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About Sri Lanka - The British Touch in Sri Lanka (Colonial Heritage)

Regions: capital-colombo | hill-country | south-coast
Whatever historical conclusions can be drawn about the colonial period (1815-1948), there is no doubt that Britain's connection with Sri Lanka has been special. The British influence of that period can be seen all around Sri Lanka today. The city of Colombo is full of Old World charm in the sense that it is dotted with colonial buildings and parks. Some of the finest buildings arose at the turn of the century and the Lighthouse, the General Post Office, the old Senate building, deserve a special mention.
Talking about sport, there is no doubt that cricket is almost a religion in Sri Lanka and is played with a passion that far outstrips the way it is played in the Country that first introduced the Gentlemen's game to this island - Britain! Rugby is also a very popular sport and this originated on the playing fields of a certain British Public School! There is also golf in the most picturesque settings.

Experience the Royal Colombo Golf Club or the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club at an elevation of 6800 feet (1 600 meters) or for that matter, the Victoria Golf Club in Kandy, which to date has maintained its exclusive colonial charm and ambience. The world's most sought-after health drink - tea - was introduced by the British and now well known as Ceylon Tea.

The development of the rail and road networks opening this island destination to the world took place during the British period. Sri Lanka's strong and democratic political and judiciary systems are generally admired for their fairness - some British influences can naturally be found here. The English language is spoken widely in Sri Lanka with Sinhala and Tamil the main languages of the island.

Go down history with a stroll in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy, the onetime South East Asian Headquarters of Lord Louis Mountbatton during World War II. The most picturesque sites all along the road network were identified by the British as the ideal locations to take a break! ... and rest houses were built. These charming small hotels relive the bygone era.

The British touch continues to this modem day, with the recreation of the "Water wheels". Deep in the beautiful elevated valleys of Sri Lanka, near Kitulgala (the exotic site where the film "the Bridge on the river Kwai" was actually filmed) and Yatiyantota, you may meet a strange sight, that of an apparently ancient water wheel turning gracefully beside a tropical river or stream. These wheels are not grinding corn - their traditional role for a thousand years in distant Europe - but are the driving force behind a new electricity generating system developed to serve isolated villages, where a national grid electricity connection is simply not available. A partnership initiated by a UK charitable trust, the wheels are being locally manufactured and installed by the villagers themselves in a novel self-help programme, whereby whole communities can enjoy the benefit of their own AC, lighting, communications, improved health, education and initiating some local cottage industry. Villagers will be happy to demonstrate how one of man's oldest inventions - dating back over two thousand five hundred years - controlled by locally manufactured electronics, is improving their quality of life and opportunities, all in an environmentally friendly manner, with the British touch!

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Sri Lanka Mini Cultural Heritage Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Cultural Heritage Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1099 
Discover the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Mini Colonial Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Colonial Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1079 
Discover the colonial past of Sri Lanka in this unique tour while staying at some of the finest colonial style hotels. Tour includes The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Nuwara Eliya Tour, Capital Colombo Tour and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage plus time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Mini Cultural Triangle and Wildlife Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Cultural Triangle and Wildlife Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1069 
Discover the world renowned Cultural Triangle and the wild life of Sri Lanka in this tour while staying at some of the finest hotels. Tour includes Anuradhapura Ancient City Tour, Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Caves, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Peradeniya Botantical Gardens, Minneriya National Park, Negombo Village Tour, and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage plus time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Mini Central Highlands Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Mini Central Highlands Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1089 
Marvel at the spectacular scenery, history, archaeological sites, tea plantations and so much more in this very special mini tour incorporating all the best highlights that Sri Lanka’s highlands has to offer. You will be staying at some of the finest hotels that gives the spirit of this holiday but still retain the modern comforts.

