Travellanka October 2017

123 Festivals in Sri Lanka | Ceylon Tea Museum – Hantane, Kandy It is a project jointly operated by Sri Lanka Tea Board and Tea Industry Stakeholders to exhibit over 100 years old machinery, documents, pictures and items of historical value to the Sri Lankan tea industry. One of best of its kind in the world. A panoramic view of the surrounding hills from the fourth floor. May taste a free cup of tea. Tickets: Rs.500/ adults & Rs.200/ - students. Ceylon Tea Museum, Uduwela Road, Hantane, Kandy. Tel: +94 813803204 Open:Tuesday-Saturdayfrom8.30amto4.30pmSunday - 8.30 am to 3.30 pm (Closed on Mondays & week Poyadays) web: Museum Times Colombo museum open from 9.30am–6.30pm others 9.00am–5.00pm except on days mentioned. Entrance Fees Colombo, Kandy and the Dutch Museum charges Rs: 500/- per adult and Rs: 300/- per child. Ratnapura & Galle National Museums,AnuradhapuraFolkMuseum,NationalNaturalScience Museum and the Galle Maritime Museum charges Rs: 300/- per adult and Rs: 150/- per child. Photography Rs. 250/- with no special facilities. Video Camera: Rs. 2,000/- The use of special equipment to photograph or video cassette museum exhibits is prohibited without prior permission from the Director. Guides Guides could be engaged at the National Museums by prior arrangement, free of charge. (Rates mentioned are subject to change) Vavuniya, Mihintale and Dheegavapi. Open on all days except Tuesdays & Sundays from 0830hrs-1615hrs.Publicationsonrespective archaeological sites available for sale. Photography: Permit from Commissioner of Archaeology, Dept. of Archaeology, Sir Marcus Fernando Mw, Colombo 07. Tel: 2692840. General Services Branch Tel: 2688326 The Gemmological museum At Ratnapura (6 Ehelepola Mawatha, Batugedera, Ratnapura) and in Kandy (Ceygems Internatiional, 673, Peradeniya Road, Kandy) established by Mr. A.G.B. Amarasinghe, Consultant Gemmologist and Professional Collector, has a rare collection of gems, precious minerals and other specimens. Gem & Mineral Museum No.4GothamiMawatha(offTemplersRoad) Mount Lavinia Tel: (011) 2726796, (011) 2724789 Fax (011) 2733693 Email:, Christina Gem Museum No. 730, Galle Road, Colombo 03. Rare Collection of Gem mineral and its crystal formation including Ceylon Sapphire collection. A short film on gem mining, production & finished jewellery could be viewed at the Auditorium. Festivals in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s deep-rooted and ancient civilization has endowed the island with a legacy of colourful national and religious festivals. Hardly a month goes by without a unique national or religious celebration of diverse cultures and religions, celebrated by people with a genius for pageantry and ceremony. T he full moon (Poya) day of each month known by the traditional Sinhala name is of special religious significance. The exactdatesofSriLanka’sfestivalschangefrom year to year as they depend on lunar or solar phases. You may refer to the Travel Lanka guide or the Travel Information Centers of the SLTPB for details. Sports events in Sri Lanka too attract fun fare. While Sri Lanka is internationally known for sports like cricket and athletics, an increasing array of sporting events including golf