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Experience

EXPERIENCE ISLAND STYLE

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Proud in local identity, fiercely distinct in culture and history, experience the breadth and variety of what the Indian Ocean islands has to offer.
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  • Bodu Beru

    / BIG DRUMS /

    The unmistakable beating sounds echoes throughout local ceremonies- a sign of celebration and a reminder of the Maldives’ strong East African roots. An iconic part of the Maldivian heritage – “Bodu Beru”, which literally translates from the local tongue Dhivehi as ‘Big Drums’ is carved from coconut wood and goat skin drum head.

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  • A LASTING SRI LANKAN IDENTITY

    / PERAHERA /

    Gasp in awe at the fire eaters, inhale wafting incense as traditional dancers, stilt walkers parade by as beats are relentlessly drummed and men crack whips.>/>

    A historical procession held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is housed by different temples throughout Sri Lanka. The most famous of these is the Kandy Esala Perahera which takes place in July each year.

    A unique symbol of Sri Lanka, the procession emanates an aura of holiness and mystic with its intense traditional local dances and drummers, followed by heavily adorned elephants in embellished cloaks. The festival ends with the traditional diya-kepeema ritual, a water cutting ceremony.

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  • REMNANTS OF THE PAST

    / GALLE /

    A montage of historical periods, cultures and styles stands Galle as a fine illustration of a sustained city built by the Europeans (Portuguese, Dutch and the British) and the natives; demonstrating the juxtapositioning of European architectural styles with local traditional structures.

    The influences of these styles are visible on the ramparts, the street grid, the streetscapes, courtyard architecture of the houses, striking verandahs with columns, and the underground storm-water drainage system.

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  • DIVERSITY REFLECTED

    / TRADITIONAL CRAFTS /

    The Maldives is a land of cultural diversity, evolving from the earliest settlers who hailed from different regions and plied the trade routes across the Indian Ocean. This diversity is reflective in its tradition of craft making. Specialization of crafts by its people that is passed down from one generation to the next and easy availability of raw materials such as special reeds and grasses that are utilized for weaving mats, have contributed to keeping the traditional arts and crafts of Maldives alive.

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  • KEY TO THE KANDYAN PAST

    / KANDY /

    A quintessential look of the Kandyan era are the ornate door lock and handle structures found in temples. Many entertain carvings and reliefs on stone or metal.

    As the Kandyan era flourished; the locksmiths and metalworkers became proficient in their craft, as they excelled in elaborate and highly detailed ornamentation – often adapted to traditional religious themes.

    One of the most enduring themes for the handles has been the head of the part animal and part fish – Makara. Traditionally a distinctive and ancient mythical creature, it has been depicted widely in architectural structures and symbolised for its bravery, nobility and strength.

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  • HEART OF THE MALDIVIAN WAY OF LIFE

    / DHONIS /

    Dhonis are at the very heart of the Maldivian way of life. Built in Maldives, their construction follows ancestral guidelines, transmitted orally from one generation to another. The Dhoni’s shape was probably inspired from the ancient Arabian sailing dhow, which was commonly used as a trading ship in Indian Ocean around the 11th Century AD.

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