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Events in Sri Lanka

 
The Emerald Isle is undoubtedly a playground for both the bold as well as the laidback. From enjoying the sights and sounds of the southern coast of the island to joining the locals as they herald in the period of Vesak, Aitken Spence Travels is your guide to discovering and learning of all that is truly Sri Lankan.

January 2017
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Whale & Dolphin watching in Southern Coast and North West Coast – January 2017 to April 2017

Whale and Dolphin spotting in southern coast and North West coast commence in January and ends in April. Large pods of Dolphins can be spotted few miles off shore. In the oceans around North west (Kalpitiya) Sperm Whales, Blue Whales and Pilot Whales gather in large pods of fifty to hundred members, with large concentration gathering around Dutch Reef. Meanwhile Bue Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Bottle Nose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, common Dolphins could be spotted from Weligama to Mirissa in the southern coast within just eight to ten nautical miles from Mirissa harbor.

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Duruthu Perahera – Cultural Parade – 20th to 22nd Janary 2017

January becomes a month of celebration with the ancient Kelaniya Buddhist temple holding their annual perahera – a dazzling cultural and a religious procession. Elephants dressed in their finery, traditional dancers and many more reflecting Sri Lankan art, dance, music and fashion are the vital parts of this parade.

FEBRUARY 2017
Dolphin Watching sri lanka

Whale & Dolphin watching in Southern Coast and North West Coast – January 2017 to April 2017

Whale and Dolphin spotting in southern coast and North West coast commence in January and ends in April. Large pods of Dolphins can be spotted few miles off shore. In the oceans around North west (Kalpitiya) Sperm Whales, Blue Whales and Pilot Whales gather in large pods of fifty to hundred members, with large concentration gathering around Dutch Reef. Meanwhile Bue Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Bottle Nose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, common Dolphins could be spotted from Weligama to Mirissa in the southern coast within just eight to ten nautical miles from Mirissa harbor.

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67TH National Day of Sri Lanla – 04th February 2017

Sri Lanka celebrates the gaining of her independence from the colonial rule on the island’s National Day. As a sign of paying tribute to forefathers of the land for their glorious feat, National flag is hoisted, National anthem is sung and the processions begin with the meticulously coordinated military parades and various religious and cultural performances.

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The Season of Butterflies begins (Adams Peak season) – 02 February 2017 – 30 April 2017

The pilgrim season to Adams peak begins with the “Unduwap” fullmoon day in December and ends on the “Vesak” fullmoon day in May. During this season, pilgrims in many religions as well as the travelers ascend this peak in good faith. This mountain is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Christians. The climb to the peak is one of the moving experiences in Sri Lanka.

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Nawam Perahera – 19 February 2017 – 04 March 2017

Nawam maha Perahera that is similar to Kandy Perahera is held in Colombo. The perahera showcases dancers, acrobats, drummers and glittering elephants.

March 2017
Dolphin Watching sri lanka

Whale & Dolphin watching in Southern Coast and North West Coast– January 2017 to April 2017

Whale and Dolphin spotting in southern coast and North West coast commence in January and ends in April. Large pods of Dolphins can be spotted few miles off shore. In the oceans around North west (Kalpitiya) Sperm Whales, Blue Whales and Pilot Whales gather in large pods of fifty to hundred members, with large concentration gathering around Dutch Reef. Meanwhile Bue Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Bottle Nose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, common Dolphins could be spotted from Weligama to Mirissa in the southern coast within just eight to ten nautical miles from Mirissa harbor.

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The Season of Butterflies begins (Adams Peak season) – 02 February 2017 – 30 April 2017

The pilgrim season to Adams peak begins with the “Unduwap” fullmoon day in December and ends on the “Vesak” fullmoon day in May. During this season, pilgrims in many religions as well as the travelers ascend this peak in good faith. This mountain is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Christians. The climb to the peak is one of the moving experiences in Sri Lanka

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The Annual Hot air balloon festival – March 2017

The annual Hot air balloon festival takes place in the month of March in Colombo. Participants from around the world will attend this event.

April 2017

Whale & Dolphin watching in Southern Coast and North West Coast– January 2017 to April 2017

Whale and Dolphin spotting in southern coast and North West coast commence in January and ends in April. Large pods of Dolphins can be spotted few miles off shore. In the oceans around North west (Kalpitiya) Sperm Whales, Blue Whales and Pilot Whales gather in large pods of fifty to hundred members, with large concentration gathering around Dutch Reef. Meanwhile Bue Whales, Sperm Whales, Fin Whales, Bottle Nose Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins, common Dolphins could be spotted from Weligama to Mirissa in the southern coast within just eight to ten nautical miles from Mirissa harbor.

