Located a few metres away from the Habarana railway station, along the Dambulla- Trincomalee road, lies a sign board that reads 'Hurulu Eco Park'. In a region where natural parks, wildlife reserves and protected areas are not scarce, this naturally aroused my interest and curiosity.
Balangoda Man wasn't at home. He hadn't been at home for 5,000 years. But I didn't care, I was determined to visit anyway. The last time I had tried, I had got lost somewhere down his kilometre-long garden path, but I wasn't giving up this time.
We Sri Lankans love our rice, and this isn't a newfound love; Sri Lanka was exporting its rice over 2,000 years ago. Historically, rice has formed not just a major part of our diet, but our celebrations, worship, culture, and even our mythology. And it does so even today. But the rice itself has changed.
If life was a fruit, the veralu would be its kernel. The veralu, Ceylon or wild olive looks unassuming, but delve a little deeper and you will find the unexpected. This is no simple olive. The veralu is enjoyed in half a dozen delicious ways locally, it is medicinal and it is also associated with myth and lore.
Our island home holds a never-ending supply of adventure. For a curious traveller, new experiences are always tugging at the desire to explore. Some are well known and others are not, some remain elusive whilst others are readily available.
The arch cave or lena of Batatota, in Sri Lanka's Ratnapura District, is a mystery waiting to be solved. Naturally carved into a cliff of Proterozoic gneiss, it is triangular in both plan and cross-section- a characteristic of arch caves.
Folk songs have been a big part of Sri Lankan life for centuries, forming a crucial part of both work and recreation. From providing a rhythm for manual tasks to offering a chance to share sorrow with others, Sri Lanka's folk songs are an important part of its musical heritage.