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Ayurveda had never been more relevant than it is today. Factors such as stress ,poor eating habits and pollution undermine our health and create imbalances which in turn lead to disease. Ayurveda offers therapies which redress these imbalances and helps us retrieve optimum health. The combination of ayurvedic treatments known as “Panchakarma” is a therapeutic process which works to rid the body of harmful toxins and then rejuvenates it by enhancing the flow of life-giving energy.
Srilanka is a world famous destination among travelers for Ayurvedic treatments. There are many Ayurvedic Health Resorts all over the country and some of them are situated in the locations where eco tourism is on focus.Travelers are given an opportunity for take herbal Ayurvedic treatments in an eco friendly environment.
At Camlo Lanka Tours , we specialize and experienced in organizing tours with Ayurvedic health packages which can be taken from the best Ayurvedic Health Resorts in Sri Lanka.
SPECIALISED AYURVEDIC HEALING & HOLISTIC MEDICINE PACKAGES ARE ALSO ARRANGED BY US.
Special Panchakarma, detoxing & weight loss programmes after consultation with qualified Ayurvedic doctors are available as per individual requirements.
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Some of the most popular ayurvedic treatments are as follows:
A massage is an enjoyable and effective way of soothing tired and aching muscles and reducing stress. On the therapeutic level , it also helps improve general well-being by simulating the flow of energy and helping the body eliminate toxins. It helps to improve blood and nerve supply, fostering a restoration of the body’s naturalstate ofequilibrium. Our staff will help you select a massage and oil that will give you the most benefit. Choose from the wide range of massage techniques and oils we offer, both traditional Ayurvedic herbal oils and Aroma therapy oils.
This is a unique treatment and under this treatment leaves of medicinal plants are boiled and resulting steam is passed to the whole body. This treatment is helpful in to eliminate impurities from the body, reducing fat and also helpful in fighting with some skin diseases. This is also indicated as PURVAKARMA for Panchakarma procedures.
Shirodhara is an extremely beneficial therapy developed thousands of years ago by Ayurvedic sages. It refers to the continuous, rhythmic and trickling of warm oil onto the forehead and is a truly luxurious experience. In Ayurvedic terms, it serves to reduce the excess of the vata dosha thus alleviating nervous tension and overall stress. Regular Shirodhara treatments can improve blood circulation in the brain, enhance concentration, nourish hair, provide relief from headaches and insomnia, and restore a sense of calm to both mind and body.
The botanical gardens, embellished with a motley of ornamental flowers and exotic plants, are perceived as jewels emblazoned in the picturesque land scape of the island. These gardens are a rich store house of a variety of flora collected from all across the world
KANDY (PERADENIYA) BOTANICAL GARDENS
Situated in the Hill capital Kandy . This visit to this garden will provide spectacles at extraordinary beauty and absorbing interest for any nature lover and casual visitor. 68 miles off-Colombo, 4 miles off Kandy this garden dates from 14th century reign of king Vikrama Bahu III. Peradeniya is well know for it’s large variety of plants ornaments, useful machine and other creepers that produce the special spices at Sri Lanka. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees and variety at bamboo can be found in one place.
The best know attraction of the garden is the orchid House, which houses more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids. A spice garden gives you a first hand introduction to the trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Mahaweli river, Sri Lanka ‘s longest river surrounding this garden gives an added beauty to this garden. It wont be wrong to say that this garden is one of it’s best kind in the world and the best in Asia .
HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDEN
Just 10 kms away from Nuwara Eliya City , it is the place where flora from far and wide are seen at home. The site has a mythical connotation with many believing that it was once the pleasure garden of the demon king Ravana of the epic Ramayana epic and the very place where the beautiful Sitha was hidden. It was only in 1860 that the present botanical garden was founded by the British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites. The exotic plants found in Hakgala include conifers and cedars from Australia , Bermuda and Japan , and cypresses from the Himalayas , China and as far flung places as Persia , Mexico and California . A special variety of pine was introduced from New Calendonia and there are specimens of this genus from the Canary Island as well. Another interesting tree that adorns this garden is an English oak, planted around 1890, in memory of the famous “hearts of oak” of Britain ‘s naval power. In addition, there are , for the tourists’ delight, the rose garden and the fernery. The garden will surely send a visitor into reverie
GAMPAHA (HENARATHGODA) BOTANICAL GARDENS
About 30 km north-west of Colombo, near Gampaha off Colombo-Kandy road. This garden is home to trees from every corner of the tropical world – especially from Brazil.
