Sri Lanka Public Holidays 2017

Blue Lanka Tours is already planning your next getaway! Whether you are an international tourist looking to explore Sri Lanka or a local in search for a short break, we are at your service to help you begin your planning for holidays in 2017!

With 70% of Sri Lankan population following Buddhism, majority of the public holidays in 2017 are based on Buddhist culture. Islam, Hinduism and Christianity are also practiced in some areas of the country and as a mark of respect; the government also includes holidays for these religions in the country’s list of public holidays every year.

One of the major Buddhism based holidays announced as national holidays are the Full Moon Poya Days of every month. On every Full Moon Poya Day, workers are entitled to a paid leave, banks and all organizations remain closed on these 12 days of the year.

Apart from that, some of the other important national holidays observed in Sri Lanka include National Day, Labor Day, New Year’s Day, Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Milad-un-Nabi), Thai Pongal Day, Mahasivarathri, Eid-al-Fitr, Eid-al-Adha and Christmas Day. While some of these are public, bank and mercantile holidays, others are only public and bank holidays where the corporate sector remains working. Time off is usually given at the discretion of the employer for celebrations of the religious and national festivals.

Below is a detailed list of all the Sri Lankan public holidays in 2017. This table shows you the date of the holiday, the occasion as well as which sectors remain closed on that particular holiday.

 

Date

Day

Holiday

*Holiday Type

12 Jan Thursday Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

14 Jan Saturday Tamil Thai Pongal Day

P.B.M

4 Feb Saturday National Day

P.B.M

10 Feb Friday Navam Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

24 Feb Friday Mahasivarathri Day

P.B

12 Mar Sunday Madin Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

10 Apr Monday Bak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

13 Apr Thursday Day prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year

P.B.M

14 Apr Friday Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day

P.B.M

14 Apr Friday Good Friday

P.B

01 May Monday May Day

P.B.M

10 May Wednesday Vesak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

11 May Thursday Day Following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

08 Jun Thursday Poson Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

26 Jun Monday Id-ul-Fitr/Ramzan Festival

P.B

08 Jul Saturday Esala Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

07 Aug Monday Nikini Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

01 Sep Friday Id-ul-Adha/Hajj Festival Day

P.B

05 Sep Tuesday Binara Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

05 Oct Thursday Vap Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

18 Oct Wednesday Deepavali Festival Day

P.B

03 Nov Friday Ill Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

01 Dec Friday Milad-un-Nabi/Prophet Muhammed’s Birthday

P.B.M

03 Dec Sunday Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day

P.B.M

25 Dec Monday Christmas Day

P.B.M

 

*P=Public Holiday                        B = Bank Holiday                                 M = Mercantile Holiday

The Yala Adventure

Yala Adventure has its camping tents set up in an unspoiled village called Weweyay at the edge of the ancient lake ‘Yoda Wewa’ in Southern Sri Lanka’s Tissamaharama. The hotel is close to The Yala national Park, Lunugamwehera National Park and Bundala National Park. The tents provide luxurious accommodation in the middle of pristine wilderness in the countryside. The surrounding lush greenery makes a home to many indigenous birds and animals.

Accommodation

The fully air-conditioned luxury tents of Yala Adventure feature:

  • Double and twin beds
  • Luxury Bathroom Facilities with cubicles and rainy Shower
  • Hot and cold water
  • Free WiFi
  • Intercom telephone facilities
  • Private Pavilion facing to the Yoda Lake

They also provide library facilities and you can cling to your favourite book while swinging in a Hammock or sitting on your own private pavilion. Yala Adventure also offers deluxe and standard luxury rooms.

Room Features:

  • King size beds or twin beds
  • Hot and cold water facilities
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Luxury bathroom facilities with cubicles and rainy Shower
  • Free Wifi
  • Intercom telephone facilities
  • Veranda or private pavilion
  • Cable TV

Hotel Facilities

The water-front restaurant made out of wood and thatch offer a pleasant dining experience with a selection of scrumptious cuisine prepared with organic produce sourced from its own garden and local farmers. You can also opt for a romantic dinner at the lake bank or a BBQ dinner under the stars.

