health tourism in Sri Lank – Ayurveda


Health tourism in Sri Lank – Ayurveda

Sri Lanka has always been a place that refreshes not just the mind and body, but also the soul and spirit. Ayurveda has been the most popular method used to restore and rejuvenate tired bodies and weary soul for thousands of years. Ayurveda is one of the oldest and most historic medical systems available in the world. Beginning of Ayurveda healing method goes to the Pre-Christian era and it is based on indigenous Indian medicine, it draws not only on a deep understanding of philosophy, but also elements of philosophy, psychology and spirituality. The Ayurveda is so influential that other ancient healing method such as Tibetan, Chinese medicine and Greek medicine has adopted many of the concepts found in Ayurveda.

According to the historical evidences that Prince Vijaya, who was banished from his Indian kingdom, in 6th century BC, sailed to Sri Lanka and became the first king of the island. He was skilled of practice Ayurveda, and so together with his personal physician, introduced it to the island. Over the past thousands of years, Ayurveda incorporated the elements from similar indigenous Sri Lankan treatments to become one of the leading healing methods today.

Ayurveda (the science of life) – the name derived from ancient Sanskrit: Ayuh or “life”, and Veda or “science”, so Ayurveda translate as “The science of life”, a fitting name for a system that devotes itself to a truly holistic approach to the ways the body and mind can be treated.

The main principals of Ayurveda is the theory of the Tri Dosha or “Three vital forces” Vata (wind), Pita (fire) and Kapha (earth), in each of us is a unique combination of these forces or Doshas that help define our nature. Vata people are thin and energetic; Pita people are more intense and goal-oriented, while those with a Kapha disposition are methodical and nurturing. When the Doshas are in harmony the body is in good health, but when equilibrium is affected, balance need to be restored – and Ayurveda provides the answer. Ayurveda practitioners will initially meet the patients with the objective of getting to the root of whatever is ailing the patient. Details of diet and lifestyle of the patient, habits (good and bad), and general environment, will be requested from the patient.

Practitioners employ many of the medical herbs and plants native to Sri Lanka, they combine leaves, bark, berries,, roots and flowers to crate bespoke potions, oils and unguents tailor-made for the individual. Incidentally, in Ayurveda there is a belief that it’s not just people but also plants that can get sick – so only ‘healthy ’ plants are used.

In  Sri Lanka’s villages, Ayurveda is not considered a special treatment as in urban areas but an everyday method of treating aches and pains. In fact, the number of trained ayurvedic practitioners in the island exceeds that of western practitioners. Even those familiar with traditional spa treatments in the west, like aromatherapy and shiatsu, will find Ayurveda a new experience. And it is an experience that’s becoming increasingly sought after. Such seekers will find Sri Lanka a singular destination, for all that collective wisdom regarding Ayurveda can be experienced in stylish and refined spas, with some of the world’s best professional therapists – with that friendly and courteous Sri Lankan manner – to look after your every need.

The concept of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka is going back to the pre-Christian ear. This had taken many turns, inherited many an ideology along the passage of time, getting refined in to a fine art. Ayurveda shows how you can achieve long and healthy life. The basic rule or the law is to live among and to take care of oneself with nature. Nature is considered as the mother of all beings, and that all living creatures are dependent on nature for their survival, everything revolves around nature and nature itself brings up, preserves its creations. Ayurveda strictly follows the rules of nature, as it points out: what, when, why, how, much: to eat, work, rest, wash, bathe, which help us to lead a perfectly healthy life. There are two divisions in Ayurveda treatments TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF ONESELF and TO TAKE CARE OF THE SICK.

To lead a healthy life one has to follow the ayurvedic principles. To take care of the sick, the ayurvedic physician has to get a thorough knowledge so that he could determine whether the invalid is ill mentally or physically or both. Where for each patient, the physician has to diagnose the root of the cause and treat is accordingly. Since when the root of the illness is destroyed, the illness would not rise again. Almost all presentations used in curing are produced by raw materials found naturally, where no artificial substances are used. These would come from roots, steams, barks, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits & nuts of many a plant. From animals: milk, pearls, musk, shells and from earth iron, gold, silver & copper are used. Ayurvedic drugs do no harm to the organs of the body and do not give rise to any side effects. It has been shown in medical studies that drugs used in Ayurveda act as nutrients. The treatments done in Ayurveda vary from simple oral treatments to more complex acupuncturing, electro treatment and inoculation by injection.


