Come April, the air is filled with festivity. The island celebrates the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year with age-old customs, fun- filled Avurudu games and delicious sweetmeats. Towards the end of the month, homes and streets will dazzle with illumination in commemoration of Vesak. It is an important day for Buddhists in the country, as it marks the birth, Enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha. It’s the season to head to the hills where there is much activity. Be mesmerised by picturesque mountain views, feel the thrill of water sports or pony rides and cheer on at the races. Across the island there is much in store, from shopping to dining, theatre and art. Experience our ancient culture and visit our historical wonders. There is something for everyone in Sri Lanka.
The hills are alive with beauty, adventure and activities. Head to the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya. Fondly called ‘Little England’ it is filled with scenic mountain views, classic cottages and beautiful rose gardens. Lake Gregory will be the centre of activity, promising fun for all.
Celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the traditional way. Take part in the unique customs performed with the hope for a prosperous year. Enjoy the festivity as you join in the Avurudu games and relish sweetmeats.
Vesak is the most important day for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The entire island will be illuminated in multiple colours with traditional lanterns and striking pandols. Buddha Rashmi Pooja in Colombo is the main Vesak festival.
Snorkel and dive near the Great Basses and Little Basses reef, which offer wonderful experiences. This is one of the best diving locations in the island. Catch a glimpse of the remarkable lighthouses built on the reefs.
Enjoy a boat ride along the scenic Hiriwadunna wewa, a reservoir filled with water lilies. On land, ride a bullock cart through paddy fields to the Hiriwadunna village to experience rural village life and enjoy traditional food.