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The culture of Sri Lanka mixes modern elements with traditional aspects and is known for its regional diversity. Sri Lankan culture has long been influenced by the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed on from India, and the religion’s legacy is particularly strong in Sri Lanka’s southern and central regions. Traditional dances of Sri Lanka, like the Kandyan Dances (Uda Rata Natum), Low Country Dances (Pahatha Rata Natum), Devil Dance, and Folk Dances which are now a common sight in hotels and villages that are keen to entertain tourists with traditional and ‘authentic’ cultural displays. Because of this, much of the modernization of the tourist industry is taking place in and around the capital Colombo. An area where the excessive building of hotels has already shown negative impacts is the Yala area. Where there are serious concerns about too many visits to the Yala National Park. Though a more positive side to the influx of tourists can be seen at the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy. Which has grown substantially in size over the years, incorporating colourful parades and processions into what was already one of Asia’s most prolific religious festivals.