Eco-tourism doesn’t get much more ‘part of the landscape’ sustainable than the lakeside Saraii Village in Sri Lanka’s deep south. The Sunday Times reports that Saraii “is not just about seeing the new, but about feeling and breathing in a rustic experience that touches the soul of the traveller”.
The online Indian lifestyle magazine Verve is in no doubt: “Nowhere is life’s excellence, its fullness, its force and its music, its mystery, its damage and radiance more apparent than in Sri Lanka.” Acclaimed writer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi in praise for an experience that left his heart skipping a beat.
The Ramayana is an epic historical Hindu saga of princely strife and family betrayal linking India and Sri Lanka. The ancient story centres on the travails of Rama, an Indian king’s exiled son, and the abduction to Sri Lanka of his wife Sita in a power struggle over who would succeed the ailing king.
The Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, famed as the ‘father of tropical modernism’, still inspires worldwide acclaim 15 years after his death. The focus of this reverence is the magnificent Lunuganga pastoral estate near Bentota on the south-western littoral, which Bawa lovingly created over 50 years.
Veteran traveller Julie writes on her The Less Travelled Path blog that “Sri Lanka is a great place for beach lovers, some already well known, others more off-the-beaten-path”.
A young woman from America travelling alone in Sri Lanka has told of the kindness, generosity and chivalry she encountered everywhere she went. Ilica Malkanthi Karunaratne, writing in the Sunday Observer, tells the story of how Chinese-American entrepreneur Joyce Zhang “met with nothing but friendliness”.