Veteran travel blogger Absolutely Lucy has returned to our island paradise where she experienced “one of my favourite and most eye-opening countries to date”.
The magnificent Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital city, is one of the oldest on the island and a magnet for tourists.
The amazing story of a Malaysian Buddhist family’s 8-day pilgrimage to Sri Lanka is told on the Tsemrinpoche website, complete with stunning photographs of their experiences. Lew Kwan Leng, his wife and three children began by visiting Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura in our Cultural Triangle.
It’s a long way from Austin, Texas, to Sri Lanka, and for US travel veteran Becca Hensley it was as much a way to wisdom as a journeyman’s travel itinerary. She writes in the Austin American Statesman how her driver prepared her for what was to become a journey of spiritual discovery and “a meditative quietude”.
A lavishly illustrated story in the New York Times highlights growing unease that the Vesak celebration in Sri Lanka of the Buddha’s birthday is “too indulgent”. A minister says this annual spectacle, a favourite among tourists and Sri Lankans alike, “should be a time for prayer and meditation, not fun and games”.
Sri Lanka was a land of kingdoms, and few places better reflect this ancient heritage than Polonnaruwa, which lies at the heart of our famed Cultural Triangle. The city’s revered ancient structures now lie in ruins, but they still reflect the power and influence of our royal antecedents and the influence of Buddhism.