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Monday, 11 April 2016 11:31

A hidden paradise

The Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens is a pleasant surprise for visitors - a hidden Eden by the side of a straggling little road in Avissawella.

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.

The sweet fragrance of jasmine mingled with the soft smell of incense greets the faithful as they walk into the Kande Viharaya under the benevolent gaze of the Buddha.

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.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:21

Sober Island: Intoxicatingly Enchanting

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.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:16

A Song for everyone

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.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:13

''Paw'' through tales of an elusive cat

For many wildlife enthusiasts who visit Sri Lanka, one of the most sought after animals is the leopard. However, there are other feline species in the country that you will find interesting. The rusty spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) is the smallest of the four feline species in Sri Lanka. You may not have heard of it before, because it is extremely elusive.

“If you want to see dolphins and whales up close,” said my friend, with an authoritative smile, “head up north to Kalpitiya.” He and his family had just returned from spending a long weekend on the beaches of this sandy peninsula, a short drive north of Colombo.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:05

Ambalama: The Wayside Shelter

Several centuries ago, only footpaths connected Sri Lanka's villages, so there was a need for wayside shelters where wayfarers could rest on long journeys. The solution was a classic example of indigenous architecture: the ambalama.

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