health tourism in Sri Lank – Ayurveda

 

Health tourism in Sri Lank – Ayurveda

Sri Lanka has always been a place that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and spirit. Ayurveda has been the most popular method used to restore and rejuvenate tired bodies and weary soul for thousands of years. Ayurveda is one of the oldest and most historic medical systems available in the world. Beginning of Ayurveda healing method goes to the Pre-Christian era and it is based on indigenous Indian medicine, it draws not only on a deep understanding of philosophy, but also elements of philosophy, psychology and spirituality. The Ayurveda is so influential that other ancient healing method such as Tibetan, Chinese medicine and Greek medicine has adopted many of the concepts found in Ayurveda.

According to the historical evidences that Prince Vijaya, who was banished from his Indian kingdom, in 6th century BC, sailed to Sri Lanka and became the first king of the island. He was skilled of practice Ayurveda, and so together with his personal physician, introduced it to the island. Over the past thousands of years, Ayurveda incorporated the elements from similar indigenous Sri Lankan treatments to become one of the leading healing methods today.

Ayurveda (the science of life) – the name derived from ancient Sanskrit: Ayuh or “life”, and Veda or “science”, so Ayurveda translate as “The science of life”, a fitting name for a system that devotes itself to a truly holistic approach to the ways the body and mind can be treated.

The main principals of Ayurveda is the theory of the Tri Dosha or “Three vital forces” Vata (wind), Pita (fire) and Kapha (earth), in each of us is a unique combination of these forces or Doshas that help define our nature. Vata people are thin and energetic; Pita people are more intense and goal-oriented, while those with a Kapha disposition are methodical and nurturing. When the Doshas are in harmony the body is in good health, but when equilibrium is affected, balance need to be restored – and Ayurveda provides the answer. Ayurveda practitioners will initially meet the patients with the objective of getting to the root of whatever is ailing the patient. Details of diet and lifestyle of the patient, habits (good and bad), and general environment, will be requested from the patient.

Practitioners employ many of the medical herbs and plants native to Sri Lanka, they combine leaves, bark, berries,, roots and flowers to crate bespoke potions, oils and unguents tailor-made for the individual. Incidentally, in Ayurveda there is a belief that it’s not just people but also plants that can get sick – so only ‘healthy ’ plants are used.

In  Sri Lanka’s villages, Ayurveda is not considered a special treatment as in urban areas but an everyday method of treating aches and pains. In fact, the number of trained ayurvedic practitioners in the island exceeds that of western practitioners. Even those familiar with traditional spa treatments in the west, like aromatherapy and shiatsu, will find Ayurveda a new experience. And it is an experience that’s becoming increasingly sought after. Such seekers will find Sri Lanka a singular destination, for all that collective wisdom regarding Ayurveda can be experienced in stylish and refined spas, with some of the world’s best professional therapists – with that friendly and courteous Sri Lankan manner – to look after your every need.

The concept of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka is going back to the pre-Christian ear. This had taken many turns, inherited many an ideology along the passage of time, getting refined in to a fine art. Ayurveda shows how you can achieve long and healthy life. The basic rule or the law is to live among and to take care of oneself with nature. Nature is considered as the mother of all beings, and that all living creatures are dependent on nature for their survival, everything revolves around nature and nature itself brings up, preserves its creations. Ayurveda strictly follows the rules of nature, as it points out: what, when, why, how, much: to eat, work, rest, wash, bathe, which help us to lead a perfectly healthy life. There are two divisions in Ayurveda treatments TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF ONESELF and TO TAKE CARE OF THE SICK.

To lead a healthy life one has to follow the ayurvedic principles. To take care of the sick, the ayurvedic physician has to get a thorough knowledge so that he could determine whether the invalid is ill mentally or physically or both. Where for each patient, the physician has to diagnose the root of the cause and treat is accordingly. Since when the root of the illness is destroyed, the illness would not rise again. Almost all presentations used in curing are produced by raw materials found naturally, where no artificial substances are used. These would come from roots, steams, barks, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits & nuts of many a plant. From animals: milk, pearls, musk, shells and from earth iron, gold, silver & copper are used. Ayurvedic drugs do no harm to the organs of the body and do not give rise to any side effects. It has been shown in medical studies that drugs used in Ayurveda act as nutrients. The treatments done in Ayurveda vary from simple oral treatments to more complex acupuncturing, electro treatment and inoculation by injection.

