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SRÍ LANKA
Sri Lanka is the ever-green island famous not only for its fabulous tea, but also its magnificent monuments.
 
Sri Lanka can also be introduced as the island of delight – the beauty of the island, its abundance and culture have given Sri Lanka numerous admiring names. The ancient Moor merchants called Sri Lanka the island of delight. Ancient Arab merchants called it “Serendib”, the land of happy surprises, and the medieval explorer Marco Polo called it the “most beautiful island in the world”. Novelist Mark Twain called it a “beautiful, and most sumptuously tropical land”. Today, its beauty, abundance and variety continue to attract and enchant visitors with their magic.
 
 
Our objective is to provide you with pleasant accommodations, peace and perfect service. Thanks to our long-standing operation in Sri Lanka in the field of tourism, we are also able to provide for perfect coverage of all travel services.
 
If you visit the island of Sri Lanka, you will surely agree with the celebrated Marco Polo, that it is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. As soon as you experience some of the delights that the island offers, you will not want to go back home. Beautiful palm beaches, processions of elephants, kandy dances or dances in demonic masks. You will surely be captivated by the ancient semi-ruin cities of Polonaruva and Anuradhapura, the beautiful temples in Dambula, or the natural treasures at the botanical garden in Kandy. Of course, we cannot forget the amazing tea plantations. In the 1970’s, the island was renamed Sri Lanka. Until then, it was called Lanka by the Sinhalese people and the Tamils simply called it Ilankai. The Portuguese called the island Ceilao, which is a corruption of the original name of Sinhala-dvipa. Eventually, the Dutch changed that name to Ceylan, and then the British changed it to Ceylon. In 1972, the original name of Lanka was restored, and the word “Sri” was added to that name – which in Sinhalese translates to mean “blessed” or also “beautiful”. The tropical rain forest can be found in the southwest, moist and hazy mountain range in the central part, where tea thrives, and dry steppes are found in the north.
 
CLIMATE
 
The island has fabulous climatic conditions for holiday and discovery throughout the entire year. The ideal climatic conditions for spending time by the sea are from November to April, and the most popular resorts are in the west and southwest. In Colombo and in lower altitude areas, the average temperature is 27 degrees. The temperature rapidly decreases with altitude, so if you want to cool off, all you have to do is to simply go up into the mountains. The highest temperatures tend to be in the south, southwest and in the center of the country, where the temperature is in the range of about 33 degrees. The humidity is usually at about 75%. The temperature of the sea is at a stable 27 degrees throughout the year.
 
EXCHANGING MONEY
 
In most shops, you cannot pay with any money other than the local currency. We recommend exchanging money after arrival at the airport in the arrivals hall. At resorts, you can exchange money at exchange offices. In Colombo and larger cities, you can withdraw money from ATMs.
 
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
 
Every person can import 200 cigarettes or cigars or 375 g. of tobacco, 1.5 l. of spirits, 2 bottles of wine, personal perfumes and 250 ml. of eau de toilette. Upon entering the country, passengers must declare precious metals, weapons and goods of a commercial nature. You can export 3 kg. of tea, and goods and items purchased for personal use. You cannot export gold, silver, precious stones and semi-precious stones, even in purchased jewelry, or ivory, antiques, animals or plants.
 
TRANSPORTATION
 
Bus transportation is used by almost all of the local inhabitants. The state bus company is called Ceylon Transport Board – CTB. The first two seats are reserved for “clergy” – Buddhist monks. They have precedence even over pregnant women. Smoking is forbidden in buses, but such ban is fully broken and ignored. Traveling by train on Sri Lanka is one of the good ways of getting around. Trains are quite slow, and the distances between the individual stations are short. Trains here are differentiated into three categories. Third class is usually used for travel by the local inhabitants; if you travel in this category, you will sit on benches. Second class offers more sitting space. Oftentimes, travelers from third class move into second class when there is space left. First class will make travelling easier with air conditioning, a dining car and a sleeping car. Taxi services in Colombo, run by the Quick Radio Cabs or GNTS companies, have vehicles with air conditioning and an electronic taximeter.
 
