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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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Word Cargo from the Far Country

Sailor Robert Knox’s captivity in the Kandyan Kingdom for two decades in the mid 17th century resulted in a fashionable travel account that ‘loaned’ to the English language......
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Horowpathana: The Legendary City of the Seven Sluices

Little remains of the ancient city of Horowpathana, deep in the heart of Anuradhapura district, but if the ruins of the Kiralagala archaeological site and the Madagama Kanda Temple......
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Mystery of the Pulligoda Painting: The Fresco That Time Forgot

Less than five kilometres away from Dimbulagala lies another ancient rose of artistic genius – but one born to blush unseen. Adorning a rocky wall in a shallow cave in the midst......
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It’s Ambarella Time

Looks can fool. So don’t sidestep the humble ambarella, which will surprise you with its culinary versatality, nourish and even heal...
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