Explore Sri Lanka
Our neighbouring island country is well known for its tea estates, elephant orphanages, Buddhist ruins, national parks, beaches, hiking trails and a host of other attractions within a modest physical dimension. Achievements of the great Sinhalese kingdom can be well witnessed by Sri Lankas 2000-year-old history.
Due to its unique location, Sri Lanka was a major trading destination and the influence of various cultures is evident in the country’s food, clothing and architecture. If you are up for an adventure of a lifetime, you have got to explore Sri Lanka.
Through my blogs on Sri Lanka, I take you through my journey in the beautiful country. Right from the ultimate guide to visiting Sri Lanka, which answers all of your questions right from how to get a visa to what are the best things to do in Sri Lanka.
I also have location-specific blogs on – Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Mirrisa and other nearby coastal towns of Sri Lanka. For all of you who are struggling to build the perfect itinerary, refer to my 7-day Sri Lanka Itinerary, that too on a budget!
So go ahead, explore Sri Lanka through my words and pictures!
Best Books to Read Before Visiting Sri Lanka
Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera
is a poignant and heart-wrenching portrayal of the Sri Lankan civil war, seen through the eyes of two young women from different sides of the conflict. The novel delves into the complexities of identity, family, and nationalism, offering a nuanced perspective on the war and its impact on the people of Sri Lanka. Nayomi Munaweera’s writing is lyrical and evocative, transporting the reader to the lush landscapes and turbulent waters of the island. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the Sri Lankan civil war and its aftermath.
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
is a memoir that takes the reader on a journey through the author’s family history in Sri Lanka. Ondaatje’s writing is lyrical and vivid, painting a picture of a country and a people that are vibrant, complex, and deeply rooted in tradition. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Sri Lankan culture and history, as well as anyone who enjoys immersive and poetic writing.
This Divided Island – Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian
is a collection of essays and stories that explores the human impact of the Sri Lankan civil war. The book is a powerful and deeply moving portrayal of the war and its aftermath, highlighting the experiences of those who were directly affected by the conflict. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the human cost of war, and the resilience of the Sri Lankan people in the face of adversity.
Serendipity by Ashok Ferrey
is a collection of short stories that offer a glimpse into contemporary Sri Lankan society. Ferrey’s writing is witty and insightful, capturing the idiosyncrasies and contradictions of a society that is constantly evolving. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Sri Lankan literature and culture.