Feature stories from 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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