Octopus Reef where the Nature is your background 0 1293

By : Chantal D

Vacation, the place where I feel most comfortable is a place where I am calm. A place that is peaceful in its own ways. It is the place to go to get away from all my troubles. It is the one place where I could sit forever, and never get tired of just staring into the deepest blue I have ever seen. It is the place where I can sit and think the best. A place where nothing matters but what is in that moment. The one place capable of sending my senses into an overload. The place I travelled and ended my journey at, the waves are crashing, the sun is setting, and people are laughing and embracing under the sunset.

The way the deep blue waters meet the gritty beige sand leaves me in such awe.

Beautiful scene of nature, fresh air, beautiful people and quite life – all these things comes to our mind when we think of enjoying the natural way of life in full resting from the city bustle. There is almost nothing artificial about this quite gateway. Here you can be with everything that nature can offers you…

There is something divine and mysterious about this Villa beauty, which is the satisfaction in the slower pace of days. A perfect blend of harmony with nature that makes the time stand still.

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Octopus Reef Villas and Beach Cabana is designed for those who love the beach culture offer affordable luxury combining simple elegance, refined design, discreet and attentive service, in place of unique beauty and cultural interest. The perfect destination for a swim, snorkel and surf right on the beach and in the comfort of the simplicity, natural beauty and tranquility that makes the holiday gateway unique and special with the stilt fisherman in the rock pool opposite the Villa and surfers beyond with the sun setting in front of the Octopus Reef, you will amazed to watch nature unfold in front of your eyes. “The Rock” in front of the ocean opposite the Villa is famous with surfers as an International surf destination.

 

The water is like a soft blanket, comforting and inviting in the private rock pool right opposite the villa.

The Villa itself is built for those who prefer space, wood and colonial architecture. The rooms are large with a loft that accommodates two more beds, before it steps out into the wooden beach deck. Each room in the villa sleeps four and is ideal for families and friends to share. The wooden Cabana is only 5 meters from the beach and is built for two persons who love the natural style beach Cabana.

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The best thing about the Octopus Reef is the chef Kokilan who will cook (at cost price) whatever your desire in food, including a BBQ to grill the fresh seafood caught in the vicinity consisting of calamari, fish, prawns etc. you have to order early for lagoon crabs, lobster and oysters. Breakfast is included while the chef and the kitchen is given for you free of charge, where you can buy groceries and kokilan will cook meals for you at cost price.

 

Experience the breathtaking scenery and life revolving around a “reef pool”, get physical with outdoor activities in the area or simply indulge in the privacy and luxury of a beach house or beach cabana.

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Octopos reef, a perfect romantic getaway, to relax in the sand while soaking up the sun sipping a thambili or have the most memorable intimate moment lying down in the beach with few candles gives the light, staring in to the endless sky where starts writing yet another story  of love from the depths you cast upon the beach.

One minute you are relaxing lazily on the sandy seashore reading a most invigorating book while eating the most fabulous banana fritters and ice cream done by its very own chef “kokilan”

This beautiful gateway is situated in Kabalana (2.5km past the Fortress Hotel in Koggala) adjoining the Kabalana Beach Hotel before Ahangama, Weligama and Mirissa. This gives you access to a wide range of activities nearby including swimming, snorkeling, body boarding & surfing. Kabalana Sea offers a rock pool, swimming and a safe sea where you can walk 300 meters at waist level water to catch the wave. Octopus Reef offers you free use of body boards and snorkels. The rock pool opposite the villa is a snorkeling paradise with fish and coral, ideally before 8am and in the evenings.

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There are many other fun things to do around Kabalana such as visiting the ancient Kathaluwa Temple with temple art, the Great Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum in Koggla, the Virgin White Tea Estate(with guided tours) and whale watching in Mirissa.

Octopos reef, a place you can let go of yourself or the place to find yourself back!

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Devil Dancing to Cure Illness 0 1642

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By: T.V Perera

Masked dancing is practised in various forms in certain Asian countries notably India, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Korea, Thailand Malaysia and Sri Lanka as well as among different tribes in Africa. In India, Bhutan, and Tibet masked dancing known as Cham, takes the form of a Buddhist monastery festival where the ritual dance is accompanied by chanting, sounds of cymbals, longhorns and drums with the dancers wearing wooden and brightly coloured larger than life papier mache, intricately painted.

 Devil-Dancing-Sri-Lanka-02In Sri Lanka, masked dancing which has a tradition all its own is considered a sort of ceremonial dance. Commonly known as ‘Devil dancing’ due to the masks worn  being related to malignant beings such as the Gara Yaka, Reeri Yaka, Mahasona and Suniyan Yaka it is believed to have prevailed in the country even before the introduction of Buddhism and is still largely resorted to especially in the Southern and Uva Provinces. The chief characteristic of mask dancing is that all forms are directed to a super human being.

‘’According to folk belief, demons exhort offerings from human beings by sending on them sicknesses ranging from deafness to cholera and other calamities including fear of death.’’

These misfortunes it is believed can be eliminated by proper offerings accompanied by suitable ceremonies. There are 18 physical and psychological ailments known as sanni in Sinhala tradition, attributed to demons.  Masked dance healing liturgies referred to as sanni yakuma are adopted to liberate people from these sicknesses caused by unscrupulous hideous demons.

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Commonly known as a Thovile, the mask dance itself is the representation of the super natural being by a dancer or a troupe of dancers and the descending of the invoked-being into the dancer, and sometimes even into some of the onlookers. Several forms of mask dances (thovils) exist, each for a specific purpose. A thovil ceremony performed in times of sickness has always been interesting and although elaborate, is merely an exorcism to expel the demon (yaka) by which the sick person is believed to be possessed.

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Marriage is made in heaven…..

So are thunder and lightning!

The fairytale story that once a couple is married, they “live happily ever after” is a total myth… a fabrication of the story-teller’s imagination. Based on statistics, being “happily married” is as much of a myth as the fairy tale. 

“Marriages are made in heaven” is an extremely famous quote but I could never agree with it! No, marriages aren’t made in heaven rather they are made on earth and a lot of work goes into making them remotely earthy, forget divine! Here is why I believe that marriages are not made in heaven; 1) poor choice, 2) unrealistic expectations, and 3) failure to maintain the relationship. You are absolutely not going to be absolutely gaga over each other every single day for the rest of your lives…. You’re even going to wake up some mornings and think, “Ugh, you’re still here…..”

Lasting relationships, regardless of whether two people concerned are married or not, are mainly based on a mix of rights and obligations for a lifetime. It is the physical, mental and spiritual unison of two souls. The ones made in the heart rust with time, the ones made in the mind lack intimacy, the ones made in both heart and mind last. Heaven comes nowhere in it. 

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