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How Sri Lanka balances serendipity and sultry charms

Throwing open the curtains of my room in the Slightly Chilled Guest House, I am greeted by the morning view of Adam's Peak, where Adam first set foot on earth when he was chucked out of the Garden of Eden. Or call it Sri Pada, the mountain of the sacred footprint. But then again, it's Samanala Kande, Butterfly Mountain. And Hinduism's Sivan Adi Padham.

SMH - Aug 19 11:06 GMT - more ...

Sri Lanka: Beyond the beaches

We debrief before heading into the jungle. "Stay close," our guide Sagara instructs us gravely. "And if you see an elephant, drop your bike and jump in the van."

Independent - Jul 30 12:23 GMT - more ...

Gary Anandasangaree
  • How to explore Sri Lanka's southern coast in style

    One of the hottest destinations in Asia right now, Sri Lanka continues to make it onto an increasing number of international travelers' itineraries. …

    CNN - Jun 20 23:05 GMT - more ...

  • Sri Lanka feels the heat

    Over the past few weeks, temperatures across South Asia have steadily built up ahead of the summer rains. There has been much talk of the severe heat and, at times, drought conditions that have accompanied this pre-monsoon heat across India and Pakistan. Sri Lanka has suffered alongside them as the sweltering conditions have intensified.

    Al Jazeera - May 01 10:22 GMT - more ...

  • Elephants and beautiful beaches on the island paradise of Sri Lanka

    From tea and ancient kingdoms to the amazing wildlife and beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka - in the second part of a two-part series, Oliver Franzen and Emma Knights go in search of elephants and explore the island’s coastline.

    EDP - Mar 05 22:05 GMT - more ...

  • 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. …

    BJP - Feb 16 10:23 GMT - more ...

  • Beyond the beach

    The sun had not set so much as been swallowed by grey storm clouds one November evening in Galle Fort, along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The packs of teens with selfie sticks, giddy newlyweds walking with intertwined fingers and dads with gigantic DSLR cameras had all been promised a spectacular sunset, and so they’d stationed themselves along the 16th-century…

    Globe and Mail - Jan 17 11:46 GMT - more ...

  • Explore Sri Lanka Like A Local

    Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, the relatively small, lush teardrop-shaped Sri Lanka sits just off the tip of Southern India, but in true island style, its pace is relaxed. Herds of serene elephants pad about tropical forests, golden palm-fringed sandy beaches stretch for miles and the verdant green carpeted hillsides of its thriving tea industry, which dates…

    Huffington Post - Sep 13 08:44 GMT - more ...

  • 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.

    Travel Pulse - May 17 07:51 GMT - more ...

  • Wild times in Sri Lanka: On safari or in the city, the elephant has the right of way

    We had to settle for paw prints in the powdery dirt of a potholed road and not the leopard itself. …

    National Post - Apr 28 22:53 GMT - more ...

  • Sri Lanka's a secret surfers' paradise with lots of reef breaks, surf-tour operators say

    With miles of sandy beaches, quality reef breaks and consistent swells, Sri Lanka's coasts are fast gaining a reputation as a premier surf destination. …

    CNBC - Apr 16 22:25 GMT - more ...

  • Southern comforts in Tangalle, Sri Lanka

    It’s a minimum three-and-a-half-hour drive or a 40-­minute ride on a C-20 Amphibian Air Taxi from Colombo to the Tangalle area of south-­western Sri Lanka. I opt for the exotic-­sounding Cinnamon Air. What I don’t know until the moment of take-off is that there’s a trainee pilot in the hot seat, battling high winds and the controls as his instructor barks…

    The National - Mar 24 06:18 GMT - more ...

  • Why You Should Go To Sri Lanka Now

    After being mostly off limits to travelers for 26 years while a civil war raged between Tamil separatists and the Buddhist Sinhalese government, Sri Lanka has been climbing the lists of tourism hot spots since the war’s end in 2009. There are various reasons: the UNESCO designated archeological ruins of kingdoms spanning 2000 years, the lush beauty of terraced…

    Forbes - Mar 01 13:16 GMT - more ...

  • Dutch forts and marine sanctuaries: Sri Lanka is ideal for a long weekend trip

    Along with the summer heat and sultry weather, March also brings with it two long weekends — March 5 to 7 and 24 to 27. And for Indian tourists, Sri Lanka has never been more sought after as a travel destination than now. In the years since the island nation’s long-standing civil war ended in 2009 — and particularly in the last couple of years — Indians are…

    Hindustan Times - Feb 11 22:02 GMT - more ...