Panchakarma is another effective form of ayurvedic treatments. Various effects that take place when the human system grows old could e minimized or reversed by applying principles of Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda is an ancient form of healing, which had been improved through generations of healers who have thought of nothing but the well being of the living. One could find many a proficient physician of Ayurveda in Sri Lanka.

Head massage

The head and neck are given a relaxing massage with special oil, increasing blood supply to the scalp. Relieving and tension and encourage hair growth.

Body Scrub & Body Pack

Cleanliness of your body

Synchronous Massage

Two therapists massage you gently and syn-chronically with Ayurveda oil chosen to suit your type. This massage mobilizes the body waste products, improves circulation and provides you with deep relaxation.

Herbal bath

Herbs are boiled and the result liquid is added to warm bath. The capillaries and spaces between the tissues are dilated and purified, while the herbs have a healing effect and create a general sense of well being.

Herbal inhalation

A mixture of the herbs is boiled producing steam, for you to inhale. This inhalation loosens mucous deposits in the lung and sinuses. This purifies the respiratory tract.

Herbal inhalation


Mental relaxation


Warm oil flows in a thin stream forward and backwards over your forehead. This treatment leads to deep mental and spiritual relaxation. Improves powers of concentration and helps alleviate headaches and insomnia.


Places to go in Sri Lanka – Galle fort

Places to go in Sri Lanka – Galle fort

Galle has been a popular trade emporium in the orient since the dawn of the commerce. Galle is not only significant for the Sri Lankan commerce but also for the history of Sri Lanka. According to the old-testament, Galle harbor was the port (Tarshish), where King Solomon drew valuables such as gems. Other than the historical reasons and economical background Dutch fort is the most Continue reading Places to go in Sri Lanka – Galle fort

National parks in Sri Lanka – Lunugamvehera

Elephant at lunugamvehera national parkLunugamvehera national park Sri Lanka is covered by rare trees and home to many endangered animal species, Lunugamvehera national park has become a popular destination in the southern province of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated bordering the Udawalawa national park and Yala national park. It is declared as a national park in December 1953 and spread over 23498.8 hectares.The Lunugamvehera National Park was designed to protect water-ways and to provide a resting-station for elephants, migrating between the Eastern section of the Yala Wildlife Conservation and the Western side of the Udawalawa National Park. Continue reading National parks in Sri Lanka – Lunugamvehera

Places for wild life holidays in Sri Lanka – Kiralakele

Places for wild life holidays in Sri Lanka – Kiralakele

Mangrove forest as the local name (Kirala Kele) denotes; this magnificent wet-land covers 1800 hectares and located in southern Sri Lanka off Matara. It is comprised of marshlands, irrigation channels, and mangrove habitats. Mangrove distribution in Sri Lanka about 0.34% of the total land area or 6000 – 7000 ha is a very important ecosystem which provides a wide array of benefits to humans as well as for the balance of nature.

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Places to go in Sri Lanka – Kandy

Places to go in Sri Lanka –  Kandy

Kandy is the destination that devoted to the teaching of Buddha. And it is the main reason for many travelers to choose the island for their holidays. The culture, tradition, customs and devotion to the religion makes this island unique in many ways. Sri Lanka is a country with large collection of flowering plants and flowers are blooming throughout the year. You may be wondering to see, if there is a country that is so much dedicated to a religion. When religions and traditions are neglected with the economic development, Sri Lankans are getting closer to it more and more.  You see the people are Praising Buddha and his teaching and temples are packed with their offerings.

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Places to go in Colombo Sri Lanka – Beira Lake

Places to go in Colombo Sri Lanka – Beira Lake

Beira Lake is undoubtedly one of the most scenic places in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is very suitable for an evening walk in Colombo. Unlike several years earlier, as the lake was polluted with industrial wastage and garbage, today the Lake is given a notable change in order to make it a beautiful place within the city. Today there is no stinking water, discolored water, algae, industrial wastage or dead fish floating on the lake. In Colombo there are only few such beautiful places to have a relaxation after spending many hours in the busy atmosphere in the city. Most popular places for a relaxation in Colombo are Galle face green and Viharamahadevi Park. Continue reading Places to go in Colombo Sri Lanka – Beira Lake

Most beautiful yet cheapest holiday destination

Most beautiful yet cheapest holiday destination, Sri Lanka

With the winter season nearby lot of people are looking for a destination for their winter holidays.  Some people willing to go for skiing while some others are willing to spend some times in a warm tropical country. Sri Lanka (Ceylon) can be the tropical island that you are looking to spend this winter holiday, simply because not only it offers lot for holiday makers but also it is the most affordable holiday destination in Asia.

