Sri Lanka - A Wrap

11 Pictures From As Many Days In ‘The Nation Of Smiling People’


Riding the rails, Central Sri Lanka. September 5, 2013

Having spent the last eleven days in this country, I didn’t think there was a nowhere here in Sri Lanka but right now I’m sitting in the middle of it. I’m in room 102 of the Green View Hotel near Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. I’m assuming the green view is a reference to the fields that surround me; there’s little else. I’ve been here most of the day, having arrived from Kandy in the early afternoon via a 3-hour train, 2-hour bus & 10-minute tuk-tuk. I left Kandy at 5:30 a.m. & I’ve another appointment with said tuk-tuk driver at that exact time tomorrow morning, this time to take me to the aforementioned airport for my flight to Kerala in south-western India. Oh boy this is tiring. I’m glad I’m in the calming middle of nowhere.

Dancers as part of a Cultural Performance at the Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre, Kandy, Sri Lanka. September 9th 2012.

Dancers as part of a Cultural Performance at the Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre, Kandy, Sri Lanka. September 9th 2012 (Original Posting)

I wanted to put closure on my trip to the country by grouping some of my favourite captures from the 11 days that I spent touring its southern & central regions. A sort of a pictorial recap. So here are 10 more pictures from my time in Sri Lanka, an 11 picture recap from as many days in the country.

On the march in Galle train station, Southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

On the march in Galle train station, Southern Sri Lanka, August 31, 2012 (Original Posting)

Lighting candles in the grounds of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka. September 8th 2012.

Lighting candles in the grounds of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka. September 8th 2012 (Original Posting)

A stilt fisherman plying his craft outside the village of Koggala, southern Sri Lanka. September 2nd 2012.

A stilt fisherman plying his craft outside the village of Koggala, southern Sri Lanka. September 2, 2012 (Original Posting)

Unawatuna, Southern Sri Lanka. September 1st 2012.

Unawatuna, Southern Sri Lanka. September 1, 2012 (Original Posting).

A snake charmer in the grounds of Galle Fort, Galle, southern Sri Lanka. September 2nd 2012.

A snake charmer in the grounds of Galle Fort, Galle, southern Sri Lanka. September 2, 2012 (Original Posting)

Waiting as the Colombo-bound train approaches. Bandarawela Train Station, central Sri Lanka. September 5th 2012.

Waiting as the Colombo-bound train approaches. Bandarawela Train Station, central Sri Lanka. September 5, 2012 (Original Posting)

Taking in the views from the Badulla to Colombo train in central Sri Lanka. September 5th 2012.

Taking in the views from the Badulla to Colombo train in central Sri Lanka. September 5, 2012 (Original Posting)

Riding a tuk-tuk on the streets of Kandy, Sri Lanka. September 9th 2012.

Riding a tuk-tuk on the streets of Kandy, Sri Lanka. September 9, 2012 (Original Posting)

Contrast: old frowns & young smiles. Galle train station, southern Sri Lanka, August 31st 2012.

Old frowns & young smiles. Galle train station, southern Sri Lanka, August 31, 2012 (Original Posting)

A tea leaf picker in a tea plantation in the hills outside Ella, central Sri Lanka. September 4th 2012.

A tea leaf picker in a tea plantation in the hills outside Ella, central Sri Lanka. September 4, 2012 (Original Posting)

Do Yourself a Favour
Sri Lanka was a treat; its scenery amazing, its food delicious, its people some of the most genuinely warmest, welcoming I’ve yet encountered – ‘the nation of smiling people’ indeed. I hadn’t been to Sri Lanka before so I didn’t really know what to expect but it ended up being one of those very pleasant surprise locations. Given its geographical location I was expecting it to be just like India – in much the same way one might expect Ireland to be just like England, Canada to be just like the U.S. etc. – and in many ways it is/was. If I was to generalise – & sorry for doing so – I’d say it’s a (slightly) cleaner, more structured, more expensive, less hyperactive version of India; it’s India, on less steroids. Of course with 20 million people on a smallish island you’re never too far from hecticness, but hectiness here seems to move at a slower, more leisurely pace. It’s bearable. So do yourself a favour and pay it a visit. Just don’t forget your camera.

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