  • The Most Exclusive New Villa In Sri Lanka

    Scattered along the south coast of Sri Lanka,fronting the crashing waves of the Andaman Sea, a hotel building boom is starting in this suddenly in demand island. In contrast with the charming, culturally relevant boutique hotels that already exist with more in development, the nearby, just opened Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort exemplifies another hotel style…

    Forbes - Jan 31 08:31 GMT - more ...

  • 10 reasons why you should visit Sri Lanka in 2016

    Sri Lanka is a tropical and incredibly diverse island off the southern tip of India that can offer holiday makers everything from pristine sandy beaches to ancient Buddhist temples and lush green hills dotted with tea plantations to wildlife safaris. Its tourism industry suffered major setbacks from its 20 year civil war, which ended in 2009, as well as devastaion…

    Evening Standard - Jan 29 02:44 GMT - more ...

  • Tropical retreat: surfing and yoga in Sri Lanka

    When I asked Ed Templeton, co-founder of Soul & Surf, why there’s a growing trend for healthy retreats combining surfing and yoga, he said they go together so well because “both activities are all about being in the moment”. It’s easy to see why: riding on the crest of a wave is as exhilarating as it sounds; and yoga can liberate the mind and do wonders for…

    The Guardian - Jan 24 09:26 GMT - more ...

  • A Fresh Welcome in Sri Lanka

    The seas were flat, and under a bright full moon it was easy to dodge the fishing nets that multiplied as we approached the Sri Lankan coast. We were seven days into a pleasant light-wind passage from Langkawi, Malaysia. A few hours earlier we’d been approached by a colorful fishing boat and traded juice for a big mahimahi, so we were in no rush to make landfall.…

    Cruising World - Jan 13 10:02 GMT - more ...

  • 52 Places to Go in 2016

    It’s a big world out there, so we’ve narrowed it down for you. From ancient temples to crystalline waters, here are our top destinations to visit this year. When Pope Francis visits Mexico City next month, he will draw the faithful from around the country. The Mexican capital, though, is attracting pilgrims of another kind: travelers seeking some of the world’s…

    New York Times - Jan 07 17:21 GMT - more ...

  • Looking good at Tri Sri Lanka

    Few countries are enjoying such a flurry of new luxury hotel openings right now as Sri Lanka, and one of the most interesting new properties to launch in the country is the “sustainable design hotel” Tri Lanka. …

    The Telegraph - Jan 04 09:50 GMT - more ...

  • Travelling with kids: Like a duck to water - finally - in Sri Lanka

    I am with two children at the Sri Sunshine Diving School in Sri Lanka. Our hotel’s concierge, the Taj ­Bentota, has assured us this is the best place to learn and enjoy water sports. The children want to go on a banana boat. I want them to learn something new: a new skill – surfing or waterskiing perhaps. But I hide a shameful secret. I have tried waterskiing.…

    The National - Dec 10 13:50 GMT - more ...

  • Kiwis in flight: Glamping with elephants in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has several national parks teeming with wildlife; but you can't stay the night in them. The Jungle Lodge is one of only a few places where you can get pretty close; it's on the untouched northern border of the popular Yala National Park.

    Stuff.co.nz - May 26 03:58 GMT - more ...

  • Excited Establishment turns to Sri Lanka for decade-long growth

    Asia-focused Establishment (ET) is backing Sri Lanka, which it says is home to ‘high quality, low valuation’ listed companies. A trip to the island country of Sri Lanka, which sits to the south of India, has surprised Establishment manager Henry Thornton of Blackfriars Asset Management.

    Citywire - Apr 20 08:55 GMT - more ...

  • Why is Sri Lanka becoming the most fashionable place to travel?

    After years of civil war, Sri Lanka is now open to the world again and has become somewhat of a cultural magnet for weathered globe-trotters and travelers. It’s hardly surprising for a country in the middle of the Indian Ocean, teeming with surfing beaches, beautiful national parks full of colorful flora and fauna, Hindu temples and tea plantations. Take a look at…

    Vogue - Feb 23 03:54 GMT - more ...

  • Age-old hospitality: top heritage hotels in Sri Lanka

    Our concept of serendipity, the art of making joyous discoveries, apparently stems from the ancient Persian name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. Which makes perfect sense, really, because it's hard to think of another island where joyous discoveries are so abundant.

    AFR - Feb 08 09:41 GMT - more ...

  • Sri’s company: Temples, tea and tusks in stunning Sri Lanka

    Among the newest is Fort Bazaar (from $220), which has layered mid-20th century mod style into the 17th-century digs of a Dutch merchant, adding an east-meets-west restaurant that’s one of the few air-conditioned eateries here. (No small luxury, given the heat and humidity.)

