The Museum Directory In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has its recorded history for more than 2500 years to the past. The modern society has evolved through this rich culture, poetry, agriculture, arts and crafts of the ancients. The preservation of these ancient artefacts and knowledge has been given the prominence by the Sri Lankan authorities.

Blue Ceylon is glad to present you the modern list of updated Directory of valuable and exciting Museums in Sri Lanka, where this is the one-stop site for the travellers, students and researchers to surf the contact information of the Sri Lankan Museums.

Let’s check the list…….

National Museums

  1. Colombo National Museum
  2. Kandy National Museum
  3. National Buddhist Museum
  4. Rathnapura National Museum
  5. Galle National Museum
  6. National Museum of Natural History Museum

Historical Museums

Cultural and Heritage Museums

  1. Dalada Maligawa Museum 
  2. Koggala Folk Museum (Martin Wickramasinghe Museum)
  3. Amblangoda Mask Museum 
  4. Walisinghe Harischandra Museum
  5. Jayawardena Cultural Center Museum
  6. Magampura Ruhuna Heritage Museum
  7. Weera Puran Appu Museum
  8. Folk Museum Anuradhapura
  9. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Museum
  10. Blessed Joseph Vaz Museum, Basilica Church
  11. Ancient Technology Museum

Maritime Museums

  1. Galle Maritime Archeological Museum
  2. Colombo Port Maritime Museum
  3. Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee

Archeological Museums

  1. Anuradhapura Museum 
  2. Buduruwagala Museum
  3. Dambadeniya Museum
  4. Dedigama Museum
  5. Dighavapi Museum
  6. Isurumuniya Museum 
  7. Jaffna Museum
  8. Kandy Museum 
  9. Kasagala Museum
  10. Kasagala Museum
  11. Kotte Museum
  12. Maligawila Museum
  13. Matara Star Fort Museum
  14. Mihintale Museum 
  15. Mulkirigala Museum
  16. Nalanda Museum
  17. Panduwasnuwara Museum
  18. Pidurangala Museum
  19. Puttalam Museum 
  20. Rajanganaya Museum 
  21. Seruwila Museum
  22. Tantirimale Museum
  23. Vavuniya Museum
  24. Vheragala Museum 
  25. Welgam Vehera Musem
  26. Yapahuwa Museum
  27. Yatala Museum

Defence Forces Museums

  1. Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
  2. Hoods Tower Museum
  3. Puthukkudiyiruppu War Museum
  4. Orr’s Hill Army Museum
  5. Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee
  6. Underwater Museum, Galle

Art Museums

  1. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
  2. Wax Museum
  3. Pottery Museum, Kaduwela

Transport Museums

  1. National Railway Museum, Kadugannawa
  2. National Highway Museum
  3. National Railway Museum, Colombo

Currency and Economic Museums

  1. Money and Banking Museum
  2. Economic History Museum

Special/ Uncategorised Museums

  1. National Park Museums
  2. Guruge Nature Park and Museum
  3. Vintage Car Museum
  4. Ceylon Tea Museum
  5. Community Tsunami Education Center & Museum
  6. National Telecommunication Museum
  7. Cricket Museum
  8. Computer Museum, University of Colombo

National Museums

Colombo National Museum

Specialty – Largest museum in Sri Lanka

Location – Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 07

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 694366

Kandy National Museum

Specialty – Collection of various valuable historical items from the Kandyan era

Location – Kandy

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 81 2223867 

National Buddhist Museum

Specialty – History of world Buddhism

Location – Hemamali Mawatha, Kandy

Opening Days – Open on all days

Opening Hours – 8.00am to 7.00pm

Contact Details – Face book Page –  0094 812 236 202

Rathnapura National Museum

Specialty – prehistoric archaeological inventions, natural heritage, geological, anthropological, zoological artifacts and models related to the Sabaragamuva Province

Location – Rathnapura

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm (Closed until further notice for renovations – Updated on – 23/Feb/2020)

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 452 222 451

Galle National Museum

Specialty – Object archaeological and anthropological objects inherited in Southern region, Dutch arms and weapons

Location – Church Street, Galle fort, Galle

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 912 232 051

National History of Natural History

Specialty – Specimens of flora and fauna in Sri Lanka/ Geological specimens

Location – Colombo National museum premises

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 694366


Historical Museums

Dutch Period Museum

Specialty – Artifacts of Dutch who ruled the coastal areas of Sri Lanka

Location – Prince Street, Colombo 

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays (Closed until further notice for renovations – Updated on – 23/Jan/2020)

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 500.pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 448 466

Historical Mansion

Specialty – Rare antiques from all the colonial eras in Sri Lanka. Jewelry, furniture, pottery and Arts

Location – 31, 39 Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort, Galle.