SHOPPING
 
Sri Lanka offers tourists a broad range selection of various items and souvenirs to purchase as keepsakes by which to remember this remarkable country. Sri Lankan masks are very popular and traditional item for tourists to purchase. Three basic types of masks are distinguished: “kolam” – those are used in dramatic dances and are supposed to represent human character; they are only made for use in dance performances and cannot be purchased by tourists. “Sanni” – this is a demonic dance mask, which dancers wear in order to drive away evil powers. “Raksha” – this type of mask is used for festivals and in processions; there are about 25 kinds of this type of mask; for example, one of them is the “naga raksha” – the form of a cobra with demonic eyeballs. The masks that you can see in the market are masks representing 18 faces and are supposed to drive away various illnesses. Most of the masks are made out of light balsa wood, locally called “kaduru”, which is dried by way of firing prior to carving. The basic color is yellow, and other colors are used according to one’s imagination and mood. Finally, the mask is coated with a mixture of oil and resin. Another interesting product is batik clothing. You can encounter various batik techniques here; the most well-known are batik pictures made in Upali Jayakody in Kandy and Fresco Batiks from Peradeniyai not far from Kandy. The precious stone trade brings Sri Lanka great profit. Deposits of precious stones are mostly located near Ratnapura, and therefore seemingly almost everyone is a precious stone vendor here. Other souvenirs that you can bring home from Sri Lanka include products made of bamboo, shells or coconut shoots, ceramics, and items made out of tortoiseshell and ivory. And of course, there is also the world-renowned Sri Lankan tea.
 
HEALTHCARE
 
In the event of health problems, the Honorary Consulate will not provide you with any financial aid. Therefore, we recommend that you take out insurance in the Czech Republic for travel abroad prior to your tourist trip to Sri Lanka. If you are not insured, medical treatment is paid in cash.
 
CUISINE
 
The basis for dishes is rice and curry. Quite often, you will also find restaurants with western cuisine here – Chinese, German, Italian and British. If you want to experience a genuine Sri Lankan dish, it must include fruit or vegetables. Dishes on Sri Lanka are closely related to Indian cuisine. That is why rice and many variations of curry, which originate from India, are among the favorites here. Curry on Sri Lanka can surprise you with its spiciness and many tourists therefore refuse to eat it. Take heed – you cannot eliminate the spiciness by drinking water, but rather, by eating rice, yogurt or cucumber. “Pol sambol” – spicy red paste made of chili and coconut - is added to many dishes in order to increase the spiciness. Sri Lankan rice and curry contain vegetables, meat or fish. The local inhabitants claim that you will only enjoy food if you eat it with your hand. First, you take rice into your right hand and then a little bit of your selected sauce, and you combine that. You can put as much rice and sauces on your plate as you wish. A small cup of water serves for washing fingers in the course of the meal. This manner of eating may seem rather peculiar to you; in that case, you can visit restaurants where you can enjoy your food as we are used to it – with the help of cutlery.
 
NEGOMBO
 
The historic city is located just a 20 minute drive from the airport; here you will find a Dutch fortress and characteristic water canals. The city offers an ideal location for trips into the interior of the island. The beach here is long and narrow. Negombo is also a fishery center and is famous for its lobster, crab and shrimp.
 
The beautiful Serendib villa, built in a colonial style in the former fishing village of Negombo, offers you the experience of a peaceful holiday. The villa has been through complete refurbishment, and the staff puts emphasis on the quality of the services provided and the satisfaction of clients. Large rooms, equipped with air conditioning and a bathroom with toilet, offer a view of tropical greenery, which you will not be able to tire of. The broad, beautifully gold sand beach is approximately 950 meters (about a 10 minute slow walk) from the villa, or about four minutes by way of the local Tuk Tuk. At the beach, a broad range of restaurants with excellent Sri Lankan cuisine are available, as well as numerous shops and bars. The center of the town of Negombo is about 1.5 km. away. In the villa’s tropical garden, you will find enough space for your relaxation with a sufficient number of chaises and chairs.
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The beautiful Serendib villa, built in a colonial style in the former fishing village of Negombo, offers you the experience of a peaceful holiday. The villa has been through complete refurbishment, and the staff puts emphasis on the quality of the services provided and the satisfaction of clients. Large rooms, equipped with air conditioning and a bathroom with toilet, offer a view of tropical greenery, which you will not be able to tire of. The broad, beautifully gold sand beach is approximately 950 meters (about a 10 minute slow walk) from the villa, or about four minutes by way of the local Tuk Tuk. At the beach, a broad range of restaurants with excellent Sri Lankan cuisine are available, as well as numerous shops and bars. The center of the town of Negombo is about 1.5 km. away. In the villa’s tropical garden, you will find enough space for your relaxation with a sufficient number of chaises and chairs.
 
