Looking for family holiday ideas? Why not look at Sri Lanka, a year round destination, with a diverse landscape and culture which makes for an exciting, engaging and ever changing natural playground for families and children who love an adventure. When planning a holiday in Sri Lanka an itinerary can include beach, safari, culture, city, festivals, train travel, surfing, whale watching, hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting. The hill country is one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka if the outdoors is your idea of a great family getaway, and here at Living Heritage Koslanda, we will happily assist you with advice on what to see and do in Sri Lanka with kids.
Meantime we’ve rounded up our Top 10 things to do with kids who have a spirit of adventure and we hope you’ll agree that Living Heritage Koslanda is one of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka for families with a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors.
Toasting Marshmallows by a Bonfire
A beautiful roaring bonfire on a clear starry night; Parents can enjoy a cocktail under the canopy of stars, whilst the kids can roast marshmallow and share stories of the day – and we all know that even grown up children love a marshmallow roast!
“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives” Cybele Tomlinson
Today marks one of the most important days of the universal calendar; it’s the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and a day declared ‘International Yoga Day’ by the UN back in 2014.
In Sanskrit, the word yoga comes from the root ‘yuj’ which most commonly means ‘to add’ or ‘to join’/unite’, or ‘to attach’. This ancient practice first came to the attention of an educated western public in the mid-19th century, but it was only in the 1980s, that it really became a popular physical exercise across the Western world.
Yoga generally speaking in Asian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core; closely related to Hindu based philosophies.
A Sri Lankan Brinjal (a longer, more slender and lighter purple relative of the European aubergine or eggplant) Moju (pickle) takes various forms in local cuisine; the Malays have a traditional version closer to a pickle while other Sri Lankans like the Sinhalese and Tamils turn out a dish closer to a thick, sticky curry often served as a side dish or salad. Ours takes inspiration of the best brinjal mojus we’ve tasted from across the island and makes for a perfect side dish that goes well with steamed white or red rice and other meat and vegetable dishes.
Best eaten soon after it’s cooled down, this keeps well refrigerated for up to a week. You can adjust the amount of chili according to your preference, but the secret to a great Brinjal Moju is in the sweetness that the added sugar brings.
Interested in trying out the recipe yourself? Read on
While our friends in the western world are accustomed to having their beets roasted whole, blended into a classic soup or as part of an energy boosting smoothie, we Sri Lankan islanders love our beetroot in a curry.
Low in fat, full of nutrients and packed with powerful antioxidants, a beetroot curry is a regular feature in a rice and curry spread. It’s earthy charm, and bright purple-red colour lights up a rice and curry table like no other curry – and best of all for western friends, the traditional Sri Lankan curry keeps spice at a minimum in this one, highlighting and retaining its delicious but distinctive flavor Available year round, the beetroot curry is one of our favorites and a must-try while at Living Heritage Koslanda, and one we most definitely can include in our Sri Lanka cooking classes for our guests.
Exciting news for Australians, as Sri Lankan Airlines announce a direct, non-stop flight between Melbourne and Colombo. From 29th October, 2017 Sri Lankan Airlines will be commencing daily flights from Melbourne to the island’s capital thus cutting down on travel time, and offering a much more convenient travel route for Australians wishing to visit our beautiful island. For more information you can contact the airline, or read more about the upcoming service via the Australian Business Traveller article. Happy Flying!
It’s not summer without Mangoes and in Sri Lanka, our love of mangoes is centuries, if not thousands, of years old. In fact, our capital’s name (Colombo) is said to be derived from the Sinhala description of mango trees; ‘Kola Amba’, or green mango of which trees in their dozens were said to have lined the paths of the city where the island’s earliest invader’s first set foot.
As we enter June, we get full swing into the island’s seasonal best and most favored of fruit; sticky sweet and sour mangosteens, hairy yet luscious rambutans, and the pulpy goodness of mangoes in all shapes and sizes.
Turtles are among the earth’s most ancient creatures, having lived on our planet for millennia, since the time of the dinosaurs. They play a vital role in our ecosystems, yet many turtle and tortoise species have been hunted to the brink of extinction (for food, traditional medicine and pets), have suffered habitat destruction, global warming, disease and other threats.In honor of World Turtle Day, we look at the sea turtles that brace our shores and remind you to be kind to these laid-back sea creatures, without whom our world wouldn’t be the same.
Sea turtles return to the same nesting grounds at which they were born. When females come to the shore they dig out a nest in the ground with their back flippers, bury their clutch of eggs, sometimes up to a hundred or more, before returning to the ocean. The south of Sri Lanka, from Hikkaduwa to Tangalle has been popular for turtle sightings since the 1980s. The coast is dotted with ‘turtle hatcheries’, which tend to be little more than dreadful tourist traps, where the welfare of wildlife is never at the forefront of the owners minds, so do be wary. Read on to the bottom of the blog for link to what Responsible Travel suggest you ask before visiting anyone associated with Turtle Tourism.
You’re never far from wildlife at Living Heritage Koslanda (LHK), a boutique eco-hotel located in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Hills. In the daytime, toque macaques hang out in the jackfruit and kumbuk trees, peacocks strut around the lawns and even the occasional wild elephant drops by. At night, while you’re tucked up under your duvet enjoying a respite from the heat of Colombo, the calls of frogs and barking deer punctuate the background hum of cicadas.
Between the 1880s and 1950s, the 80-acre site on which Living Heritage now stands was a plantation, growing first tea and then coffee, rubber and pepper. In the decades since it was abandoned, secondary forest has grown up, which is attracting increasingly rich wildlife. Around 15 species of reptiles, more than 25 species of birds and some 10 species of bats are frequent visitors. (more…)
In Sri Lanka the month of May brings with it shifting seasons; namely, thundering South West monsoon rains,the calling of the seas in the East Coast, and the commemoration of the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha during Vesāk, which this year falls on the Full Moon Day of 10th May, and celebrations are continued to the Day after Full Moon.
Almost overnight, Colombo transforms into a glamorous and sparkly seaside capital, with every corner of the city dressed in lights, lanterns, ‘thoranas’ (pandals) and dansals (free food stalls), which attract thousands of Buddhist devotees from all parts of the island.
While travelers to Sri Lanka shift their gaze towards the island’s East C oast, which now become flat and glass-like, or to Arugam Bay for world class surfing, the onset of the South West monsoon begins usually over the days leading and following Vesāk. (more…)