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An uneasy vision of Sri Lanka in A Smiling Man and a Hidden Snake
An uneasy vision of Sri Lanka in A Smiling Man and a Hidden Snake
An uneasy vision of Sri Lanka in A Smiling Man and a Hidden Snake

Before Yurian Quintanas Nobel went on holiday to Sri Lanka, friends told him how welcoming the people there are. “And they really are,” he says, “but I always felt there was a kind of darkness in this country. “The recent history of Sri Lanka is very painful in human terms,” he explains. “The country suffered a long civil war that finished only eight…

BJP - Feb 16 15:24 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Tourism ]

Revisiting Sri Lanka in a Post-Civil War Era
Revisiting Sri Lanka in a Post-Civil War Era

A decades-long civil war effectively wiped out tourism in Sri Lanka but, now, nine years after the war ended, the country is shining brightly as a destination hot spot and is catching the eyes the attention of travelers around the world, but particularly Chinese and Middle Eastern visitors. In 2015, Sri Lanka welcomed nearly 1.8 million visitors, which is up a…

Travel Pulse - May 17 11:52 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Two young Brit tourists 'kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Sri Lanka' while on luxury holiday

    Two young Brit tourists \'kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Sri Lanka\' while on luxury holiday

    POLICE in Sri Lanka have made an arrest after two Brit holidaymakers were allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Local media reported that the women, aged 20 and 21, were abducted from the central city of Kandy. After being grabbed in the Hantana area of the city the women, reportedly from Scotland, were robbed of their mobile phones and about 122,000…

    The Sun - Apr 21 08:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism, UK ]

  • Project Loon: Google balloon that beams down internet reaches Sri Lanka

    Project Loon: Google balloon that beams down internet reaches Sri Lanka

    Google’s balloon-powered high-speed internet service known as “Project Loon” has started testing in Sri Lanka ahead of a planned joint venture with the government. One of three balloons being used in the trials entered Sri Lankan airspace on Monday, having been launched in South America, said Muhunthan Canagey, the government’s information and…

    The Guardian - Feb 16 20:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka by train: The formerly war-torn north is rebuilding

    Sri Lanka by train: The formerly war-torn north is rebuilding

    Long before dawn, outside Colombo's Fort railway station, a man flattens samosa skins with the heel of his hand under a naked light bulb. The row of shops and stalls overflows with snacks, water, and Sri Lankan pop music – fuel for a new day of slow travel across an island with growing boundaries. On Platform 3, a newspaper seller bounds across the tracks to reach…

    The Independent - Nov 16 16:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, Politics, Tourism ]

  • Journey of the senses in Sri Lanka

    Journey of the senses in Sri Lanka

    Annelies Gartner is taken into the exotic island nation’s warm embrace. Encroaching vegetation threatened to swallow the unassuming brick building and strip of concrete that marked the end of our Sri Lankan rail tour. We had arrived at Kattuwa station, north of Negombo. A little more than 13 hours in first, second and third-class carriages — and many more…

    The West Australian - Aug 18 21:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka rediscovers itself

    Sri Lanka rediscovers itself

    Each time I visit Sri Lanka I come away impressed all over again by the stunningly beautiful green and clean tiny island-nation and its amazing people. For one, you don’t hear the all-pervasive, irritating honking on the roads. And surprise of surprises, for Indians at least, even taxi drivers politely halt to allow pedestrians to cross the road. And they do so…

    Business Line - Apr 28 13:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Tourism, WarCrimes ]

  • A tantalising tea break in Sri Lanka

    A tantalising tea break in Sri Lanka

    It’s like the old PG adverts. Sari-clad women work barefoot, plucking the tenderest tea leaves, and throwing them over their shoulders. Here in the high hills of central Sri Lanka, on the 60-acre plantation owned by the Dilmah Tea company, tea is grown and made using traditional methods that haven’t changed in 150 years. The only innovation is that the women now…

    London Evening Standard - Apr 22 04:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

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  • Chinese tourists flock to Sri Lanka despite strained ties

    Chinese tourists flock to Sri Lanka despite strained ties

    Derrick Wong’s gambit is paying off. There’s no stopping the rising wave of Chinese tourists in Sri Lanka even as relations between the two nations have receded from last year’s high-water mark. “If politics affected tourism, there wouldn’t be so many Chinese tourists in Japan,” said the owner of Grand Beijing Chinese Restaurant in tony Colombo 3…

    SCMP - Apr 09 03:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism, China ]

  • Rise of Sri Lanka’s luxury tourist resorts ‘fuels round of human rights abuses’

