Sri Lanka

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.

Sunday, 09 August 2015 10:29

Seats of Tradition

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.

Sunday, 09 August 2015 10:22

The Most Famous Bridge in Cinema History

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.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:39

Kataragama's Pageant Of Love

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.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:36

When in Arugam Bay..

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!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:33

Memories in a Tube

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.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:31

A journey through history

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.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:28

All about Mangoes

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.

Located close to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the Pinnawala Zoo apart from being the first open air zoo in Sri Lanka, is the second zoo of the country after the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens. Bringing to life a concept that goes beyond merely caging animals, care has been taken to re-create their natural habitats within a spacious expanse. With a land extent of 44 acres, each enclosure has been allocated an area that is slightly more than 1.5 acres, ensuring that its inhabitants have enough space to roam around freely.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:23

Mahamewna Amawathura Bhavana Asapuwa

The Mahamewna Amawathura Bhavana Asapuwa or meditation centre in close proximity to Pittugala Junction in Malabe, a suburban centre in the District of Colombo, creates an inexplicable spontaneous impression the moment you set eyes on it. Rising like a colossus with its inimitable structure and art, its enormity makes it a distinctive landmark along the road to Kaduwela. The beginnings of this magnificent edifice were modest. An old house was the first structure that made the meditation centre. That was way back in 2001. Having gathered artisans from around the country, Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda, equipped with only the generosity of followers there, initiated the construction of a new building that stands today.

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