GeoFresher - Sri Lanka: paradise in the middle of the ocean caressing
• GeoFresher - Sri Lanka: paradise in the middle of the ocean caressing
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In this article I would like to share with you useful information, how to relax in Sri Lanka cheaply and comfortably, expand their horizons, to combine business with pleasure. I want to tell you about all the delights of the island, and perhaps surprisingly, who was lost far away from civilization in the expanse of tranquil Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon (hence the name - Ceylon tea). Arabs - sailors and traders - called Serendib country. A tropical country with a population of about 20 million people, is located 700 km from the equator.
The main religion of the island - Buddhism (70%, mostly Sinhalese) and Hindus (15%), Islam (8%), there are a small number of Christians.
May 18, 2009 ended the war between government forces and Tamil rebels (as they called themselves "the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Iilama"), which lasted 35 years. Now, anyone can safely go to the north of the country near the city of Jaffna. Previously, the entire northern area was closed due to a protracted war.
Sinhalese make up about 75% of the population, Tamils - about 18%, mainly in the northern and eastern regions, as well as in the area of Nuwara Eliya. There are on the island also Lankan Moors (descendants Arab) - about 7%, burgers (descendants of mixed couples with Europeans look very similar to Europeans, but this is not albino) - about 0, 3%, Veda (considered to be descended not only the oldest tribe of the island, but the descendants of the first people on earth) - less than 1 thousand people. With Sri Lanka every year becomes more and more popular as an ideal place for family vacations. Sri Lanka combines a comfortable and affordable vacation for families, for those who want to "escape" from the rhythm of modern life and retire to the tropics. Popular among Russian tourists mostly enjoyed the west coast.
Sri Lanka - one of the few countries where you can combine business with pleasure: a beach holiday and excursion program lasting from 1 to 10 days.
Among the main historical landmarks like to mention the ancient city of Kandy (the last capital of Ceylon), Anuradhapura (the first capital), Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya (Lion's Rock). The city of Dambulla is an ancient Buddhist temple cave, which is considered valid until now.
The mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya is located at an altitude of 1,880 meters above sea level, is known for the fact that it is one of the most prestigious venues for golf. In addition, the city is represented by the racecourse where the race horses are held from time to time. Also interesting is the design of the houses that have been preserved by the British during colonial rule.
In April, when the heat exceeds the limit of 40 degrees in the shade, many people want to leave the noisy dusty towns and move to the time in the mountains. Here, the temperature rarely rises above 15. All conditions for a pleasant comfortable stay. This tradition is passed on to the local British. No wonder Nuwara Eliya is called "little England", as the climate is very similar: almost always overcast, fog, rain.
Ceylon tea is known all over the world for its flavor and quality. Sri Lanka ranks fourth in the world in the export of tea. The most elite varieties of tea is considered to be brand Golden tips ", 250-gram package of this tea at a local store on a tea plantation costs about $ 30, there are" Silver tips ", which is also considered to be elite. For tourists organize special "tea rounds" on the tea plantations. Here visitors can see the whole process of cultivation and processing of tea, and even to participate a little in the process. Tea factories are located in scenic areas of Nuwara Eliya, Rambody, Badulla ...
One of the most interesting places for tourists - an ancient tribe of the Vedas, who actually live in the same way as their ancestors lived. Living in the jungle in their own primitive huts. Survive at the expense of rice cultivation, hunting, fishing.
The Government is trying to resettle the Vedas to "civilization", provides free home, educational opportunities for children, but the Vedas their opinions on this subject: "Modern civilization corrupts man, we do not want to follow the path of decay and corruption of our albeit small, but gordogonaroda. this is our life, and we do not want the government to interfere in the ancient way of life of our tribe, "- this was the response of one of the village leaders in the Vedas neighborhood Mayangane where actually the Vedas and concentrated.
For those who love the nature and would like to see the different animals in their natural habitat, there are several large national parks. It is considered the largest park of Yala, which is located in the south-east of the country. For 4-hchasovuyu tour of the SUV through the park you will be able to see all the variety, exoticism and beauty of the park: elephants, buffalo, peacocks, crocodiles, tigers (if you're lucky), wild boar, foxes, monkeys, and many other wildlife.
Those who are more interested in the religious and historical monuments of Buddhism, can visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (the ancient capital of the island), which houses one of the most revered Buddhist shrines - the tooth of the Buddha. Once a year, during the ceremony, "Essa Perehera" tooth taken out of the temple, immersed in the back of an elephant, and a solemn procession through the streets and squares of the city. All believers have a unique opportunity once a year to see the holy relic with his own eyes. On this day around the world attracts the faithful to venerate the holy relics, and receive a blessing from the most important countries of the monk. This pilgrimage is somewhat similar to a pilgrimage for Muslims to Mecca ...
The locals are by nature people are very good-natured and simple, in Sri Lanka Buddhism - is not an empty phrase. The only thing that is difficult to accept foreigners - it's a terrible slowness. What they do not come from, everyone will do very, very slow!
"And what's the hurry It's the tropics In the tropics, it is not necessary to hurry and just enjoy life in all its manifestations?!" - as it is said to me one of the local Aboriginal people.
Attitude towards tourists, especially outside the tourist districts, almost reverent and very positive! It is in the "outback" are discovering the true Sri Lanka, without the "pop" of stereotypes.
I think that readers who come to spend your holidays in Sri Lanka, it will be interesting to learn about the specifics of the hotels on the island. All hotels in Sri Lanka can be divided into two categories.
The first category of hotels - this is a hotel where tourists stop buying tours from tour with the excursion program and staying in them during the tour. As a rule, after the tourist program are sent to the previously selected hotel on the coast for a beach holiday.
The second category - the hotels located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, where tourists get it on a beach holiday and excursion program can be at will of tourists.
Star hotels (you can say it as such in Sri Lanka, there is no, there is "likeness star" hotel) is very different from international standards. Sri Lankan "5 stars" - a "3 star" somewhere in Egypt or the United Arab Emirates. However, all the hotels (as star and unclassified) clean and comfortable and you feel almost like home. Even the cheapest Gostiny Dvor is, as a rule, air conditioning or fan, hot / cold water. Even Sri Lanka is known for its Ayurvedic medicine, the basis of which the natural ingredients make up. Each time a respectable hotel there are Ayurvedic salons. However, there is a high price, it is better to make this medicine out of the hotel in more accessible places, but the quality is no worse than in a five star hotel.
Those who have previously visited Sri Lanka once again want to go back and stay longer. The country attracts like a magnet. I am sure that there is hardly in the world is one such country where the whole flavor of the country can be seen on a small plot of land: beaches, mountains, national parks, ruins of ancient cities, ancient tribes and traditions that have survived to the present day.
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