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Dorwaka Caves- A venture into our Neolithic Past

Dorwaka Caves- A venture into our Neolithic Past

Located amidst rubber plantations, the ancient ruins require a short trek. At first sight, the caves would be hard to truly make out, as it magically appears as the trees part ways to bring to the fore two massive rectangular rocks which lean on each other. The eerie cacophony of bats who call these caves home welcomes the visitor who dares to enter these dark caves.

There are several ancient carvings on the walls of these rocks, and they have been numbered by the Department of Archeology. With a flashlight, it is easy to make them out. The markings range from ancient scribbles known in the local language as “kurutu gee” and also the carving of animals of which the most well-known is the carving of an elephant and its calf.

A major breakthrough for the country’s history and archaeology the discovery of these caves and subsequent excavations revealed the existence of ancient civilization during the Neolithic Period which is the transition period between the Stone Age and Copper, Bronze and Iron Ages which gradually arose with farming. The carvings on the rock seem to have been made with iron tools, and some further excavations revealed evidence of millet grains, fireplaces and even pottery that were unearthed in the caves. It is believed to have been home to two or three families.

An off the beaten track and yet an interesting site to visit to discover our ancient past, the Dorawaka Caves are one of many amazing Neolithic sites found in Sri Lanka.

Hiking the Rugged Route of Kirigalpoththa

Hiking the Rugged Route of Kirigalpoththa

IMG-20190302-WA0007Kirigalpoththa is the 2nd highest mountain of Sri Lanka after Pidurutalagala. With a peak elevation of 2,388 meters above sea level, Kirigalpoththa is the highest point in the Horton Plains National Park and also the highest peak accessible to the public.

First of all, how to get there. There’s always the train or the bus. We recommend you reach Nuwara Eliya early, the day before and then start your hike early morning. Or, you can do what locals do, which is stretch the hike to two days, by starting a trek along the Idalgashinna Rail Hike, spend the night at Ohiya and then leave for Horton Plains early the next day.

The walk is easy, you are literally walking amid bushes in the plains, and the weather (at least in March) is arid and Kirigalpoththa (3)hot, with a stiff breeze cutting across. It is advisable to wear sturdy shoes and long pants because you are going to be pushing your way through much dry underbrush. There is also a couple of forest-like areas which you will pass through as well as a cool and refreshing stream. There will be moments where you must scramble through a rocky slope or two (nothing so severe that you will be on your hands or knees), and voila! You are halfway there.

You will then come across an observation point ( a ledge, actually) before you reach the super cool summit (maybe even cooler than the summit itself honestly). Here, there’s a steep drop-off to the other side, so you must be very careful if you’re trying to sit at the very edge. The last bit of this journey might not be for the faint at heart, because the inclination can be quite trippy; it’s all rock, pointed upwards. But with that, you have reached the summit!

  • Difficulty level   –              Moderate
  • Season                 –              Leave out the monsoons from November to January and May to June, unless you love a slippery muddy-trek.
  • Need a trekker –              Absolutely, unless you have done it before.

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Perks of a Guided Holiday

Perks of a Guided Holiday

Backpacker trips are fabulous! Thrilling Adventures on your own! Getting lost on roads, and uncountable memories! But if you had the opportunity to travel with an agent, it probably would be your first option. Being honest, an agent holiday is not cheap, but the perks of the service is truly worth it!

Researchers believe that people who plan their holidays – more of being guided on their holidays – have better insight on their experiences in general. Let’s take a look at the 7 best things when traveling with an agent.

  1. Less Hassle with the Native Language

Communication is the most basic part of human nature. When travelling overseas, being aware of the Native language would be amazing! Most travel companies appoint multi-lingual guides, who are also locals. They would help you with directions, purchasing at local stores and they pretty much know what they are doing. Even if you wish to set out on a solo adventure, you can freely roam the streets knowing that you have your experienced agent just one call away. You could even learn the native language if you interested.

  1. Convenient Transportation

It is important to have your Transportation sorted prior to visiting a foreign land. Especially if the native language is far from your comfort zone, sorting your travel with an expert would help ease your worries. On a guided holiday, travel excursions are the least you need to worry about! Your agent would perfectly plan it for your convenience, so you can enjoy the rest of the adventure just as you hoped you would.

  1. Your Google Guide on Scene

Google GPS is great, but a personal guide who knows navigation more than Google would be ideal on a foreign vacation! That’s where an agent becomes of value. Your Local guide will guide you on where to go, what to see and what to even experience. Some agents provide you sight on hidden untracked destinations which are off regular tourist hotspots and it will save you much Time as you will have an agenda to follow and less time getting lost on roads.

  1. Safety & Security

Safety comes prior to anything, especially a foreign vacation. On a guided holiday, your agent will know which places to go to have fun, which are ideal destinations for your family and kids to enjoy the holiday and besides, they’ll be 24/7 reachable if you need assistance. The biggest responsibility of an agent, is ‘Safety’, they make sure you are secured from start to end of your journey. Beginning with your Travel Insurance, to the food you eat at a local store, you’re secured. So you – and your family- can relax on the vacation.

