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April 2015
April is a holiday month in Sri Lanka where the Sinhalese and Tamil communities celebrate the dawning of the New Year. It’s a time when families get together to conduct traditional rituals, religious ceremonies, offer thanks for a good rice harvest, an wish peace and prosperity to all for the coming new year. Celebrations and traditional rituals are best seen in the rural areas. Colombo empties out during this time when most escape to the cooler hills or the sandy beaches. In anticipation of the holiday rush, Nuwara Eliya – the upcountry hill station, spruces itself up and various activities ranging from golf tournaments, motor cross races, and flower shows are all held.
Location: Hatton
Adams Peak climbing season
Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the Christians. During the climbing season from December to April, thousands of devotees from many faiths make the pilgrimage to the peak of this 2,234 meter mountain. Young and old give courage to each other and recite traditional stanzas while climbing to the peak. The climb is best attempted at night where you reach the mountain top to see the sunrise and the awe-inspiring view from the top. It can be one of the most moving experiences in Sri Lanka. During pilgrimage season, the stepped mountainside is lit by strip lights and rudimentary stalls offering refreshments to fire your resolve to reach the summit.

For further information see: www.sripada.org
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Kalpitiya & Mirissa
Whale and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya & Mirissa
The south of Sri Lanka beyond Dondra Head is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins. The North West coast off Kalpitiya is also ideal for spotting pods of Spinner Dolphins and whales. Boat excursions into the deep seas are possible during the season from November to April when the seas are calm in these areas.
Location: Hatton
Adams Peak climbing season
Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the Christians. During the climbing season from December to April, thousands of devotees from many faiths make the pilgrimage to the peak of this 2,234 meter mountain. Young and old give courage to each other and recite traditional stanzas while climbing to the peak. The climb is best attempted at night where you reach the mountain top to see the sunrise and the awe-inspiring view from the top. It can be one of the most moving experiences in Sri Lanka. During pilgrimage season, the stepped mountainside is lit by strip lights and rudimentary stalls offering refreshments to fire your resolve to reach the summit.

For further information see: www.sripada.org
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Kalpitiya & Mirissa
Whale and dolphin watching in Kalpitiya & Mirissa
The south of Sri Lanka beyond Dondra Head is considered one of the best locations in the world for spotting Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins. The North West coast off Kalpitiya is also ideal for spotting pods of Spinner Dolphins and whales. Boat excursions into the deep seas are possible during the season from November to April when the seas are calm in these areas.
Location: All Island
Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrated island wide
April is a holiday month in Sri Lanka where the Sinhalese and Tamil communities celebrate the dawning of the New Year. It’s a time when families get together to conduct traditional rituals, religious ceremonies, offer thanks for a good rice harvest, an wish peace and prosperity to all for the coming new year. Homes are spruced up, traditional sweet meets are prepared over a hearth, and when the New Year dawns - all dressed in crisp new clothes in a colour that is determined by the Astrologers to bring good luck for the New Year, people will pay respect to their elders, exchange gifts and share a meal of milk rice with friends and family. At an auspicious time determined by the Astrologers, the New Year dawned this year on April 14th.
Location: Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya Holiday season
The Nuwara Eliya season begins during the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year holiday period, when Colombo’s resident flock to the hills for the holidays to escape the pre-monsoon heat - another tradition that stretches back to the British colonial period. The 10-day holiday period includes horse races, motocross rallies, flower exhibitions, concerts and revelry late into the night. Several golf tournaments are held in April including the Stableford Competition for Ladies and Gents are held at the challenging golf course at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club. Motor Races include the Mahagastota and Radella Hill Climbs.

