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Toddy Tapping

Toddy tapping is a traditional process of extracting sap from palm trees, typically coconut palms, to make a sweet and refreshing drink called toddy. Experiencing toddy tapping at a coconut plantation is a unique and unforgettable cultural immersion. Visitors are taken on a guided tour of the plantation, where they learn about the history, tradition and process of toddy tapping. They get to see the skilled workers climb up the tall palm trees, using only a rope and a basket, to extract the sap. The fresh sap is then collected, fermented and turned into the sweet, slightly alcoholic toddy. Visitors are then treated to a taste of this exotic drink, as they sit back and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the plantation.

Negombo Cycling Tour  

Embark on a captivating Negombo Cycling Tour, weaving through the city’s rich tapestry of culture and history. Pedal alongside the serene Dutch Canals, witness the architectural splendor of a Hindu Temple and immerse in the sacred ambiance of a Catholic Church. Experience the bustling energy of the Fish Market, observe the vibrant activities at the fishing boat harbour and tantalize your taste buds with local delicacies at snack shops. Explore the colorful array of produce at the fruit and vegetable market and find serenity at a Buddhist Temple. Conclude your journey on the pristine shores of Negombo beach, reflecting on a day well-spent. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Negombo’s highlights!

Duration: 2-3 hours

Sri Lanka Tourism News

Tourism Minister Harin Fernando revealed Sri Lanka Tourism’s ambitious goal of attracting 4 million tourists by 2030, accompanied by a comprehensive National Tourism Policy aimed at holistic promotion and sustainability.

“Sri Lanka is no longer just a destination on a bucket list; it is an experience, a connection that visitors forge with our country. It is about the positive energy and transformative experiences that compel them to return. I strongly agree with seeing is believing and invite all of you all to make your next trip to Sri Lanka because it is one of the best places you must visit,” he said addressing media representatives during the ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) event in Berlin. 

Fernando opined that Sri Lanka’s tourism industry achieved a robust revival in 2023 attracting almost 1.5 million visitors and generating a $ 2.1 billion, showcasing its resilience after facing multiple challenges. He also said that during the first two months of 2024 the industry has welcomed over 400,000 tourists and generated nearly $ 700 million, reflecting a positive trajectory.

Hindu Festival of Maha Shivratri – March 2024

The auspicious Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated with pomp in Sri Lanka and by Hindu devotees across the globe. It is the grand night of devotion and fasting for Lord Shiva devotees. This annual festival is the most important of all the Masik Shivratris observed every month. It falls every year on the fourteenth day of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha, a day before the new moon. This year, Maha Shivratri fell on March 8, Friday. Devotees believe it is the perfect time to purify their body, mind and soul and for fresh beginnings. They worship Lord Shiva, pray for his blessings, visit temples and observe a day-long nirjala vrat. The fast holds spiritual significance and is equivalent to worshipping Lord Shiva the entire year, and can also help one attain salvation and get rid of all sins.


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