Cultural Side of Srilanka
Sinhala (also called Sinhalese or Singhalese) is the mother tongue of the Sinhalese ethnic group which is the largest in Sri Lanka. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages.
Sinhala is spoken by about 16 million people in Sri Lanka, about 13 million of whom are native speakers. It is one of the constitutionally-recognised official languages of Sri Lanka, along with Tamil. Tamil is a classical language and the oldest of the Dravidian language family and spoken by the Tamil population of Sri Lanka. It is also spoken by Tamils in India, Malaysia and Singapore. As of 1996, it was the eighteenth most spoken language, with over 74 million speakers worldwide.
AIRPORT PICKUP- PINNAWELA- DRIVE TO DAMBULLA
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya River at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers.
Accommodation: at DAMBULLA
SIGIRIYA- VILLGE TOUR- DAMBULL A CAVES
DRIVE TO ANURADHAPURA- ANURADHAPURA CITY TOUR
DRIVE TO TRINCOMALEE
KONNESWARAM TEMPLE: Koneswarm Kovil is on top of the Swami rock, which can be considered the highest place in Trincomalee. Once you reach the temple you have a beautiful view of the surrounding area and if you can make it in the morning you can watch and take photos of a beautiful sunrise. As in most Hindu kovils you have beautiful and colorful carved figures. There is a sacred Bo tree as well but reaching it is a bit difficult since it is near a steep rock slope. Just below you can see some of the most crystal blue waters you can find anywhere in Sri Lanka.
LOVERS LEAP: As the name suggests this place is famous for couples committing suicide. There is a monument built for a lady that has committed suicide here but the historical facts suggest that the mentioned lady has actually lived, married and had children. This is just beside the Koneswaram temple so you want miss it if you are visiting the Koneswaram Hindu kovil. BEACH LEISURE
Accommodation: AT TRINCOMALEE
TRINCOMALEE: Sometimes mentioned as the Trinco fort, this is an old fort built by the Portuguese. Currently it is used as an army base but you have the freedom to explore some parts inside the fort. You can still see the remains of some old building and guns and you can see various crested in some building as well. There are some administrative buildings inside the fort as well.
FORT FEDRICK, KINNIYA HOT WATER SPRINGS: This is around 30 minutes ride from Trincomalee early you get there the better. There are seven wells built on top of hot water springs and the temperature varies from well to well .It can get pretty crowded during a public holiday, so if you are visiting there during a public holiday make sure to go there as early as possible .You need to pay a small fee to enter the place. Kinniya new bridge is currently the longest bridge in Sri Lanka. This was built with the donation from Saudi Arabia and opened to public in 20th October 2009. Kinniya bridge is 10 meters wide and 495 meters in length.
KINNIYA BRIDGE, NATURAL HARBOUR: Have you heard of the famous Trincomalee Harbor. The Trincomalee Harbor is a large natural harbor in Sri Lanka. Located in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in the heart of the Indian Ocean, its strategic importance has shaped its recent history. There had been many sea battles to conquer the harbor. The Portuguese, Dutch, French, and the English, each held it in turn.
Accommodation: at TRINCOMALEE
DRIVE TO DAMBULLA- LEISURE DAY
DRIVE NEGAMBO- BEACH LEISURE