Panchakarma

Panchakarma is another effective form of ayurvedic treatments. Various effects that take place when the human system grows old could e minimized or reversed by applying principles of Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda is an ancient form of healing, which had been improved through generations of healers who have thought of nothing but the well being of the living. One could find many a proficient physician of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka.

Head massage

The head and neck are given a relaxing massage with special oil, increasing blood supply to the scalp. Relieving and tension and encourage hair growth.

Body Scrub & Body Pack

Cleanliness of your body

Synchronous Massage

Two therapists massage you gently and syn-chronically with Ayurveda oil chosen to suit your type. This massage mobilizes the body waste products, improves circulation and provides you with deep relaxation.

Herbal bath

Herbs are boiled and the result liquid is added to warm bath. The capillaries and spaces between the tissues are dilated and purified, while the herbs have a healing effect and create a general sense of well being.

Herbal inhalation

A mixture of the herbs is boiled producing steam, for you to inhale. This inhalation loosens mucous deposits in the lung and sinuses. This purifies the respiratory tract.

Herbal inhalation

Mental

Mental relaxation

Shirodhara

Warm oil flows in a thin stream forward and backwards over your forehead. This treatment leads to deep mental and spiritual relaxation. Improves powers of concentration and helps alleviate headaches and insomnia.

 

Places to go in Sri Lanka – Galle fort

Places to go in Sri Lanka – Galle fort

Galle has been a popular trade emporium in the orient since the dawn of the commerce. Galle is not only significant for the Sri Lankan commerce but also for the history of Sri Lanka. According to the old-testament, Galle harbor was the port (Tarshish), where King Solomon drew valuables such as gems. Other than the historical reasons and economical background Dutch fort is the most Continue reading Places to go in Sri Lanka – Galle fort

National parks in Sri Lanka – Lunugamvehera

lunugamwehera elephantsLunugamvehera national park Sri Lanka is covered by rare trees and home to many endangered animal species, Lunugamvehera national park has become a popular destination in the southern province of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated bordering the Udawalawa national park and Yala national park. It is declared as a national park in December 1953 and spread over 23498.8 hectares.The Lunugamvehera National Park was designed to protect water-ways and to provide a resting-station for elephants, migrating between the Eastern section of the Yala Wildlife Conservation and the Western side of the Udawalawa National Park.

Lunugamvehera had been a prominent and important region for the Ruhunu kingdom (Kingdom in the southern Sri Lanka) in early days and it had been very thriving area in the region. Lunugamvehera National Park is situated bordering Kuda Oya and Kirindi Oya; main tributaries of the Lunugamvehera reservoir. These river are both a means of support for thousands people and also the cause of great disasters in the flood season.

lunugamwehera resevoirOne of the main attractions of the Lunugamvehera national park is the reservoir which spread over 3283 hectares. This reservoir came to being under the Lunugamvehera development project and 600 families in the village using it as their main source of income through the fishing. The reservoir is a great irrigation resource, which can hold 350 million cubic meters of water to irrigate 17,000 hectares of rice and crops in Area. This reservoir is also a source of fish and shrimp for residents.

The reserve was established in order to protect the wild life, as well as biodiversity in the region. Lunugamvehera is a national park with very high bio-diversity, which contains trees, belongs to different forest types in Sri Lanka such as dry zone forest, Rain forests, arid zone vegetation, shrubs, and grass land etc. Weera, Kone, Palu, Hik, Kunumallawa, Kirikone, Ulkenda, Kappetiy and Coffee plants are commonly seen in the park.

lunugamwehera resevoirSixty two different species of trees recorded in the National park while the number of animal species recorded is 42. Elephant is the most common animal in the National park numbering 100 to 150 Elephants. Elephant corridor which is located between Udawalawa and Lunugamvehera national park enables the animals to migrate from one national park to the other; widening the habitat for the animals. Other than the elephants one can see the animal such as Leopards, Bear,

