The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants. This is held in Esala (July or August) which is the month that is believed to commemorate the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment.Sri Lanka National / Independence Day
The national flag is hoisted and the national anthem sung, the traditional lamp is lit and the processions begin, complete with meticulously coordinated military parades, firing of canons and various religious and cultural performances, all to paying tribute to the forefathers of the land for their glorious feat.Sinhala and Tamil New Year
The calendar year universally begins on 1st January and ends on 3 I st December. However, many nationalities throughout the globe follow different calendars from this standard frame of 1st January to 31st December. What N currently followed globally is the Christian calendar beginning from the Birth of Christ.Surfing in Arugam Bay
Situated in the district of Ampara, Approximately 314 km from Colombo, Arugam Bay is Known as one of the best three surfing spots in the world. this typical fishing village to the south of the small town of Pottuvil can be reached via A4 from Colombo.The Elephant Gathering at Minneriya National Park
A land like no other’ – Sri Lanka is rich with tropical landscape, chilly highlands, historical architectural masterpieces, manmade lakes and a rich culture. Surrounded by the magnificent and picturesque Indian Ocean, the country offers visitors the complete island experience right throughout.Horse Races & Carnivals in Nuwara Eliya Gangaramaya Navam Maha Perahera
Ven Galaboda Gnanissara Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Gangaramaya Temple has always ensured that the ancient traditions and culture of our country are preserved. It is with this aim that Podi Hamuduruwo revived our heritage performances of dance and music through the Navam Maha Perahera where thousands of artistes from around the Island gather in celebration. Traditions that were gradually disappearing into the past were brought to life and sustained with the support of the Temple.Duruthu Perahera
At this historic temple a procession known as “the Duruthu Perahera” is held on the pre-full moon poya day of the month of Duruthu (January) every year.