Sri Lanka, the green pearl

Among the nicknames of Sri Lanka, “Green Pearl of the Indian Ocean” seems to be the most appropriate
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The Photographic Tour

A tropical island that for centuries is attracting travel- ers with its atmosphere dense of spirituality and serenity. Among the nicknames of Sri Lanka, “Green Pearl of the Indian Ocean” seems to be the most appropriate.

The teardrop-shaped island, located off the southeast- ern coast of India, once known as Ceylon, is hidden like a treasure that has to be discovered. Fascinating and spectacular, for everyone represents the perfect destination to combine nature and traditions which both are still strongly connected in its people.

Golden beaches surrounded by endless coconut plantations, long waves breaking slowly on the coast, the mountains immersed into the mist from which suddenly open up breathtaking views, mighty elephants and giant whales that can be seen without difficulty, green plantations of fine Ceylon tea, a glorious past and dif- ferent cultures that blend with each other are the thou- sands of colorful and varied facets of this fascinating island. 

Wisdom can be found travelling
— Sri Lankan Proverb
 
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Green Lands

Sri Lanka is a country rich in natural beauty, thanks to the tropical rains and the warm rays of the sun, make it a fertile and lush place, rich in plant and animal species. This unspoiled island’s landscape with a red earth and a blue sky, changes from to north to south as if you are crossing a thousand countries.

Gravel roads with a thick vegetation that looks like the jungle, alternate to colorful hills with green expanses of tea plantations while along the white sandy shores shaped by the wind, the color of the sea turns from turquoise to dark blue and blending with the sky. Green fields stretch as far as the eye can see until you lose its tracks along the horizon. 

 
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Sri Lankan Workers

The charm of Sri Lanka lies in the dusty streets that flood during the first monsoon rain, in the cracked walls, in the western-looking advertising billboards, in buses whizzing around and in smiling people that populate every street corner at any time of the day.

Even just walking through these streets, among women who walk with umbrella for protection from the sun and men who are quickly going to work in the fields, you can feel the joy and happiness that these people can give. Smiles, gentle eyes and shaking hands help you to rediscover those values at every Western people may have forgotten. Different language, religion and culture are able to coexist in harmony as the colors of this little paradise. Just for meeting people of Sri Lanka is defi- nitely worth a trip to this island. 

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Wilderness

Even if is such a modest size island, Sri Lanka offers an incredible variety of natural environments where you can find a wide range of living beings. Even those who are not so interested in nature can not be indifferent to the landscapes that you can see in this green pearl. Herds of elephants, deer and elk inhabit the inner lands while the ocean, that bathes the island, is surrounded by a beautiful reef, which, as well as being home to many colorful fish, is the home of large cetaceans such as whales and dolphins.

To preserve forests and protect the natural habitats of these animals, Sri Lanka has established several national parks and protected areas to allow everyone to explore the island and discover nature and all its wonders through binoculars or cameras. 

 

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Fishermen

Among the many methods you can use for fishing, the Sri Lankan fishermen’s style is certainly the most fascinating and spectacular. The men throw their reeds at dawn and sunset, sitting on a vertical stick fixed into the bottom of the sea, not far from the shore, patiently awaiting the arrival of the fish.

The art of fishing on stilts requires a large dose of patience and endurance. Once the fishermen have learned to maintain balance on the wooden stick, they must wait for the fish quietly for several hours in complete silence. Motor boats and divers are likely to hinder the fishing activities and leave entire families without dinner. 

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