Opening Days – Open all 7 days except public and government holidays and on Fridays from 12.00pm to 2.00pm

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 6.00pm

Contact Details – 0094 77 792 1555

Independence Memorial Museum

Specialty – Documents, Bio sketches of national heroes and many related items to the Independence in Sri Lanka

Location – 7 Independence Ave, Colombo

Opening Days – Closed on Sundays and Monday, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 112 691 825

National Postal Museum

Specialty – Exhibits and artefacts of the Sri Lankan Postal history

Location – W A D Ramanayake Mawatha, Colombo 1

Opening Days – Closed on Saturdays and Sundays, Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – Face Book Page – 0094 112 328 301


Cultural and Heritage Museums

Dalada Maligawa Museum (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic)

Specialty – Arts, Jewellery, and crafts represent the Kandyan heritage  

Location – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic premises, Kandy

Opening days – 365 days excluding April 13th, 14th and 15th

Opening hours – 7.00am to 7.00pm (No entry after 6.30pm)

Contact Details – www.sridaladamaligawa.lk – 0094 812 234 226

Koggala Folk Museum (Martin Wickramasinghe Museum)

Specialty – Artifacts of the local culture and local literature

Location – Koggala

Opening Days –  365 days excluding April 13th, 14th 

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – www.martinwickramasinghe.info – 0094 912 283 427

Amblangoda Mask Museum (Ariyapala Mask Museum) 

Specialty – Traditional Masks of Sri Lanka, Artifacts and a Library

Location – Ambalangoda

Opening Days – 365 days open

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Details – Face Book Page – 0094 912 258 373 

Walisinghe Harischandra Museum

Specialty – Furniture, Diaries and Books of a social reformer, historian and author 

Location- Negambo

Opening Days – Closed on all public and mercantile holidays and all Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays are closed.  

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact – Face Book Page – 0094 312 233 644

Jayawardena Cultural Center Museum

Specialty – Personnel collection of former president J.R Jayawrdena

Location – Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7

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Contact Detail – 0112 695 084 – www.jrjc.lk

Magampura Ruhuna Heritage Museum

Specialty – Natural and Cultural heritage of the Southern parts in Sri Lanka

Location – Hambantota 

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Contact Detail – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 472 222 366

Weera Puran Appu Museum

Specialty – Preserved personnel belongings of a National Hero

Location – Moratuwa

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Contact Detail – 0094 772 909 798 

Folk Museum Anuradhapura

Specialty – Traditional objects and tools 

Location – Anuradhapura

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Contact Detail – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 252 234 624

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Museum

Specialty – Valuable items, documents, audio and video of the Bandaranayake family

Location – Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7

Opening Dates – Closed on Mondays and all public holidays

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Detail – www.swrdbandaranaike.lk – 0094 112 691 131

Blessed Joseph Vaz Museum, Basilica Church

Specialty – Artefacts reflects the history of the Basilica Church Ragama

Location – Tewatta Road, Ragama

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Contact Detail – www.nationalbasilica.com – 0094 112 958 211

Ancient Technology Museum

Specialty – Ancient technological tools, artefacts and features represents the early cultures and socities

Location – Ancient Technological Museum, Polonnaruwa

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours – From 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – www.ceylonteamuseum.com –  0094 272 057 336,


Maritime Museums

Galle Maritime Archeological Museum

Specialty – Biological and Anthropological items and models of Southern coastal area

Location – Queens Street, Galle Fort, Galle

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours – From 8.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – www.museum.gov.lk – 0094 912 245 254

Colombo Port Maritime Museum

Specialty – A former dutch prison converted in to a museum to hold artefacts and sculptures represent historical port in the country

Location – Chaithya Rd, Colombo 1

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours –  From 8.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – 0094 112 421 201

Maritime and Naval History Museum, Trincomalee

Specialty – Maritime History and local naval history of Sri Lanka

Location – Lavender Ln, Trincomalee

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Contact Detail – Face Book Page – 0094 262 222 763


Archeological Museums

Concat –

Department of Archaeology
Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha,
Colombo – 07,
Sri Lanka.
    
Phone : +94 11 2692840, +94 11 2692841
Fax : +94 11 2696250
Email : info@archaeology.gov.lk

Anuradhapura Museum 

Buduruwagala Museum

Dambadeniya Museum

Dedigama Museum

Dighavapi Museum

Isurumuniya Museum 

Jaffna Museum

Kandy Museum 

Kasagala Museum

Kasagala Museum

Kotte Museum

Maligawila Museum

Matara Star Fort Museum

Mihintale Museum 

Mulkirigala Museum

Nalanda Museum

Panduwasnuwara Museum

Pidurangala Museum

Puttalam Museum 

Rajanganaya Museum 

Seruwila Museum

Tantirimale Museum

Vavuniya Museum

Vheragala Museum 

Welgam Vehera Musem

Yapahuwa Museum

Yatala Museum


Defence Forces Museums

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum

Specialty – Artefacts related to the Air Force of Sri Lanka

Location –  Colombo International Airport Ratmalana (CIAR)

Opening Dates – Closed on Mondays and , Public and government holidays

Opening Hours – From 8.30am to 4.30pm

Contact Detail – www.airforcemuseum.lk – 0094 772 444 445

Hoods Tower Museum

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Puthukkudiyiruppu War Museum

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Orr’s Hill Army Museum

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Underwater Museum, Galle

Specialty – A museum run by Navy, can explore underwater sculptures, corals and rich marine life.

Location – Galle

Opening Dates – Open on all 365 days

Opening Hours – N/A

Contact Detail – 0912 267 134


Art Museums

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Specialty – Exhibits the history of arts which is relevant and unique to Sri Lanka

Location – Lauries Rd, Colombo 4

Opening Dates – Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Hours – Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Friday from 11.00am to 8.00pm

Contact Detail – mmca-srilanka.orginfo@mmca-srilanka.org

Wax Museum, Polonnaruwa

Specialty – Wax sculptures of famous leaders after post independent in Sri Lanka

Location – Ancient Technological Museum, Polonnaruwa

Opening Dates – Open all days except Government Public Holidays

Opening Hours – From 9.00am to 5.00pm

Contact Detail – www.ceylonteamuseum.com –  0094 272 057 336,

Pottery Museum, Kaduwela

Specialty – Pottery in Sri Lanla

Location – New Kandy Road, Biyagama

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Transport Museums

National Railway Museum, Kadugannawa

Specialty – Many old locomotives, carriages, Machineries, and Equipments related to Railway History in Sri Lanka

