Myriad adventures in Sri Lanka
YOU might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless scores of travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as the 2004 tsunami have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries.Full Story
Richmond Hill, Canada
#1 Jul 18, 2012
JDS: Being a Sinhalese, how do you see post war Sri Lanka? Had there been any significant changes and progress in the aftermath of war, with respect to recognizing root causes and resolving problems?
JF: Let us be clear about one important thing first. In the strict sense of the word itís not a post war situation. Instead, it is a war by other means. In addition to heavy militarisation we can see a massive structural change that is been carried out by the Sri Lankan government through acquisition of land, Sinhala settlements, building of military cantonments, acquiring key trade and commercial locations, changing name boards to all-Sinhala names, building of Sinhala Buddhist shrines, claiming ancient Tamil Buddhist sites as Sinhala Buddhist sites and so on and so on. This phase existed prior to the armed phase before the 1980s. It has now gone up to a maximum speed after the military defeat of the armed resistance of the Tamil movement. No attempt has been made to address the root causes of the conflict. What is happening is the consolidating of the unitary state structure and the Sinhala Buddhist ideology of re-conquest with the aim of cultural homogenisation of the Tamil region. It is an irony to see how in this process of ideological and military re-conquest of the Tamil region those Sinhalese who backed the same process are being silenced by the government, let alone the other voices of dissent in the Sinhala society.
#2 Jul 18, 2012
Thalivar also had a Myriad experience wen the army cut his head right off of his fat kalakani demala body. I am obviously speculating because fat pakaya dint live to tell the story. LOL
“Hindu God- Dhanwantri”
Since: Mar 11
#3 Jul 18, 2012
YOU might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless scores of travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as the 2004 tsunami have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries.
But now - as you've probably heard - the war is over and Sri Lanka's looking up. If you've "done'' India, grown blase about South-East Asia or simply want to explore a place whose appeal and pleasures are myriad, then it's time you dropped in.
So much in so little
Sri Lanka's attributes are many. Few places have as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (eight) packed into such a small area. Its 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites filled with mystery. Legendary temples boast beautiful details crafted by artisans through the centuries.
Across whole swaths of the country, that thing that goes bump in the night might be an elephant heading to a favourite waterhole. Safari tours of Sri Lanka's national parks encounter leopards, grouchy water buffaloes, all manner of birds and a bunch of primates.
When you're ready to escape the tropical climate of the coast and lowlands, head for the hills, which are verdant and alluring.
Impossibly green tea plantations and rain-forested peaks beckon walkers, trekkers or just those who want to watch on a spectacular train ride.
And then there are the beaches. The beaches! Dazzlingly white and all so often un-trod, they ring the island so that no matter where you go, you'll be near a sandy gem. Should you beat the inevitable languor, you can surf and dive world-class sites without world-class crowds.
It's so easy
Distances are short. You can see the sacred home of the world's oldest living tree in the morning (Anuradhapura) and stand awestruck by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering in the afternoon (Minneriya).
Find a favourite beach to call your own, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling a mellow village, marvel at birds and wildflowers, try to keep count of the little dishes that come with your rice and curry.
Stroll past colonial gems in Colombo and then hit some epic surf.
Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still mostly uncrowded. Now is the best time to discover it.
Renovations in Colombo: The 17th-century Old Dutch Hospital in Colombo's historic Fort is leading the way for renovations across the city. Its restaurants and shops bring a dash of style to the capital.
Maritime Museum, Galle: Galle is kindling an interest in its maritime past, present and future with this new state-of-the-art museum full of flashing lights and nautical displays.
New Dolphin Tours, Kalpitiya: A huge project is under way to turn the area around Kalpitiya into a major package-tour hot spot. But a better reason for venturing here are the newly launched dolphin boat safaris.
Ha.. Ha.. Ha..
Tamils are always lying.
#4 Jul 19, 2012
sinhalese are the greatest ass lickers of the Whites of russia and china. They claim their goo is harima rasai. ha ha ha
#5 Jul 19, 2012
jack fish p0onnaya, take a boat ride.
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