Special Interest - Discover Sri Lanka with Bruno

Train

If you have enjoyed the breathtaking sites of Nature in Sri Lanka from hot air balloons, sea planes, buses, boats, by riding bicycles, trekking, hiking, then you must take a train. It is a great inexpensive way to see the glorious mountains, waterfalls, tea and rubber plantations and simple villages from a different angle and in different perspective. Trains are a much more relaxed and comfortable way to crisscross the Island than a bus or a car.

The Ceylon Government Railways was established in 1864 during the British colonial rule and over the years extensions to the main line were made in covering destinations to Kandy, Nawalapitiya, Nanu Oya, Bandarawela and Badulla from 1867 to 1924. The line to Matale was added in 1880, the Coast Railway Line in 1895, Northern Line in 1905, Mannar Line in 1914, Kelani Valley in 1919, Puttalam Line in 1926 and the Lines to Batticaloa and Trincomalee in 1928. Initially trains were the main transport mode for tea and coffee from the hill country as these were the major export crops at the time.


Golfing

The first things that come to mind when you think of this beautiful country are probably the endless golden sandy beaches, luscious greenery, great tea, roaming elephants and ancient ruins. But it’s also the perfect place for a round of golf, and well worth checking out if you fancy spending your next holiday working on your handicap.

The Royal Colombo Golf Club course is an 18-hold Course, 5770m long (par 71). It is a golf course designed to give the ardent golfer all the challenges the game can offer. There are many water hazards, broad fairways, well guarded bunkers designed to make the golfer test out his finer skills in the game of Golf. This Gold Course was established in 1879 and was originally situated in Colombo at the location now known as Galle Face Green. It is the second oldest Royal Golf Club outside the UK. It was also the third club in the British Empire that was accorded the ‘Royal’ title.


Weddings & Honeymoons

If you have been bored seeing the same old wedding rituals with the same old wedding hymns and stage-managed ceremony, think about making this occasion a unique and memorable one in a completely new and glamorous setting and you will find out that Sri Lanka holds a special magic for wedding couples or lovers for that matter.

A Typical Sri Lankan style wedding involves Kandyan dancers, drummers, beautifully dressed elephants to conduct the groom to the site, a specially decorated stage where the vows are made and sealed with a ring and a kiss.

Sri Lankan hotels are quite experienced in arranging wedding ceremonies according to your wishes and fancies especially with many couples from various parts of the world preferring to have a down-to-earth Sri Lankan wedding ceremony. The champagne, wedding cake, Sri Lankan buffets, tailor-made clothing, bouquets, Kandyan dancers, drummers, photography and video recording, marriage registrar with English Certificate of Marriage, etc.


Antiques

Antiques, just like ancient photographs create a sense of fascination and make you dream of a time long gone by and make you compare those periods of time with the present and the vast ocean of innovations, advancements in between that affect every sphere of our lives. We like to cling on to those old rare and valuables tokens that relate stories of ancient times. They may be furniture, vehicles, clocks, mechanical devices, ornaments, door and window frames, gramophones, walking sticks, etc that hold a special place in your heart for their old world charm. They become subjects and special exhibits to conduct mind-capturing conversations with visitors and friends.

There are many antique dealers in Sri Lanka and suburbs that offer a wide selection to choose from and it is certain that you will be fascinated with what you can collect to stir your memories and emotions.


Handlooms And Batiks

Sri Lanka has a historical connection to handlooms and the loom had been portrayed generously in local myths and legends. With records of Sri Lanka trading vividly designed cotton textiles with India and China as far as 1000 years ago, the country has been known as a hotspot of textile manufacturing.

The handloom weaving industry can be considered an ancient art that is centuries old practiced throughout the ages and handed down from generation to generation. .

Materials used for handloom weaving are usually cotton, rayons and polyester cotton are also used for varying textures and striking designs. There is a great international demand for Sri Lankan handloom products including wall hangings and banners.


Photograhy & Filming

Sri Lanka is truly a photographer’s paradise because whatever your fields of interest are, they are all a click away whether it is wildlife, rambling beaches, rain forests, ancient monuments, historical ruins, waterfalls, tea plantations or simple rustic villages. All the subjects and backgrounds you can wish for are all here in this photogenic Island with the mystery and magic of tropical glory.

The locations of many Hollywood award-winning films were based in Sri Lanka. Joseph Conad’s “Outcasts of the Islands”, John & Bo Derek’s “Tarzan the Ape Man”, David Lean’s all-time thriller “Bridge on the River Kwai”, Stephen Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, became box-office hits dressed in the lusty Sri Lankan sets.

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