Day trips №3
Hikkaduwa beach, mine of precious stones, Lake Maduganga Museum of Masks
 
 
Start at 8:00 am
Hikkaduwa beach (tour duration 2-3 hours), in a way 40min. Before the tour, you can have breakfast at a local restaurant. Be sure to try the seafood soups. If you do not eat all ask to wrap himself.

PS: Azure water, soft sand and the shadow of palm trees growing around - what do you need for happiness? Well, except that admire the corals, of which there are just countless. After all, Hikkaduwa - this coral reserve, and is one of the attractions of Sri Lanka.
Early in the morning on the beach very often you can watch at the edge of the shore alive huge turtles. Many tourists constantly bring in this time of their meals, and turtles have become accustomed to this way of life, they take the food right out of hand, do it very slowly, so you can leisurely take a picture with them.
Do not want to be immersed in water? Then you are waiting for a hit of entertainment on offer - skiing on glass-bottom boat. It turns out, and so you can enjoy all the beauty under water. This entertainment will be delighted both children and adults. Maybe when he was a child you dreamed to see the wreck, or want to meet face to face with bright tropical fish? Your dreams can come true!
When visibility is 10-25 meters under water, which is common in this season, you can admire the coral reef - home to bright fish, turtles, octopus, sharks and dolphins, moray eels, angelfish and barracuda. And also you can see a lot of wrecks. A lot of impressions you provided! If you decide you can swim with a mask and experience the world of colors by the underwater world of Sri Lanka.
 
3000 ruppies 1hours for 2 persons. The boat is designed for 6-7 people.
 
Mine production of precious stones (Touring 20-30 min), around 1 hour.
PS: In Sri Lanka, about 90% of the land contains almost half of the 200 species of precious and semiprecious stones that exist in the world. Shaft depth from 7 to 30 meters. Here you can buy necklaces, rings, earrings. In Sri Lanka, there are various types of grenades: Essonne (orange-brown), almandine (fiery red), rhodolite (palely red) spesartit (brown and red), and have a yellowish-red garnet.
Can be found here and chartreuse Alexandrite, Cat's Eye, Moonstone (a light, translucent, with bluish reflections), Amethyst, Aquamarine, Beryl, Topaz (usually yellow-brown), Zircon, Tourmaline Chrysoberyl (golden-yellow or greenish in color) and spinel.
 
Lake Maduganga (Touring 1,5-2chasa.)
PS: Excursions are organized safari motor boat or catamaran to swim and explore the island inside the lake Madugangi. The most attractive tourist islands are an island temple, where is an ancient Buddhist temple acting; Island Spice Garden Anand, where they grow and sell a variety of spices and herbs, of which, do drugs and wine; Cinnamon Island, where there is a plantation of cinnamon. Be sure to take advantage of Fish peeling. First there will be tickled, then get used to it. Your feet will be unforgettably tender as a baby.
 
Museum of Masks (tour duration 30-45 minutes).
This large two-story building, which is clearly seen from the road. On the ground floor of the nondescript door hides the museum culture of the peoples of Sri Lanka. The second floor has several rooms, which presents a variety of masks. In this post, tell it about the museum of masks on the second floor. Exposition of the museum demonstrate the masks used by local residents during the ritual dances and ceremonies on the island. Masks in Sri Lanka, there are three types: Sani, colas and Raksha. They are made of wood Kaduri that grows in marshy areas. This tree can be found near the rice fields.
 
Big Naga Raksha mask (Mask Cobra). At the demon out of his head instead of hair grow large cobra. According to legend the mask protects from evil deeds and thoughts of enemies and detractors. If it hang at the entrance to the house, it will bring good and happiness to all residents.

Mask of the Demon of Death Maru Raksha. Instead of hair from the head of the demon emerge peacocks with spread tails. In the home of Sri Lankans can be found near the entrance to this product. Residents believe that the mask is endowed with great power and is able to cast out evil spirits from the house.
Guruli Raksha mask depicts a mythical bird Guruli. She ate snakes, so the islanders asked the bird protection against these creatures. Sri Lankans hold a mask in the house, and believe that it is able to protect the family from the bad eyes of enemies and ill-wishers and bring good luck to the house.
Ginidzhal Raksha mask depicts a demon with red flames instead of hair. This talisman draws the energy of money, promotes success in business.
In another room we found amusing wooden elephants hanging from the shelves. Puppets depicting dancers ritual dance.
Masks, statues of gods and puppets can be purchased here.

 
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