Most notable is the Para rubber tree – Hevea brasiliensis. Here at Henarathgoda, in 1876, the first seedlings ever planted in Asia grew and flourished. A British colonial agent had smuggled 70,000 rubber seeds out of the Amazon jungle. London’s Kew Gardens succeeded in the cultivation of 2700 of them. About 2000 seedlings were transported to the warm, moist climatic conditions at Henarathgoda. These little trees sired the rubber industry thought Southeast Asia in Malaya, Indonesia and South India as well as in Sri Lanka.
The seas off the island of Sri Lanka are a sub-aquatic wonderland which can only be fully appreciated by snorkeling and Scuba diving.
The island’s tropical location in the Indian Ocean between 5º and 9º North of the equator and soothing warm water at an inviting 27º C is the essence of this precious resource.
Sri Lanka offers world-class Scuba-Diving and Snorkelling tours. A multitude of tropical fish, magnificently colourful coral reefs and fascinating ship wrecks can be explored at several locations off the south coast of Sri Lanka . HIKKADUW A, WELIGAMA and KIRINDA provide breathtaking Snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. In the west of Sri Lanka , head to ‘Bar Reef’ (Sri Lanka’s largest reef, easily accessible from the Puttalam district town of KALPITIYA, spanning an impressive 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth). But for the country’s ‘piece de resistance’, Pigeon Island, off Nilaveli (just north of TRINCOMALEE) is a paradise of turquoise-coloured waters and abundant fish and coral life make it the ultimate underwater experience. All underwater activities are conducted by well-trained and experienced UDI and PADI instructors to ensure your absolute safety and enjoyment.
Sri Lanka is home to four of Asia ’s best 18 hole golf courses. The four golf courses are situated in Colombo , Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Each course is set in various altitudes Colombo at sea level, Kandy 500m above sea level and Nuwara Eliya at 2040m above sea level. The varying altitudes create an extraordinary playing experience with some golfers claiming that it is similar to playing in three different countries.
- Nuwara Elliya Golf Club – Nuwara Eliya
- Royal Colombo Golf Club – Colombo 8
- Victoria International Golf and Country Resort – Kandy
- Waters Edge Golf Club – Waters Edge – Kotte
- New courses are in Pelwatte, Avissawella and Rakwana.
In fact the association with golf is more than a century old and the Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship, which was instituted in the year 1891, follows the British Amateur as the oldest national championship in the world. Affordable green and caddy fees make the Sri Lanka Golf Courses a superb value for money destination. Foreign guest visitors are welcome at these golf clubs. Some golf courses have a splendid undulating terrain over which the holes are routed. Some golf courses have a scenic backdrop of hills and lakes, which excite the senses. However the Victoria Golf Course near Kandy is blessed with both attributes.
The oldest golf courses in Sri Lanka are found in “Little England” around Nuwara Eliya in the hill country interior. Golf was introduced by the British as their colonial legacy to Ceylon .
One of the most exhilarating and difficult holes at Victoria is the 473 yds. Par 4, Seventh. The drive from an elevated tee calls for distance, accuracy and nerves of steel, if the player is to have a chance of reaching the green in two. Stately
trees and avenues of coconuts lend the course an immediate air of maturity. Impressive natural outcrops of rock are a distinctive feature. Measuring 6879 yds at its full championship length, Victoria ’s Par 73 layout has four Par 5 holes of which three are over 500 yds long. There are four excellent Par 3 holes ranging from the very short, but tricky, 5th of 124 yds to the testing 210 yds 13th hole, a great Par 3 by any standard.
The animals to be seen in Sri Lanka’s national parks include elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, deer and monkeys, wild buffalo, wild boar (pig), porcupine, ant-eater, civet cat, jackal, mongoose, loris (unique to sri Lanka) several varieties of lizards, squirrels, reptiles and amphibians. Each park however has its own specialties.
