/ RELIGIONS /
Feel the embodiment of serenity amidst bouquets of jasmine and countless saffron-robed monks. Inhale wafting incense while offering puja to a pantheon of Hindu gods, next to a colonial period church inspired by neoclassical style…
A rich multi-cultural heritage woven together by Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christian religions has set a place of preference and practice in the everyday life.+
/ ART OF SRI LANKA /
Traced as far back to the 2nd or 3rd century BC, unsurprising most of Sri Lankan arts originated from religious beliefs, represented in many artistic forms such as painting, sculpture and architecture.
Inspiration of its long Buddhist tradition which in turn absorbed and adopted countless regional and local tradition for thousands of years, evolving to be a unique variant of Sri Lankan arts.
/ STREET SELLER /
In every nook and corner, its commonplace to find street sellers with exotic fruits, flowers and mysterious local delicacies.
Grown in the most unlikely of places and embedded in its local culture; the sellers will offer not just a feast for the eyes and ears but also for the spirit. The only constant character in this varied narrative is their smiling faces and warm hospitality.
/ ELEPHANTS /
Associated with traditional and religious activities for over 5000 years the Sri Lankan elephant is an important cultural icon. Early accounts of history indicate that elephants were afforded complete protection by royal decree but with the advent of the British this protection was inhibited.
Presently considered an endangered species, the country continues to strive for its conservation.