Category Archives: SriLanka

Coconuts galore!

Coconuts galore!

Tourist brochures often portray Sri Lanka as a destination with beautiful sandy beaches (rightly so!), but those amazing beaches are not complete without the tall, straight or windy coconut trees that silhouette the coastlines. Coconut trees in Sri Lanka are not just limited to the coast but found almost anywhere in the island. Here areContinue Reading

Trincomalee

Trincomalee

Nestled in Sri Lanka’s pristine east coast, Trincomalee is a coastal town located on a peninsular of the same name that divides into the inner and outer harbours. Trincomalee Harbour prides itself on being the fifth largest natural harbour in the world. The name Trincomalee comes from the three words Thiru-kona-malai, meaning Lord of theContinue Reading

Sri Lanka – the more food, the merrier

Sri Lanka – the more food, the merrier

I’ll tell you one thing about Sri Lankans. We love large quantities of food. If we can pay a little and a get lot, THAT’s what we call value for money. Do we not care about quality? Yes yes, we do. But when it comes to food, we love seeing a plate full and weContinue Reading

Cricket in Sri Lanka – it’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life!

Cricket in Sri Lanka – it’s not just a sport, it’s a way of life!

Cricket has always played a big role in my life. If you are Sri Lankan, whether or not you love the game, play the game or watch it, somehow cricket has the ability to get in the way of everyday life. Say you are about to park your car somewhere in Sri Lanka. Not onlyContinue Reading

The ‘Big Girl’ Phenomenon

The ‘Big Girl’ Phenomenon

Growing up in Sri Lanka is the same for little boys and girls until you hit a certain point: puberty. I suppose this can be said about any country, but most families on this island take a rather traditional approach when puberty hits. If you’re a girl, you can’t prance around in shorts or skirts. WrestlingContinue Reading

Speaking of the devil….

Speaking of the devil….

If you happened to watch the Sri Lankan leg of Amazing Race Australia in 2011, you may recall the chaos that followed the Sri Lankan Mask Festival, as teams were lost in a frenzy of masked dancers. The history of Sri Lankan masks actually dates as far back as the 15th century, with strong links toContinue Reading

Avurudu fun and games

Avurudu fun and games

Being from a multicultural country like Sri Lanka has its perks, one of which is being able to celebrate several New Years within a given calendar year. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year falls each year in April, usually on the 14th, with the day before also a public holiday, as the last day ofContinue Reading

Koththu Roti – a Sri Lankan favourite

Koththu Roti – a Sri Lankan favourite

We Sri Lankans love our food, and we have a wide variety of dishes that can trace their origins back to either one of our many ethnic groups or our neighboring countries. Each dish has its own story, entwined with the history of the country and its people, and the kind of mystery and intrigueContinue Reading

An arranged marriage to my rescue?

An arranged marriage to my rescue?

‘Like Christmas cake that is fresh up until the 25th but with each succeeding day becomes less appetizing and edible, women too lose their marital appeal as they pass the mid twenties mark’. You can’t argue with this old Japanese saying. At least not in Sri Lanka. You are raised as a little girl, warnedContinue Reading

Yala National Park

Yala National Park

After spending about a year in Kenya, my family caught what I like to call ‘the wildlife bug’, and upon returning to Sri Lanka we spent more and more of our vacation time visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around the country. Although it’s small in size, Sri Lanka is one of the most bio-diverseContinue Reading

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