Location – Kadugannawa

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Contact Detail – www.railway.gov.lk

National Highway Museum

Specialty – Former construction equipment such as stone road rollers, steam road rollers, oil road rollers, tar boilers, coal scales, road signs

Location – Kiribathkumbura

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Contact Detail – Face Book page

National Railway Museum, Colombo

Specialty – Former construction equipment such as stone road rollers, steam road rollers, oil road rollers, tar boilers, coal scales, road signs

Location – Olcott Mawatha, Colombo 1

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Contact Detail –  – 0094 112 421 281


Currency and Economic Museums

Money and Banking Museum

Specialty – Currency and coins in Sri Lanka (Current and Historic) Open air balcony with 360 degrees view in Colombo

Location – BOC Square, Colombo

Opening Dates – Special prior approval has to be taken before visits (Maximum 50 pax a tour)

Opening Hours – Special prior approval has to be taken before visits (Maximum 50 pax a tour)

Contact Detail – web.boc.lk – 0094 112 205 350

Economic History Museum

Specialty – Sri Lanka’s rich and diverse economic journey, Coins from kingdom eras

Location – Chatham Street, Colombo

Opening Dates – Open from Monday to Friday except Public and Bank holidays)

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 4.15pm

Contact Detail – cbsl.gov.lk – 0094 114 387 405


Special/ Uncategorised Museums

National Park Museums

Specialty –  These small museums exhibits the flora and fauna related to the National Park and the region.

Location – Most of the National Parks have their own museums

Opening Dates – Open on all 365 days

Opening Hours – 6.00am to 6.00pm

Contact Detail – www.dwc.gov.lk – 0094 112 888 585

Guruge Nature Park Museum

Specialty – Consists a Sri Lankan Traditional village model, Sculptures represent the history of Sri Lanka and many more religious and historical sculptures apart from the amusement rides

Location – Kandana – Ganemulla Road, Ja-Ela

Opening Dates – Open everyday

Opening Hours – 9.00am to 6.00pm

Contact Detail – gurugepark.com – 0094 112 247 697

Vintage Car Museum

Specialty – Amazing unique car collection of vintage automobiles

Location – Kithulgala

Opening Dates – Prior arrangements has to be done

Opening Hours – Prior arrangements has to be done

Contact Detail – www.trioresorts.com – 0094 778 084 820

Ceylon Tea Museum

Specialty – Very old tools and Machines which used to make Tea in the colonial era.

Location – Hantana, Kandy

Opening Dates – Closed on Mondays & Poya day falling weekdays

Opening Hours – Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30am to 13.45pm and Sunday from 8.30am to 13.00pm

Contact Detail – www.ceylonteamuseum.com – 0094 814 946 737

Community Tsunami Education Center & Museum

Specialty – Memories of the 2004 Tsunami which was effected Asia and the an effort to educate the community

Location – Galle Road, Hikkaduwa

Opening Dates – All 365 days

Opening Hours – From 8.00am to 8.00pm

Contact Detail – Face Book Page – 0094 777 316 664

National Telecommunication Museum

Specialty – Collection of communications items and about the Sri Lanka’s telecommunications industry

Location – Meepe, Padukka

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Contact Details – www.slt.lk – 0094 112 859 666

Cricket Museum

Specialty – Trophies and all the items reflects proud Sri Lankan cricket history

Location – 35 Maitland Pl, Colombo 7

Opening Dates – Open only Monday to Saturday except public and government holidays

Opening Hours – From 10.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – Face Book Page – 0094 112 681 601 – 4

Computer Museum, University of Colombo

Specialty – Commemoration of 100 years of the establishment of the faculties of science and arts of the UoC

Location – UCSC Building Complex, 35 ,Reid Avenue, Colombo 7

Opening Dates – Special Vitual Tour

Opening Hours – From 10.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Details – emuseum.ucsc.cmb.ac.lk – 0094 112 581 245 – 7


Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

The Blue Team

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The Forgotten Lesson | How to Recover Your Business with Domestic Tourists?

The well-known Tourism industry has its roots over almost all industries in the world. That’s one of the reasons that it is connected to everyone’s lives and that’s why they travel. Inbound and outbound travels has its own differences and unique characteristics. However it does matter to destinations when certain situation develops or repeats. Either it’s a disturbing and fearsome terrorist attack, a global pandemic, an economic recession or a simple repetitive reason like the seasonality; the travellers number fluctuation will happen while impacting the core business.

Most of the DMCs and operators, specially SMEs are highly depending on the government or authorities promotion tools which is an common factor. True, benefits of the taxes they paid in the name of tourism has to be utilised. In the long run, this method is very effective and economical where the inbound tourist to the country will be shared by the ability of each operator.

Flash Back

Looking at the past disturbing incidents in the world, such as the Brussels bombings, Sri Lanka Easter Sunday attack or the France attack: There were different trends in recovering. The current Covid-19 has made the whole world clueless with its tentacles wrapping all the continents.  The past lessons and the analysis shows the most effective actions that these countries has taken. After addressing and controlling the immediate security or the threat level of the country, there were many things followed after. Carefully reaching the possible markets, usage of social media, promote heavily but carefully and reduce restrictions were some visible actions from most of the countries. These were aimed at the International tourist, which took time to flourish.

Why the Local Traveller?

