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7 things to do in Sri Lanka in the month of February


7 things to do in Sri Lanka in the month of February


What do you think about traveling to Sri Lanka four months ahead? Sri Lanka primitively known as the island of serendipity, Is a top country on earth. When it comes for traveling Sri Lanka is the best tourist attraction site in the world. If you're heading to the west and south coasts and hill country, December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka. If you plan on seeing the east coast, you'll get the best weather from April/May to September.


Best time of the year to Visit Sri Lanka

Although the island is considered to be a year-round destination, the best time to visit Sri Lanka depends on the region you are heading to. As it's a tropical country, you can expect rain any time of the year, but there is a monsoon pattern to choose the right place and time. December through April is a prime tourist season when southern and western territories (including Colombo) enjoy the best weather.

   December and January in Sri Lanka are pleasant but also the busiest, especially for Christmas and New Year, so book early. Winter and spring in southwestern part is a good time for exploring Adam's Peak, and for those on the coast—snorkelling and whale watching. Southwest monsoon hits this area in May–September, but showers are usually sharp and short. Northeast monsoon prevails on the east coast in October–February, and the best season there runs from May through September. Late summer is the time to witness elephant gathering at the Minneriya Lake. If you happen to be in Central Sri Lanka in summer, join the Kandy Esala Perahera festival, one of the oldest of Buddhist festivals in the country.


 1) Elephant Gathering at Minneriya.


Every year, August through September, up to 300 Asian elephants gather at the Minneriya Lake. They are not having a party. These guys are looking for food and water, and Minneriya Lake has the most chances to give them what they search for. It occurs during the dry season. The Lake is man-made, meaning it is a reliable source of water. Thus, they come back every year. Witness the natural phenomenon that opens up the mysteries of these big animals' behavior. This gathering is been considered as the best gathering of Asian Elephants.



 2) Kandy Esala Perahera 2019


The Kandy Esala Perahera, also known as the Festival of the Tooth, is one of the greatest Buddhist holidays in the country and is celebrated with elegant costumes. A historical procession to pay respect to the Sacred Tooth Relic is held annually in July or August on the Full Moon Poya Day according to the Hindu calendar. The festival is all about decorated elephants, traditional dances such as fire-dances and whip-dances, and the food of course. The Esala celebrations typically end with a water-cutting ceremony (also called the Diya-kepeema ritual), where people literary cut the water to pray for good harvests.


 3) Yapahuwa Kingdom

Ruins in Yapahuwa

A royal residence in 13th century Yapahuwa was able to preserve some interesting remains. While many traces of other ancient defenses are still seen, an ornamental stairway remains as the main piece.

Located in Kurunegala, belonging to the North Western Province of Sri Lanka, the Yapahuwa ancient fortress rises to a height of 90 m above the surrounding plains. Built by King Buwanekabahu the First, as the capital of Sri Lanka 1301, today, the Royal residence, the Temple of Tooth Relic, the battle defenses are in ruins.

The ruined walls of Yapahuwa form a rough semicircle. The ends join the foot of the high steep-sided rocky granite outcrop. The outer fortification, an earthen rampart which extends to about a mile is about 20 feet in height. Over the rampart are the ruins of a brick wall that was erected to protect the interiors. Around the rampart was a moat. Access to the fortress was by means of the three gates that were connected to three causeways. Within this rampart was an inner fortification: a stone wall, 12 feet in height and about 500 yards long with a moat outside it and with two gates.


History of Yapahuwa

Following the decline of the Polonnaruwa kingdom, the capital of Sri Lanka was shifted to Yapahuwa by King Buwanekabahu the First. The palladium of the Sinhalese Buddhist nation, the sacred tooth relic of Buddha was enshrined within the newly built temple at Yapahuwa. However, Yapahuwa too once again fell to the marauding Dravidian invaders from Southern India. After the death of Buwanekabahu the First, the Pandayan marauders invaded the island once again, pillaged the kingdom of Yapahuwa and carried the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha to the Pandayan Kingdom.

The successor to Buwanekabahu the First, King Parakkramabahu the Third (1287–1293) having visited the Pandayan court in Southern India in 1288, secured the Sacred Tooth Relic, the palladium of the nation once again, to the great relief of the Sinhalese.


