Stories about Nature and Wildlife in Sri Lanka

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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