The silent spirit of the dawn mist

The silent spirit of the dawn mist

December 25, 2016

Legend has it that the Leopard is a spirit of the mist drifting in with the dawn winds, sent by…

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The Sacred City of Anuradhapura

The Sacred City of Anuradhapura

December 24, 2016

One day in March this year, I found myself at the Colombo Fort railway station, waiting to catch the Inter…

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Step into your garden in Colombo and enjoy the company of some amazing birds

Step into your garden in Colombo and enjoy the company of some amazing birds

November 22, 2016

If you live in the suburbs of Colombo, all it takes is a quiet walk in your garden to enjoy…

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Kandy Esala Perehera

Kandy Esala Perehera

January 28, 2016

Most tourists in Sri Lanka will make time to visit Kandy. After all, it is the second largest city in…

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December skies over Lanka – nature’s gift to the pondering traveler

December skies over Lanka – nature’s gift to the pondering traveler

December 26, 2015

Colombo is a rare metropolis that contains suburbs where, if one were to look up at the evening sky, one…

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Kitulgala – A Little Slice of Heaven

Kitulgala – A Little Slice of Heaven

December 25, 2015

If I were forced to name my favourite town in Asia, it certainly wouldn’t be a sprawling metropolis such as…

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Exploring culinary options in the Historic Galle Fort

Exploring culinary options in the Historic Galle Fort

September 25, 2015

Day trips to Galle are in vogue these days, and the SO (Significant Other, for those of you who are…

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Tissamaharama – Safari Heaven

Tissamaharama – Safari Heaven

September 01, 2015

If you were thinking of going on safari, you would probably consider South Africa, Kenya, or Tanzania as likely destinations….

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A unique Museum of Sri Lankan Folk Culture

A unique Museum of Sri Lankan Folk Culture

July 21, 2015

In the small Southern village of Koggala stands a unique Museum, a tribute to Martin Wickramasinghe, the venerated literary giant of…

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Coastal Wetlands of Sri Lanka

Coastal Wetlands of Sri Lanka

May 21, 2015

The coastal regions of Sri Lanka are dotted with Wetlands – areas that have soil that is saturated with moisture,…

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The Mystery of Ussangoda

The Mystery of Ussangoda

March 20, 2015

Driving down the southern coast on the A2 route, approximately 25 km past Tangalle, a right turn brings you to…

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – giving new hope to the helpless

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – giving new hope to the helpless

February 24, 2015

Like many travelers to Sri Lanka, I have been drawn to the cultural, architectural, and gastronomical delights of both Colombo…

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Sublime Temple Art of Veheragalla Samudragiri Vihara

Sublime Temple Art of Veheragalla Samudragiri Vihara

February 10, 2015

In the ancient town of Totamunu in Mirissa stands the Veheragalle Samudragiri Viharaya. It is famous for its intricate murals,…

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Conserving the gentle Turtle

Conserving the gentle Turtle

January 12, 2015

Turtle populations across the globe have been suffering heavy blows from all quarters. Climate change affects the average temperatures in their…

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Why Sri Lanka is super-rich for wildlife

Why Sri Lanka is super-rich for wildlife

December 29, 2014

Introduction This is the story of how evolutionary forces and ancient civilisations have made a tropical island super-rich for wildlife…

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Sightings on the southern trail

Sightings on the southern trail

December 19, 2014

A road trip from Colombo to Hambantota offers travellers some fascinating wayside sightings, some bearing natural or cultural importance, and…

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An oasis in the heart of the dry-zone

An oasis in the heart of the dry-zone

November 22, 2014

The Mirijjawila Dry-zone Botanical Garden is the sixth and latest addition to the list of botanical gardens in Sri Lanka….