 4) Richmond Castle Kalutara


Richmond Castle is an Edwardian mansion, located near Kalutara. Built between 1900 and 1910, it was formally the country seat of Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena. The building is currently owned by the Public Trustee and open to the public.

The house sits on a hill 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Kalutara, adjoining the Kalu Ganga River at Palatota, on a 42 acres (17 ha) estate beside the Kalutara-Palatota Road.

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 5) Embekka devalaya


The Embekka devalaya was built around Gampola Era (AD 1357-1374) whom the ruler was King wickramabahu III. This devalaya is dedicated to worship King Mahasen Simply Known as the god of Kataragama. Moreover, a local deity called ‘Dewatha Bandara’ is also worshiped here.


Embekka Dewalaya Situated in the Madapalata Korale of Udunuwara in Kandy district. The easiest way to reach Embekka dewalaya is Coming from Colombo to Kandy main road at Pilimathalawa.

Carvings and Wood Work


It is said that some of the woodwork utilized for the "Drummers' Hall" came from an abandoned "Royal Audience Hall" at Gampola. There is every possibility the hall has seen repairs during the reigns of the Sinhalese Kings of Kandy. The carvings, which adorn the wooden pillars of the drummers' hall, as well as the "Vahalkada" (the entrance porch of the devala, which is said to be older),  are some of the best examples of Sinhalese art.

The roof itself has significant features. The rafters all slant from above towards the incoming visitor are fixed together and kept in position by a "Madol Kurupawa", a kind of a giant catch pin the like of which we do not find elsewhere.

 6) Kurulu Estate


A great place to get a break from the buzz. Enjoy a stay at a beautiful place in the heart of the Sri Lankan tea country. Experience the yoga, You could learn Abidhamma and meditation here in Kurulu Estate.

Quick description via

“Kurulu Estate is set in Rakwana and features a garden and terrace. Rooms have a terrace with a mountain view. At the resort, all rooms are fitted with a balcony. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. The area is popular for cycling and hiking, and bike hire is available at Kurulu Estate. Ratnapura is 33 km from the accommodation, while Udawalawe is 23 km from the property.”


Features of Kurulu Estate

  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Wifi
  • Sun terrace
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • On-site parking
  • Paid Wifi


 7) Gadaladeniya Viharaya


Gadaladeniya Vihara (also known as Saddharmatilaka Vihara or Dharma Kirthi Viharaya) is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pilimathalawa, Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located on Gadaladenyia Road (B116), just up from the Gadaladeniya junction of the Colombo - Kandy Road (A1), approximately 12.5 km (7.8 mi) to the west of Kandy and 3 km (1.9 mi) from the ancient Buddhist temple, Lankatilaka Vihara. It is considered one of the largest rock temples in Sri Lanka. Gadaladeniya Temple in Sri Lanka is an old monastery built over a rock in Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription carved into the walls, the temple was built in 1344 AD by King Buwanekabaghu the fourth. The temple was designed by the South Indian architect Ganesvarachchari in a design similar to South Indian architecture.

Things you should know about the Gadaladeniya Temple.

  1. The main shrine room has one large seated Buddha statue under a Makara Thorana (dragon arch) and four standing Buddha images.
  2. The main seated Buddha is supposed to have been made out of the rock, plastered and painted gold.
  3. The Makara Thorana is decorated with the gods and heavenly bodies.
  4. The walls and pillars are all carved in true South Indian style with elephants, dancers, and other figures.
  5. The chamber within the dome has a Buddha image that was destroyed by the Portuguese.
  6. The shrine next to the main Shrine is dedicated to God Vishnu and next to the Vishnu temple is a large stupa built on bedrock by King Parakramabahu the fifth.
  7. This large main stupa has a roof held over it on four pillars, and four smaller stupas ringing it in the four cardinal directions. Each smaller stupa has a shrine room and flower pedestal. This structure is known as Vijayothpaya, or Vijayantha Prasanna named after the palace of God Indra.
  8. After suffering from neglect for a few centuries, the temple was handed over to a Buddhist priest by the king Viraparakrama Narendrasinha in the 1700s and has remained with the monastery since.
  9. The temple was originally known as Dharma Keerthi Vihara according to the wall inscription and only received the name Gadaladeniya due to the village of the same name where it’s located.
  10. Other names for Gadaladeniya are Saddharmathilake” and “Saddharmalankaraya.