Book review: Upon a Sleepless Isle

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In the space of a few years, Sri Lanka went from a country afflicted by a terrorist war to one of the trendiest holiday destinations in the world.

Andrew Fidel Fernando chronicles Sri Lanka’s journey in Upon a Sleepless Isle which surely ranks as the finest travel books ever written about the country.

Fernando, who is also Sri Lanka’s finest cricket writer for ESPNcricinfo, has a playful wit and is a perfect judge of an entertaining anecdote. As well as being a shrewd judge, he also has something of an accident-probe nature.

But he also has a feisty recognition of what’s right and what’s wrong.…

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Sri Lanka at forefront of kitesurfing craze

By Dilsiri Welikala

Kitesurfing can claim to be one of the coolest sports you can do on water – and Sri Lanka is bidding to be one of the most exciting venues in the world

For the first time in this part of the world, Sri Lanka’s kitesurfing scene will take a new twist, offering 100km-plus downwind trips along the north-west coast.

For those not in the know, kitesurfing is a wind-powered surface watersport using a kite and a board to skim across the water.

Kitesurfing, a new sport that has seen tremendous growth, harnesses the power of the wind through a large parachute-type kite to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard.…

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Dancing Sri Lankan lizards commended in Comedy Wildlife awards

A picture of two Sri Lankan land monitor lizards seemingly intent on a dance lesson has been Highly Commended in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography awards.

The photo was taken in Wilpattu game park by Sergey Savvi of CWPA / Barcroft Images.

Sadly the dancing lizards lost out to a surprised squirrel.

There are two types of monitor lizards in Sri Lanka, the land monitor and the water monitor.

The common land monitor is normally found in hot lowland country of Sri Lanka. Farmers encourage them to wander around their fields as they eat vermin such as mice as well as ants, fruit, frogs, spiders, scorpions, beetles, grubs and if they can catch them, bats.…

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Sri Lanka political upheaval brings holiday bargains

I’ve always championed late November as a great time to visit Sri Lanka for the beach lover in search of bargains. As the month progresses, the sunshine hours on the west and south coast increase dramatically. But this November, 2018, the west and south coast beaches are quieter than normal.
The power struggle in Parliament which has temporarily left Sri Lanka with not one Prime Minister but two has given the tourist industry a jolt.
This – frustratingly – coming only a couple of weeks after Lonely Planet named Sri Lanka as the No 1 destination in the world for 2019.…

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