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Authentic Sri Lanka


          When talking about Authentic Sri Lanka, There is a lot of modernization to disregard. Sri Lanka has evolved a lot from its origin to become the major tourist hub it is today. But underneath all the levels of Luxury Living, You can find many areas where you can find the undisputed origin of Sri Lanka still living on.

Authentic Sri Lanka

Food and Spices

          Of course, whenever talking about Authentic Sri Lanka, one of the first things to come to your mind should be Food. Sri Lankan Cuisine is well known for its spiciness and its unique Flavor. Sri Lankan’s staple diet is Rice and Curry. The Curries taste and spiciness will differ from region to region. So will the cuisine. Towards the Southern Region of Sri Lanka, you will find that majority of the dishes are Seafood Based. And the Northern region food has distinct traces of South Indian Flavors.

Must eat Sri Lankan Authentic Foods:

  • Rice and Curry
  • Fish Ambul Thiyal (Sour Fish Curry)
  • Kottu
  • Polos( Green Jack Fruit Curry)

          Too much Spice can destroy a dishes taste and make it unappetizing, but if the right spices are used to the correct quantities then the dish becomes Aromatic and gives off a rich taste. Sri Lanka is well known for its spicy foods. Since colonial days Sri Lanka has been in the center of the Spice Trade.

Authentic Sri Lankan Spices:

  • Tumeric ( Kaha Kudu)
  • Cloves (Karambunatti)
  • Curry Leaves (Karapincha)
  • Cinnamon (Kurundu)

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Saradiyel Village

          Saradiyel Village located near ‘Uthuwankanda’ is one of the best examples displaying Sri Lanka’s authenticity and history. The Uthuwankanda region became popular due to Sri Lanka’s Robin Hood using it as his base. Soora Saradiyel was a bandit who later became a gang Leader. He is regarded as a true hero of the poor as he robbed Rich merchants and shared his loot among the Poor. His gang consisted of some of his close friends including his best friend Mammalay Marikkar. He was caught 4 times and 3 times he managed to escape but was executed the 4th time after being betrayed by one of his gang members. The Village of Saradiyel has many statues and items made from Cement. Its almost lifelike, You will also get a tour guide who will explain every detail of Saradiyel Story.

Dambana Veddah Village

          The Veddhas are the indigenous Community of Sri Lanka. Dambana is a village located 300km away from Colombo. It is one of the jungle villages which is home to the Veddhas. Visiting this location would introduce you to the ways of the Veddha. You will be able to witness Traditional Dances and Songs performed by them, also the Huts the life in. The Veddha’s used to hunt for food using Bow and Arrows, but now they stick to cultivating crops due to hunting bans throughout the country. At the Present, there are about 2500 Veddhas in Sri Lanka and the Cheif of the Veddhas is Uruwarige Wannila Aththo; while visiting the village of dambana you can meet him.

Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

          Ayurveda is a system of medicine developed during the ancient times of Sri Lanka. The name Ayurveda comes from ancient Sanskrit words conjoined together; ‘Ayuh’ means life and ‘ Veda’ means science. Over half of Sri Lanka’s population rely on Ayurveda because of Ayurveda medicine contains only Natural Plants, Herbs, and Oils. You can experience real authentic Sri Lanka medicine if you go to Ayurvedic Massage. These Massages include

  • Full Body Massages
  • Ayurvedic Facial Treatment
  • Herbal Baths
  • Oil Massage (Head)
  • Arm Massage
  • Leg and Foot Massage
  • Neck and Shoulder Massages

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Train Ride from Nanu Oya to Ella

           If you want to Sri Lanka at its purest any Sri Lankan would recommend the Train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella. Sri Lanka is a developing country therefore many of the new commercial hubs like Colombo and Galle shows little of Sri Lanka’s Authentic Beauty. Taking the train to Ella is guaranteed to make it one of the most unforgettable train rides of your life. IT is said to rival even the great Trans Siberian Train ride. You will travel past some of Sri Lankans most notable attractions like Demodara Loop and the Nine Arch Bridge.

Similar Train Rides : Kandy to Ella  , Colombo to Kandy  

Other Authentic Experiences in Sri Lanka.

  • Visiting and working on Tea Estate ( Nuwara Eliya )
  • Go on a Safari (Yala Jeep Safari )
  • Visit a small temple as opposed to well-known temples on a Poya Day
  • Watch a Cricket Match in Sri Lanka.