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The Secret Yala

The Secret Yala is tucked away in the Yala National Park and features luxurious tents in an ideal camping location amongst the natural wilderness. Surround yourself in the magical murmur of the forest, the emerald canopy and the tranquil beach close by. Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited national park and the second largest. A wealth of wildlife including elephants, leopards, monkeys, bears and 215 bird species are seen in the Park.

Accommodation

The five eco-friendly tents at The Secret Yala are designed for you to get close to nature. Tucked away between the idyllic shores of the beach and the thick jungles of Yala, the tents have been carefully put up so as to not upset the natural environment in anyway.

Tent Amenities

  • Bathroom with Running
  • WaterShowerIn-Room
  • Fan
  • Private beach hut (sunbathing/room service)
  • Double Camping Chairs
  • Eco-Friendly / Biodegradable Products
  • 2 single beds or 1 double bed
  • Binocular
  • Limited electricity supply – Fully available upon request

Hotel Facilities

Enjoy personalised dining within your luxurious tent, on soft sandy shores or surrounded by nature in the jungles. They provide an array of dining options from laidback family barbeque on the beach to a romantic meal under the stars with elegant cuisine prepared just the way you like it. The resident naturalist and ornithologist will provide you with wildlife insights and will accompany you on your wildlife adventure. You will also receive your very own personalized butler who will make your beds and prepare meals. A private beach hut on the shore is available to watch the setting sun or rising dawn. It is open from 6 in the morning to 7.30 at night, offering breathtaking 180 degree views of the endless Indian Ocean. You can have wine and other beverages to be brought to you or even a shisha.

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Rekawa Turtle Observation Camp

Rekawa is located about 10 km east of the south coast town of Tangalla in the southern coast of the island. The Turtle Sanctuary is not only one of the best locations to see marine turtles in Sri Lanka but also in the world. Out of the seven species of turtles that inhabit the world and are endangered, a record five can be seen at Rekawa. Safari walks here take place at night where the turtles are observed from afar as they come to nest. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to the site between January and July when an average of 17 turtles a day come onto the shore at Rekawa. They come in smaller numbers during the rest of the year. Protected by the Turtle Conservation Project since 1996, the sanctuary itself is quite distinct from the turtle hatcheries as it protects the various nesting sites from predators

Accommodation

Eco Team Turtle Observation Camp

It is an ideal location to be based for turtle watching at Rekawa. The staff will wake you up when the turtles have arrived, the comfortable tents are fully equipped with a kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in the campsite when the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire.

The waterproof tents accommodate 2-4 persons. Hot meals will be prepared at the site by professional cooks.

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Dolphin Beach

Dolphin Beach is situated on the unspoiled peninsula of Kalpitiya, just two hours from the airport in the north-western Sri Lanka. This is a blissfully secluded resort with luxury tented accommodation on the golden sands of Alankuda beach. This new concept of stylish, eco-beach accommodation is spacious and comfortable, and the air conditioned tents have breathtaking views of the sea. This is a strategic location for watching whales and dolphins, while the bar reef corals provide great atmosphere for snorkeling. Kalpitiya is the best place in the region for kite surfing. Kayaking, fishing, wind-surfing are several other activities available here.

Accommodation

Spacious, air-conditioned tents offer a perfect balance between romance and adventure. These are set amidst a grove of coconut palms, and set well apart. The custom-made tents take their names from the different species of dolphins – Spinner, Bottle nose, Humpback, Risso’s, Fraser, Spotted and Striped, etc. Each tent features a spacious veranda, sumptuous interiors with king-size beds, unique furnishings and chic en suite bathrooms complete with rain-showers.

Standard Tents

Each tent is 40 square meters (650 sq. ft approx.) and has one double bedroom with one king-size double bed, one single sofa bed and verandah. These can comfortably sleep 3 and have their own en suite toilet with hot water shower.

Family Tents

Each tent is 60 square meters (850 sq. ft approx.) and has two double bedrooms with two king-size double beds, two single sofa beds and verandah. These can comfortably sleep six and have itheir own en suite toilet with hot water shower.

