I AM SRI LANKA
We don’t believe in ready-made, one-size-fits all approaches to travel. Your tastes and interests are unique, and we want our trips to match them! We will customize your trip to the last detail, through listening to what you want, with an absolute commitment to quality.
We have a range of experts working with us, people who have genuinely interacted with their local environments. While many companies claim to have travel experts, but we are willing to bet that few of them match ours in terms of knowledge and passion. You will be in the safe hands of one of our specialists throughout your stay. Our specialists will ensure a travel experience that will be truly memorable, showing you the beauty of Sri Lanka in an alternative light, whatever your budget!
For those of you on family vacations, we have pre-existing itineraries that you can tweak and adjust to suit your needs. Sri Lanka is a great destination for lovers, and if you’re thinking about spending your honeymoon here then we can help make the experience a memorable one. You will be in our safe care throughout your stay, but don’t worry, you won’t even know we’re around!
I am Sri Lanka holidays is a brand of I A M LANKA Pvt Ltd. Located in Colombo, Sri Lanka, established in the year 2009.
Most Sri Lankan people can converse in English, although the national languages are Sinhala and Tamil. Signposts and directions are usually demarcated in all three languages.
Being a tropical country, Sri Lanka has a generally warm climate ranging between 27-32° Celsius, although the conditions vary depending on the region and time of season. The central hill country is much cooler due to its altitude, while the eastern region has more arid weather. The two seasons, sunny and rainy, occur at different periods for the northeastern and southwestern parts of Sri Lanka.
When planning your trip to Sri Lanka, remember that the northeast experiences rain between November and February, while the showers are felt in the southwest between April and July. This means that there are separate peak and off-peak tourist seasons for each region. The best time to visit the southwest and central regions is between December to March, while April to September allow ideal conditions in the North and East.
The application form for Sri Lankan visa can be obtained from the Government Department of Immigration at this link. The website also contains details on requirements and visa regulations. For details regarding the clearance of baggage or cargo through customs, please contact our sister company, M & M Transport & Logistics (Pvt.) Ltd.
Owing to the number of different cultures and religions practiced in the country, Sri Lanka has a large number of festivals and holidays. These vary between simple occasions and grand, colorful displays of pageantry.
– Duruthu Perahera: A Buddhist festival to commemorate the Buddha’s visit to Kelaniya
– Thai Pongal: Celebrated by Hindus to honor the Sun deity
– Holy Prophet’s Birthday: Birth anniversary of the Islamic Prophet
– Independence Day: A grand parade is held on February 4th to celebrate freedom from colonial rule
– Nawam Perahera: An outdoor parade in Colombo exhibiting traditional art and culture
– Maha Sivarathri: A Hindu festival for the union of Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati
MARCH & APRIL
– Sinhala & Tamil New Year: A traditional holiday to celebrate the end of the harvest season
– Good Friday and Easter: Christian holidays in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and ascension
– Vesak Full Moon Poya Day: A Buddhist holiday to mark the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha, held on the day of the full moon in May
– Poson Festival: Commemoration of the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka
– Madhu Festival: Roman Catholics celebrate this fortnight-long festival that ends at the feast of the visitation at the Madhu jungle shrine near Mannar
JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
– Kandy Esela Perahera: A 10-day pageant to honor the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha, a national treasure gifted by a Brahmin prince
– Kataragama Festival: The end of a pilgrimage to an ancient shrine in Kataragama, culminating in a perahera in honor of the Hindu war deity, Skanda
– Vel Festival: A similar festival held in Colombo
– Belanwila: A colorful display of traditional dance styles at the Raja Maha Vihara in Belanwila
– Udappu Festival: This festival, dedicated to Hindu goddess Draupadi, is held in the small fishing village of Udappu
– Nallur Festival: The Nallur Kandaswamy Hindu Kovil in Jaffna hosts this festival in honor of Lord Muruga
– Ramadan: Muslims celebrate the end of their 30 days of fasting with prayers and delicious feasts of traditional dishes
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
– Uduwap Full Moon Poya Day: A Buddhist holiday to commemorate the arrival of Arahat Sangamittathera
– Deepavali: The Hindu festival of lights, celebrating the triumph of good over evil and welcoming Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity
– Christmas: The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ
Sri Lanka has long been a trading port in the South Asian region, and you can find a whole range of both locally made and imported things to spend your money on. The traditional handlooms and handicrafts are highly sought after, as they are made with techniques that have been passed down over centuries. Sri Lanka is also famous for its tea cultivation, ceramic ware and gemstones.