    New York Times - Oct 25 10:50 GMT - more ...

  • Vogue Travels: Sri Lanka

    Dreaming of a sunny getaway? Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley + Hemsley shares her diary from a recent trip to Sri Lanka, whilst her partner Nick Hopper has captured the sights, sounds and the glorious food through his beautiful photographs.

    Vogue - Sep 02 09:34 GMT - more ...

  • Calamander Group's Roman Scott says Sri Lanka can be top tourist spot

    Sri Lanka would have been the world's top tourist destination, if not for the decades lost to the country's civil war. That's the firm conviction of Roman Scott, founder and chairman of the Calamander Group, which is why he decided to put his money into the country's hospitality sector right after Sri Lanka's internal strife ended.

    CNBC - May 07 11:12 GMT - more ...

  • Wild times in Sri Lanka

    We had to settle for paw prints in the powdery dirt of a pot-holed road and not the leopard itself. …

    Vancouver Sun - Apr 21 23:02 GMT - more ...

  • Why You Should Visit Sri Lanka Now

    For a quarter century, Sri Lanka was largely off-limits to tourists, riven by a brutal civil war that finally ended in 2009. Now, Asia-bound isle-philes are looking beyond Bali to this tiny island that’s currently experiencing a welcome hotel boom. Makes sense—besides its otherworldly beaches on the south coast (Aussies and Kiwis have been surfing here for years)…

    CN Traveler - Apr 05 23:50 GMT - more ...

  • In Sri Lanka, Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed

    We had just crossed the causeway leading from the Jaffna Peninsula to the Vanni, the northern Sri Lankan mainland, when the colossus came into view: a pair of bronze hands, mounted on a plinth, raising aloft a model of this teardrop-shaped island nation. A marble frieze on the wall that encircled the statue showed columns of helmeted troops and tanks rolling past…

    New York Times - Mar 02 15:05 GMT - more ...

  • Colombo’s trunk call: the amazing elephant orphanage of Sri Lanka

    IT’S BAD enough at children’s bathtime, telling the little darlings to desist from displacing the water all over the walls and floor. Imagine trying to bring order to 20 baby elephants as they gambol towards a river for their daily session of splash ’n’ squirt at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. …

    Daily Express - Feb 14 06:11 GMT - more ...

  • 23 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

    Dive with blue whales in season or watch spinner dolphins leap about in Kalpitiya. Sri Lanka also has 5,800 wild elephants ambling about and the biggest concentration of leopards in the world. See them in Yala national park.

    The Telegraph - Feb 05 10:14 GMT - more ...

  • Tri Lanka, Galle, Sri Lanka - hotel review: An inspired move away from the beaches

    At around 5.50pm most evenings, the natural soundscape of the forest around Sri Lanka's Lake Koggala – the chirps of cicadas and squawks of koel birds – is broken by the low thrum of a propeller engine. From the terrace of Tri, cocktail in hand, we have the perfect spot to watch the twice-daily seaplane make its descent and land on the bottle-green water's surface…

    The Independent - Jan 29 07:49 GMT - more ...

  • 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. …

    The Telegraph - Jan 27 14:13 GMT - more ...

  • BAZAAR Voyage: Sri Lanka

    Mark Twain once wisely said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour and catch the Trade Winds in your sails.” We couldn't agree more.

    Harpers Bazaar - Jan 20 04:56 GMT - more ...

  • A road trip from Malaysia to Sri Lanka

    Driving across Asia is a dream for several automotive enthusiasts. But for Rukshan Munesinghe and Manivannan this dream is to become a part of their travelogue. The duo, who began their 11,000-mile road trip from Kuala Lumpur on December 15, in a 1971 Ford Capri headed to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    The Hindu - Jan 11 11:47 GMT - more ...

  • Walking the walk in Sri Lanka

    At the end of the first day, we stop at a house for tea. This house in the hills is solid but humble. Simple wooden furniture. A South Indian movie on the television set. A picture of heroes or gods. Peeling paint – no surprise, given how much rain falls here. …

    The National - Jan 07 10:32 GMT - more ...

  • Travel destinations that need your presence: Sierra Leone, Burma, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Haiti

    Headlines warn we’re living in an increasingly dangerous world. Conflicts and catastrophes plus punitive sanctions combine to diminish our horizons. However, travel is a moveable feast. As some destinations are placed off-limits, others emerge to welcome adventurous travellers once again. When it comes to visiting areas recovering from war, natural disasters or…

    The Independent - Dec 28 12:28 GMT - more ...

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