Sri Lanka

The hills are alive with the sound of the season, and with April here, all holiday roads take the winding climb to the cool uplands of merriment - Nuwara Eliya, where the flower-strewn carpet of welcome is rolled out to every fun lover seeking refuge from the heat and bustle of the lowlands.

Monday, 11 April 2016 12:05

A Forgotten Deity

An enigmatic statue on the southern coast reveals a past that has been kept out of the ancient chronicles.

Monday, 11 April 2016 12:03

Arabian Flavour in the East

Located along the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, just a few miles south of the city of Batticaloa, lies an enclave that displays its distinctive atmosphere right from its gates.

Tropical pitcher plants attract insects for more than just the act of pollination. The hanging menace that makes up this intriguing predator entices its victims, whether they crawl or fly, through various means which have been a source of fascination for centuries.

Adam's Peak is Sri Lanka's most famous mountain, known locally as Siripada, or the Sacred Foot, because of an indentation at the summit that Buddhists believe is the footprint of the Buddha.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:56

An Age Old Recipe Of Tradition

New Year is a time for revelling and rejoicing.It is a display of tradition and an exaltation of culture. Sacred rituals of our forefathers are upheld with reverence, and celebrating this grand festival with food is a must.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:53

Where The Sacred Arrow Rests

A soaring structure rises on the expansive flat green ground of the banks of the Verugal River. An ancient banyan tree stands tall - its shade inviting; at a distance, a simple orange shrine glints on a large rock. The solitary setting hints at the divine presence on this hallowed land.

Monday, 11 April 2016 11:51

Seize The Moment

We can all do with luck and prosperity. For many Sri Lankans, April is the time when the universe is all set to make their aspirations come true.

In the heart of the ancient capital of Lanka, Anuradhapura is the three or four mile square area popularly called the Citadel. Around this square of hallowed ground rises the grandeur of Anuradhapura, the historic city that was the Island's royal seat of government for over 1300 years until it finally fell to Chola invasions from Southern India in 1017 AD.

Every city has streets that are crucial to its history, and Colombo is no exception. For instance, before air travel became commonplace, the exit road from Colombo's port, York Street, drew every passenger into the heart of the Island. Yet in Dutch times, it was a canal. The adventurer on foot can imagine old times in some of Colombo's historic streets.

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