    Rise of Sri Lanka’s luxury tourist resorts ‘fuels round of human rights abuses’

    British-based travel agencies are among the European holiday firms criticised in a report that alleges tourism development in Sri Lanka is prompting new human rights abuses. Large-scale tourism developments since the end of the civil war six years ago have had disastrous effects on local communities, including cases of fishermen losing their access to the sea and…

    The Guardian - Mar 01 15:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism, UK ]

  • A Newly Cosmopolitan Colombo

    A Newly Cosmopolitan Colombo

    THINK OF SRI LANKA and what springs to mind? Beaches and Buddhas, temples and jungles, elephants and tea-clad hills. Heady metropolitan sophistication? Not so much. But five years after the bitter 25-year civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam came to an end, Colombo has transformed itself. Once a shabby sprawl, to be skirted briskly…

    WSJ - Dec 12 16:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, Economy, Tourism ]

  • 12 Sri Lanka foods visitors have to try

    12 Sri Lanka foods visitors have to try

    The Teardrop of India or Pearl of the Indian Ocean are among many nicknames for Sri Lanka. But a more accurate description of the gorgeous nation might be the Island of Rice and Curry. Making liberal use of local fruit, such as coconut and jackfruit, seafood and an arsenal of spices, Sri Lankan cooking delivers an abundance of incredible dishes. Here are some…

    CNN - Oct 27 07:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka's grand tourism plan faces hurdles

    Sri Lanka\'s grand tourism plan faces hurdles

    Late last month, Sri Lankan tourism officials welcomed the arrival of its millionth tourist for 2014 at Bandarankaike International Airport in the capital, Colombo. According to local newspapers, the tourist, who was travelling with his partner, was received with a special dance and was given a complimentary vacation package. The event set the South Asian island…

    Al Jazeera - Oct 17 15:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka: After the war is over

    Sri Lanka: After the war is over

    When builders set about restoring the original 150-year-old heritage wing of Colombo's classic Galle Face Hotel they made a fascinating, if not ever so slightly salacious, discovery. On the bottom of a bedside table drawer in one of the suites, an Englishman and a Frenchwoman had penned a message, a titillating time capsule, detailing a torrid four days they had spent…

    SMH - Jun 15 13:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • British tourist Naomi Coleman 'treated like a criminal' in Sri Lanka

    British tourist Naomi Coleman \'treated like a criminal\' in Sri Lanka

    A British tourist arrested in Sri Lanka because she had a Buddha tattoo on her arm says she was treated "like a criminal" when she was held by the authorities. Speaking ahead of her deportation, Naomi Coleman said she had been forced to share a room with 60 women, many of whom were being held for violent crimes. Charles Haviland reports.

    BBC - Apr 24 20:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism, UK ]

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  • Leopards, surfing, curry: A great Sri Lankan odyssey

    Leopards, surfing, curry: A great Sri Lankan odyssey

    Barely 20 minutes into our 4WD trip and a leopard nonchalantly crosses the sand road some 10 meters ahead of our vehicle. Any more carefree and it'd have walked up to the jeep and casually asked for the time of day and a cigarette. The leopard is the latest surprise on a surprise-filled long weekend in Sri Lanka. The encounter is eyebrow-raising because our…

    CNN - Mar 25 12:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • 5 ways to experience the best of Sri Lanka

    5 ways to experience the best of Sri Lanka

    Home to a gorgeous coastline, ancient cities and lush countryside, Sri Lanka is also slowly healing from the wounds of war. But with a steadily improving infrastructure, this tiny emerald shaped island is on the rise. Here are five essential experiences and destinations to consider.

    CNN - Mar 14 02:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture, Tourism ]

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  • Northern exposure

    Northern exposure

    It's a long and forbidding road, but Lance Richardson finds hidden treasures in a Tamil region struggling after years of war. Vavuniya is the sort of place you go on the way to somewhere else. Though it's in the centre-north of Sri Lanka - a bindi on the country's forehead - it has the hallmarks of a border town, with trucks churning dust and policemen multiplying…

    SMH - May 13 10:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism, Australia, WarCrimes ]

  • Briton denies Buddha tattoo was 'disrespectful'

    Briton denies Buddha tattoo was \'disrespectful\'

    A British tourist is "shocked and upset" after being deported from Sri Lanka for displaying a Buddha tattoo on his arm, he says. Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo's main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism. The authorities are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism - the religion of the island's…

    BBC - Mar 17 13:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism, UK ]

