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March Getaways 2017

March Getaways features: Dine amidst the colonial ambience of Kandy, Explore the islets of Jaffna, Enjoy a view of Colombo from the Sambodhi Chaithya, Collect seashells on the beaches in the south and ride a pony in Nuwara Eliya.

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Howzat! Cricket fever hits the Island this March. Join in the cheer by watching the Big Matches and dancing to papare beats. Enjoy our hearty food, long strolls on the beach, cultural expeditions, cosy getaways and even get a crash course on tea tasting; there is something for everyone in Sri Lanka. And while you are here, make sure to try your hand at making tasty Kevum! 

 

Dine amidst the colonial ambience of Kandy

Dine amidst the colonial ambience of Kandy

Kandy is a heritage city, lined with colonial buildings preserved just as the British left them behind decades ago. The ambience within these structures emulates the golden era of the British Empire, almost as if time has stood still. Posters about Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family adorn the walls. Glance at the Black and White photographs that will offer you a sneak peak into the history of the place. In the evening the atmosphere is romantic. Merry conversations echo through the walls as you relish delicious European cuisine or tantalising Sri Lankan flavours (See Kandy).

Explore the islets of Jaffna

Explore the islets of Jaffna

The Jaffna Peninsula is speckled with isles. Nainatheevu or Nagadeepa with the ancient Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya and Nagapooshani Amman Kovil is the most popular. Famously associated with the Dutch colonisers, Delft island is known for wild ponies and historical Dutch ruins. The isle is also believed to be where Ven Sangamitta Theri rested when she was bringing the Sri Maha Bodhi to Sri Lanka. On Katchatheevu is a Shrine for St Anthony, worshipped fervently by fishermen. Kaaraitheevu island is known for its pristine Casuarina beach. Apart from the main isles there are many others that will offer you a unique perspective of nature and ancient life in the North. 

Enjoy a view of Colombo from the Sambodhi Chaithya

Enjoy a view of Colombo from the Sambodhi Chaithya

The unending Indian Ocean on one end and the busy streets of Colombo on the other. The view from the Sambodhi Chaithya, which reaches 261 feet into the sky, is like no other. Situated along Chaithya Road near the entrance to the Colombo Port, the stupa stands resolute. Suspended several feet above the ground on a yellow base, it is accessible through the 11-storey tower-like stair structure. Take the stairs to the top and enjoy the blissful view and sea breeze. Climbing the 258 steps is a great work out too! 

Collect seashells on the beaches in the South

Collect seashells on the beaches in the South

Pinkish, greenish and purplish hues are splattered on the seashells found in the South. They come in all shapes and sizes, some curved and smooth others chiselled with wavy designs. The golden sands conceal these dainty creations of nature. As the sea laps on to the shore, these pretty seashells are revealed. Collect these beauties and take them home to remind you of tropical bliss. If you are lucky you might even find a conch shell. Keep it on your ear and hear the roar of the sea from anywhere in the world. 

Ride a pony in Nuwara Eliya

Ride a pony in Nuwara Eliya

In the cold climate of the hills, one of the best past times is pony riding. Adults and children both cheer with glee at the prospect of a pony ride. Ponies are gentle creatures and therefore anyone can ride them. As you drive past the Nuwara Eliya race course, you will see many ponies grazing by the road; their owners will not be too far away. Negotiate a price and hop on. Trot along the pathway near Lake Gregory and you will feel positively regal as you survey the great green scenery that surrounds you. Rejuvenate in the salubrious air of the hills. It will be an unforgettable experience, especially for the little ones. 

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