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Curiosities from Kanch – their beauty is in their story

Curiosities from Kanch – their beauty is in their story

November 18, 2014

There is something very unique about Kanch. Kanch produces jewellery that relates to the Sri Lankan identity; to things we…

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Mirissa offers seaside relaxation at its best

Mirissa offers seaside relaxation at its best

November 06, 2014

The first thing you would notice when stepping into the lovely beaches of Mirissa is the great enthusiasm for surfing…

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The mask-makers of Ambalangoda

The mask-makers of Ambalangoda

October 18, 2014

The southern costal town of Ambalangoda is famous for its mask and puppet making. The Pearl crew decided to learn…

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The Leopards of Wilpattu

The Leopards of Wilpattu

October 14, 2014

I remember the first time I saw a leopard in Sri Lanka. It was about 2 a.m. and we were…

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Jewels of the Gampola Kingdom

Jewels of the Gampola Kingdom

September 19, 2014

The medieval Gangasiripura lies within the realms of the river Mahaweli close to Kandy. Its foremost “jewels” are the three…

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Early birds at Bundala

Early birds at Bundala

September 14, 2014

Bundala National Park, a system of costal lagoons and sandbars situated in the deep south of Sri Lanka, is probably…

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Scenes from Belihuloya

Scenes from Belihuloya

September 01, 2014

Belihuloya is a scenic village situated in the Rathnapura district, 600m above sea level and south of the central hills….

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Journey to the ephemeral kingdom of Yapahuwa

Journey to the ephemeral kingdom of Yapahuwa

August 12, 2014

The carriage kept swaying gently from left to right putting everyone on board to sleep, including the standing passengers, as…

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Scenes from Yala National Park – The last bastion of the Leopards of Asia

Scenes from Yala National Park – The last bastion of the Leopards of Asia

July 31, 2014

Yala National Park is famous for its Leopards. It is said to have the highest concentration of these magnificent big…

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Investigating the cascades of Bambarella

Investigating the cascades of Bambarella

July 24, 2014

Bambarella is a beautiful rural village bordering the Dumbara Forest Reserve (popularly known as the Knuckles Range). It can be…

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Kohomba Kankariya – an awesome Kandyan Dance Ritual with deep roots in Lankan Legend

Kohomba Kankariya – an awesome Kandyan Dance Ritual with deep roots in Lankan Legend

July 20, 2014

Kohomba Kankariya one of the most venerated and elaborate traditional dance rituals in Sri Lanka. Held to invoke the blessings…

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Ayubowan! Welcome to The Pearl – an ongoing essay on Sri Lanka’s natural and cultural splendour

Ayubowan! Welcome to The Pearl – an ongoing essay on Sri Lanka’s natural and cultural splendour

July 16, 2014

Ayubowan! (Wish you a long life) Welcome to The Pearl, an ongoing essay on Sri Lanka’s natural and cultural splendor….

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Biodiversity in Sri Lanka

Biodiversity in Sri Lanka

July 12, 2014

The biodiversity of a country or geographical region is usually considered to be the degree of variation present in its…

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The Legacy of Yatala

The Legacy of Yatala

July 12, 2014

Situated along the Debarawewa-Tissamaharama route, Yatala holds a key position in the history of the Ruhunu Kingdom. Dating back to…

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Gentle Giants of the Deep off the Mirissa Coast

Gentle Giants of the Deep off the Mirissa Coast

July 12, 2014

It was on a clear morning that I put on my outdoor attire with some extra care. A boat trip…

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Ritigala – The Ancient Stairway to Heaven

Ritigala – The Ancient Stairway to Heaven

July 12, 2014

The alluring Ritigala mountain range is a short drive from the town of Habarana, in the Anuradhapura District of Sri…

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A journey through the “Lungs of Sri Lanka”

A journey through the “Lungs of Sri Lanka”

July 12, 2014

Lion’s Rock, Sinharaja Rain Forest… Rain kept hammering away on the thatched roof of our tree house throughout the night,…

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The Gal Oya Legacy – Past and Present

The Gal Oya Legacy – Past and Present

July 12, 2014

As a prelude to relating the inspiring story of Gal Oya, it is befitting to brief the reader with some…

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Nuwara Eliya in Full Bloom

Nuwara Eliya in Full Bloom

July 12, 2014

Stepping outdoors from the bungalow we were staying in Nuwara Eliya one cool morning, I was able to snap these…

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Conserving the Ceylon Ebony Tree

Conserving the Ceylon Ebony Tree

July 12, 2014

The Sri Lankan Ebony tree (“Ceylon Ebony”) was described in scientific terms for the first time by the Baltic German…

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