquity. The most treasured inheritance is the Sri Mahabodhi Tree in Anuradhapura which is the oldest recorded tree in the world and dates back to the 3rd century BC. It speaks of our ancestors’ love of the environment, of trees and conservation.The Sri Mahabodhi tree was preserved amidst all the development that is seen in the ancient ruins and archeological discoveries in Anuradhapura. Also Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla are the much spoken of archeological finds and are in the cultural triangle, but there is so much more, further north, also in the deep south. For those interested in history and heritage, Sri Lanka is a treasure trove and takes pride in showcasing these to the world.

For more details visit www.srilanka.travel orwww.sltda.gov.lk


Wildlife experts Jonathan & Angie Scott on a visit to Sri Lanka and the Yala National Park opined “If ever God created a patch of land for the leopards in this world, it must be Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.”

The Scotts made the observation when presenting their work on ‘Big Cats’ at a special event held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo in July this year. They went on to add “In other wild life parks around the world, leopards are under threat from predators like lions and hyenas. But in Sri Lanka they don’t face such situations, are free to move about and are more secured in the wild than leopards in other parts of the world .”

Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, is recognized as having one of the highest densities of leopard populations, in the world, the observations of the Scotts have added a further fillip, to its attractiveness to wild life enthusiasts and leopard lovers in particular.

Jonathan and Angie were touring Sri Lanka with Chitral Jayatilake, Head of Wildlife Tourism at John Keels and the Nature Trails team primarily to observe the Sri Lankan leopard, and were fortunate to have made seventeen sightings and to have captured on camera, the beautiful animals in a variety of scenes and actions. During the twelve day tour they also made time to experience local culture and expressed a deep interest in Sri Lanka’s history and heritage.

Jonathan and Angie Scott live in Kenya in Africa and spend much of their time in the company of African wildlife. Their works of wildlife photography, wildlife pencil drawings, and wildlife books have won awards and recognition throughout the world. Jonathan is the presenter of the BBC’s wildlife television programme the Big Cat Diary, and is a popular after dinner speaker and lectures at select venues around the world. The Scott’s have dedicated much of their lives to wildlife conservation and are Patrons of a number of wildlife conservation societies.

The Esala Perahera, paraded the streets of Kandy, in majesty, pomp and pageantry to its conclusion on 13th August at the water cutting ceremony. An online photographic competition launched on 18th July in Colombo by the Diyawadaena Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara added a new facet to the viewer experience. Present on this occasion held at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo were Dr Nalaka Godahewa – Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism, Dilum Perera of Ceylon Sights, Wrixon Wong representing Canon Singapore, J.J Ambani – Chairman Metropolitan Group and Bandula Padmakumara Chairman Lake House among other well wishers and representatives from partner organizations.

Pageant viewers who had managed to capture the mood and the majesty of a moment, on camera, of this the most grandest pageant in Asia- the Esala Maha Perahera can apply online and compete in an International Photographic Competition, launched online on the 18th of July.

Organizers entertain entries from both locals and foreigners and they will be evaluated under two different categories. If you have an image of exceptional beauty of this year’s pageant, showcasing the grandeur of one of Sri Lanka’s most prized inheritances, you stand the chance to win some really fabulous prizes. All entries must reach the organizers by 31st August.

For full details visit www.kandyinfocus.com


An open roofed double decker bus was an extra treat for travelers visiting Kandy, during the Perahera season; a daytime activity, the ‘City Tour’- a ride through the streets of Kandy, viewing from a vantage point the beauty of this quaint town – a UNESCO World Heritage listed sacred city.

The tour, took guests to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the Sri Dalada Maligawa: the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic, and the museum in the temple complex. Each tour was of a 2 1/2 hours duration, and commenced from Queens Hotel, Kandy. Ebert Silva Holidays joined Sri Lanka Tourism in providing this service and in enhancing the visitor experience.

Rajini de Silva Mendis, Managing Director of the company speaking on the launch of the City Tour expressing her delight said “We are delighted to add colour and a unique touristic experience to all the visitors who will be arriving in this city to view the Esela Perahera, known to be the most mesmerizing cultural event in Asia and a generous contribution from the income generated from these tours will be offered to the Sri Dalada Maligawa for its future development activities”.

For more on tours visit www.colombocitytours.com
















Deccan Aviation, the only private company authorized to operate a domestic air service, completed seven years of uninterrupted air transport facilitation, with an expansion in services, by introducing the eight-seater GA 8 Airvan, to service the high demand for domestic air travel.

Pioneering operators of domestic aviation in Sri Lanka Deccan Aviation is authorized to fly both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The company has shown steady growth through the years and speaking on the 7th anniversary and the launch of the Airvan service Denham Schokman CEO of Deccan Airways opined ” Domestic aviation was confined only to flights between Colombo and Jaffna at the time Deccan launched operations in the year 2004. Since then we made the whole country accessible to tourists and investors landing at many locations. It was a journey filled with challenges with the war, global recession and high fuel cost. Today we look back with a deep sense of satisfaction at our growth and unblemished safety record. Industry and guest endorsements are evidence of our achievements and are a testimony to our team’s commitment in delivering the best travel experience in domestic aviation. With the dawn of peace, domestic aviation emerges as the next growth sector. We provide a vital infrastructure service and consider ourselves to be an important element of the economic revival of Sri Lanka.”




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