Festivals in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a history as long as many ancient civilizations, positioning in the crossroad of the East and West. And by being a multicultural society it celebrates a wide variety of festivals, ceremonies and events. List of festivals are normally celebrated and cherished with dancers, lights and elephants paraded around the city as to bear the tooth of Buddha. Find out more about festivals in Sri Lanka below!

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Festival Highlights in Sri Lanka

  • Witness the dancers, drummers and decorated elephants during Esala Perahera Festival
  • Firecrackers, lightning of oil lamps and partying in the street, all at once? Only during Aluth Avurudda Festival
  • To accept diversity, different stream in music and all ethnic group, Sri Lanka has Jaffna Music Festival

Top cultural experiences in Sri Lanka

Beautiful Coexistence: Temples of Colombo Tour

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Charmian Miyuru
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A customized trip with Miyuru

I spent 6 hours with Miyuru on 31/5/18 and loved every minute of it.

I would not have tackled the bustling market area on my own but Miyuru encouraged me to interact with the locals, not to worry about my safety and wear a big smile.

Miyuru met me at the hotel and we took a short trip on a local, music blaring, packed bus. I was offered a seat by a seemingly poor, non English speaking woman and her elderly mother who passed the bus ride posing for photos with me and gifting me guavas. Very touching.

We walked the market streets past vendors of every type of goods you can imagine including some you can’t - vendors of second hand shoes, or trade a pair if you’d like!!! Than past food stalls, distributors, construction workers and to the markets, all featuring previously unknown varieties of pickles, fish, lentils, fruit, vegetables, spices. It being a food tour we ate and drank continuously, chatting, posing, questioning the vendors.

We ate a delicious lunch and went for a healing massage before heading back to the hotel by tuk tuk.

I loved it all but the absolute highlight for me was the interaction with the locals. I was blown away by how friendly they were to a foreigner even whilst franticly trying to eke out a living.

The trip with Miyuru, seeing his Colombo was educational, fun and delicious. Miyuru has a kind, gentle, compassionate manner always relating respectfully with the locals. He has a deep knowledge of and passion for food.

Awesome photos. Beautiful people, tasty food, I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Do it!

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Thomas Isabel
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Paris Favourite Food tour: the 10 Tastings

Isabel took us on an amazing tour and showed us the Paris we never would have discovered by ourselves. She knew her history and French cuisine. It was a culinary and cultural experience that we will never forget. And some of the places she showed us were so unique and lovely that we even went back to re-visit during our stay. (Among them the most amazing oysters we’ve had in our lives)
In addition she gave us some really good advice on other places to go and see, restaurants etc during the rest of our stay in Paris. If you want an intimate and fun tour you should definitely choose the exciting, down-to-earth artist that Isabel is. In the end of our lovely walk through Paris it felt like me and my fiancee had made a new friend.
Thousands of stars, and thank you again Isabel!
/Thomas (& Emmy)

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Yola Giulio
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Roman Food Tour: The 10 Tastings

Giulio answered all our questions and helped us to know what to do the next days. We had the best gelato and it isn't one of the places with a big queue. He knew I love desserts so we tried a really nice tiramisu with rum and a cannolo siciliano. It really was the best of our day. Thanks :)