The local travellers played a vital role in these situations as they were enjoying the heavy discounts offered by the operators in the industry. It encouraged them to travel to destinations with less expenses. However the cash flow kept the businesses running by supporting the community and their employees. As an example the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, the hotels offer discounts ranging from 50% to 70% on accommodation, which was an another accepted tool which was practiced around the world after a major disturbance in the industry. Many institutes including hotels, restaurants, spas and specially the transport sector  recovered to a certain level without declaring bankruptcy. 

What’s Wrong?

When the wind is in their favor, most of the operators ignore the local traveller as they don’t deliver the expected amount of USD to the business. Focusing on the big fish is becoming the day to day preaching when the foreigners are available. This is highly practiced around highly seasonal areas in regions and the upmarket institutes.  Business perspective, it’s fair by them. Considering the average check and the ARR, it is always appealing to see a larger number. But shouldn’t you have business ethics? Should you have responsibility, relationship and principle towards your countrymen? 

Personal stories and the posts on social media highlights some of the incidents that the local travelers face versus the some operators, where they were ignored and rejected over the foreigners. The disposable income of the locals also differ due to their expectations, so don’t underestimate the spending power of the local tourist.

How to Reward and Retain the Local Traveller?

The local tourist will always travel within the country for different purposes. Irrelevant if its leisure, business, medical, spiritual or  VFR; The local traveller will contribute in many ways. In certain areas local travelers could be the number one contributor to Pro Poor Tourism. Even for SMEs. The cash that will be injected and circulated to the tourism industry is considerably high by these transactions. So why waste the opportunity? 

6 ways to appreciate the local Tourist while gaining the benefits

Giving Discounts When Possible

Without compromising your high demand products and services on the high season, always look for opportunities to reward the local traveler. Guess what, you are spending on your direct marketing. Just add that discounts to your marketing expense and see how much you have spent vs what you get. The locals will talk about your services. They will become the ambassadors of your property. You will receive more local guest to experience your services. Since it local it is easy to travel, they don’t have to pay for an expensive flight seat.

Pricing Structure

There are negative and positive perspective about having two different pricing structures for locals and foreigners. However, be careful when introducing or changing your pricing strategies of your product or services. Do not harm the flow or the behaviour of the local tourists. 

Create a Loyalty Free Scheme

No need to invest on an expensive system or paperwork implement this. Recognize your customers, offer them services. Everyone likes to be recognized than the other. That’s human psychology. Look in to your past records, analyse them and train your staff to focus on developing your local customer base. This could be interpreted as taking care your guest with extending value added service and products. Give information, create the environment and accommodate special requests.

Do Not Discriminate

Do not decide your guest by the look. It could be anybody. There can be foreign passport holders who pays less and locals who pays more. All are travellers. Everybody is there to taste your amazing food or to feel the hospitality that you offer. So do not discriminate the local traveller by saying this property is “Foreigners Only”. Refusing to give the services to any guest without a valid reason is a legitimate concern of the courts too.

Offer the Same Service

This could be the most recorded concern of local tourists. Differentiation of the guest will lead to a conflict. The owners and the company might have a fair understanding about the situation but it has to be conversed to the employees who offers the products and the services. Under the operational restrictions, always willing to offer all the available services to all the guests in the property is a another way to respect your guest.

Social Media Updates

Let the domestic travellers receive your pics and stories to know your product. The reach is very important. They will be the first to come to your property to try your new dish or your innovative cocktail. Try to include the local tourist in your stories. There is no other person to describe the destination and the attractions to the world in your region, and your company. 

Let’s Explore Sri Lanka

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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Do You Boast About Tourism Development? | Care to Support?

From natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic wars to pandemic biological disasters; the tourism industry has suffered enough of the negative impacts over the centuries. Still what we are struggling to describe is the movement of people for a reason, which was practiced well over even during the Egyptians who had tour guide services or hosting a river cruise dinner couple of thousands of years ago. 

The 21st century was not limited to none other than the economic aspects when travelling.

1.5 billion tourist has travelled the surface of the earth in 2019, where they have contributed 2.893billon USD just because they are travelling which was boosted after the Wright Brothers invention. 

Traveling is Everything

In the modern day with the wealth that the world community willing to spend and contribute, can support in many ways from changing the poverty and to uplift the sustainability of the world. To balance off the current world requirement , there is always a price tag. However, being the conscious traveler why not support the local tourism which will enhance the global tourism with its local ambassadors in this much needed time? 

Let’s see what you can really do to uplift the local tourism.

Plan local

There can be astonishing destinations within the country that you are craving to travel by simply triggered by some Instagram pics. You might have a real urgency to tick off international destinations, but are you sure that you can do it right now? 

Well, explore the local destinations which will amaze you and will keep your satisfaction alive. This will definitely tick off your bucket list of local destinations which will help to circulate money within the local community too. 

Travel Local

Who does not like a comfy ride? From a limousine to average car would fulfil the need of a traveller to get to a destination. Support the local providers: tuk tuks, rickshaws to canoes and boats will give you life time experience while contributing to the individual local operators. Do not miss the Sri Lanka unique train experience by any cost.

Choose your travelling mode carefully while your travelling locally. It could be the cheapest way too.

Buy local

Despite you’re a Business, Solo, Family, bag backer or a corporate traveler you will be asked or directed to certain entities to purchase your requirements. True enough, what they are trying to show you the best option. 

But, thinking in a global scale, sustainability has its own definitions. One would be supporting the local community. 

By buying local goods such as local vegetables, local fruits and herbs might bring you the best taste of local delicacies ever. Local vendors prices can be tricky but most of the time it can be less than the super markets that you visit. Try to purchase local if you are a responsible traveler who look forward to support the local tourism.