Places for wild life holidays in Sri Lanka – Kiralakele

Places for wild life holidays in Sri Lanka – Kiralakele

Mangrove forest as the local name (Kirala Kele) denotes; this magnificent wet-land covers 1800 hectares and located in southern Sri Lanka off Matara. It is comprised of marshlands, irrigation channels, and mangrove habitats. Mangrove distribution in Sri Lanka about 0.34% of the total land area or 6000 – 7000 ha is a very important ecosystem which provides a wide array of benefits to humans as well as for the balance of nature.  Continue reading Places for wild life holidays in Sri Lanka – Kiralakele

Places to go in Sri Lanka – Kandy

Places to go in Sri Lanka –  Kandy

Kandy is the destination that devoted to the teaching of Buddha. And it is the main reason for many travelers to choose the island for their holidays. The culture, tradition, customs and devotion to the religion makes this island unique in many ways. Sri Lanka is a country with large collection of flowering plants and flowers are blooming throughout the year. You may be wondering to see, if there is a country that is so much dedicated to a religion. When religions and traditions are neglected with the economic development, Sri Lankans are getting closer to it more and more.  You see the people are Praising Buddha and his teaching and temples are packed with their offerings.

Kandy is the cultural center of Sri Lanka. It is the most sacred city with the temple of the tooth. Kandy is must visited place for travelers in Sri Lanka. Kandy was the last capital of Sri Lanka and endowed with traditional arts and crafts, customs, traditions, and ceremonies. Kandy is the city with amazing typical Sri Lanka architecture. Its architectural value is highly adorned by the visitors of the city.  Kandy is the quintessence Sri Lanka. Every item of typical Sri Lankan culture and tradition is very evident here, for this Kandy is one of the most visited cities in Sri Lanka. Kandy is surrounded by large number of Buddhist religious places that would keep you busy for many weeks. So, are you interested in the culture, tradition, customs and ceremonies of Sri Lanka, and then Kandy is the city that would quench your thirst.

Kandy is the major city of central province of Sri Lanka. Probably there is no other city in the island with calm and serene atmosphere like in Kandy. The city shows huge contrast against busy places such as Colombo. The city has a unique blend of culture, nature, history and modern life that tempts the visitors coming back to Kandy. Beautiful tree fringed roads, comfortable cool climate, colonial building, historical sites, bars, restaurants, natural attractions are some of the favorites of the people who come to Kandy.

With the unique upcountry Sinhalese culture, Kandy has large number of top notch attractions in the country. Following are several noteworthy places that should not be missed by the visitors of Kandy.

The Temple of the Tooth

The temple of the tooth or better known as dalada Maligawa is the most historical and important attraction in Kandy. Perhaps it is the most important Buddhist temple in the island. Temple of the tooth is a must visited place in Kandy, failing to do so make your trip to Kandy is incomplete. Temple of the tooth can be compared to Mecca in the sense of religious importance for Buddhists in the island. For tourists it is a beautiful temple complex that showcases the typical Sinhalese architecture. The present beautiful temple dates back to 18th century AD and it is a classic example of the Typical Kandyan architectural construction. It is worth to have a close look at the wooden columns, reapers, doors, windows and other wooden parts with highly intricate designs and carvings.

The Natha Devala

Natha Devala is a much smaller construction against dalada Maligawa but more historical than Dalada Maligawa. It is believed to be originated during the reign of King Vikramabahu III (14th century). It is located in the same promises of dalada Maligawa, opposite the octagon. Natha Devala is dedicated to Hindu god Natha and lesser important than dalada Maligawa. Natha Devala come to fore with the beginning of Esala ceremony in the month of July/August. Natha Devala is given an important share of the annual procession of Dalada Maligawa signifying the coexistence of different religions together. The temple consists of a huge open hall and a small shrine room. The main hall is built with large number of beautifully carved wooden columns while the shrine room is a construction of granite.

Dalada Maligawa Museum

Dalada Maligawa museum is located just behind the main building of temple of the tooth. It had been the living quarters of the queen and her retinue. Today it is used as the museum and large number of artifacts including pottery wear, jewelry, statues, and Ola manuscripts are housed in the museum.

