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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