- Babies released into the wild
30th July - 3rd August
- Hikkaduwa Festival
7th - 17th August
- Kandy Esala Perahera
-World Spice Festival
- Sri Lanka Marathon
10th - 13th October
- SriLankan Golf Classic
8 baby elephants released into the wild.
The six males and two female baby elephants namely, Asha, Marga, Atlas, Nalaka, Tharos, Baby Blue, Minoli, and Senani, are not ordinary little wild elephants who roam with the big ones. They are special, at least to the Wild Life Department because they rescued, nurtured and rared them to be strong to face the wild when time to come. Out of the eight elephants, Six of them were rescued in 2004 from pits and canals.
Department of wildlife conservation is the leading government organization responsible for Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka.
Today, Department of Wildlife Conservation manages 21 National parks which has good protection and unique ecosystem for living organism.
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) is also a Wild Animal Hospital managed by Department of Wildlife conservation. It was built in south-western corner of Udawalawe tank in 1995, and it was a part of the Udawawe Nation Park. Elephant Transit Home was established with the objective of rehabilitating orphans young elephants from wild back to Wild.
30th July to 3rd August
A unique event, first of its kind to be organized by SLTPB in the hikkaduwa beach that takes the spirit of a carnival. Spread over 05 days, the festival carries differing themes for each day. Wednesday for the family, Thursday for the ladies, Friday to Sunday especially for the youth. The carnival will carry many events including Beach sports, Horse riding, kiddies corner, kite festival, night beach market, movie nights, Brazilian dance shows, theme nights by restaurants and bars, firework displays and fire dances. Many competitions such as sand castles, school cricket competition and debate competitions, post card competitions….. all awaits in the Hikkaduwa beach.
7th -17th August 2008
Kandy Esala Perahera
A colourful annual religious festival held on the streets of Kandy involving dancers, elephants and the exposing of the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha. Please visit their official website www.daladamaligawa.org/
World Spice Festival
The culinary delights of the World Spice Festival draw on a real mixture of Sri Lankan spices and cooking methods as well as the talents of visiting chefs and the signature spices from their home countries. This year’s World Spice Food Festival promises all the excitement and culinary delights that have endeared by visitors in the past. Participating hotels and restaurants will conduct the food festival for one week in their restaurants.
Sri Lanka Marathon
Colombo Marathon if back for the 6th time ! Over 1,000 runners from Sri Lanka and around the world are expected to take part.
10th - 13th October
SriLankan Golf Classic
Victoria Golf Club Golf (www.srilankagolf.com) plays host to this tournament in its 13th year. The sport was introduced by British to the country. Rated amongst the 100 most beautiful courses by Golf Digest, Victoria Golf Course is close to Kandy and on a hydro electric power dam. Sponsored by SriLankan Airlines, the tournament offers some fabulous prizes, and there is also an opportunity to experience the scenic Sri Lankan interiors and hills. The tournament website is : www.srilankangolf.com