Go to a Kandyan Cultural Show

A visit to a cultural show is the best way to experience the typical Kandyan styled acrobatic dances, music, and colorful dancing costumes. School of Kandyan dancing was born here, in Kandy. It was under the influence of low country and Sabaragamuwa dancing and shows characters of other leading dancing too. Usually there are several places where the performance is taking place. Don’t miss out this opportunity to see the typical Kandyan dancing performance. YMBA building, Red Cross society building and Awanhala are three leading places to witness the performance of Kandyan dancing with highly trained dancers.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Peradeniya botanical garden is the biggest and most famous botanical gardens in the island. it is just 5 km from the city of Kandy. This beautiful garden spread over 147 acres and picturesquely located bordering the Mahaweli River about 500 meters above the sea level. Today the garden is comprised of 4,000 species of trees, herbal plants, flowering plants, palms, orchids, and spices. The root of the botanical garden goes to the Kandyan period. It was initially used as the pleasure garden of Kandyan king; later British administrators have established the garden by collecting plants and trees not only from Sri Lanka but also from many other countries in the region.

Commonwealth War Cemetery Kandy

The commonwealth war cemetery of Kandy is one of the least visited places in the island. The cemetery is located near the center of Kandy. Earlier it was known as Pitakanda war cemetery. The cemetery comprised of 1 Commonwealth burial of the First World War (1914-1918) and 196 burials of Second World War (1939-1945). Another two non world war burials and four foreign nationals are also buried here.

Upper Lake

Upper lake is one of the high elevated spots near the city of Kandy. It provides a clear bird eye view over the entire city. The view point is located some 200 meters above the city towards the western corner of Kandy. There is no better place to enjoy beautiful view over temple of the tooth, Udawattakele, Kandy Lake and modern bustling shopping area of the city.  Upper lake gives you the opportunity to take the entire city into one snap even with most ordinary camera. a winding road begins at YMBA is the route leads to the view point and it about thirty minutes to reach destination.

Places to go in Colombo Sri Lanka – Beira Lake

Places to go in Colombo Sri Lanka – Beira Lake

Beira Lake is undoubtedly one of the most scenic places in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is very suitable for an evening walk in Colombo. Unlike several years earlier, as the lake was polluted with industrial wastage and garbage, today the Lake is given a notable change in order to make it a beautiful place within the city. Today there is no stinking water, discolored water, algae, industrial wastage or dead fish floating on the lake. In Colombo there are only few such beautiful places to have a relaxation after spending many hours in the busy atmosphere in the city. Most popular places for a relaxation in Colombo are Galle face green and Viharamahadevi Park. Continue reading Places to go in Colombo Sri Lanka – Beira Lake

Most beautiful yet cheapest holiday destination

Most beautiful yet cheapest holiday destination, Sri Lanka

With the winter season nearby lot of people are looking for a destination for their winter holidays.  Some people willing to go for skiing while some others are willing to spend some times in a warm tropical country. Sri Lanka (Ceylon) can be the tropical island that you are looking to spend this winter holiday, simply because not only it offers lot for holiday makers but also it is the most affordable holiday destination in Asia.

Upswing in tourist arrival

After the 30 years civil war Sri Lanka has become the best country to live in south Asia and it is one of the safest places for holiday makers around the world. While in most Asian countries civil unrest, political unrest, terrorist activities post a threat for travelers Sri Lanka offers one of the most peaceful environments for holiday makers. Therefore Sri Lanka is experiencing a tourist boom at present. Sri Lanka is being known to the world since pre-Christian era, historical sources reveal about the foreigners who had being here for various reasons such as trade, religion, invasion and fact finding mission in the past. Some of the noteworthy people who had been here are Ptolemy, Fa-hien (Chinese monk), Marko polo, Lorenzo de Almeida.

What Sri Lanka offers

Sri Lanka is a tiny island situated in the Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka is only 65610 km²in extent. The island best described as an island of paradise. Sri Lanka is the navigational hub of the Orient in the ancient world. It is a resplendent island encompassing within its small area a large number of tourist attractions. With such large number of popular places to visit in Sri Lanka, it sure lives up to its reputation of being an “island of tourist paradise”. This Resplendent island is a tourist paradise with an abundance of tourist attractions like the sun drenched beaches, glorious ancient cities, salubrious hill country, beautiful fauna & flora, engraving temples of Buddha, exquisite handicrafts, world renowned gems, traditional dance & drama, colorful festivals, warm and friendly people and not forgetting the heavenly Sri Lankan cuisine.