YALA NATIONAL PARK
The Ruhunu (Yala) National Park is one of the largest national parks in the Country with 103,882.9 hectares. It is situated 300 K.m. south of Colombo on the southeast shore of Sri Lanka . This National Park has several habitat types such as forests, scrub lands, grass lands, lagoons, beaches and other wetlands. This is the most visited national park of the country and its main attractions are Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles, migratory and resident birds. Most appealing is the overall ‘feel’ of undisturbed jungle. Big rock formations, Tanks, Beaches and the Lagoons amplify the scenic beauty. A safari jeep ride will take you to close encounters with the wild beasts and to the beauty of the park and make it an unforgettable experience of your life.
WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
Situated 176 km. north of Colombo , Wilpattu is approximately 1,908 sq.km. in extent. It has a dense jungle cover which makes it a more exciting park where animals have to be tracked. There are numerous delightful little lakes – known as villus – and the leopard and sloth bear are the specialty rather than elephants
HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK
The Horton Plains National Park is the only national park situated in the wet zone of the country and falls within the Nuwara Eliya district. Situated 2300m above sea level this national park has different climatic conditions and habitat to all the other national parks. Almost all life forms in Horton Plains are adapted to the high altitude conditions. There are a lot of endemic flora and fauna found in the plains itself. The endemicity among fauna is comparatively high. Bear Monkey (race of the Purple Face leaf Monkey), Sambhur and Leopard are some interesting mammals. One would also find several endemic hill country birds in the Horton plains national park. The panoramic scenic beauty of the hill country could be witnessed within the park. The famous “World’s End” and ” Bakers Falls ” are major attractions. The Kirigalpotta, second highest peak and the Thotapola, third highest peak of the country are also situated in the Horton plains
WASGAMUWA NATIONAL PARK
Situated approximately 200 km. away from Colombo , the Wasgamuwa National Park lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts and have the Mahaweli river and Amban river as its eastern and western boundaries. Tropical intermediate dry mixed evergreen forest predominates its environment
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Udawalawe National Park is situated in both intermediate zone and the dry zone. Udawalawe park is adjacent to the Udawalawe reservoir and Walawe river. The extent of the Udawalawe park is approximately 30821 hectares and is situated 170km south east of Colombo . This park lies between Rathnapura and Moneragala districts. Though rain forests, scrub lands, and teak plantations are the habitat types of this park, grasslands with tall grass and occasional trees and bushes decorates the land for the living herds of wild Elephants. Udawalawe, is probably one of the best places to see wild elephants in Sri Lanka !
BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK
Bundala National Park is the only ‘RAMSAR’ site in Sri Lanka , which lies in south arid zone of the country. This national park consists of many large and small water bodies such as lagoons, tanks (reservoirs) and salt pans. Apart from the wetlands, the park consists of dry thorny scrub forest short in height. This type of forest is unique to the dry and arid parts of the country. The water bodies create a good feeding ground for the wetland birds, Migratory birds & Flocks of humming birds which attracts many visitors. Migratory birds can be found in very large numbers during the migratory period. A large flock of Flamingos loitering is also a big attraction.
When compared to to its size, Sri lanka has perhaps the largest number of waterfalls of any country in the world. Indeed, there are nearly 100 in Sri Lanka. The largest being no less than 263 metres high. Several factors are necessary for such an abundance of waterfalls. First, the geological formation of the land has to be such that there is a sharp upthrust of the earth’s surface resulting in precipitous edges. Second, the rivers should flow over a hard rock face to minimise erosion. There is an exception featured here, the Ravana Falls, which flows over khondalite, a kind of limestone, and thus erosion is discernible. Third, there should be plenty of rainfall to swell the rivers. In Sri Lanka all these factors are satisfied in the central highlands. Some waterfalls fall onto massive rocks at the base so that the weight of the water is broken on them to spectacular effect
Some of the most attracted waterfalls are as follows.
“Dunhinda” is one of the mostly spoken-about waterfalls in Sri Lanka . Although she couldn’t come even close to the highest waterfalls of the planet in height she rivals many of them when it comes to the natural beauty that it bestows on the environment . Situated about 2 km distance from the main road which runs to Taldena from the remote city Badulla in the Uva Province this is easily accesible and frequently visited by local and foreign visitors. On the way can be seen the “Kuda Dunhinda” ( “Kuda” means small in Sinhala ) which is the prologue to its mighty brother . In native tongue “Dun” means mist or vapour which is the ideal explanation for a waterfall creating wreathes of mist on its way down.