Adams Peak Climbing Season – 02 February 2017 – 30 April 2017

The pilgrim season to Adams peak begins with the “Unduwap” fullmoon day in December and ends on the “Vesak” fullmoon day in May. During this season, pilgrims in many religions as well as the travelers ascend this peak in good faith. This mountain is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Christians. The climb to the peak is one of the moving experiences in Sri Lanka

Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebration – 13th & 14th April 2017

During the month of April Sinhalese and Tamil communities in Sri Lanka celebrate the dawning of the New Year. During this ceremony families get together and conduct traditional rituals, religious ceremonies and wish peace and prosperity for all for the coming new year. These traditional rituals are best seen in the rural areas.

May 2017

Turtle Watching in Rekuwa, South Coast – March 2017 to July 2017

Patience is the key to witnessing the nesting & hatching of the world’s most sought after sea turtles in Rekawa. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and the Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary are amongst the sites one can enjoy some turtle watching and get to know more about their conservation too. The peak period for Turtle nesting is considered to be from March to July.

Surfing in Arugam Bay - May 2017 to July 2017

Nestled in the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is ranked among the top surfing destinations in the world. The sun kissed beaches of this hidden gem attract a variety of enthusiastic surfers both professional and amateur alike from all over the globe.

Vesak Festival - 21st & 22nd May 2017

Vesak a cultural and religious festival is celebrated during the month of May on the day of the full moon. This day has religious significance, as Buddhists all over the world celebrate the three most important events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama the “Buddha” or "Enlightened One". The festivities commemorate his birth, enlightenment, and his passing away. You will witness beautiful Pandals depicting the life events of the Buddha and Vesak lanterns decorating homes and streets around the country.

JUNE 2017

Poson Celebration in Mihintale – June 2017

In June Sri Lankans celebrate the Poson full-moon day signifying the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE. This historical event occurred in the North Central city of Mihintale, where Arahant Mahinda of India converted the then king of Sri Lanka to Buddhism. Be part of the exciting celebrations of free meals and religious observances undertaken by Buddhists to commemorate the event.

Turtle Watching in Rekuwa, South Coast – March 2017 to July 2017

Patience is the key to witnessing the nesting & hatching of the world’s most sought after sea turtles in Rekawa. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and the Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary are amongst the sites one can enjoy some turtle watching and get to know more about their conservation too. The peak period for Turtle nesting is considered from March to July.

Surfing in Arugam Bay – May 2017 to July 2017

Nestled in the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is ranked among the top surfing destinations in the world. The sun kissed beaches of this hidden gem attract a variety of enthusiastic surfers both professional and amateur alike from all over the globe.

Sloth Bear Season in Yala & Wasgamuwa – June 2017 to July 2017

The sloth bear season in Yala and Wasgamuwa runs during the months of June and July. The sloth bear (Melursus Ursinus) which is indigenous to the South Asian region can be found only in Sri Lanka and in The Indian sub-continent. Palu berries (Manilkara Hexanda) are the bear’s favorite fruit and as the palu season falls in the months of June and July there is a good chance of spotting one during this period.

International Surfing Competition in Arugambay – June 2017 to July 2017

Arugam Bay which is ranked among the top surf points in the world will host the international surfing competition this year. Surfers taking part in the competition are guaranteed to find the ideal waves for surfing at the bay. If you are visiting Sri Lanka during the months of June and July don't miss this exciting event.

Snorkelling, Diving and Whale Watching in North East – June 2017 to September 2017

The North-East of the island is a world renowned hot spot for the majestic Blue Whale as well as diving and snorkeling that serve as some of the more enjoyable things to do in Sri Lanka. The best time to hit the seas is during the months of June to September. Come witness the turquoise waters and coral sand beaches and be enthralled by the largest mammals in the world.

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free styles which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

JULY 2017

Turtle Watching in Rekuwa, South Coast – March 2017 to July 2017

Patience is the key to witnessing the nesting & hatching of the world’s most sought after sea turtles in Rekawa. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and the Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary are amongst the sites one can enjoy some turtle watching and get to know more about their conservation too. The peak period for Turtle nesting is considered from March to July.

Surfing in Arugam Bay – May 2017 to July 2017

Nestled in the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka, Arugam Bay is ranked among the top surfing destinations in the world. The sun kissed beaches of this hidden gem attract a variety of enthusiastic surfers both Professional and amateur alike from all over the globe.