For further information see: http://www.visitnuwaraeliya.com/
May 2015
On Vesak full-moon Poya day in May, Buddhists all over the world venerate the life of Lord Buddha – his birth, enlightenment and passing away. Homes, villages and cities in Sri Lanka are lit up in serene splendor with oil lamps, intricate hand made lanterns, and colourful Pandals depicting the life story of Lord Buddha are erected across the island. May is also the beginning of the surfing period in Arugam Bay in the southeast. Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay is a popular youthful haunt for surfers and holiday makers. The turquoise seas of the coast off Trincomalee in the East are also perfect at this time for snorkelling as well as whale and dolphin spotting excursions.
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Arugam Bay
Surfing in Arugam Bay on the South East Coast
Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay is a popular youthful haunt for surfers and holiday makers during the surfing season. There are several popular point breaks including Ullah Point, Pottuvil Point, Surf Point, Peanut Farm Point, Surf Point, and Crocodile Rock. `Surf Point’ that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; and Crocodile Rock another challenging surf point is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5-6ft and up to a 400 metre `ride’, the relatively isolated beaches and simple, laid-back lifestyle, away from the main tourist haunts, are a major attraction to surfers.

For further information see: www.arugam.info
June 2015
During the full-moon poya day of June, Buddhists celebrate Poson when the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Mahinda, is remembered. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees flock to Buddhist shrines across the country to pay homage to the Buddha, Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) and the Sangha (the Buddhist monks). Mihintale where Buddhism originated on the island in 247 BC is takes on a serene air during this period with thousands of pilgrims lighting incense and oil lamps in honour of Buddha. June is also the height of the surfing period in Arugam Bay when international surfing championships are held.
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Arugam Bay
Surfing in Arugam Bay on the South East Coast
Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay is a popular youthful haunt for surfers and holiday makers during the surfing season. There are several popular point breaks including Ullah Point, Pottuvil Point, Surf Point, Peanut Farm Point, Surf Point, and Crocodile Rock. `Surf Point’ that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; and Crocodile Rock another challenging surf point is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5-6ft and up to a 400 metre `ride’, the relatively isolated beaches and simple, laid-back lifestyle, away from the main tourist haunts, are a major attraction to surfers.

For further information see: www.arugam.info
Location: All Island
Poson in Mihintale
One of Sri Lanka’s most significant religious sites, Mihintale lies 13kms east of Anuradhapura and is where Buddhism originated on the island. In 247 BC King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura, was deer hunting on the plains beneath Mihintale, and met Mahinda, son of the Indian Buddhist emperor, and chose the path of Buddhism for the Sinhalese nation following Mahinda’s persuasion. Anuradhapura and Mihintale’s ancient, spiritual ruins can leave you in awe. It can be an inspiring visit at all times of the year, especially on the full moon day of May when Vesak is celebrated in remembrance of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and Prinivanpama (his passing) and in June, when the festival of Poson is celebrated when the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Mahinda, is remembered. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees flock to these Buddhist shrines from across the country to pay homage to the Buddha, Dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) and the Sangha (the Buddhist monks).
Location: Yala and Wasgomuva
Sloth Bear Season in Yala and Wasgomuva
The Sloth Bear, also found in the subcontinent, is one of the most elusive ‘big game’ in Sri Lanka. Although found in most National Parks, Yala would be the best place to spot the Sloth Bear with Wasgomuwa National Park also being popular. The Sloth bear is best seen during the months of June & July when its favorite fruit the 'Palu' is in season.
Location: Arugam Bay
International Surfing Competition in Arugam Bay
The Association of Surfing Professionals will hold their annual Surf Competition in Arugam Bay this June. This is a much awaited event that will bring together international surfing competitors from the world over including Australia, USA, Germany, UK, New Zealand and Japan.

Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay is a popular youthful haunt for surfers and holiday makers during the surfing season. There are several popular point breaks including Ullah Point, Pottuvil Point, Surf Point, Peanut Farm Point, Surf Point, and Crocodile Rock. `Surf Point’ that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; and Crocodile Rock another challenging surf point is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5-6ft and up to a 400 metre `ride’, the relatively isolated beaches and simple, laid-back lifestyle, away from the main tourist haunts, are a major attraction to surfers.

