Stories depicting the History, Culture and People of Sri Lanka

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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