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Sri Lanka

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:00

Celebrating Independence Day

Sri Lanka celebrates the 68th anniversary of independence from Britain on February 4, 2016. The event usually includes a military parade witnessed by politicians, diplomats, distinguished guests and the Sri Lankan public, with the President taking the salute and making a motivational speech that is televised throughout the country.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:57

A regal Recreation

The vibrant dance tradition we know today as vannam, in which the epic stories of the gods and their consorts are brought to life in song and movement, began as a delightful distraction for the Kandy monarch Vira Parakrama Narendra Sinha. The passage of the centuries has made its mark, but this tradition is no less delightful than when it first began.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:54

An ancient battle Remembered

At the end of a five-hour drive from Colombo that included the magnificent ‘18-bend' road between Mahiyangana and Kandy, we were rewarded by the sight of a stupa high up on a hill in the distance. A pair of grey mongoose rolling together in battle on the gravel track up ahead slowed our progress for a few minutes, but it wasn't long before we continued our way to arrive at Girandurukotte.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:49

A whale of a time

The pristine beaches of the south coast of Sri Lanka draw people from all over the world. But this patch of paradise is attractive to a different kind of traveller too - whales and dolphins on their way through Sri Lankan waters from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea. And November to April is the best time to see them.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:47

Fire Eaters In Paradise

It can bring tears to the eyes, but no Sri Lankan meal is complete without it. From dusk to dawn, the fiery chilli takes pride of place at tables across the land. Fresh from the tree, dried in the sun or ground into powder, chilli is an addiction for Sri Lanka's fire-eating, finger-licking, tear-wiping natives, who pray thrice daily to the gods of the kitchen for a miracle capable of turning even the blandest of meals into a red-hot gastronomic delight.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:45

Stupa Stories

While traversing lowland Sri Lanka, the sudden appearance of a white, dome-shaped stupa above the glistening coconut fronds is an enduring sight. They can be found in the highlands too, breathtakingly perched on cliff-tops. Some are incomplete, some are full of idiosyncrasies, all have a rich and fascinating history.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:43

Vibrant Negombo

Boasting colonial culture, delicious seafood, beautiful beaches and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at, Negombo is a must-visit for anyone on the Sri Lanka tourist trail.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:41

Celebrating the New Rice

The month of January captures the freshness of the new year the world over. In Sri Lanka, the mood is amplified in anticipation of thanksgiving celebrations for the paddy harvest of the Maha cultivation season, the country's main crop cycle.

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:39

Climbing the walls

The modern city of Galle is a booming urban centre like many of Sri Lanka's smaller cities, but its grand historic fort - declared by UNESCO "the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia" - makes it stand out from the crowd.

The first phase of Piliyandala Town Development Project which aims to make it Colombo’s main transport centre has been launched. One of the main aims of the project is to control the traffic which enters Colombo City.

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