Sloth Bear Season in Yala & Wasgamuwa – June 2017 to July 2017

Yala and Wasgamuwa are some of the best places to go in Sri Lanka if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive sloth bear. ( Scientifically known as Melursus Ursinus (or valasā in the local language) ) the sloth bear is indigenous to South Asia and can be found only in Sri Lanka and the Indian sub-continent. Palu berries (Manilkara Hexanda) are the bear’s favorite fruit and as the palu season falls in the months of June and July there is a good chance of spotting one during this period.

International Surfing Competition in Arugam Bay – June 2017 to July 2017

Arugam Bay which is ranked among the top surf points in the world will host the international surfing competition this year. Surfers taking part in the competition are guaranteed to find the ideal waves for surfing at the bay. If you are visiting Sri Lanka during the months of June and July don't miss this exciting event.

Snorkelling, Diving and Whale Watching in North East – June 2017 to September 2017

The North-East of Sri Lanka is a world renowned hot spot for the majestic Blue Whale as well as diving and snorkelling. The best time to hit the seas is during the months of June to September. Come witness the turquoise waters and coral sand beaches and be enthralled by the largest mammals in the world.

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free stylers which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

Kataragama Perahera and the Fire Walking Festival – July 2017

The Kataragama Perahera or "Procession" lasts up to 14 days during the months of July and August and comes across as one of the more enjoyable things to do in Sri Lanka during this time. The procession comprises of fire dances, fire walkers, various dance troupes, talented traditional drummers and whip crackers in commemoration of the God of Kataragama. Come witness this exciting event in the Southern region of the island.

AUGUST 2017

Snorkelling, Diving and Whale Watching in North East – June 2017 to September 2017

The North-East of Sri Lanka is a world renowned hot spot for the majestic Blue Whale as well as diving and snorkelling. The best time to hit the seas is during the months of June to September. Come witness the turquoise waters and coral sand beaches and be enthralled by the largest mammals in the world.

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free stylers which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

Kandy Esala Perahera –August 2017

Be part of a memorable cultural event in the old Kingdom of Kandy, in what is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The Esala Perahera, a procession in the month of August, is a symbol of Sri Lankan culture and beliefs. The festival is undertaken in a grand scale in Kandy at the Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth Relic and pays respect to the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. The Perahera comprises of exciting dances and elephants garlanded with extravagant apparel.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Snorkelling, Diving and Whale Watching in North East – June 2017 to September 2017

The North-East of Sri Lanka is a world renowned hot spot for the majestic Blue Whale as well as diving and snorkelling. The best time to hit the seas is during the months of June to September. Come witness the turquoise waters and coral sand beaches and be enthralled by the largest mammals in the world.

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free stylers which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

Elephant Gathering in Minneriya – September 2017

The elephant gathering is considered to be the largest assembly of Asian elephants at one time. During the dry season which is at its peak in September over 150 to 200 elephants gather each evening near
the banks of the Minneriya tank to drink water and graze on the surrounding foliage. Come witness a true wild life event on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir.

OCTOBER 2017

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free stylers which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

NOVEMBER 2017

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free stylers which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

Whale & Dolphin Watching in North West Coast (Kalpitiya) – November 2017 to April 2017

Kalpitiya is a very popular region for its presence of Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins during the months of November to April. The occasional spotting of the Blue Whale is also a highlight of the marine life in Kalpitiya.

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Whale & Dolphin Watching in (South Coast) Mirissa – December 2017 to March 2017

Whale watching in the southern coast commences in October and ends in April. Nevertheless the high season is considered between December and March. Mirissa is the closest point where the Blue whales are inhabited due to its appropriate environmental conditions. However five types of whales and four kinds of dolphins could be witnessed in Mirissa.

DECEMBER 2017

Kite Surfing in Kalpitiya – June 2017 to December 2017

For those looking for an exotic beach destination to kite surf, then Kalpitiya is definitely the ideal location. Situated in the North West Coast of Sri Lanka the waters of the Kalpitiya lagoon offer an idyllic spot for both beginners as well as free stylers which make Kalpitiya a kite surfing haven.

Whale & Dolphin Watching in North West Coast (Kalpitiya) – November 2017 to April 2017

Kalpitiya is a very popular region for its presence of Sperm Whales and Spinner Dolphins during the months of November to April. The occasional spotting of the Blue Whale is also a highlight of the marine life in Kalpitiya.

Dolphin Watching sri lanka

Whale & Dolphin Watching in (South Coast) Mirissa – December 2017 to March 2017

Whale watching in the southern coast commences in October and ends in April. Nevertheless the high season is considered between December and March. Mirissa is the closest point where the Blue whales are inhabited due to its appropriate environmental conditions. However five types of whales and four kinds of dolphins could be witnessed in Mirissa.