Street Food In Sri Lanka – By Rajiv Welikala

Street Food In Sri Lanka – By Rajiv Welikala

Sri Lanka’s food culture is something unique and vibrant, with regional specialties and delicious fresh produce. One of the most intriguing and yet seldom explored areas of food in our island is street food. Most Sri Lankans enjoy quick snacks during the day and even at night which are delicious, quirky at times and definitely original. One of the best places to try out different types of street food, is Galle Face Green, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s capital…

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10 reasons why Sri Lanka should be your Next Holiday

10 reasons why Sri Lanka should be your Next Holiday

Blessed with the best, Sri Lanka is the real holiday deal. While the little island is a coastal paradise, the endless charming hill country and the seemingly vast nature is incomparable. Not to forget that Sri Lanka offers much more adventure apart from the regular relaxation getaway. These are some real good, quick – convincing reasons to why you should visit Sri Lanka on your next Holiday. Beaches of course… How can we not miss? The beaches are always the…

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“HORTON PLAINS – A JOURNEY INTO A HIDDEN WORLD” – BY RAJIV WELIKALA

“HORTON PLAINS – A JOURNEY INTO A HIDDEN WORLD” – BY RAJIV WELIKALA

My memories and experiences from Horton Plains dates back many years, to the time I was a little boy. My bond with this mystical highland wilderness dates back to when I was a mere 3 month old infant, when my father had carried me to Worlds End and staying inside the park in one of their many circuit bungalows. This unique highland ecosystem has seduced and haunted my memories and emotions for many years. Horton Plains National Park is the…

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A Legend of a Millennia – King Ravana

A Legend of a Millennia – King Ravana

Valmiki, the Indian Sanskrit poet wrote an epic legend called Ramayanaya around 5th Century BCE. The legendary storyline has two different cultural views on the great battle between Rama and Ravana. According to Ramayanaya, Ravana is called as the Demon King of Lanka and said to have ruled the country over 5000 years ago. The Indian text depicts the king as a villain and tyrant who cruelly kidnaped Rama’s wife Sita as an act of vengeance from Rama and his…

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Birding with Classic Sri Lanka

Birding with Classic Sri Lanka

Classic Sri Lanka welcomed, world renowned wildlife and birding guide and tour leader Mr Adrian Binns and Ms Debbie Beer from WildSide Nature tours in January 2018. The tour was a primarily a birding expedition with additional focus on other species of Mammals, Reptiles, Butterflies and Dragonflies as well. The tour was 12 days, covering the essential habitats of the island, from lowland rainforests to dry zone scrub jungle as well as montane cloud forests. The tour began from Negombo,…

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Masks of the South- By Rajiv Welikala

Masks of the South- By Rajiv Welikala

Ambalangoda has always been the center for the manufacture of traditional masks in Sri Lanka. Used in a variety of dance forms from the devil dances, to the entertaining Kolam or comedy performances. Masks are used in varying degrees in Sri Lankan culture and an intricate part of the nation’s folk lore. We visited the Ariyapala and Sons mask museum to learn more about this traditional art. The museum is well maintained and showcases a vast variety of unique masks…

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In Search of the Jungle Cat- By Rajiv Welikala

In Search of the Jungle Cat- By Rajiv Welikala

When one thinks of wild felines of Sri Lanka the leopard may come first into ones mind. But there is a more elusive and secretive cat out there. The Jungle Cat is a small species of cat found in scattered populations in the dry zones of the island. Along with the Fishing Cat and Rusty Spotted Cat this is one of the three species of wild cat found in Sri Lanka while the Leopard being categorized as a Big Cat….

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An unforgettable experience with crocodiles in Matara- By Rajiv Welikala

An unforgettable experience with crocodiles in Matara- By Rajiv Welikala

The saltwater crocodile, the largest reptile on earth, is one of the most dominant apex predators found in Sri Lanka. Despite its reputation, they are seldom seen but known more by reputation. Growing to a maximum of over 18 feet in length seeing these primeval predators has always been my dream. The most number of records of this iconic species comes from the Nilwala River in Matara on the South Coast of the island. Sadly due to people living close…

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Crab Curry – A Sri Lankan Favorite

Crab Curry – A Sri Lankan Favorite

Being an island, Sri Lanka has some of the most abundant sea life found on earth. This bounty from nature results in some of the freshest sea food available. The lagoon crab is one of the country’s lesser known exports. This species Scylla serrata is also known as the mud crab and found in the estuaries and mangroves in the Sri Lankan coast. These crabs are served in Singapore as the famous Singapore Chilli Crab, when in-fact they are all…

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Buduruwagala- “An off the beaten track discovery”

Buduruwagala- “An off the beaten track discovery”

On the way back from a tour in Arugam Bay and Kumana National Park we decided to explore the ancient ruins of Buduruwagala. This is one of the least known and seldom visited archeological sites in the country. The name Buduruwagala literally means “Rock with an image of Lord Buddha”. Although there is no documented information about this site in the ancient scriptures, Different historians have dated these statues from the 6th centuary to late Anuradhapura period. (between 8 –…

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