Here is list for you, if your thinking what to buy local.

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Spices and Herbs
  • Meat and Fish
  • Locally produced Clothes (Handmade most of the time)
  • Locally produced Accessories (Avoid exotic or animal products)
  • Hand Crafts (Represents and unique to its native culture)
  • Paintings
  • Jewellery and Gems

Taste local

You might not find the best steak house with your favorite wine when you travel overseas. Unless your that high spender seeking the specific and expensive experience, try out the local cuisines. Every continent has its unique flavor in the food, the question is how ready are you to try the best (literary) authentic flavors of the world?

Do not hesitate to select a local restaurant, food outlet to try the local delicacies. You know what?, you are supporting the local vendors and the tourism during your stay. Spending your money in a local eat house while having the great local experience will support the local operators to breath in this crucial time.

The True Local Cuisines

Stay Local 

Have you saved a lot money for your next trip? Do you want to post your dollary moment in your Instagram? Yes you can. But, the world now a days has converted to the means of sustainability. Staying local can be another way that you can support the global cause. From Airbnb to any given platform, there will be local accommodation to suite your satisfaction. 

The global economic has disturbed the economy from the rich to poor. So when your travelling why not you support the local tourism while grabbing the best for what you spend? Well, your Instagram won’t be idle with the breath taking and secret sights that you experience around your private local accommodation.

Local Hideouts Can Be So Homely and Comfortable

Live Local and Talk About It

Adopting to the local culture can bring you lot of benefits while travelling. Specially in Sri Lanka, the local community is willing to share their culture with the visitors which has been there form the beginning of the race. Try living one of the different cultures which is not familiar to you to understand the world in a different way. You are supporting the local tourism and the culture by experiencing and sharing your experience when you travel back to your region and boast about it. By the awareness that you create of the local community’s will bring back more wealth and treasure to the locals that you cannot hardly imagine.

Voluntourism

It has many dimensions and justifications. Some might do it to uplift their community engagement to retain the reputation or to reflect the worthiness of the crown from the recent pageant. But as a responsible traveller their are ways that you can support the local tourism and the community. When the passion of a volunteer mixed while travelling can initiate great causes which will help the local tourism.

Contribute

Contributing cash might sounds like absurd while travelling as you have allocated your budget to the last dollar. Some part of the worlds or locally, contribution is a common thing. It might come in as like tipping or just donating. Any way be careful about the scammers and rippers.

How ever the community who deserves your support will be there always. Not to forget, they also have gone through the rough times that you had gone through, a little support to the deserved wouldn’t cost much. Most of the times they stand with you to make your trip a valuable one.


Even if you don’t realise, you are in the great cycle of the travel and tourism industry. Your small amount of disposable cash can make difference to an immersing or an effected tourism community.

Plan, Travel, Buy, Taste, Stay and Live Local when you travel.

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Covid Bored? | Join the Force

The new Corona Virus pandemic has changed the attributes of the Global working force as almost everyone cannot live the regular office day. It has taken different forms such as Work from home, E-learning/Teaching, Remote work, Work online etc. You might already missing your fellow commuters to work and your work colleagues during this isolation. 

However there are more things that you can do to keep yourself accompanied with the free time you have after completing your daily work at home. Definitely you will have more time to spare during these days, even you are saving the travelling time and even the office lunch.  

This is an opportunity to change yourself with the global turnaround while staying at home. Not that your new Tv series, Play-station or the never ending Tv channels will help you to pass the day, by adopting these will lead into to a new life style that you might continue even after the Covid-19 shutdown.

Gardening

This stress reliving hobby will give you a lot of benefits. Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak the world has met the ultimate economic nightmare, where there are questions of survival of the mankind. Most of the governments are encouraging their citizens to grow at home to produce whatever they can. 

There are enough of social media influence and online help to you to start your garden even if you haven’t done it before or even with your previous busy work schedule. Plan your space, what your grow and other infrastructure. It is important to have a separate time to work at your garden which should be listed on your daily schedule. 

Don’t forget, you will harvest what you grow!!!

Art and Creations

This could be the ideal time to start your long forgotten golden ideas and projects. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Building, Inventing or Creating of your choice needs some detail attention. Kick starting your old hobbies might direct you or starting something new will keep your mind active and take you somewhere. 

There can be barriers of getting the needed raw materials for your Arts and Creations, but you will find something to enhance your skills during this period until the shops open and continue. You will be able to continue these even during the regular holidays after the shutdown.

If there is will there is a way!!!

Focus on your health

May be you are another victim of this isolation period that you cannot feel your beloved Gym equipment. It’s sad to be away from your favorite jogging track and from your swimming lane. If you are an above average work out enthusiast, you will know how to keep your body in shape during these days. 

Not to worry, there are enough of ways to keep yourself engaged when you’re at home. Find the ultimate website or app for cardio exercises which requires very less equipment. Your flexibility, Strength, Balance and your Endurance will increase by doing cardio for couple of minutes. This will help to kill your boring time at home and again to keep yourself healthy. 

Another healthy way is to learn and practice Yoga. There are enough of online Yoga classes and sessions you follow even if you are new to this, or you can surf the good old You tube. Select a time in the day which will not disturb your work.

Any way, you need to find a way to burn those calories that you gained on the couch while watching TV.

So Make every workout count!!!

Gather Knowledge

While surfing the internet to please your senses and your emotions, allocate sometime to gather new knowledge too. Reading articles, magazines and publications or watching videos to enhance your knowledge related your industry/ work is one of the things that you can do at home on these less working days. Challenge your self and take some available online courses too.

