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November 23, 2010

Sri Lanka, 2010

Recently I went to Sri Lanka on a week's vacation. Despite being a neighbouring country, I'd never been there before. The country has a tropical look like Southern India. At first glance, the people resemble Indians, but they are distinctly different in many ways.

Their cultural threads have strongly interwoven Buddhist and Hindu strands. Sri Lankan food is predominantly rice, fish, coconut and tropical vegetables. The curries and sambols are spicy and yummy. And the King Coconut is an excellent thirst-quencher.

The sea is all-pervasive. The country is, after all, a huge island! On our long drive along the western coast, signs of the devastation caused by the Tsunami were starkly visible. Kandy has a lot of historic sites. The lush vegetation in its hilly areas is breathtakingly beautiful. En route, we spent a few memorable hours in Pinnewala and the elephant sanctuary. Galle Road stretches a long way, with an old Dutch fort at one end. Colombo - not unlike the Bombay of a generation back - is a blend of old colonial and modern highrise structures.

Please click here for a peak into my Sri Lankan picture gallery.

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