Sri Lankan Graffiti
Wet with cool dew drops
fragrant with perfume from the flowers
came the gentle breeze of
jasmine and water lily
dance in the sunshine
side-long glances of the golden-hued
ladies stab into my thoughts
heaven itself cannot take my mind
as it has been captivated
by one lass among the five hundred
I have seen here.
Signed: Hail! I am vira-vidura bato
I wrote this..
The Sigiri Graffiti, written in Sinhala,
Sanskrit, and Tamil, date back to the
3rd century B.C.
Sri Lanka holds many treasures and secrets including the Sigiri Graffiti, written in Sinhala, Sanskrit, and Tamil, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Travelers came from far and wide to see the over 500 frescoes of bejuweled women with ample bosoms and sinuous bodies barely concealed beneath translucent gossamer garments. Only a few remain today.
Each of Saman Villas' privately situated suites is a seaside lookout. Every luxury from the turn-down service to pouring you a cup of tea is done in your time. 27 heavenly suites are decked with luxurious furnishings and draped with crisp linens and bright island fabrics. A highlight of the suites is the generously laid out bathroom in which modern bath ware are fused with ethnic motifs. A resourceful team of chefs draws inspiration from you, to create delectable meals featuring multicultural cuisine and fresh seafood. Extending the romance and tranquility of your intimate retreat is the Sahana Spa, designed for guests to spend the day in total peace and harmony with nature.
Despite its small size Sri Lanka boasts of one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world whether in plants or animals and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Of the ninety-one species of mammals found in Sri Lanka Asian elephants, sloth bear, leopards, sambar and wild buffaloes engages the majority of the attention of wildlife enthusiast.
Leopard Safaris is an award-winning safari company specialising in ecotourism camping adventures that take you into the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness. Using stylish South African tents, complete with comfortable king sized beds and a range of modern comforts, we take you on a journey into Sri Lanka's two major national parks: Yala and Wilpattu. The campsites are made up of non-permanent structures, ensuring minimal impact on the parks, whilst still allowing us to offer you convenient and private tented accommodation, delicious al fresco dining and dining, and an unbeatable personalised service.
Conan Doyle refers to the heroics of the early Ceylon planters and the disasters they overcame to mould the present tea industry. In 1865 the coffee plantations in the Central Highlands were devastated by blight. The plucky planters fought back and planted tea. From utter despair and penury to endless green acres. Over 2000 square kilometres of rolling green hills now annually produce over 300 million kilograms of the famous Ceylon Tea. Here in solitude lies Ceylon Tea Trails, four restored colonial era tea planters' bungalows, infused with a new and decidedly gourmet vibe. These unique historic properties are members of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group of hotels and restaurants.