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Into the Wild – Sinharaja

“Okay, from here, the road is a little bad. But it gets good… and then it gets very bad. But you’re here for an…

Travel

The Cave Of The Demon King

At the southern edge of Sri Lanka’s hill country, nestled in dense forests and farms, lies Ella. This popular backpacking destination is known for…

Everyday Sri Lanka

Ten Interesting Facts About Sri Lankan Names

Little do we realise that names are the foundation of all knowledge. Naming people and things makes it easier for us to make sense…

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How To Get Your Literary Fix In Sri Lanka

Being a bookworm in Sri Lanka is not without its difficulties. A trip to the closest Sarasavi is likely to offer you only the…

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The Forgotten Fort Of Colombo

Colombo. The heart of the island. A bustling metropolis filled with both the amazing and the horrendous, depending on when and where you go….

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Five Scary Diseases That Terrified Our Ancestors

Many of us are no doubt familiar with the Black Death, having read the chilling accounts of the Bubonic Plague that ravaged Europe over…

Identities

The Story Behind The Burghers Of Sri Lanka

The proud descendants of the Dutch and Portuguese colonies of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Burghers have been a part of Sri Lanka…

Identities

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Remarkable Sri Lankan Scientists The World Knows But We Don’t

Many of us are well aware of Newton, Einstein, Curie and Hawking, and their contributions to science. But how much do we know about…

Everyday Sri Lanka

Of Aliens And UFOs ‒ Sri Lanka’s Strangest Sightings

At one point or another, we have all wondered whether we are truly alone in this universe ‒ especially when news reports like this…

Arts & Culture

Aloko Udapadi: Ambitious But Ultimately Unexceptional

Before getting into any serious criticism of Chathra Weeraman’s directorial debut Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose), it must be commended for one important thing. For…

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Seven Cool Facts From Sri Lanka’s Aviation History

Lifestyle

Bring The Outdoors In: Seven Forgiving Houseplants (That Are Not Cacti)

For all Francis Bacon’s proclaiming that gardening is “the purest of human pleasures”, it isn’t always the easiest activity to engage in it. Time…

Everyday Sri Lanka

The Slave Island That We Have Forgotten

Ever wondered how Slave Island, one of downtown Colombo’s major hotspots today, got its name? It has neither slaves nor is an island as…

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Godawaya: The Ancient Port Of The Maritime Silk Route

One of the four principal rivers that run through Sri Lanka, the Walawe River, meets the sea at a small fishing hamlet named Godawaya….

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The Dark Side of Colombo

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The Trouble With Work Lunches In Colombo

It doesn’t matter how much we love (or hate) our jobs, the one thing we all look forward to is the glorious lunch break….

Arts & Culture

First Utterance ‒ A Dissected Second Glance

The mark of a truly imaginative poet would be his or her perception of what God did on the eighth day. Theena Kumaragurunathan has…

Food

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What Makes A Sri Lankan Meal So Distinctive?

If there is anything that Sri Lanka does not lack, it is variety. A melting pot of various ethnicities, this little island off the…