Sri Lanka’s rural areas are currently home to over 26 national parks and protected wildlife areas which together cover an area of 5,734 km2 (2,214 sq mi).Tourist activities include bird watching at Kumana National Park, Sri Lankan leopard spotting at the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary in Hambantota, and witnessing groups of elephants in Udawalawe. Tour operators in Sri Lanka often combine village cultural tours with national park tours and wildlife safaris.
Art and Handicrafts
Many of Sri Lanka’s villages are home to master artisans who have had their craft passed down from previous generations. Sri Lanka’s ancient social system having its Indo-Aryan roots has been largely instrumental in preserving traditional skills with its characteristic identity; certain arts and crafts were assigned to defined socio-occupational groups We can arrange you to search for tourist destinations by different types of handicrafts.
The primarily utilitarian character of Sri Lankan pottery has been continuing to exist since the very beginning of Aryan Singhalese civilization of Sri Lanka. The simplicity of ornamentation and charm of the elegance of pottery have held fast in the island for more than a couple of millenniums and a half in Sri Lanka. You can pick up traditional pottery in Kubalgama southern, Woodcarving in Mahanuwara and lace making in south coastal belt of Sri Lanka especially in the Weligama coastal strip.
The villages in the south-western coastal area and the central area of the country are famous for its batik industry. Batik is of Indonesian roots, yet in Sri Lanka, the craft has developed into a unique style to produce shirts, sarongs, dresses, shorts, wall hangings, cushions covers, bed hangers and a multitude of décor items. Batik handicraft products are of distinctive designs in vibrant colors.
When you visit a Sri Lankan village, try to buy art and handicrafts directly from the artists or from a local cooperative.