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For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Serendib, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient. This colourful collection reveals its richness and beauty, and the intensity of the affection it evokes in its visitors. The beach thing may be a cliche, but don't miss them. Then head to the hills to cool off amidst tea plantations and ancient cities. The island teems with bird life, and even the occasional elephant or leopard. To top it all off, the people are friendly, the food is delicious and costs are low.

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At Our Turtle Sanctuary, Mount Lavinia, near Colombo: by flyingpiglet, Views[41]
 
14th century Buddha at Gadaladenya temple near Kandy: by flyingpiglet, Views[39]
 
Tonnes of water fun at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: by flyingpiglet, Views[40]
 
Lanterns at Lankathilake temple near Kandy. Celebrating the Buddha's birthday.: by flyingpiglet, Views[29]
 
Cheery reclining Buddha at Dalada Maligawa, Kandy: by flyingpiglet, Views[37]
 
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Thu, 28 May 2015 | By flyingpiglet | Photo Gallery

A quick look at a fascinating country
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A quick look at Sri Lanka

Thu, 28 May 2015 | By flyingpiglet | Views [45]

“Aryubown” – Sri Lankan greeting meaning ‘long life to you’. I spent a slightly hectic but very interesting five days in Sri Lanka in May. It was my first visit, and I only got a quick feel for what the country is like, ... Read more >

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A small miracle!

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By thelazyiguana | Views [20] | Scholarship Entry

A limited patch of reddish sand, coconut palms, scattered boulders and strong roaring greenish waves, these are the typical elements of a Sri Lankan beach. Flying drizzles, wind and vapor invaded my glasses and showed me how wild the ocean could be. Being ... Read more >

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Sri Pada

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By theshadowsofthesun | Views [48] | Scholarship Entry

I came to Sri Lanka during pilgrimage season, a time of year when thousands of religious devotees make a seven kilometer climb up over 5500 steps to the top of one of the tallest mountains in the country - Sri Pada; in the native language, it is Samanalakande ... Read more >

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An Accidental Trip to Bentota

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By caitlinannsweeney | Views [18] | Scholarship Entry

I am sure many of my loved ones were surprised to learn that it took as long as 48 hours for me to take the first wrong turn of my travels. With all of the confidence that being a twenty-one year old graduate brings I had left them all behind and set ... Read more >

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Dickwella

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By __olha | Views [21] | Scholarship Entry

The first thought after opening my eyes in the morning, which immediately made me wake up, was whether the curtain over my bad was closed or not. Frankly speaking, I consider it to be the only problem bothering me during my trip to Sri Lanka. Even thought, ... Read more >

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Birds do poo.

Mon, 25 May 2015 | By pippy | Views [18] | Scholarship Entry

It was my last day in Sri Lanka, I had said goodbye to my travel companion the night before at a dark and dingy motel in the middle of, what seemed like no where. I had been reassured by a new, local friend that there was an express bus to Galle nearby, ... Read more >

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Sri Lanka's secret forest climb

Fri, 22 May 2015 | By finlayrenwick | Views [28] | Scholarship Entry

“Beware of the elephants later sir, they are dangerous at night,” my tuk-tuk driver said, casually, as we hurtled down a pothole-ridden dirt road. Glancing anxiously at the ominous walls of undergrowth flanking me on either side, I imagined a gruesome ... Read more >

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The Bus Less Travelled (The local bus)

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 | By theroadtobeyond | Views [217] | Scholarship Entry

The only thing that outshone the bright blue exterior of the non-AC bus (or local bus as it is also known) was the interior. As I boarded my eyes were met by a large white statue of Buddha perched behind the drivers seat. Above hung a mobile disco of ... Read more >

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The diaries of Colombo

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 | By itmustbetoday | Views [48] | Scholarship Entry

I only knew about Sri Lanka through a snail mail buddy i got back in 2007. All i knew was there had been war and his daily life. I often thought that there was so much between India and Siri Lanka. I have never been to India but the news of the country ... Read more >

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Seven Virgins

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 | By dilankabandara | Views [60] | Scholarship Entry

Plenty of chances we got to get rid the hustle bustle city where you surrounded by concrete cubes,dusty roads and busy town lives in Sri Lanka. Seven Virgins which falls from one stream in middle of the knuckles range was our destination.Every one had ... Read more >

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Sri Lankan Spotted Fever

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 | By wtarmstrong | Views [106] | Comments [1]

The safari jeep raced across the red clay track at a speed I would have thought impossible given the pitted, rutted, boulder littered road surface. Every teeth jarring bump we hit made my brick sized camera body with its foot long telephoto lens swing ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, elephants, jeep, leopards, nuwara ella, safari, sloth bear, sri lanka, tea, yala

Passport & Plate - curried pork and perogies

Fri, 6 Mar 2015 | By foodfoodfood | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients 1. Pork shoulder 2. olive oil 3. Red curry powder (1 tbl spoon per pound of meat) 4. Chilli powder to taste 5. Salt 6. No pulp orange juice 7. shredded lettuce with plain yogurt and flaky roti such as paratha or chapati 8. Perogies  ... Read more >
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Passport & Plate - Coconut Milk Tapioca Pudding (Payasam)

Fri, 6 Mar 2015 | By mathu | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients 1/2 cup tapioca pearls tablespoon butter 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup cashews cinnamon stick or tsp of cinnamon powder 4 cardamom pods 1 tbsp honey (or to taste if you prefer less sweet) or 1 tbsp refined sugar/brown sugar 1/2 cup coconut milk ... Read more >
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Photos: Passport & Plate - 'Love Cake'

Fri, 6 Mar 2015 | By chad_v | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients 250g semolina, lightly toasted 500g caster sugar 250g raw cashews nuts finely chopped 250g cooking butter 200g pumpkin preserve, finely chopped 8 eggs yokes 3 eggs whites 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 teaspoon rosewater 1 teaspoon ... Read more >
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