FOOD:
 
Breakfast is served by agreement it is possible to order local specialties.
 
FACILITIES:
 
The villa has a total of five rooms, of which three are large rooms for up to four persons, one is a room for three persons, and one is an economy room for two persons. All of the rooms are equipped with individual air conditioning functioning 24 hours a day, a minibar, satellite TV, four rooms have a bathroom with toilet, the economy room has its own bathroom on that floor. There is a wi-fi connection within the whole residence free of charge. An internet corner is available free of charge. There is a pool with chaises and chairs.
 
SERVICES FOR A FEE:
 
Not far away is the option of using an Ayurveda center with a broad offer of Ayurvedic massages and treatment procedures (more in the Ayurveda section). Further, we also offer the option of discovering the island fully with an English speaking guide, as well as with a Czech speaking guide within certain times (more detailed information in the section on optional trips). On the beach, there is the option of water sports for a fee, diving or fishing.
 
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ALL-DAY TRIP - COLOMBO CITY TOUR
 
 
An all day trip to the capital will allow you to become better acquainted with today’s economic, political and cultural center of Sri Lanka, whose history can be followed back to the 5th century, when it was a station for sea-borne trade between the west and the east, with the busy Pettah marketplace. The rich history was influenced primarily by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British, who successively alternated in domination over the island.
 
CIRCUIT NO. 2 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
 
 
SIGIRIYA – DAMBULA - KANDY
Departure after breakfast to the hill fortress of Sigiriya; you will be astounded upon seeing it. Ascent to the top of Sigiriya; on the way, you will see the magnificently well-preserved rock frescoes of the “Heavenly Virgin”. In the afternoon we visit the cave temple in Dambula. The cave frescoes are as much as over 200 years old. There, you can see a colossal 14 meter statue of Buddha carved into the rock. A very interesting thing will be the visit to a spice garden, as well as the manufacture of tie-dyed fabric in Mattala. Lodging and dinner in Kandy. In the evening there is the option of visiting a fire show program; Kandy is the artistic center of Sri Lanka. Here you will visit a sacred temple with Buddha’s tooth.
 
KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast, there is a visit to the royal botanical gardens of Peradenia, which are known for their large number of various decorative and therapeutic plants. There are over 4000 kinds of plants here, both domestic as well as from abroad. The gardens are also known for their collection of orchids, which is the largest in Asia. We visit a museum of precious stones and a goldsmith shop. In the afternoon, we leave for Nuwara Eliya, the “Little England” of Sri Lanka, in a region of beautiful mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. This is one of the coolest places on the island, which is often compared to spring in England. Additionally, all around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence in the style of the local village houses. Along the way, we visit tea plantations and a tea processing factory, where you will be acquainted with the whole production process. Lodging at Nuwara Eliya.
 
NUWARA ELIYA – PINNAWALA – NEGOMBO
After breakfast we leave for Pinnaweli to visit an elephant orphanage. This orphanage was established in order to provide a home to small baby elephants that have been abandoned by their mothers. In times of drought, these elephants utilize every puddle of water to refresh themselves and this behavior is often very comical. In the evening, we return to Negombo.
 
CIRCUIT NO. 3 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
 
 
SIGIRIYA – DAMBULA - KANDY
Departure after breakfast to the hill fortress of Sigiriya; you will be astounded upon seeing it. Ascent to the top of Sigiriya; on the way, you will see the magnificently well-preserved rock frescoes of the “Heavenly Virgin”. In the afternoon we visit the cave temple in Dambula. The cave frescoes are as much as over 200 years old. There, you can see a colossal 14 meter statue of Buddha carved into the rock. A very interesting thing will be the visit to a spice garden, as well as the manufacture of tie-dyed fabric in Mattala. Lodging and dinner in Kandy. In the evening there is the option of visiting a fire show program; Kandy is the artistic center of Sri Lanka. Here you will visit a sacred temple with Buddha’s tooth.
 
KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast, there is a visit to the royal botanical gardens of Peradenia, which are known for their large number of various decorative and therapeutic plants. There are over 4000 kinds of plants here, both domestic as well as from abroad. The gardens are also known for their collection of orchids, which is the largest in Asia. We visit a museum of precious stones and a goldsmith shop. In the afternoon, we leave for Nuwara Eliya, the “Little England” of Sri Lanka, in a region of beautiful mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. This is one of the coolest places on the island, which is often compared to spring in England. Additionally, all around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence in the style of the local village houses. Along the way, we visit tea plantations and a tea processing factory, where you will be acquainted with the whole production process. Lodging at Nuwara Eliya.
 
NUWARA ELIYA – RAWANA – KATARAGAMA / YALA PARK
Travel to Yala National Park, with a visit at the Rawana waterfall, with a height of approximately 25 meters, along the way. In the afternoon, a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Kataragama, which is revered by Buddhists as well as by Hindus, Sinhalese and Tamils, but also Muslims, and even Christians come here to ask for God’s help. Lodging in Yala.
 
YALA SAFARI - UNAWATUNA
Early in the morning at about 5 o’clock, we leave by jeep to go to a safari at the Yala National Park, with the greatest concentration of panthers in the world, and also home to elephants, crocodiles, wild pigs, water buffalo, various kinds of birds, etc. (birds of prey, storks, peacocks, etc.). It also boasts a great number of historical ruins, which are evidence of previous civilizations and show that the majority of this area was settled and well-developed. Yala is among the oldest and most well known national parks in Sri Lanka. It covers 1297 km2 of area and is the largest protected area in the country. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Further, we will continue into the Unawatuna area for lodging at a hotel by the beach.
 
UNAWATUNA - GALE - NEGOMBO
After breakfast, we visit the historic city of Galle, to admire the monument to colonial Dutch architecture. The walled city of Gale has been here since the beginning of the 16th century and was declared a UNESCO world cultural heritage. The local craftsmen are also well known, as they are famous for the manufacture of lace, carvings from ivory and the processing of precious stones. On the way back, we stop at a turtle farm and then return to Negombo.
 
CIRCUIT NO. 1 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
 
 
SIGIRIYA – DAMBULA - KANDY
Departure after breakfast to the hill fortress of Sigiriya; you will be astounded upon seeing it. Ascent to the top of Sigiriya; on the way, you will see the magnificently well-preserved rock frescoes of the “Heavenly Virgin”. In the afternoon we visit the cave temple in Dambula. The cave frescoes are as much as over 200 years old. There, you can see a colossal 14 meter statue of Buddha carved into the rock. A very interesting thing will be the visit to a spice garden, as well as the manufacture of tie-dyed fabric in Mattala. Lodging and dinner in Kandy. In the evening there is the option of visiting a fire show program; Kandy is the artistic center of Sri Lanka. Here you will visit a sacred temple with Buddha’s tooth.
 
KANDY - PINNAWELA
After breakfast, there is a visit to the royal botanical gardens of Peradenia, which are known for their large number of various decorative and therapeutic plants. There are over 4000 kinds of plants here, both domestic as well as from abroad. The gardens are also known for their collection of orchids, which is the largest in Asia. We continue on to Pinnaweli to visit an elephant orphanage. This orphanage was established in order to provide a home to small baby elephants that have been abandoned by their mothers. In times of drought, these elephants utilize every puddle of water to refresh themselves and this behavior is often very comical. In the evening, we return to Negombo.
 
POLONNARUWA
A historical city from the 11th century, famous for its ancient temples and palaces. Here you will see, among other things, a royal palace, an audience hall, the Gal Viharaya grotto shrine, as well as localities of the cult of the Shiva shrine. This also the location of world famous Buddha statues carved right into the rocks.
 
SINGHARAJA RAINFOREST
In 1989, this protected area was registered as an International Biosphere Reserve in the UNESCO registry. It is spread out over an area of 18899 hectares and the vegetation includes 331 kinds of plants, of which 192 are endemic. The rich fauna (65 species of butterflies, 10 species of fish, 19 species of amphibians, 29 species of reptiles, 141 species of birds and 40 species of mammals) and exotic flora will captivate you.
 
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TRANSFER:
 
In case of booking of accommodation for 7 nights, we will arrange transfer Airport - Serendib Villa - Airport FREE!!!
 
Shortening the accommodation we can arrange transfer for a fee:
 
Airport - Villa Serendib 20 € / 1 - 4 person
 
Villa Serendib - Airport 20 € / 1 - 4 person
 
At the airport the driver will meet you and take you directly to the villa.
 