Upswing in tourist arrival

After the 30 years civil war Sri Lanka has become the best country to live in south Asia and it is one of the safest places for holiday makers around the world. While in most Asian countries civil unrest, political unrest, terrorist activities post a threat for travelers Sri Lanka offers one of the most peaceful environments for holiday makers. Therefore Sri Lanka is experiencing a tourist boom at present. Sri Lanka is being known to the world since pre-Christian era, historical sources reveal about the foreigners who had being here for various reasons such as trade, religion, invasion and fact finding mission in the past. Some of the noteworthy people who had been here are Ptolemy, Fa-hien (Chinese monk), Marko polo, Lorenzo de Almeida.

What Sri Lanka offers

Sri Lanka is a tiny island situated in the Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka is only 65610 km²in extent. The island best described as an island of paradise. Sri Lanka is the navigational hub of the Orient in the ancient world. It is a resplendent island encompassing within its small area a large number of tourist attractions. With such large number of popular places to visit in Sri Lanka, it sure lives up to its reputation of being an “island of tourist paradise”. This Resplendent island is a tourist paradise with an abundance of tourist attractions like the sun drenched beaches, glorious ancient cities, salubrious hill country, beautiful fauna & flora, engraving temples of Buddha, exquisite handicrafts, world renowned gems, traditional dance & drama, colorful festivals, warm and friendly people and not forgetting the heavenly Sri Lankan cuisine.

Sri Lanka is very rich in natural resources such as tropical forests and beaches, waterfalls, unspoilt wildlife, and several natural forest reserves, National Parks and sanctuaries. Bio diversity of the country is one of the highest in South Asia; and Sri Lanka is the home for many endemic species of fauna and flora in the region. Two of the natural sites, Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (1988), have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is known in Sri Lanka as a living heritage. The forest has very rich biodiversity with most vegetation endemic to the country. Along with the Sinharaja forest reserve Sri Lanka boast to have 6 other world heritage sites (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Galle,) declared by the UNICEF.

Best value for money

With the escalating prices in other countries prices are down by a third in Sri Lanka, therefore Sri Lanka has become one of the best long haul destination among for the budget-conscious travelers seeking holiday in a beautiful tropical island. Sri Lanka is 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, nearest rival on the list of affordable long haul holiday spots.  When it comes to prices of 10 items, including a bottle of water, a beer, sun cream, insect repellant postcards and a three-course meal for two with wine, Sri Lanka came out as the best-value destination for the second year in a row Thailand followed and Vietnam close behind.

Sri Lanka has become one of the best long haul destinations among for the budget-conscious travelers seeking holiday in a beautiful tropical island. Sri Lanka is 38 per cent cheaper than Thailand, nearest rival on the list of affordable long haul holiday spots

World spice food festival

World spice food festival, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the most fascinating holiday destinations in Asia. The unique cultures and traditions of many ethnic groups, makes it a place for large number of celebrations and festivals. There is at least one religious or ethnic event in every month of the year. World spice food festival is another festival, but not directly related to ethnicity or religions. This event is all about foods and drinks.

World spice food festival is another impotent event participated by many international travelers. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the culinary culture of Sri Lanka and many other countries. This event showcases the culinary expertise from many countries. World spice food festival is an annual event, which is participated by leading personal of the hotel trade. It is not only the local participant but also foreign participants also take part in the event.

Culinary culture is an important field in the tourism industry and it is a leading reason for people to travel around the world. Holiday makers travel to far away distant destinations to experience the different foods in different countries.  It has become a hobby of some people to study the different culinary cultures in different countries. Some of the popular countries participated in the event are Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Pakistan, Egypt, Italy, USA, Vietnam, Germany, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Sri Lankan kitchen differs many ways from the other culinary cultures in the world. Sri Lankan foods are popular as very spicy foods due to the usage of many spices in large quantities. Even though the foods are spicy they are to be found very tasty by most travelers. Spices are freely available in the country and they grow in most parts of the island. Sri Lanka is popular for spices for more than several centuries. Even today, spices are an important export product of the country.