For further information see: www.arugam.info
Location: North East Coast
Snorkelling, diving & whale watching-North East
The waters around Trincomalee are inhabited by Dolphins, Marine Turtles and Whales including Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. This is the best time to go whale watching off the coast of Trincomalee. Snorkelling is possible around Pigeon Island off the coast of Nilaveli. This is a protected National Park under the Department of Wildlife & Conservation. A breeding site for Blue Rock Pigeon, these islands are surrounded by coral reefs and soft coral which are ideal for snorkeling.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
July 2015
July which is the month of Esala poya is when several Pereheras (cultural processions) are conducted in several parts of the island. During Esala poya Kandy dazzles for two weeks with the sounds and lights of the Kandy Perehara – a magnificent procession where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy. This ritual, which has been taking place for hundreds of years, is an experience of a lifetime. The sacred jungle shrine of Kataragama also comes alive during the month of July when the Esala Perehara is held for two weeks in honour of God Skandha - the warrior god of Kataragama. The perehara depicts Hindu folklore, music and dance forms, as well as fire walking in sacrifice and devotion to God Kataragama.
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Rekuwa
Turtle watching in Rekuwa, South Coast
Of the seven species of giant marine turtles found globally, five species – the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and the Green Turtle can be observed in Sri Lanka. The peak period for turtles nesting is from February to July. Set off at nightfall to Rekuwa beach near Tangalle in the deep south, and silently observe these endangered marine turtles as they come ashore to nest. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe.
Location: Arugam Bay
Surfing in Arugam Bay on the South East Coast
Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay is a popular youthful haunt for surfers and holiday makers during the surfing season. There are several popular point breaks including Ullah Point, Pottuvil Point, Surf Point, Peanut Farm Point, Surf Point, and Crocodile Rock. `Surf Point’ that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; and Crocodile Rock another challenging surf point is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5-6ft and up to a 400 metre `ride’, the relatively isolated beaches and simple, laid-back lifestyle, away from the main tourist haunts, are a major attraction to surfers.