 
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Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life”. Ayurveda is the oldest known treatment program in the world, which originated more than 5000 years ago, and continues to be practiced in many countries of southeastern Asia today. Currently, it is more and more popular. The objective of Ayurveda is the prevention of illnesses, the treatment of diseases and their symptoms, strengthening the immune system and delaying the aging process. Ayurveda respects human individuality – the health of each person is created through the mutual interplay of the body, the mind, and the environment.
 
 
AYURVEDIC PHILOSOPHY IS GOVERNED BY 3 ENERGIES OR DOSHAS – EACH OF US HAS THESE THREE ENERGIES IN OUR BODY:
      - Vata - air and space 
      - Pitta - fire and water 
      - Kapha - earth and water 
If we become ill, it is because of a loss of equilibrium of these three energies. Western medicine treats the symptoms of detected illnesses, while Ayurveda goes much further – it searches for and treats the principles of illnesses.
 
AYURVEDA TREATS MANY ILLNESSES – HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES:
      - headaches and migraines – illnesses of the joints and spine
      - high blood pressure – gynecological problems 
      - eye problems – digestion problems 
      - skin problems – insomnia 
      - obesity and many others 
The treatment methods include primarily panchakarma and rasayana – a cleansing therapy based upon the detoxication of the organism. The treatment includes oil massages combined with steam treatments in herbal packs, inhalation and recommended diet. Ayurveda also includes meditation and the practicing of yoga.
 
 
AYURVEDA HAS A TOTAL OF EIGHT BRANCHES:
      - Salakja tantra - treatment of illnesses of the head and neck 
      - Agadha tantra - toxicology
      - Salja tantra - surgery
      - Kaja čikitsa - internal medicine 
      - Bhutta vidja - psychology
      - Rasajana - pharmacology
      - Kaumára bhrtja - pediatrics
      - Vadžikarana - sexual issues 
Upon your request, we will arrange a stay for you according to your wishes, with a focus on Ayurvedic treatment. However, you have to anticipate that the result will not appear within a single week; the minimum recommended treatment time is two weeks, but a three to four week course of treatment is quite effective.
 
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Golf 
 
Sri Lanka is luckily very well known as a destination where golf lovers can fully enjoy themselves. There are three 18 hole courses. Royal Colombo Golf Club is about a 20 minute drive away from Colombo, Victoria Golf Club is about 150 km. from Colombo, and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club is about 190 km. from Colombo. The course near Colombo is at sea level, Victoria Golf Club is at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level, and Nuwara Elia Golf Club is at an altitude of 2070 meters above sea level. You can enjoy golf on Sri Lanka all year long. At the same time, you have the chance to discover the magnificent surroundings and to experience the best of Sri Lanka.
 
 
ROYAL COLOMBO GOLF CLUB
 
The Royal Colombo Golf Club was established in 1879 and its history goes all the way back to the colonial era; it is the third oldest golf course in the world. Today, the Club has over 2500 members. In light of its position, it has a fabulous quiet and peaceful atmosphere and is an ideal place for relaxation. The length of this 18 hole course is 5770 meters with a par of 71. There are many waterscapes and traps. The clubhouse for members and guests is built in the colonial style and has undergone complete refurbishing. The whole facility currently corresponds to the strictest international standards.
 
 
VICTORIA GOLF CLUB
 
This newest golf course on the island, opened in 1999, stretches out over an area of 207 hectares, along an eight kilometer section of the coast with a panoramic view of Victoria Reservoir. It is surrounded by the gorgeous landscape of the Kandy mountain range, and it is about 25 km. away from the city of Kandy itself. The course was designed by Donald Steel and is 6190 meters long with a par of 73. The design utilizes all of the advantages of the terrain, appropriately incorporates the hilly slope, growing coconut palms along with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and water reservoir, creating one of the most beautiful golf courses on the Asian continent. The greens, teeing grounds and fairways have been sowed with grass brought over from Bermuda, and the greens prepared according to the standards of the USGA are in prime condition.
 
NUWARA ELIYA GOLF
 
One of the best courses in Asia has 18 holes and is 5520 meters long with a par of 71. It has magnificent views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. The grassy golf fairways are long and narrow and are bordered with evergreen trees and thick shrubbery. All of that requires skillful certitude in the game. The golf club is about a 10 minute walk’s distance from the Grand Hotel. The facilities include a restaurant, a golf equipment rental shop, and golf lessons.
 

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