Ipanalla Agro Program
A Truly Amazing, Enriching and Fun Experience!
• Meet SLMT Representative at early agreed place in your hotel
• Transferred to Our Traditional ‘’Kamatha’’ Location.
• Warm Sri Lankan traditional welcome with Dancing.
• Tastes customary auspicious food with villagers
• Tour briefing by our local guide. Tour program will be provided
• Get dress as villagers and start to live like local. We offer nice hat for all visitors
• Cookery demonstrations and Experience village lunch.
• Spend –the-day type of packages will be offered for the visitors to enjoy authentic village meal, more activities and a performance in the evening ‘’Padura’’ Sajje , Music programme and traditional dances
• Back to along with unforgettable memories and numerous stories to relate to your friends and family.
Best duration: Here are two cultivation seasons namely; Maha and Yala which are synonymous with two monsoons. Maha Season falls during “North-east monsoon” from September to March in the following year.
Yala season is effective during the period from May to end of August. When the crop is sown and harvested during above periods, the particular season is defined. However, the whole area devoted for paddy is not being cultivated due to number of reasons such as shortage of water during the seasons, prevailing unsettle conditions on the ground.
On special request we can arrange all year round.
Enjoy the traditional atmosphere of Sri Lanka with us
Ecology, farming, local gastronomy, and the customs peculiar to a certain place; fresh air, Fresh paddy, simplicity, peace and warm hospitality. These are some of the benefits of agro tourism, the par excellence version of travelling that brings you closer to Mother Earth and her children. Agro tourism is new concept to Sri Lanka, green foot travels have been identified the value if the concept and providing excellent experience.
Sri Lanka is one of the finest destinations for agro culture since ancient time. Have been identified the value if the concept and providing excellent experience. Since ancient time Sri Lankan Buddhist culture and Agro culture has built an excellent history. Sri Lankan civilisations have its rituals and own traditions. Sri Lanka’s agro culture civilisation (developed over the course of 2500 years), huge ancient irrigational tanks and many crops .Taking part in farm life goes beyond a simple travelling experience to become a return to tradition. It is this immediate, personal relationship between people and the land when a guest soon becomes a friend that one can restore by taking part in agro tourism activities.
Sri Lanka paddy cultivations date back to between 161 BC and 1017 A.D. The governing Royal minds of Sri Lanka saw the enriching importance of Rice Cultivation that provoked them to build tanks of extraordinary size and numbers to irrigate the mass scale rice production. Many cultural and traditional rituals endowed with it. And age-old traditions. The land is tilled in August (Nikini) dry season and cultivated with the blessings of rain water in September (Binara) and from December (Unduvap) to February (Navam) come to the harvesting season. You can not only witness and observe this marvel but also enjoy those fruits and plants plucked from the chena and could enjoy the rare experience of spending a night there in the Pela, (shelter hut built on a tree) listening to folk songs and poetry sung by chena farmers to chase away wild animals from their cultivations.
We have organize this tour to gathering for special location at ‘’Kamatha’’. We are offering to you fantastic one day programme relate to Paddy cultivations. You can participate to Preparations of land, Crop establishment, Crop heath management and harvesting.
Preparation of Land
Land preparation refers to the procedure of arranging the cultivation area, in the best possible condition for Rice cultivation, ensuring the land is level and hydrated matching to the needs and requirements of the rice seeds planted. Preparation is done via machineries or by water buffaloes. Significantly it is the goviya, or the village priest, who initiates the most important agricultural activities. When the time is auspicioushe steps into the field, singing to the buffaloes as he ploughs: Ohoooo, amma. . .ohooo appo ohooo.' Ohooo" is the sound of the ocean amma is mother, and appo the father. The chant is taken up by every goviya. The season has arrived and rural Lanka reverberates with the sound of her children making giant offerings.
Crop Establishment refers to managing a series of steps that includes, seeding, seed germination, seedling emergence and its development up until its stage of maturity, with other factors such as soil, climatic, biotic, machinery and management procedures.
Crop Establishment can be done in two methods;
This method is much favoured across Asian countries, which also requires more labour and back-breaking effort. It is the process where selected seeds are planted on a seed bed, where the seeds are allowed to grow until they are mature enough to go to the field. After that, pre-germinated seedlings are manually transferred from the seed bed to the wet field.
2. Direct Seeding
It is the process where dry seeds or pre-germinated seeds and seedlings are spread throughout the cultivation area by hand or planted by machinery.
Crop Health Management
Crop Health management is essential. As the crop flourishes, it charm pests and diseases of various kinds to thrive in the crops' healthy grow. Before using pesticides and other artificial methods, it is best to prevent any negative conditions from continuing, which might attracts rodents, harmful insects, viruses, diseases, and weeds.
Another method that could be adopted is to create an anti-eco-system for the pests and diseases, which would naturally decrease the negative impacts from unwelcoming guests and situations to the minimal.
Harvesting refers to the best period to collect mature rice crop from the rice field. Rice crops usually mature within and around the period of 115-120 days after crop establishment. It can be done both manually and mechanically. Though manual harvesting is common across Asia, it is highly a labour intensive process which requires 40 to 80 man-hours per hectare.
Evening you will experience significant rituals, Every stage in the cultivation cycle—from plowing and sowing, to weeding and harvesting—is accompanied by ceremonies involving song, music and dance. Kandyan dancing has its origins in the Kohomha Kankariya ritual, which is performed in the village after the harvest.
Experience authentic village atmosphere with our local village people, our knoledgable guide guided you in your every steps in the programme.
You can also have those experiences under the supervision of villagers while getting to know the customs of village. For an instance, food for the farmers is provided by the village women. To bring rice and curry they use ‘Pan Bags’ made from pan leaves of dumbara plains.
And they serve rice and curry in a ‘Pan Wattiya’ farmer is having their meals under tree shadings. If you are interested, arrange it and provide you the clothing also.
Sri Lanka Mini tours (SLMT) offers exclusive traditional agro tour for all kind of agro who is fond of experience authentic culture of Sri Lanka. Our knowledge local experience guides will unforgettable experience with information on the different sites you visit.
What to bring
• Sun Hat
• All participants will be given a safety briefing.
• The importance of listening to the guide.
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