Here you get not only the pleasure of enjoying tasty food but also many other recreations such as musical events and dancing performance.  The world spice food festival is organized by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

Namal Uyana the Biggest Pink Quartz Mountain Range in South Asia

Pink Quartz Mountain Range

Pink Quartz Mountain Range of Sri Lanka is the largest of its kind in southern Asia. Same times this place holds a very important place in the history of the island. History reveals that emperor Shajahan while constructing ‘Taj Mahal”, the 7th wonder of the world brought all the necessary materials which are rare, from different parts of the world and he used marbles from Namal Uyana Pink Quartz Mountains to make it incomparable. Research also reveals that the Emperor visited Sri Lanka to check on the quartz personally.

namal uyana dambulla sri lanka

Namal Uyana is said to have been used as a monastery during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa 3rd century B.C. By the eighth century, during the reign of King Dapulu IV, it had been turned into a sanctuary, where people could flee from persecution and remain free, as long as they stayed within its confines. Several stone inscriptions giving details of the existence of the Namal Uyana and the sanctuary have been found in the Anuradhapura area.

Several researches were undertaken with regards to the quartz in the past, as to find out the formation of the quarts, historical value and other important information about the Namal Uyana Mountains. According to archeological research findings, this mountain range is having a history of more than 550 millions of years. The major changes to the Pink Quartz Mountain Range occurred in the Prag Crambiya era almost 500 million years back. The quartz deposit spreading over 105 hectares and the stones belong to a superior stone category.  Another archaeological investigation revealed it to contain 250 million-years-old plant fossils.

Pink quartz in the mountains contains majority of Cylicon di-oxide (chemical name) along with other minerals which makes the color of the stones. The sand around the Quartz Mountains also shows the high concentration of same chemical. Quartz mainly made up of silicon dioxide (SIO2). In the middle of the earth, there are hot gases, and liquids and rocks explode out of the ground as magma lava. When this magma lava flows out, sometimes, portions of the liquid are retained in the internal spaces. These are formed into quartz. Quartz is a mixture of magma, lava and silicon dioxide and its cells are rectangular.

Mountain range consists of 7 mountains encircling the Namal Uyana Forest and mountain range is located 1,050 meters above sea level. At an overall view the top portion appears like misty   i.e. clouded and with its pink color mixed with the white mist, it will give you a stunning look which differentiates this mountain from others. And if you go deeper to explore the diversities this range of mountains are having it will be an amazing experience.  When you look at this row of mountains, you will come to understand that it is one of nature’s wonders.  It is like 7 giant mountains guarding like pillars encircling the Namal Uyana Forest, the view is astonishing.

There are three beautiful water falls in the vicinity of the mountain range. These streams are flowing towards the Namal Uyana Forest and feeding the trees. This water is rich in minerals while it is brushing the mineral all the way to the Forest. This forest contains tree and plants with ayurvedic medicinal values. the villagers around and people from far away land believes that drinking this water will cure various illnesses and give them physical perfection along with the mental satisfaction which one enjoys from the natural environment in this wonder land.

Namal Uyana, recently declared a National Heritage site, under the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC) has become popular among Sri Lankans in recent years, it has a history filled with legend and romance that dates back to the Mogul period.

List of world heritage sites in Sri Lanka

World heritage sites of Sri Lanka


Anuradhapura was founded by King Pandukabhaya in 4th century B.C and Anuradhapura was the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri Lanka till 11th century A.D. Anuradhapura had been the center for Buddhism and it had been 40 km² in extent. Anuradhapura considered being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Same times it had been one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. Today Anuradhapura is being visited by many foreign as well as local tourists, owing to its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. Some of the religious edifies of Anuradhapura are more than 2000 years old and in extent second only to the structures of Egypt.


Legend apart, inscriptions suggest that the history of Polonnaruwa dates back at least to the 2nd century AD, in the 6th century it became a military garrison of some importance to the Sinhalese kings of Anuradhapura. This was because it guarded the vital crossing point of the Mahaweli River from the southern province of Ruhuna, where rebellion was a continuous threat. A century later, the kings of Anuradhapura started to use Polonnaruwa as a country residence. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of ancient Sri Lanka from 11th to 13th century. Polonnaruwa is the home for many ancient religious buildings dates back to pre-Christian era. Along with the religious buildings one can see the Palaces, Audience halls, Trade stalls, and many Hindu temples. The ruins of Polonnaruwa are younger than the ruins of Anuradhapura and in good shape.


Sigiriya considered being one of oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Sigiriya (Lion’s rock) is an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. It is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.


Dambulla is one of the ancient cave temples in the southern India. Dambulla cave temple is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex of Sri Lanka. Dambulla temple complex comprises of 5 caves and the temple dates back to 1st century B.C. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh.


Kandy lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka; it is both an administrative and religious city. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community of Sri Lanka and all around the world.


Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions. The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

Sinharaja Forest reserve

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.\



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