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Two ways to travel around Sri Lanka

Two ways to travel around Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small country but not a particularly easy one to travel around. Train travel is limited and difficult to book in advance; bus travel is not very inviting; and there isn’t the … Read entire article »

Galle and the south coast of Sri Lanka

Galle and the south coast of Sri Lanka

Many Europeans travel to the south coast of Sri Lanka for the sun, sea and sand and it’s easy to understand why. The stretch of beaches is almost endless and the Indian Ocean is not … Read entire article »

A safari in Yala and Bundala National Parks, Sri Lanka

A safari in Yala and Bundala National Parks, Sri Lanka

I was all excited about going on a safari in Sri Lanka because it would be a first for me. Sure, it wouldn’t be like going on one in Africa because  they don’t have the … Read entire article »

Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country

Sri Lanka’s spectacular hill country

The heart of Sri Lanka is said to be the hill country and it is astonishingly beautiful, particularly the ‘high country’ where the terrain rises to over 2400 meters (8000 feet) and the cool hills … Read entire article »

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sri Lanka are just outside the popular tourist destination of Kandy and easy to reach by tuk-tuk from any of the nearby hotels. It’s a lovely place, well laid out, … Read entire article »

May I introduce: My drivers in Sri Lanka

May I introduce: My drivers in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a gorgeous country, no doubt about it. But you need to travel the back roads to truly appreciate it, past the villages, the jungles, the temples and the majestic trees. The island … Read entire article »

Night watchers in the Sri Lankan jungle

Night watchers in the Sri Lankan jungle

I never thought too much about elephants until I visited Sri Lanka. Like I never thought I’d meet up with a wild one when I was just driving down a road. But on my second … Read entire article »

Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

What is most striking about Sri Lanka, the teardrop shaped island lying south of India, is that it offers such amazing diversity within a small space. In a matter of hours you can go from … Read entire article »

Being in Sri Lanka during the tsunami

Being in Sri Lanka during the tsunami

On December 26, 2004 an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Janice Gray was in Sri Lanka at the time and was suppose to be on … Read entire article »