Sharing the gathered knowledge via different platforms to your close communities also will generate further motivation for your hunt.

Remember, Knowledge is Power!!!

Thinking of Starting a Business?

It’s high time to pull out your buried business plan and activate. It could be anything from an online retail business to a medium size business to your choice. Connect with your partners, modify and update the plan, do research and work out the finances during this period will help you to take a boost towards the new business.

There are enough of support on the internet and even you can connect live with a specialized consultants to make your new dream come through.

A big business starts small!!!

Joining the Online Global Work Force

If you have what it takes, there are ample of opportunities on the internet to earn more revenue. These can be specialized areas for certain entities that provides work.  The range of work can be wide from freelancing, translating, building websites, blogging and a whole lot of them. 

It’s an good path way if you have not entered the regular work force or even for the other employees, but make sure that you avoid conflict of interest and perform your primary work without any disturbance. So manage your time since you have more now. 

Great things needs great minds!!!

Use your precious time wisely and invest your time for your future benefit. The Covid-19 has taught so many lessons to the world as well as threatened the whole human kind, so why not we grab the given opportunities to make the world a better place?


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What’s after Covid-19? | The Sri Lankan Revolution

The recent Covid-19 was an eye opener for most nationalities and countries. The world wide death toll has come to 78,000 (07-April-2020) and its inclining by the minute. The number of the infected and the deaths, are rapidly increasing throughout the continents.

See the Latest Global Covid-19 Updates

What happened?

Shutting down all travel and supply chains was a massive hit to all the countries where it was a shock that anyone could not absorb either sort. Even the strongest economies such as U.S and the Europe was uprooted effortlessly by the Covid-19. The job market distress and the rapid decline of the stock markets followed by this economic feaster.

Most of the professionals and the analysts are forecasting the future with the lessons learnt from the past pandemics and disasters. Many says that this will be worse in months to come where the disease will move in to next levels as the world will not be able operate. 

The Pearl was infected

While in Sri Lanka, the first Covid-19 patient was discovered on 10th March and the numbers increased as expected. As per the Health Promotion Bureau, currently there are 185 confirmed cases and 6 unfortunate deaths (upto 07-April-2020)

See the Latest Covid-19 Sri Lankan Updates

During this period, several parts of the country were under the curfew and lately the whole country was. All the citizens were asked to stay at home to control the severe condition. Several areas were isolated due to the appearance of new cases as the Health Ministry and the Task force to control the situation.

The life style of the Sri Lankans were different after this unexpected time period. The government and the responsible bodies had to evolve to cater all the citizens with maximum impact. Certain trends developed and kept inclining to cater the needs of the “Isolated”. Significant innovations were implemented to the system by the governing bodies for the much needed support. 

New face of the Sri Lankans

The changes happened during the isolation period of Covid-19 were important as a country which was fighting back; not only with the virus but with the system too. Certain existing opportunities were developed and some were newly implemented, where some countries already had and some even not. 

The Delivery

The provision demand of the isolated population was a massive concern with the curfew implemented. Whole sale and the retail businesses were encouraged and formalised to deliver the grocery and other items to the consumer to avoid the main Covid-19 problem, which were mass gatherings.

The ability and the potential of this extent is a great opportunity to all the stakeholders in many ways. The busy commuters will always look to save time in their packed schedule and also the businesses will always have an upper hand to expand the business in multi segments. From fruits and vegetables to domestic Gas was delivered either on demand or not.  Ordering online is not a new thing for the Sri Lankans, but this time it went viral. 

The state and the private pharmacies took the initiative to deliver drugs for the demand by ordering online. Hope it continues even after these devastating times.

The Learning

The closure of the Universities and the schools were a primary decision that most of the governments took to control the damage by the virus. Sri Lankan primary and secondary education faced a massive hit by closing the schools and universities where they did not had the luxury, rather the opportunity to operate online much. Most of the countries practice the online learning platforms in their primary education, where only handful private organizations in Sri Lanka practice the online learning.

After the curfew and the shutdown more organisations moved in to Learning Management Systems and they are trying to look for more avenues to move forward with the online teaching. The private organisations, even the government also forcing themselves to improve the current e-learning platforms to cater the education needs of the country. Now it’s a great opportunity to the education system to rethink and strengthen the system to rebuild and operate even in the future after handling the Covid-19.

More Online

Ceylon tea plays and pays a larger chunk of the country’s GDP. During this pandemic all most all borders were shutdown and caused a full-stop to imports and exports. However the traditional 137 year old Tea Auction went online as a E-auction for the first time with imposed restrictions which secured a huge amount of money. Considering other products like cashew, coconut products and all other exports has the opportunity to discover new dimensions to change and take the country to new heights.

Want to Eat? Why not Grow?

Globally, there are certain unanswered questions regarding the future of the humankind after this eye opening pandemic. The award winning question will be that, how will the energy, specially the food and the necessary goods supply will be sustained in the world? One of the effective options are to encourage yourself to grow food. Self sustain is a must. Sri Lanka is a magnificent sub tropical country in the world which has one of the most fertile lands. It has been proved through decades and centuries of rich culture and history.

The growing trend sparked during the isolation and its inclining. Most of them are pushing their boundaries to self sustain with fruits and vegetables at least. This will lead the country to a maintain healthier citizens and to become financially healthy too. Reducing unnecessary imports and exporting the excess production from the country will not be a dream any more. Not to forget the the Agri tourism and the Green Tourism, who awaits the fruits of this opportunity, to grab.

