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Arugam bay for Surfers

The Surfers Heaven

Is located on the south east corner of the island and is known as the hub of the Sri Lankan Surfing community. It is on the list of the top 10 surf points in the world, with the entire village set up to handle surfing tourists offering a wide range of accommodation and eating options. Unlike many surfing destinations, which cater for only the hard core surfer and their desire to spend many hours a day catching waves over sharp shallow reefs, Arugam Bay and all of the Sri Lankan surfing destinations are the perfect place to take your partner & the family. While they enjoy swimming in the protected turquoise waters of the bay, you can slip out to the point to surf perfect uncrowded waves for the morning. Once surfing is over there are many options for wildlife enthusiasts too in the immediate area. Every year between April and October storms from below South Africa whip the ocean into a frenzy and send large, consistent swells up the length of the Indian Ocean and into the coastline of Sri Lanka. The storms are usually located thousands of kilometres away, so that by the time the rollers reach Sri Lanka, they are perfectly groomed ground swells that wrap their way around the southern and eastern sides of the island. During the surf season it is not unusual to encounter at least one solid ground swell every single week and with the prevailing wind coming from the west, most of the south and eastern beaches are protected from the wind offering hundreds of uncrowded – sometimes even undiscovered – locations to surf. Breaks range from gentle beach breaks, reef breaks and sandy bottomed point breaks, catering for every type of surfer from the complete novice, up to the experienced professional. The main surf spots are Arugam Bay Point, just 30 minutes north at Pottuvil Point. The famous Whiskey Point is just down the road and provides some intermediate waves and a strong breeze perfect for flying your kite. To the south of Arugam Bay is a beach called the Peanut Farm with intermediate waves and a few small cottages. 30 to 40 minutes further south by tuk tuk are a couple more great surfing spots called Crocodile Rock and Elephant Rock.

A – Bay played host for the second consecutive year, to the “Sri Lankan Pro Surf 2011″ – one of the world’s top – rated surfing events. 96 top world surfers from 19 countries spanning Argentina, Peru, USA across the globe to New Zealand, competed in the Pro surfing contest held in association with Australasia’s association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). Among many other competitions is the Red Bull “Ride my Wave” annual event for the local market.

If you would like more details about these special interest holidays please contact us for more precise information so that we can offer you the best possible options to suit your needs. We can provide comfortable aircon transport with an experienced English-speaking driver and a variety of attractive accommodation options ranging in price from Resort beach hotels to guest houses.

Sri Lanka has so much to offer and many wonderful experiences, so why not also tour all or part of the island after your “special interest” focus?

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Whales and Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka

“CETACEAN SERENADE”

Ancient maps are evidence enough way back in history of the presence of Whales and Dolphins in the seas off the south east coast of the island. A narrow and deep sea migration channel lies just off the coast adjacent to the Great Basses Reef and here a variety of cetaceans can regularly be viewed. Excursion from the ports of Mirissa, Kalpitya and Trincomalee (in the north east) take tourists out to view Blue (largest sea creature) and Sperm Whales and many varieties of  Dolphins – especially  spinners. Of course, other species can also be seen in these teaming waters such a tuna, sharks, flying fish and manta rays. Here is a rare opportunity to experience the thrill of being close and connected with the wondrous and highly intelligent inhabitants of our oceans. Happily, Sri Lanka joined the “Indian Ocean Whale sanctuary” in 1979, so these amazing creatures are safe and well protected in these welcoming waters.

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Sri Lanka has so much to offer and many wonderful experiences, so why not also tour all or part of the island after your “special interest” focus?

Nature

Srilanka is a country with full of natural beauty and wildlife. though it is a small island in the Indian ocean, it is the place to enjoy your holidays.

The mountains and the southwestern part of the country, known as the “wet zone”, receive ample rainfall at an average of 2,500 mm  Most of the east, southeast, and northern parts of the country comprise the “dry zone”, which receives between 1,200 mm and 1,900 mm of rain annually. Much of the rain in these areas falls from October to January; during the rest of the year there is very little precipitation. The arid northwest and southeast coasts receive the least amount of rain at 600 mm  to 1,200 mm per year.

Varieties of flowering acacias are well adapted to the arid conditions and flourish on the Jaffna Peninsula. Among the trees of the dry-land forests, are some valuable species such as satinwood, ebony, ironwood, mahogany and teak. In the wet zone, the dominant vegetation of the lowlands is a tropical evergreen forest, with tall trees, broad foliage, and a dense undergrowth of vines and creepers. Subtropical evergreen forests resembling those of temperate climates flourish in the higher altitudes. Forests at one time covered nearly the entire island, but by the late 20th century lands classified as forests and forest reserves covered around ? of the land.

The Yala National Park in the southeast protects herds of elephant, deer, and peacocks, and the Wilpattu National Park in the northwest preserves the habitats of many water birds, such as storks, pelicans, ibis, and spoonbills. During the Mahaweli Ganga Program of the 1970s and 1980s in northern Sri Lanka, the government set aside four areas of land totaling 1,900 km2 (730 sq mi) as national parks. The island has four biosphere reserves, Bundala, Hurulu Forest Reserve, the Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, and Sinharaja.

The national flower of Sri Lanka is the Nymphaea stellata (Sinhalese Nil Mahanel), the national tree is the Ironwood (Sinhalese Na),and the national bird is the Sri Lanka Junglefowl, which is endemic to the country.

Sri Lankan wildlife is rich and varied, including bears, crocodiles, elephants, monkeys, and snakes. Sri Lanka is on a large bird migration route, and birds from all over the world winter on the island. There is a growing need to protect the island’s many rare and endangered species. The clearing of forest land has destroyed the habitats of many birds and animals. In addition, many species have become threatened or even extinct because of hunting and trapping.There are lot more things to talk about Sri Lankan nature.

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