Other Facilities

  • Infinity pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Telephone in each room
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Complimentary morning tea/coffee served
  • Baby-cot provided on request at no extra charge
  • Mini bar on request at no extra charge
  • Daily housekeeping at no extra charge
  • Room Service
  • Tea set available on request
  • Veranda
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Makeup/Shaving mirror

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Jetwing Yala

Jetwing Yala is located near the Yala National Park in the deep south of Sri Lanka, combining spectacular wildlife, unparalleled beach access and a spa. Yala is the best wildlife destination in Asia and the national park hosts the largest privately owned solar park in Sri Lanka. The site features recently developed beach access complete with a mini-bar, lounge area and is manned by internationally trained lifeguards.

Accommodation

Tented Villas

The tented villas of Yala bring a whole new dimension to camping and luxury in the wilderness. These accommodations complement the magical wilderness of Yala with the ultimate rustic luxury offered. Set apart from the rest of the resort, the tented villas offer a private and intimate getaway, with sprawling terraces and open courtyards, overlooking the forest, sand, and the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. You can have your very own private butler, and rest is ensured that your privacy is complete and undisturbed.

The Tented Villa package includes:

  • Accommodation in luxury tented villas
  • Game drive – without entrance fee
  • Snacks, fruit juices, soft drinks & beer (only at game drive)
  • One sunset cocktail at the bar per person
  • Butler service

Tent Features

  • Tea/coffee making facility
  • Bottled water
  • Electronic safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe and bath slippers
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Hot and cold water
  • Bathroom equipped with a luxury shower enclosure
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electric power 220v to 240v
  • Telephone with I.D.D facility
  • Mini bar
  • Sitting area
  • Balcony/terrace

Jetwing Yala also provides accommodation in the form of Superior rooms, Deluxe rooms and a Family room.

Superior Rooms

The Superior Rooms are within easy reach of the swimming pool and the ocean. These spacious A/C rooms come equipped with satellite television, free WiFi and a private sitting area.

Deluxe Rooms

Providing panoramic views of the ocean, these have open showers, a mini bar, free wifi and satellite television among other amenities.

Family Room

Enjoy views of the wild from the safety and luxury of a plush Jetwing Yala Family room. A large bed, private sitting room and svelte bathroom add to the many 3comforts.

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Chaaya Blu

Chaaya Blu Trincomalee, on the East coast of Sri Lanka, was once a 70s resort originally designed to resemble a great sailing vessel. It was re-launched in 2010 to a distinguishable retro-chic design. This 81 room beach resort is furnished in stylish retro deco with bleached wooden decks, cut-cement floors, rattan furniture, and denim trimmings. There are dolphins and whales in the surrounding sea, and chance to discover historical and cultural sites. Trincomalee has splendid diving and snorkelling opportunities, and many surrounding the hotel and the famed Pigeon Island.

Accommodation

Superior Rooms

There are 43 chic superior rooms with breathtaking views and plush bed. It’s the perfect place to rest or simply to place your bags if you so wish.

Beach Chalets

36 Air-conditioned beach chalets are attractively located so that you may walk out of them on to the beach. Relax amidst lavish retro interiors complete with plush bedding, daybeds, DVD player and bathrobes and slippers.

Suites

Luxurious comfort embedded in a spacious room with a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean. Pristine interiors and plush living spaces provide secluded serenity. A spacious sitting area, rain shower, bathrobes and bath slippers are included.

These facilities are included in all rooms:

  • Well stocked mini bar
  • Cable TV
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone with IDD
  • Safety deposit box
  • WiFi in public areas

Resort Activities

Join a morning excursion to discover the port city, its culture, history, religious beliefs, its wonders and its charm. The journey begins at the second largest natural harbor in the world. Discover the ancestral tradition of toddy tapping and the making of Jaggery (palm sugar) and enthrall in a local culinary adventure served up by the head chef of Chaaya Blu. Visit the Pigeon Island, home to blue rock pigeons and snorkel in the coral fringe.

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