Sri Lanka Luxury Heritage Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Luxury Heritage Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £2709 
Discover the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka with luxury inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with time on a luxurous beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Cultural Heritage Tour and Madilves Meedhupparu HolidaySri Lanka Cultural Heritage Tour and Madilves Meedhupparu Holidayfrom £909 
Discover the tranquil Maldives and the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

Sri Lanka Cultural Heritage Tour and Maldives Hudhuranfushi HolidaySri Lanka Cultural Heritage Tour and Maldives Hudhuranfushi Holidayfrom £1499 
Discover the tranquil Maldives and the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

Sri Lanka Royal Kingdom Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Royal Kingdom Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1199 
Discover the cultural past that dates back to the 5th century BC and the proud history of Sri Lanka. This unique holiday will take you to the most prominent historical ancient royal kingdoms in Sri Lanka give time to experience Sri Lanka's charming people, culture and diverse landscape. You will be staying at some of the finest hotels that give the sprit of this holiday but still retaining the modern comforts.

Sri Lanka Heritage Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Heritage Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £1089 
Discover the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka inclding Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Tour, The Royal City of Kandy Tour, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Safari and Beach Holiday HolidaySri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Safari and Beach Holiday Holidayfrom £1089 
Our Sri Lanka elephant safari and beach holiday is the perfect introduction to this much loved creature. Come and discover the elephants of Sri Lanka, from rescued sanctuary animals to seeing them in their natural habitat in a national park.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Tour HolidaySri Lanka Sri Lanka Elephant Tour Holidayfrom £1169 
If you are looking for holidays with elephants, elephant tours Sri Lanka will introduce you to the much loved Sri Lankan elephant. Come and discover the elephants of Sri Lanka, from rescued elephants at a sanctuary to the wild elephants in their natural habitat.

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Discovery Tour and Beach HolidaySri Lanka Sri Lanka Discovery Tour and Beach Holidayfrom £899 
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Sri Lanka England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014 with Highlands Tour HolidaySri Lanka England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014 with Highlands Tour Holidayfrom  
Experience unforgettable overseas cricket holiday of a lifetime, with a central highlands tour of Sri Lanka that combine last three nail-biting One Day International matches of England tour of Sri Lanka 2014. The includes visit to cultural city of Kandy, Temple of the Tooth Relic which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cultural Show with fire walking, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Peradeniya’s Royal Botanical Gardens, Nuwara Eliya and more. Having a holiday in this tropical paradise is anyone’s dream but couple with watching England playing cricket in Sri Lanka will be the ultimate dream holiday for any cricket lover.

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Sri Lanka Peradeniya Botanical GardensPeradeniya Botanical GardensKandyhill country
 Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is the foremost of its kind in Sri Lanka in both size and splendour. It was created by the Kandyan King for the enjoyment of the aristocracy. Today the gardens have an orchid house, spice garden, Japanese garden, picturesque lake filled with water lilies and more.
 

Sri Lanka Kandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowKandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowKandyhill country
 In the late evening be escorted to a performance of the energetic traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance show, accompanied by tumultuous drumming and climaxes with the amazing fire-walking show.
 

Sri Lanka Mihintale TourMihintale TourMihintaleancient cities
 Mihintale is a sacred mountain peak considered to be the location where Buddhism was first introduced to the island of Sri Lanka. The mountain peak is approached by a grand stairway of 1840 granite steps.
 

Sri Lanka Avukana Buddha statueAvukana Buddha statueKala Wewaancient cities
 The magnificent free-standing Avukana Buddha statue carved out of a single granite rock face during the 5th century is the tallest Buddha statue in existence today.
 

Sri Lanka Kelaniya Buddhist Temple (Kelaniya Maha Viharaya)Kelaniya Buddhist Temple (Kelaniya Maha Viharaya)Kelaniyacapital colombo
 It is believed that the Buddha visited the temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya. You’ll see a series of wall paintings in the interior that date from the mid-20th century.
 