For further information see: www.arugam.info
Location: Yala and Wasgomuva
Sloth Bear Season in Yala and Wasgomuva
The Sloth Bear, also found in the subcontinent, is one of the most elusive ‘big game’ in Sri Lanka. Although found in most National Parks, Yala would be the best place to spot the Sloth Bear with Wasgomuwa National Park also being popular. The Sloth bear is best seen during the months of June & July when its favorite fruit the 'Palu' is in season.
Location: North East Coast
Snorkelling, diving & whale watching-North East
The waters around Trincomalee are inhabited by Dolphins, Marine Turtles and Whales including Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. This is the best time to go whale watching off the coast of Trincomalee. Snorkelling is possible around Pigeon Island off the coast of Nilaveli. This is a protected National Park under the Department of Wildlife & Conservation. A breeding site for Blue Rock Pigeon, these islands are surrounded by coral reefs and soft coral which are ideal for snorkeling.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
August 2015
During the month of August, Kandy dazzles for two weeks with the sounds and lights of the Kandy Perehara – a magnificent procession where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is majestically paraded on elephant back along the streets of Kandy. This ritual, which has been taking place for hundreds of years, is an experience of a lifetime. Colombo’s Bellanwila temple also holds its annual perehera which is also a colourful procession.
Location: North East Coast
Snorkelling, diving & whale watching-North East
The waters around Trincomalee are inhabited by Dolphins, Marine Turtles and Whales including Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. This is the best time to go whale watching off the coast of Trincomalee. Snorkelling is possible around Pigeon Island off the coast of Nilaveli. This is a protected National Park under the Department of Wildlife & Conservation. A breeding site for Blue Rock Pigeon, these islands are surrounded by coral reefs and soft coral which are ideal for snorkeling.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
September 2015
Those who are fortunate enough to visit the Minneriya National Park during the dry season in September will witness an intriguing site when hundreds of elephants make their way from the surrounding north central province jungle areas to the Minneriya lake in search of food and water. Huge heard of elephants converge together within a few square kilometres of the Lake – an amazing sight to see.
Location: North East Coast
Snorkelling, diving & whale watching-North East
The waters around Trincomalee are inhabited by Dolphins, Marine Turtles and Whales including Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. This is the best time to go whale watching off the coast of Trincomalee. Snorkelling is possible around Pigeon Island off the coast of Nilaveli. This is a protected National Park under the Department of Wildlife & Conservation. A breeding site for Blue Rock Pigeon, these islands are surrounded by coral reefs and soft coral which are ideal for snorkeling.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
October 2015
Annaiwilundawa, meaning ‘seven wetlands or tanks’ in the local Tamil language, refers to a cluster of freshwater tanks within the sanctuary. This is a very important wetland for many resident and migratory birds. The best time to visit Annaiwilundawa is during the months from October to April when numerous species of birds can be spotted. These wetlands are also important nesting sites for water birds such as the Asian Open-bills, Painted Storks, all specie of Egrets, Little Indian & the endangered Great Cormorants, Spot-billed Pelican and Black-headed Ibis. This wetland sanctuary is also excellent for butterfly and dragonfly watching.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
November 2015
With the beginning of the season, the North West coastal town of Kalpitiya is a must for Whale and Dolphin spotting. Sightings of huge pods of upto two thousand Spinner Dolphins have been reported during the season. These Dolphins often swim along side the boats and frolic in the seas - a thrilling site for children and adults alike. Alankuda Beach, a popular eco-resort, is well equipped with safety vests and boats to take guests out to sea.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
December 2015
The more secluded southern coast and the North West coast are ideal for Whale and Dolphin spotting during the season in December to April. Large pods of Dolphins can be spotted few miles offshore. Those who are lucky might also experience the sighting of a gigantic Blue Whale swimming in the deep seas. December also marks the beginning of the pilgrimage season when devotees climb the sacred Adam’s Peak.
Location: North East Coast
Kitesurfing in Kalpitiya on the North West Coast
Kitesurf over the turquoise seas that surrounds this paradise island or skim the waters of a tranquil lagoon. Sri Lanka has excellent kite surfing spots for beginners as well as the more experienced. The best season for kitesurfing on the North West coast is from May to December.

For further information see: www.kitesurfinglanka.com
January 2016
The southern coast and the North West coast are ideal for Whale and Dolphin spotting during the season from January to April. Large pods of Dolphins can be spotted few miles offshore. Those who are lucky might also experience the sighting of a gigantic Blue Whale swimming in the deep seas. January is also a celebration of the creative arts and traditional Buddhist rituals. At the end of January, local artists gather in Colombo to exhibit their creative talents at the Annual Kala Pola – art fair. Meanwhile, during full-moon in January, the ancient Kelaniya Buddhist temple just minutes away from the island’s capital, will hold their annual perehara – a dazzling cultural procession with scores of elephants all dressed in their finery, traditional dancers, drummers, flag bearers, and Buddhist monks, all walk in procession in honour of Lord Buddha.
February 2016
In the Kandyan capital, the much awaited Donald Steele Golf Tournament is held in February in the picturesque Victoria Golf and Country Resort. More excitement is unveiled on the streets of Colombo in February with the Navam Perehara that takes place on full-moon day. A treat for children and adults alike, this perehara show cases all the traditional dance forms including mask dancers, Kandyan and Kavadi dancers, drummers and glittering elephants. A number of elephants from various parts of the country make the long journey to Colombo along with their mahouts for this event.
March 2016
School cricket in Sri Lanka is very popular and many of the annual `big’ matches are held in March of these the annual Royal Thomian cricket match is much anticipated and is good fun for both players and spectators. The annual hot air balloon festival also takes place in Colombo during March. Participants from around the world attend this festival.
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