This too is situated by a highway, namely that which runs between Wellawaya and Ella of the Uva Province of the isle. Named after an ancient king . Obviously the surroundings of this waterfall become increasingly polluted by the vast number of people who visit it, either purposely or en route to some other place who can’t help but stop for a while to have a refreshing look. Actually the author was compelled to prune the lower part of the photo that appears here in order to preserve the natural beauty which mightn’t have been there with several vehicles parked on the bridge below.
Within a majestic basin-shaped valley bordered by huge steep rocks and dark green forests of pines and tropic trees the highest waterfall of Sri Lanka plunges with two silver ropes over a vertical dark grey wall between Mt. Welihena and Mt. Bambaragala into a deep pool only 150 m walking distance from a small motorable road off A4 ( from Avissawella to Haputale and beyond )at Kalupahana-Ganwasangoda to Quitota .
With an appearance and location which often make people believe that it is the highest waterfall in the isle, this lanky “Diyaluma” waterfall pours its way down and flows towards Kirindi Oya underneath a bridge on the highway from Beragala to Wellawaya. The extent of water spilt downwards is so great during the rainy season that it makes amends for the monotonously undisturbed water trunk falling from head to foot with no intermediate cascade whatsoever. Its geographical location by one of the mostly used Highways spanning the Hill Country to the Plains speaks for its reputation not only here but in other parts of the world as well.
Lakshapana falls , popularly-known for the power plant established and named after it at the confluence of its stream ( Maskeli Oya ) and some other ( Kehelgamu Oya ), is another fascinating item lying hidden amidst forests and dales seldom trodden by man .From the road between Norton Bridge and Maskeliya there is offered a scaled-down view of the falls and panoramic sight of the terrain but if one wishes to get nearer one may take the by road towards the Polpitiya power station, after travelling around 2 km along which an inquiry from the villagers would help one find out the falls.
ST CLAIRS FALLS
These majestic “St.Clairs” falls are close to the main road from Avissawella to Nuwara-Eliya and can well be seen from the Main Line rail track close to Talawakelle. It falls down in two cascades and is an inviting site for regular bathers because it is fairly easily reacheable from a footpath ( actually there are many ) downhill through greeny tea shrubbery. Named after a British colonist, these are one of two waterfalls threatened by a proposed hydro-power scheme in the area.
Just outside Bentota you can embark on a boat safari on the Madu Ganga River, where sleepy mangroves and biodiversity wildlife make for a mesmerising boating experience.
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River in Kitul gala covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KM. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour.
Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. The majestic beast, the locations in close proximity to the cultural attractions and the terrain rich with bird life all add up to bring in memorable experiences to the tourists holidaying in Sri Lanka. Elephant Back Safaris are one of the newest and most thrilling safari experiences in Sri Lanka. These Elephant Back Safari not only make it possible to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps more importantly, provide the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant.
Sri Lanka is becoming a major spot for watching Whales and Dolphins. Sri Lanka is situated within international whaling commission’s protected zone in Indian Ocean. West coast in locations from Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya, Mirissa or Dondra Point of down south, east coast of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka is the main ports of Whale and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Whale and dolphin sightings are additionally available in the western coastal cities of Alutgama, Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa.
A high concentration of blue whales and sperm whales has been spotted in the seas off Dondra Head along the deep south coast of Sri Lanka during the months of January to April. Alankuda beach in Kalpitiya is the best places if you are interested in seeing dolphins. During November to March is the best season to go Dolphin Watching off Kalpitiya. Whale and Dolphin watching is also possible during June to September off the eastern shores such as Trincomalee.
Bentota is the water sports centre of Sri Lanka, providing an ideal combination of river, lagoon and Indian Ocean. All activities like Windsurfing, Surfing, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Body Boarding, Banana Ride, Tube Ride, Jet-Ski, Deep Sea Fishing, River Fishing, Snorkeling,Diving and River Cruises are conducted by well-trained and experienced instructors.
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