SINHALA & TAMIL NEW YEAR

Celebrated in the month of April, the Sinhala & Tamil New Year is a traditional festival that is filled with rituals, togetherness and mouthwatering sweetmeats! Based upon auspicious times, the Sinhala & Tamil New Year marks the end of the harvest season. Somewhat similar to thanksgiving, it is a time of togetherness, religious activities and customs, determined by auspicious times. It ends with festivities including the playing of the rabana by the ladies and the partaking of food such as kiribath (milk rice), kavum (oil cakes) and kokis. So come enjoy a traditional New Year celebration with Hayleys Tours.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is set in the heart of tea-country is a beautiful town where the British succeeded in creating a replica of the English countryside, with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne. Well-kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican church, a famous golf course and beautiful parks give the place an air of nostalgia. Situated 6,200 feet above sea level, the air is cool and fresh – a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

Pony and Horse riding is available at the turf club of Nuwara Eliya to facilitate you with some sports and adventure..

come experience this beautiful city with Hayleys Tours.

Vesak

Vesak

A festival of lights held in May, Vesak is when the entire country is adorned with lanterns, lightening up the entire country in the gentle glow of flickering lanterns calmly blowing in the gentle breeze. Vesak is the full moon or poya day that marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. Though the religious aspect is just for a day, the celebrations go on for a week. The entire country lights up in an array of lights that transform normal streets into works of art. Come walk around the streets with the locals as your eyes feast upon beautifully created lanterns and colourful pandols. Come enjoy Vesak with Hayleys Tours.

 

 

NAWAM PEREHARA                                       FEB

Nawam Maha Perahera is an annual event that is held in Colombo. The heavily decorated elephants are the major attractions here with the parades and performances.

Every year in February, thousands throng the country’s metropolis as the streets of Colombo give way to a grand pageant that combines dance, culture and splendour. Although established only in 1979, this procession, the Navam Maha Perahera, is a much celebrated and revered occasion that brings together communities and depicts the country’s rich cultural traditions. The pagent start from the famous Gangarama Temple.

Colombo

Colombo with its mix of colonial past and modern present is the largest city in Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast, this former capital city bustles with present day city life. Due to its strategic location along the East-West sea trade routes, it played a very important role in ancient times, with traders arriving at its large harbor. Though Colombo ceded its position as capital to Sri Jayawardenpura Kotte, it is the commercial capital of modern Sri Lanka.

Visitors to this city are treated to a metropolis bursting with vitality with old and new attractions blending seamlessly and forming the backdrop for this energetic city. It is home to the island’s National Museum. The Independence Square, which has beautifully landscape grounds, is an ideal place to enjoy a cool evening. Visitors can walk around and take in the diverse architecture and enjoy a walk along the Galle Face Green promenade bordering the Indian Ocean. It is an ideal place to enjoy the sea breeze and some scrumptious local street food, freshly prepared on the Green itself.

Colombo is a shopping haven, with many stores and malls offering branded designs at very affordable prices. For more local merchandise visitors can enjoy hours of fun exploring the local bazaars and markets. Haggle with the local vendors and make new friends as you walk away with your merchandise.