A Glimpse of Ancient Maldives – A Rich Cultural Heritage

Historical references show that the first settlers of Maldives were the Dravidian people from Kerala who. In the ancient times the main business activity of the locals were sale of cowry shells, dried tuna fish and coir ropes.

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The Maldives is a nation consisting of twenty six atolls settling in the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Due to the climate and exotic surroundings of the country, the Maldives has become a much sort out venue for holiday makers and honeymooners.

The history of Maldives holds many secrets, treasured attributes and many untold stories quite unlike any other. But what can be gathered from historical references is that the first settlers of Maldives were the Dravidian people from Kerala who probably would have been fishermen from the south of the Indian subcontinent and western shores of Sri Lanka. However, according to the references from the Mahavansa, Maldives is marked by the arrival of Sinhalese people who were descendants from King Vijaya.

At the time of King Ashoka’s expansion in the region, Buddhism was introduced to the country and a great number of marvellous writings, architecture, sculptures and artistic achievements are from this era. At the end of 12th century AD Islam was introduced to the country and to this day the main religion of the country continues to be Islam. In the ancient times the main business activity of the locals were sale of cowry shells, dried tuna fish and coir ropes. With time and changing economic policies, the country opened doors for foreign investments out of which most are directed towards promoting the tourism industry.

With the increase in foreign investments a lot of world renowned hotel brands have invested in building chains of Maldives luxury resorts and hotels. This gives visitors and locals the opportunity to choose from a wide range of hotels to suite their budgets. The competition is so high in the tourism industry that one hotel tries to be more creative and amazing than another that it is impossible to name one as the best resort in Maldives. Many hotels feature special honeymoon packages, spas, desert island picnics, sunset cruises, a spread of mouth-watering cuisines and comfortable and relaxing lodging. Baros Maldives is a property complete with scenic beauty, warm and friendly hospitality, intimate settings, water sport activities, fine dining experience and elegant infrastructure, providing a truly memorable stay full of fun in the sun, sand and surf.

The Mystic Union of the Artist and Local Tradition Displayed

The Folk Art Centre, located in Battaramulla, is the place to visit for those who love Sri Lankan handicrafts. Coconut-shell sculptures, silver jewelry, batik garments, hand-painted items, pottery and brassware are available to be purchased at quite reasonable prices. The craftsmen too are friendly and willing to talk of the crafts they love and the serenity of the shaded pathways is ideal for relaxing.

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Tucked away between the shrieking colorful cities peacefully lies a safe haven of charm. As the noise of the busy everyday life fades in to the blurry distance, and the only sound you hear is the mystic whispering of the sheltering trees, the magic of olden days take shape, in green, green grass and pretty old huts, severely innocent of the dazzle and color of the abode of the present day, and you find yourself pleasantly lost in the Folk Art Complex, popularly known as the Janakala Kendraya. Here, sunny smiles will greet you every step of the way, resurrected age-old Sri Lankan handicrafts will gleam in the stalls, and emerald shade will beckon you to sit a while or rest awhile or maybe have a fine read.

The Folk Art Complex features souvenirs galore! Everything from sculptures of coconut shells, jewelry made of shining silver, colorful garments of batik make, pretty little pieces of pottery and beautiful brassware with bullion sheen will be available to take home at quite reasonable prices.

This sublime location is an ideal place to visit with children too, as the friendly craftsmen are ever willing to chat with the inquisitive souls seeking glimpses into their craft. One may also choose to silently observe the deft fingers of the silversmiths as they bring life to their creativity as intricate pieces of silver.

A visitor to the Folk Art Centre will see the many colorful facets of Sri Lankan handicrafts displayed for the common man to see. Hiding in the city of Battaramulla, this unique place is a must-visit to those who like to have a concentrated Sri Lankan experience, while grabbing a souvenir with a whiff of the wholesome life style of this country.

Reaching the Folk Art Centre is quite easy, as it is located in close proximity to Colombo, the commercial Capital of Sri Lanka travel guides will most willingly accompany tourists to the location as well. Since Sri Lanka tours often cover the city of Colombo, one cannot miss an opportunity for an arranged trip to this unique place. Upon request, the local tour companies too will arrange visits to Folk Art Centre. Out of the many established tour companies in Sri Lanka, Jetwing Travels is in the lead, with their strong credentials in the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka, and provide many options to their customers with tours covering all the fascinating facets of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.