Sri Lanka is very rich in natural resources such as tropical forests and beaches, waterfalls, unspoilt wildlife, and several natural forest reserves, National Parks and sanctuaries. Bio diversity of the country is one of the highest in South Asia; and Sri Lanka is the home for many endemic species of fauna and flora in the region. Two of the natural sites, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (1988), have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is known in Sri Lanka as a living heritage. The forest has very rich biodiversity with most vegetation endemic to the country. Along with the Sinharaja forest reserve Sri Lanka boast to have 6 other world heritage sites (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Galle,) declared by the UNICEF.

Best value for money

With the escalating prices in other countries prices are down by a third in Sri Lanka, therefore Sri Lanka has become one of the best long haul destination among for the budget-conscious travelers seeking holiday in a beautiful tropical island. Sri Lanka is 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, nearest rival on the list of affordable long haul holiday spots.  When it comes to prices of 10 items, including a bottle of water, a beer, sun cream, insect repellant postcards and a three-course meal for two with wine, Sri Lanka came out as the best-value destination for the second year in a row Thailand followed and Vietnam close behind.

Sri Lanka has become one of the best long haul destinations among for the budget-conscious travelers seeking holiday in a beautiful tropical island. Sri Lanka is 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, nearest rival on the list of affordable long haul holiday spots

World spice food festival

World spice food festival, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the most fascinating holiday destinations in Asia. The unique cultures and traditions of many ethnic groups, makes it a place for large number of celebrations and festivals. There is at least one religious or ethnic event in every month of the year. World spice food festival is another festival, but not directly related to ethnicity or religions. This event is all about foods and drinks.

World spice food festival is another impotent event participated by many international travelers. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the culinary culture of Sri Lanka and many other countries. This event showcases the culinary expertise from many countries. World spice food festival is an annual event, which is participated by leading personal of the hotel trade. It is not only the local participant but also foreign participants also take part in the event.

Culinary culture is an important field in the tourism industry and it is a leading reason for people to travel around the world. Holiday makers travel to far away distant destinations to experience the different foods in different countries.  It has become a hobby of some people to study the different culinary cultures in different countries. Some of the popular countries participated in the event are Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Pakistan, Egypt, Italy, USA, Vietnam, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Sri Lankan kitchen differs many ways from the other culinary cultures in the world. Sri Lankan foods are popular as very spicy foods due to the usage of many spices in large quantities. Even though the foods are spicy they are to be found very tasty by most travelers. Spices are freely available in the country and they grow in most parts of the island. Sri Lanka is popular for spices for more than several centuries. Even today, spices are an important export product of the country.

Here you get not only the pleasure of enjoying tasty food but also many other recreations such as musical events and dancing performance.  The world spice food festival is organized by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

List of world heritage sites in Sri Lanka

World heritage sites of Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura was founded by King Pandukabhaya in 4th century B.C and Anuradhapura was the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri Lanka till 11th century A.D. Anuradhapura had been the center for Buddhism and it had been 40 km² in extent. Anuradhapura considered being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Same times it had been one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. Today Anuradhapura is being visited by many foreign as well as local tourists, owing to its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. Some of the religious edifies of Anuradhapura are more than 2000 years old and in extent second only to the structures of Egypt.

Polonnaruwa

Legend apart, inscriptions suggest that the history of Polonnaruwa dates back at least to the 2nd century AD, in the 6th century it became a military garrison of some importance to the Sinhalese kings of Anuradhapura. This was because it guarded the vital crossing point of the Mahaweli River from the southern province of Ruhuna, where rebellion was a continuous threat. A century later, the kings of Anuradhapura started to use Polonnaruwa as a country residence. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of ancient Sri Lanka from 11th to 13th century. Polonnaruwa is the home for many ancient religious buildings dates back to pre-Christian era. Along with the religious buildings one can see the Palaces, Audience halls, Trade stalls, and many Hindu temples. The ruins of Polonnaruwa are younger than the ruins of Anuradhapura and in good shape.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya considered being one of oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Sigiriya (Lion’s rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. It is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Dambulla

Dambulla is one of the ancient cave temples in the southern India. Dambulla cave temple is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. Dambulla temple complex comprises of 5 caves and the temple dates back to 1st century B.C. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh.

Kandy

Kandy lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world.

Galle

Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

Sinharaja Forest reserve

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.\