Sri Lanka Negombo Fishing HarbourNegombo Fishing HarbourNegombocapital colombo
 Despite this fact Negombo has become a popular tourist destination, Negombo has still managed to maintain its traditional fishing heritage. Visit the Negombo harbour to see the fisherman who are still trying to earn their daily living through long established fishing practices.
 

Sri Lanka St Marys ChurchSt Marys ChurchNegombocapital colombo
 One of Negombo’s most important structures is St. Mary’s Church. This holy building is lavish and grand in nature, standing tall amidst other structures in the town.
 

Sri Lanka Maximus Jumbo Poo Paper ProjectMaximus Jumbo Poo Paper ProjectKandyhill country
 Experience the ingenious concept of conservation through 'Jumbo Poo Paper'. Introducing Maximus (Pvt) Ltd, which specialises in the production of this eco friendly and elephant aided paper, the company also aids in the conservation of elephants.
 

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Train Journey from Colombo to KandySri Lanka Train Journey from Colombo to KandyKandyhill country
 The Colombo to Kandy train ride is a deservedly popular Sri Lanka train journey to take to get an up-close feel for Sri Lanka’s dramatic, scenic landscape, and, in just three hours, takes you from sweltering coastal lowlands to cool inland hills.
 

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Train Journey from Kandy to EllaSri Lanka Train Journey from Kandy to EllaEllahill country
 The Sri Lanka train tour from Kandy to Ella is one of the finest in Asia and maybe even one of the world’s great rail journeys. The scenic beauty you will experience on the Kandy to Ella train route via Nuwara Eliya is something you will never forget. Talk to Travel Sri Lanka about including this excursion in your holiday.
 

Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 5th ODIEngland vs Sri Lanka 5th ODIKandyhill country
 England vs Sri Lanka 5th One Day International on 10 December 2014 in Kandy
 

Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 6th ODIEngland vs Sri Lanka 6th ODIKandyhill country
 England vs Sri Lanka 6th One Day International on 13 December 2014 in Kandy
 

Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 7th ODI FINALEngland vs Sri Lanka 7th ODI FINALColombocapital colombo
 England vs Sri Lanka 7th One Day International (FINAL) on 16 December 2014 in Colombo
 

Sri Lanka Anuradhapura Ancient City TourAnuradhapura Ancient City TourAnuradhapuraancient cities
 Anuradhapura ancient city in Sri Lanka is a magical place. Anuradhapura features some of the most ancient archaeological treasures in Sri Lanka dating back to the 4th century BC. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that must be missed.
 

Sri Lanka Polonnaruwa Ancient City TourPolonnaruwa Ancient City TourPolonnaruwaancient cities
 Polonnaruwa ancient city remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
 

Sri Lanka Sigiriya Rock FortressSigiriya Rock FortressSigiriyaancient cities
 Sigiriya Rock Fortress is another fascinating World Heritage site dating back to the 5th century which was once a stronghold for a king who sought refuge. It remains on a 200 meter high rock with magnificent views of the surrounding jungle.
 

Sri Lanka Royal City of Kandy TourRoyal City of Kandy TourKandyhill country
 The last capital for the ancient kings of Sri Lanka, the region of Kandy or “Maha Nuwara” in Sinhala is the second largest city in the Island after Colombo. Kandy is the Capital of the Islands Central Province and home to many lush tea plantations and the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) this temple is a holy site to Buddhists the world over and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
 

Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya TourNuwara Eliya TourNuwara Eliyahill country
 Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the southern hill country, Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial period. Nuwara Eliya is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate, carpets of lush green tea, 18 hole golf course, Little England, Victoria Park and more.
 

Sri Lanka T20 England Qualifyier 1T20 England Qualifyier 1Colombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 England Qualifyier 2T20 England Qualifyier 2Colombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Australia and India QualifyierT20 Australia and India QualifyierColombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Super Eight Day 1 MatchesT20 Super Eight Day 1 MatchesKandyhill country
  
 

Sri Lanka Horton PlainsHorton PlainsNuwara Eliyahill country
 Horton Plains is one of the most popular and a unique natural attraction in Sri Lanka. It is located 2000m high plateau 28km south of Nuwara Eliya and its known for its beautiful landscapes, rare plants, animal life and World’s End where the plains comes suddenly to an end.
 