This Indonesian style of craft found its way to Sri Lanka and took on aspects of the local culture to form a distinct style. With colorful designs and intricate patterns, a batik kurta could make a beloved souvenir from your trip to Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan tea plantations were introduced during British rule in the central hill country. Since then, Sri Lanka has become one of the world’s top producers of tea, and local blends are appreciated internationally by connoisseurs.
Gems & Jewelry
The precious and semi-precious stones found in Sri Lanka are numerous, including blue, yellow and star sapphires, cat’s-eye, rubies, moonstones and topaz, among others. Several jewelers will sell genuine gold pieces adorned with gems.
Ceramic & Porcelain
Sri Lanka has become a supply source for ceramic and porcelain ware, with many manufacturers based in or near Colombo. The ceramic and porcelain industry of Sri Lanka uses a mix of traditional craftsmanship with modern technology to produce superior products. There are also specialty shops that produce finely crafted pieces for export, such as the brand Noritake.
Clothes & Shopping Malls
Most large towns in Sri Lanka will have a shopping mall or at least a commercial center with a number of stores. Colombo, being the most developed city in the country, has a number of shopping complexes such as Majestic City, ODEL, Crescat Boulevard and Liberty Plaza. From imported designer wear to locally crafted designs, Colombo should keep your desires fulfilled. For shoppers on a budget, there are also stores that sell branded factory rejects: branded clothes with minor defects on them which usually cost less than half as much. If you like the local style, hiring a tailor in Sri Lanka to get clothes custom-made is not expensive either.
Wine and Dine
Thanks to its colorfully diverse society, Sri Lankan cuisine consists of a blend of South Asian styles and original recipes. Although the locals are accustomed to a very spicy diet, dishes are usually prepared with less spice for tourists unless they are willing to take on the spice challenge.
The staple food is rice and curry, and local favorites also include a number of other specialties like kpttu roti, hoppers, string hoppers and lamprais.
Sri Lankan Breakfast
The typical Sri Lankan breakfast is a meal of kiribath (milk rice) or string hoppers with sambol. This sambol is usually either Coconut Sambol or Katta Sambol, a spicy mix of chili, onion, lime and salt. Most hotels and guest houses will also offer a continental breakfast.
Lamprais is a dish that was brought to Sri Lanka by Dutch settlers and like many cultural imports, has adapted to the Sri Lankan style. Rice and a number of curries are cooked and served inside a banana leaf in a typical lamprais meal.
Breads and baked goods
Sri Lankan flatbread is called roti, and it is usually eaten with curry, although locals have begun to appreciate the sweet taste of chocolate and milk rotis. Bakeries are also common in Sri Lanka, and their selection of breads and buns is sure to set your mouth watering. Don’t forget to sample some wares from the little tuk-tuks that serve as mobile bake sales!
Sri Lanka’s most popular dessert is probably the simple yet delectable dish of treacle and curd. Wattalapam, a pudding made from Jaggery, is also much loved by locals. For a much healthier alternative, try some of the fresh tropical fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple or banana.
With some of the best tea in the world to be found in Sri Lanka, be sure not to miss out on some tea-tasting. For a sample of some really high-grade tea, you will need to visit the scenic hill country where the tea is grown.