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Talpe, Sri Lanka
Sometimes a single image pulls me out the door. I came across an old Steve McCurry photo of the Weligama stick fishermen while cleaning out boxes of magazines a few years back. McCurry depicted the fishermen as seafaring mavericks with one of the...
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B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka has existed since 1975. It cares for elephants that are injured, or without Mothers. It is regarded as the home of the biggest herd of elephants in the world. While visiting the Orphanage, you can see...
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The Buddhist temple complex of Dambulla consists of five cave temples carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temples were carved out over several centuries, but the oldest dates back to the 1st century B.C.E. The temples include numerous...
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10% of the world's tea comes from Sri Lanka - a big number for such a tiny place. Nuwara Eliya is at the center of Sri Lanka's tea economy, but this former English hill station is also known for stunning landscapes, Pidurutalagala, the country's...
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The Frangipani Tree, 812, Matara Road,, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
There I was, stuck between a rock and a hard place. I wanted to swim in the ocean, to cleanse myself of my misgivings in the salty sea, but I also wanted to lounge in the infinity pool, sip a fruity cocktail (without being judged), and swim a few...
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Translated as Lion Rock, Sigiriya stands proudly, 200 metres tall, with slashes of orange stone that cut across the normally blue Sri Lankan sky. Although a bit of a tourist hot spot if visited just before sundown, Sigiriya and the Dambulla...
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7th Mile Post, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Uda Walawe National Park doesn't just have wild elephants; it has hundreds and hundreds of them. All living, eating, and caring for their young in their natural habitat. On a recent visit, everything about the gentle giants captivated...
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10/4, Roomassala Road, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Guest rooms connect to an open-ceilinged room consisting solely of a koi pond flanked by a giant, concrete foot. My room features tall ceilings, ornate wooden furniture, and a spacious bed caged in a mosquito netting strewn with flower pedals. The...
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Coconut Boat, Pasikuda 30410, Sri Lanka
An oil massage and herbal bath is just the treatment to complement a stay at the wonderful Maalu Maalu beach resort in Passikudah, on Sri Lanka's eastern coast. The resort's qualified ayurvedic doctor prescribed the herbal mix, as well as the...
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I’m not a fan of buffets, but dinner on the rooftrop restaurant is perfectly enjoyable: a vast selection of food, good people-watching (many countries represented here tonight) and fresh, balmy air. I’m happy here at Chaaya Wild Yala. Sri Lanka:...
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Delighted to awaken from our wee hour airport transfer to a clean-lined, airy reception with expansive views of the Indian ocean and a crisp pool large enough to swim laps in, the tensions from our months of travel subsided within the first few...
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20, Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy, Kandy, Sri Lanka
The main house is a comfortable central gathering place and the grounds are lush with flowers and plants. My room at the Ellerton is darling. Two beds draped in mosquito netting, an armoire with a safe, an open bathroom, magazines, wood floors and...
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Guermassa, Tunisia
“Old Guermessa is up there,” the locals advised us when we asked, pointing to a rocky hilltop. Needing the 4wd capability of our rented pickup truck, we climbed the steep path. The afternoon was sliding into evening, turning the abandoned...