Jaffna Public Library


  Jaffna Public Library was built in many stages starting from 1933 from a modest private collection. The library is also a repository of archival material written in palm leaf manuscripts, original copies of regionally important historic documents and newspapers that were published hundreds of years ago in the Jaffna peninsula. it became one of the biggest…

Road To Jaffna – 2018


  Eighteen of us left Colombo at dawn in a little green bus in a little green bus, crossed the Kelani River – the fourth longest river in the country at 145 km, and took the A3 expressway to Katunayaka. Jaffna is 400 km north of Colombo and we would be on the road for…

48 hrs. at Corbet’s Rest


Corbet’s Rest is a simple but well run collection of holiday chalets in the Knuckles Range of central Sri Lanka, ideal for mountain hikes, birdwatching or simply doing nothing…   The drive from Kandy past Katugastota and Teldeniya is on a good road. We skirt Victoria Reservoir with Great Cormorants on its rocky islets and…

Meemure


Meemure is an ancient, remote village in the Knuckles Mountains of central Sri Lanka   Pack-bulls used to be the only mode of transport to Meemure up to 2004. Today, an off-road vehicle is needed to negotiate the narrow, twisting mountain track to the tiny village 324 m up in the Knuckles Range in the shadow…

48 hrs. at Lavanga


  Lavanga is a seaside resort and spa at Hikkaduwa in Southern Sri Lanka   “Welcome to Lavanga” the young woman in a bright green saree said and ushered me in to the dimly lit, book lined ‘library.’ A young man brought me the traditional welcome glass of papaya juice. Two young men took my bags…

Kanneliya – Walk In A Rainforest


  Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya or KDN is a 10,139 ha rainforest complex in southern Sri Lanka, designated as a UNESCO  biosphere reserve since 2004. Earlier this month I had the chance to walk in it.     The forest was decimated by loggers led by my own uncle in the 1950s but today it has recovered and is…

Richmond Castle, Kalutara


Richmond Castle is an Edwardian Mansion near the southern coastal town of Kalutara in Sri Lanka built between 1900 and 1910. It was the country seat of a local aristocrat Mudliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena     In British Colonial era, it was customary for wealthy Sri Lankans to study in Britain.  Arthur…

Ancient Mosques Of Beruwela


    The stark white Kechimalai Mosque stands on a headland at the sleepy southern fishing village of Beruwela in Sri Lanka. Built in 1024, it marks the spot where Moors first landed on the island. Beruwala Maradana Masjidul Abrar Jumma mosque a short distance away is the first mosque of Sri Lanka, built in…

Madu River Revisited


Madu River – a minor watercourse in south-west of Sri Lanka, widens into the Madu Ganga Lake at Balapitiya and flows for a further a 4.4 km before draining into the Indian Ocean. Together with the smaller Randombe Lake, to which the river is connected by two narrow channels, it forms the Madu Ganga wetland dotted with mangrove…

A Day In Dubrovnik


  “Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the…