  • Experience: My holiday romance nearly killed me

    Experience: My holiday romance nearly killed me

    The worst thing about Sri Lanka's sublime beaches is the sea: roiling breakers and a strong undertow. I was travelling there three years ago, and it taunted me as I lay on the beach. When I couldn't cope with the heat any longer, I'd hop across the scorching sand, wade in up to my knees and do a couple of ungainly plunges up to my neck to cool off, too scared to get…

    The Guardian - Feb 02 13:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism, UK ]

  • Sri Lanka War Tourism Skips Reality

    Sri Lanka War Tourism Skips Reality

    The tour guide’s voice echoes around the dark, musty room, three stories underground. Fifty visitors — among them mothers holding infants, youths snapping pictures on mobile phones and grandparents leaning against the walls — are crammed into the narrow stairwell that leads down into the chamber, listening attentively to his every word. The tourists have…

    IPS - Nov 25 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's Yala National park sees greedy elephant ambush tourist convoy for food

    Sri Lanka\'s Yala National park sees greedy elephant ambush tourist convoy for food

    A hungry elephant demanded food from terrified tourists on safari - and nearly sent them flying when it tried to reach inside their vehicle. The cheeky tusker stuck his trunk inside a broken-down truck while begging for treats at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. Photographer Sidath Wanaguru captured the extraordinary moment from a vehicle travelling in convoy…

    Daily Mail - Apr 21 08:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka from the sky: spectacular drone footage of the island

    Sri Lanka from the sky: spectacular drone footage of the island

    Sri Lanka's tea plantations, palm-fringed coasts and extraordinary temples shrouded in thick forest are shown in a beautiful aerial video. Even those unable to visit the island south of India in the Indian Ocean can explore the mist-shrouded mountain sides and waterfalls in the footage, which is one of 18 destinations around the world shot by London-based MOFILM. …

    The Telegraph - Jan 27 19:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture, Tourism ]

  • Mirissa attack a stab in the back for tourism

    Mirissa attack a stab in the back for tourism

    The stabbing of a British tourist and the attempted rape of his girlfriend residing in a tourist resort down south are sending ripples of concern among the authorities over the impact on the tourism industry.The incident has opened up old wounds bringing to recollection the notorious killing of 32-year-old British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh who was holidaying in…

    Sunday Times - Sep 30 12:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Cruise service soon between Kerala and Sri Lanka

    Cruise ship service between Kerala and Sri Lanka is likely to begin soon, said a Sri Lankan minister. Sri Lankan Minister Gamini J. Perera told reporters here on Thursday that the first round of discussions was held last month when a Kerala delegation came to Sri Lanka. "In a month's time, we expect to finalise all the details of operating cruise ships between…

    IANS - May 07 10:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tourism ]

  • Colombo roadshow to market Kerala Tourism

    A high-level delegation led by Minister for Tourism A. P. Anilkumar will leave for Colombo on Thursday to explore the possibility of creating a new tourism ‘triangle’ circuit in partnership with Sri Lanka and the Maldives to enhance tourist arrivals to Kerala. The visit, in the midst of Visit Kerala Year 2015, will mark Kerala Tourism’s maiden roadshow in…

    The Hindu - Apr 23 12:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Paradise once more in SriLanka

    My late grandmother Victoria Gonzales once told me that Sri Lanka was really beautiful. “Even more beautiful than Kerala,” she said, which is quite a thing for a Malayalee to say. But she was talking about Sri Lanka in the late 1930s when she stopped over on the way from India to Malaya. I have always been quite keen to visit Sri Lanka. About a decade ago, I…

    Jakarta Post - Apr 13 08:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Where to go diving, from Sharm el-Sheikh to Sri Lanka

    Where to go diving, from Sharm el-Sheikh to Sri Lanka

    There's nothing quite like the sensation of cruising through the blue, surrounded by shimmering fish and limitless space. A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, "Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea" (020 7942 5725; nhm.ac.uk; £10), explores the world's subaquatic habitats, the creatures that live there, and what we can do to conserve them. As well as…

    The Independent - Apr 02 14:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Dutch honeymooner survives fall from World's End

    Dutch honeymooner survives fall from World\'s End

    Sri Lankan troops rescued a Dutch honeymooner who became the first person to survive a fall from the World's End, a 4,000-foot (1,200-metre) cliff that is one of the country's main tourist attractions, the military said on Saturday. Thirty-five-year-old Mamitho Lendas was on honeymoon in Sri Lanka with his new wife. The two were visiting World's End, a tourist…

    The Telegraph - Feb 23 15:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka Lures Buyers in Postwar Boom

