Features

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Bridging the gap

One of the many wonders of the railway journey between Ella and Badulla through the hill country of south-central Sri Lanka ...
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A Sweet Story

Big things sometimes come in small parcels. Kuddan, dainty palm leaf baskets filled with sweet jaggery, are a tasty snack, but they are more...
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The Enigma of Thambalagamuwa

It’s hard to say why Thambalagamuwa Bay is so rarely visited. It’s a haven for animal and bird life, is close to the east coast beaches of Uppuveli and Nilaveli...
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Cornering The Market

The carrots are scrubbed, the tomatoes are shiny, and the aubergines look like they’ve been varnished. ...
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Prince of Pastries

It’s the fun bun loved by the young. The no frills, no fills, sugar-sprinkled roll relished by the retired...
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The Devil Bird of Sri Lanka

The ‘devil bird’, known by natives as the Ulama, is as feared as it is famous in Sri Lanka, its cry said to be an omen of death...
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Nature’s healer

In Sri Lanka, hope blooms where the rosy periwinkle grows...
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Waterworld Waikkal

Think of Waikkal and you think of sand, windblown coconut trees and rushing waves. The name isn’t evocative like Unawatuna......
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The Man with the Magic Potions

At 6:30 on a weekend morning, the road is quiet, unsullied by the sounds and smells of the usual workday traffic. Morning walkers pass by at a leisurely pace. ...
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The Ruby Statue of the Vitarka Buddha

Something stirred in the soul of a Hong Kong art and gem collector when he saw an elderly woman clasp her hands in worship before the statue of the seated Buddha......
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