Witness an ancient tradition
One of the most iconic images of Sri Lanka is the stilt fishermen on the southern coastline. This popular fishing method is called ‘Ritipanna’ in Sinhalese.
It began just after World War II and this unique style of fishing involves a narrow pole that is tied to a stick and anchored on the sea bed. Fisher folk climb onto this stick and settle on the pole for a few hours in an effort to catch some fish. It is simply amazing to watch the fisherman get ready on their stilts every morning and evening.
This skillful practice looks effortless but requires immense patience and perseverance. The fishermen have to balance themselves by holding onto the stilt with one hand and holding the rod with the other hand and of course waiting for many hours in silence waiting for the catch of the day.
This unique method is a must try. So have a go yourself while gazing at the panoramic views of the sea!
Enjoy a cup of happiness
Nuwara Eliya is a surreal misty hill station where you can take gulps of fresh air and revel in its endearing vibe. This mountain town was discovered by the British in the 19th century and is now home to aromatic tea gardens and gorgeous colonial architectural gems.
When in Nuwara Eliya, a visit to a tea estate is a must. There are many tea factories to choose from, the most popular being Mackwoods Tea Estate, Bluefield Tea Factory or Pedro Tea Factory. Take a tour of the factory to learn and appreciate how a fragrant tea makes its way to your cup. The tea from this island is known the world over for its unique taste and aromatic nature.
So next time visit a lush tea estate in Nuwara Eliya and take some home to savour the experience.
Encounter elephants in the wild
The magnificent view of a majestic elephant wandering in the wild leaves you with a sense of elation. And Minneriya National Park is known for the famous congregation of elephants that takes place known as “The Gathering”.
With a vast expanse of wilderness and a diversity of animals, a safari here is truly power packed with excitement. You must come here between July and October to witness one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth; herds of elephants in one place which is a sight to behold. With many indigenous birds and other mammals, Minneriya is a special place to be.
Challenge yourself with an exhilarating hike
Standing tall at 2243 meters in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Adam’s Peak also known as ‘Sri Pada’ is a sacred site for many religions.
With history that goes back thousands of years, it is a place of worship for Buddhists, who believe that the Buddha’s footprint is located here; Hindus believe the footprint belongs to Shiva; Christians and Muslims believe that it is Adam’s first step after being exiled from the Garden of Eden. Views from the top are stunning, especially early morning as the warmth of the rising sun takes over the endless vista of forests, valleys, mountains and lakes.
Hike up this mountain to behold magnificent views of the countryside and get lost in its mysterious stories.