Toque macaque monkeys are a daily sight at the ruins of Polonnaruwa. Familiarity breeds contempt, hence, these monkeys are hardly the cynosure of visitors or residents, they are but subjects of compassion, with pilgrims benevolently feeding monkeys, constantly watching them to get a share of their bounty. Pests for some and gluttons for others, these simians are hardly gazed upon with delight. But, the world of toque macaques is indeed a complex one. The ‘Monkey Kingdom', a nature film by Disney Movies released to coincide with Earth Day in April 2015, exposed the intricate, highly strung and emotional world of toque macaques.
Little egrets about to take to the skies
Leafing out from the mainland to form the northern peninsular, the ‘stem' of thin strip connecting both ends, bordered by the Indian ocean from the east, and carving to create a lagoon from the west is a divine hotspot of wild creatures that's been hidden for nearly three decades. Chundikulam declared a bird sanctuary in 1938, is one of the best wildlife destinations for visitors who plan to visit the northern region of the Island. Its undulating landscapes have over the years created a large variety of habitats. From beaches laden with sand-dunes, to salt marshes, to wetlands, to thorny scrublands and dry forests, to tanks, mangroves and lagoon have all combined to produce a wild haven.
Lounge chairs with woven cane backrests and seats were popular during both the Dutch and British periods
Sri Lanka's colonial seating tradition continues to link the country's present to distant times and places.
The 1950s was the golden decade of foreign filmmaking in then Ceylon, when a number of British and Hollywood movies, mostly based on acclaimed literature, were shot within the Island's shores. It began in 1951-1952, when Carol Reed directed Outcast of the Islands, based on Joseph Conrad's 1896 novel, starring Trevor Howard and Ralph Richardson.
Today they have come, in this month of July, to participate in the annual festival of a temple dedicated to the God of Love and War: Lord Kataragama or Lord Skanda. They have arrived to share the celebratory joy of his wedding to Valli. For fifteen days this annual pageant of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya takes place in the month of July or August. This year it begins on the 17th of July and climaxes on the full moon night of 31st July.
The stunning view of the sunrise welcomed us as we trudged along enjoying the feeling of the soft, fine sand between our toes. A cool sea breeze kept us company as we observed a number of surfers expertly riding wave after wave. A mesmerising view, one can stand there for hours basking in the warm early morning sunlight and refreshing salty air. Chatting with a couple of friendly surfers, we learnt that the best times to catch the waves were during the early morning hours and the few hours between afternoon and sunset. It would seem that Arugam Bay is one of the best loved spots for surfers the world over!
The food sone relishes in childhood are those cherished throughout life. That's why my memories of mani pittu nights linger even today, decades down the road, and the very thought of pittu continues to delight.
The Heritage Museum, Kathankudy, located in eastern Sri Lanka is just a few weeks old and already drawing in many visitors, who are curious and eager to learn more about the arrival and historical significance of Islam in Sri Lanka.
There’s Many A Story About How The Capital Of Sri Lanka Got Its Name. Some Say “Colombo” Is A Derivation Of Kelan-Thota (Port On River Kelaniya). Some Say It Stems From The Old Sinhala Word For “Harbour”. But For The Portuguese, Who First Ventured Ashore On The Island In The 1500s, It Was All To Do With Mangoes. They Associated The Place, Then A Mere Small Port, With The Lush Mango Trees That Populated The Surrounds. “This Is The Port Of The Kola (Leaves) Of The Amba (Mango) Trees,” The Portuguese Said.