Inside Sri Lanka, A monthly insider’s report by Sri Lanka resident

Kandy in a Day


Royston Ellis


August is the month of the world famous Kandy Perahera. It climaxes this year on the Full Moon day of Tuesday 20 August with the evening parade of whip crackers, fire dancers, jugglers and elephants, including one bearing a casket containing the revered Buddha’s tooth (or a replica of it).


In 1592, the sacred tooth relic (that had arrived in the island in AD331) was brought to Kandy. Its presence confirmed Kandy as the capital of the island, in spite of the presence of the Portuguese on the littoral. In 1658, when the Portuguese were ousted by the Dutch, the kingdom was able to co-exit, albeit uneasily, with the new occupiers.…

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Visiting the Blues out in the Blue

I’m not sure whether any of you have watched Jurassic Park, but I was just a kid when I did, and one thing that really stuck in my mind is that moment when Richard takes off his hat and his jaw drops at the sight of the Brontosaurus. The moment when we saw our first Blue Whale was no different as there’s nothing quite like the experience of seeing the largest animal to have ever roamed Earth up close.…

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Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort to Provide Holistic ‘Wild’ Experience

Visiting one of Sri Lanka’s many National Parks and Nature Reserves is usually one of the many highlights for travelers who visit the island, however quite often the experience is limited due to the lack of quality accommodation options.

Recent restrictions imposed on tented safaris, have also dealt a major blow to both operators, and tourists who want to mix luxury and the wild, and has resulted in the need for tourists and travelers to find a compromise at lesser known properties.

There is hope however, with the recent opening of the luxury Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort.

The property which possesses the region’s first Ayurveda hotel will provide a traditional holistic dimension to the ‘wild’ experience.…

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Dawkins Immortalised in Sri Lankan Waters

You might say that Richard Dawkins took the world by storm with his anti-religious polemic ‘The God Delusion’. Now, the world renowned author and evolutionary biologist’s legacy has been immortalized in the waters of Sri Lanka after local scientists named an entire new genus of freshwater fish after him.

The ‘Dawkinsia’ formally known as the ‘Puntius’ was named after Dawkins by lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, an ichthyologist and internationally acclaimed conservationist, for Dawkin’s “rational explanations” of the universe.

“Richard Dawkins has through his writings helped us understand that the universe is far more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any religion has imagined,” Pethiyagoda told AFP on Monday.…

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