The hit UK TV series The Good Karma Hospital is set in India but filmed in Sri Lanka, and Radio Times reports that when they weren’t filming they were hugely enjoying all our Paradise island has to offer.

This charming and hugely engaging medical drama centres on junior doctor Ruby Walker, who leaves the UK after becoming disillusioned with her life and a broken relationship.

She finds an over-worked cottage hospital run by eccentric English ex-pat Dr Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman), who when not filming was elephant-watching in Udawalawe National Park.

Absolutely delightful

“Filming in Sri Lanka is hell…” deadpans Phyllis Logan as she sips a fresh juice on Unawatuna Beach, one of the island’s most famous stretches of golden sand. “But someone’s got to do it!”

“It has been absolutely delightful. I couldn’t recommend coming here highly enough.”

Meanwhile, Neil Morrissey on Unawatuna…

“At the southern tip of Sri Lanka, the beach is beautiful during the day and has everything: sun, sea, great surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving.”

…and Galle Fort:

“A beautiful old Dutch fort town, now full of little hotels, restaurants and shops. It’s a really pretty place to have a wander and a meal.”

Phyllis Logan on whale-watching in Mirissa…

“It was amazing. And afterwards we were back on land in time for a breakfast of hoppers, which is the classic Sri Lankan dish of bowl-shaped pancakes made with rice flour and coconut milk.”

…and Colombo:

“A world away from the relaxed beaches, Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is mayhem. It’s thronging with people, motorbikes, tuk-tuks, cars, vans – it’s pure bedlam!”

Philip Jackson on Kandy:

“When my wife came to visit, we did a big road trip up to Kandy, which is the old capital city. Word of warning: the driving habits are mad! It’s completely anarchic, so I would recommend getting a driver.”

Amrita Acharia on Ella:

“I got to ride in the driver’s cabin on a beautiful train journey through the south-eastern mountains from Badulla to Ella. Having been on the beach for three months, it was so refreshing to be surrounded by greenery.”

Read the full report here.

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