Sri Lanka Adams peakAdams peakRatnapurahill country
 The 2,243 m (7,360-ft) high summit is situated in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary called Peak Wilderness. According to Buddhist history the footprint at the summit of the mountain is of Lord Buddha, left during his third visit to Sri Lanka.
 

Sri Lanka T20 Super Eight Day 3 MatchesT20 Super Eight Day 3 MatchesKandyhill country
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 South Africa v Zimbabwe QualifyierT20 South Africa v Zimbabwe QualifyierColombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Super Eight Day 5 MatchesT20 Super Eight Day 5 MatchesKandyhill country
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Super Eight Day 6 MatchesT20 Super Eight Day 6 MatchesColombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Semi Final 1T20 Semi Final 1Colombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Semi Final 2T20 Semi Final 2Colombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Final 2012T20 Final 2012Colombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 Super Eight Day 2 MatchesT20 Super Eight Day 2 MatchesColombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka Capital Colombo City TourCapital Colombo City TourColombocapital colombo
 It was in the year 1517 that this unassuming coastal city got its boost to the glorious metropolis Sri Lanka knows today. With the Portuguese building a fort here as their main base for expansion into the lowlands of Sri Lanka, Colombo started to gain fame and prosperity by way of trade and maritime commerce. Colombo was later honoured with the title of Capital of Ceylon in the year 1815. Colombo is now a chic, cosmopolitan metropolis where much of the latest in fashion and technology first enter the islands shops and stores. With heavy traffic during the morning work dash, noon school rush and evening home dash the city is always busy for the majority of its 24 hours. Travel in and around Colombo can be easily arranged by taking either the nimble ‘tuk tuk’ (trishaws or three wheelers), posh and comfy taxi cabs, vans or busses which barrel down the road and get you where you want to be in record time. Colombo is a confirmed stop in any holiday to Sri Lanka.
 

Sri Lanka T20 Super Eight Day 4 MatchesT20 Super Eight Day 4 MatchesColombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka T20 West Indies QualifyierT20 West Indies QualifyierColombocapital colombo
  
 

Sri Lanka Galle FortGalle FortGallesouth coast
 Galle is famous for its Dutch Fort built in the 17th century, which is now a World Heritage Site.
 

Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 1st TestEngland vs Sri Lanka 1st TestGallesouth coast
 Come and experience world class cricket and join England as they take on Sri Lanka in the 1st Test match of the England tour of Sri Lanka 2012 at the Galle International stadium on March 26th 2012.
 

Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 2nd TestEngland vs Sri Lanka 2nd TestColombocapital colombo
 Come and experience world class cricket and join England as they take on Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test match of the England tour of Sri Lanka 2012 at the Colombo R. Premadasa International stadium on April 3rd 2012.
 

Sri Lanka Knuckles Mountain RangeKnuckles Mountain RangeKandyhill country
 The Knuckles Mountain Range is located towards the North East of the City of Kandy and offers one of the most breathtaking climbs among the Sri Lankan hill country. The region is a paradise for all outdoor mountainous activities.
 

Sri Lanka Rathnapura Gem miningRathnapura Gem miningRatnapuraancient cities
 Sri Lanka is one of the top five gem-bearing nations in the world. The long-established gem mining area in Sri Lanka is Rathnapura, also known as the City of Gems. In between rich greenery and paddy fields, you will see locals gem mining.
 

Sri Lanka Highlands Tea Plantation and Tea FactoryHighlands Tea Plantation and Tea FactoryNuwara Eliyahill country
 Drive through the stunning highlands of Sri Lanka, you will realise why Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea and is where the renowned standard of ‘Ceylon Tea' comes from.
 

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