Arankele


Buddhism is about the potential that exists in the human mind. Independent of a Supreme Being, without preyer or worship, it shows the way of harnessing the potential of one’s own mind to discover the timeless purity, love, peace and wisdom that lies within each and every one of us. The end of that journey of…

Land Of The Singing Fish


Tamils called it Matakkalappu or Muddy Swamp. The Portuguese re-named it Batticaloa. But for many, it is the Land of the Singing Fish   Batticaloa, Batti for short, enjoys a spectacular position surrounded by lagoons with palm-filtered sunlight glancing off the water. There’s a mellow vibe to the town, and though there are no dramatic or…

A Weekend In Pasikudah


I spent the last weekend in Pasikudah. The sleepy little fishing village on the East Coast of Sri Lanka has become an high-end holiday resort in only a few years.   The journey from Colombo on the west coast took nearly ten hours, made all the more frustrating by idiot motorists and shoddily managed road…

Iron Age Burial Site At Ibbankatuwa


The Early Iron Age in Sri Lanka lasted from 1000 to 600 BC. An iron age settlement was founded around 900 BC at the site of today’s Anuradhapura – the first capital of Sri Lanka. Discovery of pottery from the site bearing Brahmi script and red glass beads indicate contact with North India and the absence of Dravidian script…

Eyeballing Elephant in Musth


  “You are guaranteed elephants at Hurulu Eco Park” the man at the hotel said. I had never heard of Hurulu. I knew both Kaudulla and Minneriya National Parks near Habarana usually had large herds of Elephants. In fact, Minneriya is renowned for its “Elephant Gathering” when herds of over 200 elephants are seen in…

Mystical Ritigala


Deep inside a Strict Nature Reserve are the sprawling, jungle-covered ruins of an extensive monastic and cave complex. The broken stone structures, fallen carvings and once-sacred caves lie on a 766m hill, a striking feature that looms above the dry central flatlands of Sri Lanka. It was a place of refuge as long ago as the 4th century…

Ironwood & Rose Quartz


One sunny afternoon last week, I drove to the village of Madatugama in the North-Western Dry Zone of Sri Lanka to see the Island’s largest Ironwood forest and the biggest Rose Quartz deposit in all of Asia   Ironwood Mesua ferara is one of Sri Lanka’s native plants with bright red leaves and fragrant white flowers. The…