No Cash

The limited cash handling during the curfew and the isolation period is leading the masses to use more and more online platforms for transactions. It’s the best time to introduce new access or strengthen the available platforms to the public by the service providers, where it seems they are capturing the given opportunity.

This is not new to the world, even to Sri Lanka, but the percentage of the population who uses and the amount of transactions will be increased by embracing and exploring the new opportunities while changing the life styles of the citizens.

What else?

There are many institutional level changes happening within the country as it shows symptoms of a revolution where it might have the courage to change and redirect the country of its course. Irrelevant to the political agendas, the transformation and the revision of the government approach will definitely encourage all the citizens to rethink of the country’s future.

The the emerging inventions and the production of industrial goods were encouraged and practiced. The Covid-19 has given the initiative to the people to come out from the dark to light and to start the walk of their lives.

Sri Lanka is recognised as an award winning Island among the world. The rich resources, culture and the people in this country has driven it to its levels with so many barriers. Not to forget the Easter Sunday attack and the Covid-19 has disturbed the Sri Lankan Economy, several times continuously. The lessons learned will always shape the future by affirming that “Every Cloud has a Silver Lining”.

Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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Legacy of Ceylon Blue Sapphires – Origin from Sri Lanka

One thing that Sri Lanka is famous among the world for the last couple of centuries, are Gems. These expensive and extraordinary stones astonished the merchants from the silk road to the noble Royalties around the world. Sri Lanka is known as “Rathna Dveepa” in local folk lore and in Sri Lankan compositions as it describes as “The Island of Gems”. Through out the years, the Sri Lankan gem industry has produced enormous amount of foreign currency and established the country’s reputation to the climax.

Blue Ceylon & Co. team is always interested on topics that highlights the Sri Lankan legacy.

The Royal Ring

The heritage of the Sri Lankan gems were a part of the Royal family of England and Wales after the engagement of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. It was one of the most talked out rings in the world as currently Princess Kate Middleton is wearing it, which was a family inherit for Prince William. This 12 carat Ceylon blue sapphire mounted ring’s current estimated value is around £300,000. The design of this historical work of art was inspired by one of Queen Elisabeth’s brooch done by Prince Albert on 1840. This Sri Lankan gem was reported all over the world media several times.

  • Weight – 12 Carats
  • Special – Oval shape/ British Royal family signature jewelry
  • Found Location – Rathnapura, Sri Lanka  
  • Current Location – Princess Kate Middleton’s left hand
  • Current Value – £ 300,000

Other famous and recorded largest Ceylon Blue Sapphires in the world


1. The largest Blue Sapphire in the world – Giant of the Orient (Sri Lanka)

  • Weight – 466 Carats
  • Special – Originally 600 Carats
  • Found Location – Rathnapura, Sri Lanka. (1902)
  • Current Location – Unknown (Last seen at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction on 2004)
  • Current Value – $ 15,000,000 (2004)

2. The second largest Blue Sapphire in the world – Logan Blue Sapphire (Sri Lanka)

  • Weight – 422.99 Carats
  • Special – Accompanied by 20 white diamonds/ Size of an egg
  • Found Location – Rathnapura, Sri Lanka. 
  • Current Location – Smithsonian Institution’s Natural Museum of Natural History.
  • Current Value – $ 3,000,000 (2001)

3. The third largest Blue Sapphire in the world – Blue Bella of Asia (Sri Lanka)

  • Weight – 400 Carats
  • Special – Accompanied by 20 white diamonds/ Size of an egg
  • Found Location – Palmadulla, Sri Lanka. 1926.
  • Current Location – Unknown (last seen at Geneva Switzerland, Christie’s Auction, 2014)
  • Current Value – $ 17,564,156 (2014)

Gem Tourism in Sri Lanka

The gem tourism in Sri Lanka is very popular among many international travellers. The quality of the stones are renowned all over the world. The experience at gem mines, gathering knowledge and also acquiring some valuable souvenirs are some of the main highlights of gem tourism in Sri Lanka.

Not only Ceylon Blue Sapphires but various other types of valuable authentic gems are mined in Sri Lanka. Stay tuned for more blogs on different types of gems found in Sri Lanka.

Let’s Explore Sri Lanka!!!

Madushan Jayathilake – The Blue Team

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On the Waters of the Bolgoda Lake – The Flow

Getting to this place was a panic in itself. The online maps showed everything about this place- how to get here and all but the actual surroundings gave you that feeling that you might be lost.

That is, until the open the big brown gate and you saw what the interior looked like.

An open lobby that shows itself to the lake-and what a good view of it. It is not in a small clove or a narrow stretch of water, there is a good view of it all.

A show around of the Marina was given (The Amber Collection). There was a small pool but luxuriously built.
A small bar to get our refreshments and our welcome drink was a nicely made Watermelon juice. No seeds at all unlike some other restaurants that stopped me from drinking this beautiful drink altogether.

I was asked by the mange as to when and where I would like my lunch and when I asked him to look after our experience, he brightened up and said that he will be glad to do so. And a happy “you will be surprised” was added to the end of his conversation.

They showed me my room. Such a glamorous room it is. The fine woodwork and the antique looking plumbing added a seafaring touch to the ambience of the room, and it was nice idea to put the bathtub in the room itself (not in the bathroom where there are no windows) – where there are the windows which overlook the waters of the Bolgoda lake.

Along came lunch

Upon cheek-in, a lunch menu was presented to us. We were asked to mark what we would like to have for lunch from the 3 course (or so I thought when I was ordering – but definitely it was not the fact when I saw how the other tables had received their food).
To me, it seemed as if there was a choice of 2 different Starters (Both vegetarian) or a soup.