    Sri Lanka Lures Buyers in Postwar Boom

    These days, Sri Lanka is often called the next Bali. Tourism has more than doubled since the 26-year civil war on this teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean ended in 2009, with 1.27 million visitors arriving last year. And some of those foreigners have been buying vacation homes, especially along the island’s southern coast, even though changes to property…

    New York Times - Dec 04 18:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Travel Experiences You’ll Find Only in Sri Lanka

    Travel Experiences You’ll Find Only in Sri Lanka

    SRI LANKA SEEMS to be at a tipping point. Five years after the end of its quarter-century-long civil war, tourists are being lured back to Sri Lanka by friendly locals and an abundance of natural and man-made beauty. This petite island nation—totaling just 25,000 square miles but including the 4.5 million-resident city of Colombo—offers everything from leopard…

    WSJ - Oct 27 07:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Chic and stylish: Sri Lanka's new breed of hotels

    Chic and stylish: Sri Lanka\'s new breed of hotels

    Sri Lanka, the teardrop-shaped island that in 2009 emerged from more than a quarter century of civil war, has staked claim as one of Asia's most exciting new destinations. With the beaches of Negombo and Galle on the West Coast and World Heritage-listed ancient cities, Sri Lanka is experiencing a tourism boom. As the country's tourism offerings have grown more…

    CNN - Oct 09 14:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka shows its wild side as country aims to increase tourism

    Sri Lanka shows its wild side as country aims to increase tourism

    Sri Lanka has a huge and diversified eco system, with a larger part of the island nation still green and unexplored. Many foreign investors have already pumped in money to develop Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. “You can see how serious we are to promote tourism in the country. "We have built a second international airport even though we have Colombo’s…

    Daily Mail - May 05 09:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism ]

  • Sexual assaults on foreign women on the rise as tourist numbers increase

    Sexual assaults on foreign women on the rise as tourist numbers increase

    Recent cases of harassment and rape of foreign women have raised concerns regarding the safety of tourists arriving in the country. Last week, a former Chairman of the Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha was arrested, produced in Court and remanded for sexually harassing a 22-year-old Swedish woman at a resort in Weligama. Earlier this month two police constables were arrested…

    Sunday Times - Mar 30 09:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka, Admired From Above

    Sri Lanka, Admired From Above

    Jeff Powell, decked out in shorts and open-toe sandals, doesn’t want anything to do with the big airlines. The 34-year-old Canadian says he is more than happy flying for Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s only scheduled seaplane service. Mr. Powell, who was a pilot in the Maldives last year when he was hired by the four-plane Sri Lankan start-up, says that the…

    New York Times - Mar 19 03:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka in drive to boost tourism in Passekudaah Bay

    Sri Lanka in drive to boost tourism in Passekudaah Bay

    After a decades-long civil war the Sri Lankan government is aiming to develop its tourism industry as its economy expands. Because of its pristine beaches and an extraordinarily calm sea, the government has designated Passekudah Bay as a special tourism development zone. The government has allocated leases for luxury hotels to build 800 hotel rooms as part of a…

    BBC - Jun 28 13:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, Tourism, WarCrimes ]

  • Inside Sri Lanka's former war zones

    Inside Sri Lanka\'s former war zones

    At the back of the beach fishermen were mending their nets in the shade, while behind them a voluble group of boys played cricket in a glade between the coconut trees. A toddy-tapper, collector of the potent sap from those trees, wobbled past on his ancient bicycle, using the potholes as an excuse for not being able to keep a straight line. And in the foreground, a…

    The Telegraph - Apr 10 03:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism, WarCrimes ]

  • The Gathering: Sri Lanka's great elephant migration

    The Gathering: Sri Lanka\'s great elephant migration

    Poachers have decimated elephant populations across Africa and parts of Asia, killing thousands of animals for their revered ivory. Yet in Sri Lanka, home to some 7,000 wild Asian elephants, a different, more hopeful story is playing out. It's a story that's attracting truckloads of tourists from around the world to witness a stunning wildlife spectacle,…

    CNN - Feb 13 12:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

  • Buddha footprints, lions made of rock and orphaned elephants in magical Sri Lanka

    Buddha footprints, lions made of rock and orphaned elephants in magical Sri Lanka

    I’m woken by a gentle tap on the door. ‘It’s time,’ whispers the guide. It’s 1am. The torrential rain has stopped and a full moon fills the sky with shimmering light. Conditions couldn’t be better for my 2,244-metre climb up Sri Lanka’s most holy mountain. Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, has been venerated as a sacred site for centuries. A depression…

    Daily Mail - Jan 09 02:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tourism ]

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