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September 27th, 2011 Stamp Bulletin No. 773 Commemorative Issue
World Tourism Day 2011

Castles in the sky are more than just a figment of your imagination. For there’s something very real about this splendid island and its many wonders. In a serene moment of mediation you are elevated to a higher stage of mind. Then the sheer majesty of Sigiriya rock Fortress with its breathtaking landscaped gardens make you feel on top of the world. Ascend the mountain of Butterflies, a sacred ground to pilgrims of four world religions. Visit caves that were home to prehistoric man and move amongst the vestiges of ancient cities. 2500 years of civilization, eight world heritage sights and dozens of little wonders await you come discover.

Surrounded by the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean, miles of golden sand contour the little island in the sun. Here’s a vision of supernatural beaty. By day it’s a sacred ground for sun worshipers. By night, the moonlit shores and the soft full of the waves echo romance and tranquility. Sip then refreshing water of a kingcoconut and simply watch the day go by. Visit the unforgettable beaches of Sri Lanka, and you’d always have its sand in your shoes.

There’s an exotic isle in Asia, where the traveler is guided by sheer instinct. Wake up to the call of indigenous birds. Drink deep from a babbling brook. Tack in the moist air of a rainforest. Spend an afternoon in the presence of snoozing leopards and bathing elephants. Watch an amorous peacock flaunt its plumage against the flaming sunset. Turn your gaze towards the ocean to witnss pods of frolicking dolphins at play. Dive deep to discover multi-hued underwater gardens and silent shipwrecks. And as night falls, end one adventure. Start another.

There’s a greeting that every visitor to Sri Lanka becomes acquainted with. “Ayubowan” is “hello” and “welcome”. But most importantly, it is the wish of long life upon the greeted. It is this wish that we carry into the ancient practice of Ayurweda. Amidst the scent of warm aromatic oils. A heavenly massage kneads away, your sins. In a bath strewn with tropical flowers your mind, body and soul are bathed in virtue. Visit its wondrous isle of bliss. And it will breathe life in to you.

On a night illuminated by the full moon, the distant sound of cracking of whips and the beating of drums creates the overture for an evening of magic. Soon, a fairy tale parade of dancers, musicians and elephants adorned with rich drapes and gold and silver trimmings, come into vision. Whether it’s celebration or veneration, the diversity of culture and religion in Sri Lanka keeps the spirit of festivity alive, all year round.

What does it for you? The attitude of a ride on the crest of a surf? The rush of a rapid on a roamy river? A safari through the jungle? A friendly game of beach cricket with the locals? Some golf in the gills? Shopping. People watching or perhaps a ride in a tuk tuk through the bustling city. Choose your pace and Sri Lanka will delight you at every turn.

A meandering ascent through the gills along the rise and fall of the blue green landscape emulates a journey to heaven. The cool mountain air rejuvenates your spirit. Suddenly you catch sight of a white veil of cascading waters. Tea gardens dotted with brightly affired figures. Their quick fingers picking out the freshet leaves. And at the end of the journey, you are greeted with an invigorating cup of Ceylon tea. At 4000 feet above sea level, altitude is only one reason to believe you’re in heaven.

* Date of Issue : 27th September, 2011
* Denomination : Rs. 5.00, Rs. 15.00, Rs. 30.00,
                                Rs. 35.00, Rs. 40.00, Rs. 45.00
* Stamp Designer : Wasantha Perera, Sagabo Dias,
                                   Pulasthi Ediriweera, Kelum Gunasekara
* Stamp Size : 40mm * 40mm
* Format : Square
* Printing Process : Offset Lithography
* Sheet Composition : 80 stamps per sheet
* Perforation : 13 1/4 * 13 1/4
* Printers : Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka
* Color : 4 Process Colors
* Paper : 102 gsm security stamp paper
* Gum : PVA
* Quantity Printed : Rs. 5.00 * 500,000 - 4
                                    Rs. 15.00 * 500,000 - 2
                                    Rs. 30.00 * 300,000
                                     Rs. 35.00 * 300,000
                                    Rs. 40.00 * 300,000
                                    Rs. 45.00 * 300,000
* Last Date of Sale : 26th September, 2012

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