Where the other tables got a few course menus, I only got a three course. But I did not complain as each of my 3 courses was flavorful and folly. Frankly, after eating my share, I did not really have the need to eat more.

However, as I sit here, at the dining table, a thought comes to mind. There is a confusion. They thought that we did not ask for dessert. Apparently, you have to physically, verbally and spiritually order the dinner even though it was the only desert item on that three course menu.

Wow here I wait longer for my dinner. It was a good thing that I had asked for it. Else, back to my room not having my sweet tooth satisfied.

My verbal response to all this was, “I am going to mark everything on your menu.” And so I did. On the menu that the captain provided, I’ve even went far to marked the number of dishes. Underlined the menu items. Wrote Exactly how I wanted my beef grilled (which the Captain assured us it was how it was generally cooked).

We hear the boats’ Engine start. The cruise is about to begin. But it seems delayed-most likely they are waiting for my cream caramel to be prepared.

And speak of the devil-here it comes. This chapter has gained its final full stop.

The propellers are a churning

We have started to move. Spoke to the captain and he told us all about the controls in front of him [up on my curious inquisition.)

Did you know that Bolgoda lake is about 3-5m deep at its deepest? It’s not really that deep, is it?
The Chief Engineer confirmed that if you jump into the water, you will only be neck deep but will truly be stuck in the mud because there is a thick layer of it that has settled on the bed; a thick gooey mess of it. I’m not even going to wear a life jacket to swim in this water. And no, I haven’t asked the crew about the possibility of doing so.

So instead, I filled up the bathtub and had a good soak. The only regret is the missing bubble bath solution at the thought that I have a bath bomb at home and it is not being used.

I am fortunate. The amenities within the room are plentiful. Bathroom amenities are complete. You don’t have to bring anything from home. Everything was provided for and of superb quality. This company knows what it needs done when it comes to in-room luxuries.

Well, dinner at 7.30pm, On deck under the stars on the middle of the Bolgoda lake

A four course menus that I have ensured that I have thoroughly marked to reduce or even eliminate miscommunication between us two parties.

Now its time to saw some logs and enjoy a little siesta. Oh, the boat doesn’t feel like a boot at all. It is so stable and so comfortable. Even a person who gets seriously seasick will enjoy this cruise.

A surprising evening snack

Oh what a surprise! The Captain called me up and asked me if I wanted the snack in the room or up on the deck.
Up on the deck is the place to go. Our neighbors, who was also having their evening snack received an unexpected guest, a Pigeon. Upon closer inspection, it was found to be a hand-raised pigeon. It has a blue tag on both feet.
Our waiter returned it back to the wild hoping it will get home safely.

Back to our snack. It was a meal in itself and quite a heavy one at that. I had requested to push the dinner back by one hour. Eating that much and then dipping soon into dinner will be too much than the stomach can handle.

Keep in mind, being the lost traveler, I like these surprises and hope that I can get more with the hopes that they will be extremely accommodating with my requests for change.

So far, so good. A smile on their faces goes a long way and my blindness and their willingness goes hand in hand.

Top class service, by the three on board. The Captain, the Chief Engineer and waiter.

Our bottle of Cognac is well suited to this ship. From being on the water, to the four Course dinner to the wonderful aroma less breeze that moves briskly from port to stern (left to right – please correct me, all you regular sea-going travelers out there).

A calm voyage. I can comfortably say, up to this point, that it is well worth the money that I have spent.

Dinner onboard

The four course dinner menu came and went and it was good but quite heavy. I enjoyed it immensely and that brought in a deep sleep soon

A Bit of fishing

6.30 am brought us a preplanned call from our Captain that the fishing boat was ready.

A small little boat took us to a small island that our boatman rowed us to. A fishing rod node of Kithul wood with a fishing line and hook was arranged for us. The bait that he used was pieces of bread rolled and then placed on the end of a hook. Took a bit of time to get the feel of the casting the line but I got used to it and it was such an entertaining experience. From being so low and close to the water to waiting by a mangrove where the fish lived in numbers got me to catch 2 fish, which we released back onto the water.

After about an hour and a half of fishing we headed back to the Marina’s Doc but the house boat had already left for its morning cruise. we had to wait for a bit. They were in the process of loading up breakfast and it was this speedboat that they used to take us back to the house boat.

After about 5 minute of freshening up, it was upstairs again for breakfast. They started with a fruit platter at then went on to a very interesting bowl of mango cereal. You will have to try it to experience it. There are a few to many details here that I will omit just to make sure you can judge based on your own experience a rather than relying on my words. Just like how you would like your eggs. They are one of the most versatile food items known to man and each will have their own opinion as to how it ought to be cooked.

They’re bringing it in

It was a bit after breakfast when the Captain announced that the houseboat is going in for Docking. It was a good stay and a recommendation goes out for all who want to experience it.

Yes, it is on the pricey side but you won’t get an experience like this anywhere else and its worth putting a few 10 grands aside and experience this.

All I asked Blue Ceylon was to get me on a course and that’s what they did.

Maybe a rainy day won’t hurt the trip except for the bit of fishing, but the rain drops across the vast lake would look really good.

Boat docked, we checked out and it is just the drive on hard tarmac back home to look forward to.

Blue Ceylon looked after. They can look after you.I decided to go in blind and cumbersome as it is, it was an experience. Or you could ask all the questions you need and enjoy every single minute of your ride as the Amber Flow at Bolgoda.

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