  1. Crafting your own Customized Holiday

Agents are mostly known for their ready-made packages, hence why people prefer planning holidays on their own. However nowadays guides aim on providing Travel services based on customer requirements.

Customized Holidays are not about agents planning ‘for’ you, but planning it ‘with’ you by advising on the best experiences to gain on your vacation. A personal touch would be the ultimate cherry-on-top for a holiday!

  1. Get treated like a Royal

Who doesn’t desire to be treated like a Royal? Although we – like Lorde -convincingly denies it. A warm welcoming at the airport with a refreshment, comfortable travel arrangements, and a pampered holiday altogether is what makes your agent fee be worth it after all.

Apart from the Royal Experience, traveling with an agent also gives you the insight to all the places you’re planning on traveling to. Information booklets on historical destinations, cultural values and even souvenirs to take back home. So you can sit back and consider it the perfect trip.

  1. Your Agent Worldwide

Most travel agents are based in one country. However there are few agent organizations which are known as Destination Management Companies. They are specialized in connecting you to the best service providers, event coordinators or holiday makers in the country and worldwide. So your next trip is swiftly sorted. That way, you get to save a lot of your time, energy and money and still be pampered with the same extraordinary services as before.

What more are you waiting for? Plan your next vacation to the Serendipitous Sri Lanka!

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Palu Berry Season – By Rajiv Welikala

Palu Berry Season – By Rajiv Welikala

The sloth bears, the old man of the forest are one of the most iconic and yet misunderstood and seldom seen big mammals in Sri Lanka. Found exclusively in the dry zones of the island, they are best seen in Wilpattu and Yala National Parks. But the chances of catching a glimpse of one, is at times even rarer and more difficult than seeing a leopard.

The best time of year to visit these national parks and try ones hand at a good sighting of a sloth bear is during the period of June and July, when the berries of the Ceylon Iron Wood tree ripens. These sweet berries are found in abundance across the region during this time and the bears gorge themselves in this sweet treat. Often seen either in the tree tops or grazing for fallen berries at the bottom of the tree, these burly bruins are often too pre occupied with feasting to notice the jeeps of humans watching them.

Often almost intoxicated with the amount of fruits consumed these bears are seen quite easily and are not as shy as they usually are during the rest of year.

Our wildlife experts and seasoned naturalists will ensure an amazing wildlife experience. Come travel with Classic Sri Lanka for your very own ultimate island safari.

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Street Food In Sri Lanka – By Rajiv Welikala

Street Food In Sri Lanka – By Rajiv Welikala

Sri Lanka’s food culture is something unique and vibrant, with regional specialties and delicious fresh produce.

One of the most intriguing and yet seldom explored areas of food in our island is street food. Most Sri Lankans enjoy quick snacks during the day and even at night which are delicious, quirky at times and definitely original.

One of the best places to try out different types of street food, is Galle Face Green, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. Hence we went on a mission to try out some of the popular mouthwatering delicacies found here.

The edge of the green is lined up with many stalls, selling a variety of street food.

The first to try out was the vadey which is a deep-fried lentil based patty. What’s special about the vadey here, is the different toppings they use. There is the variant with prawns, and even a small crab, deep fried to perfection, topped up with onions, carrots and a secret homemade sauce. The taste is delicious and it’s served in a convenient way that one can enjoy this even while on the go.

Next we visited a fruit vendor who was selling forms of pickled fruit, from young unripen mango which is mixed with vinegar, salt and chili powder, to pineapples with salt, pepper and chili, and even a specially prepared pickle of wood apple.

The highlight of the visit was visiting Rauf Nana’s stall. This is the oldest and most original of the Galle Face food stalls. Selling a vast variety of dishes, from prawns, chicken, beef and mutton, these meats are prepared fresh in various forms. We wanted to try two of the most popular dishes here, the Chicken Palandi and the Cheese Kottu.

The Palandi utilizes chopped chicken mixed with onions, tomatoes and green chillies, with a generous portion of buffalo curd to make a creamy spicy concoction, which is enjoyed with some fresh naan. The mouthwatering aromas were justified by the equally exceptional taste of this dish.

Next is the famous Cheese Kottu, which is synonymous with Sri Lankan street food, and often the most popular dinner which is ordered for take away or to have on the go. Made using chopped up rotti, which is mixed along with eggs, onions, and your preferred choice of meat, on a hot pan. The iconic bit of the kottu comes with the blending and mixing up of all these ingredients, which is carried out with two metal blades, used by the chef in a rhythmic “tak tak” beat often to a tune, to finely mix and chop up the dish. A generous portion of cheese and milk is added to give a creamy finish to the dish. This is often compared to a spicy pasta or macaroni. The state varies from place to place depending on the mix of spices and ingredients used. Our version at Rauf Nana was exceptional as they added some pineapple, and tomatoes as garnish. It was a mouthwatering dish with every bite giving a rich creamy and yet spicy flavor.

This was a very satisfying and fun adventure into the world of Street food at Galle Face Green. However Galle Face Green is just one place of such foodie adventures. One would find different cultural authenticities and gastronomical delights across the country and something which we highly recommend you to explore during your next visit to beautiful Sri Lanka.

Convinced to set off on a Foodie Adventure? Consider Sri Lanka your next holiday hotspot!

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