Mail Online: Swimmer-turned-snowboarder Azquiya Usuph is an unlikely pioneer for winter sports in sun-kissed Sri Lanka.

Following in the traditions of plucky triers such as Jamaica’s bobsledders and British ski jumper Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, this Sri Lankan snowboarder has overcome her nerves and a glaring lack of experience to blaze a trail at the Asian Winter Games.

Despite “freaking out”—and then falling—at the startline, 16-year-old Azquiya took off and hurtled down a mountain at breakneck speed in the women’s snowboarding, crashing several times.

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Nuwara Kade: Sri Lankan cuisine that take spice seriously

The Japan Times: Hands up if you think spicy food in Japan could do with being (a whole lot) spicier? My hand is up—both of them, in fact, and I’m not alone.

Ajith Prasanna Rodrigo, owner of Nuwara Kade, a Sri Lankan bar and restaurant located roughly midway between the Osaka districts of Umeda and Namba, is of the same mind.

Rodrigo, who hails from the inland city of Kandy in Sri Lanka, gets many of his herbs and spices — everything from red and green chilies and curry and coriander leaves to the seeds of cumin and fennel — from his hometown, and more specifically, from his mother.

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Sri Lanka—an island to treasure

Yorkshire Evening Post: I have to go back. It’s so uplifting to be part of this harmonious triangle of mankind, animal and nature. And, of all the tropical islands I have visited, Sri Lanka has the most heady mix of exoticism.

I arrived at my first hotel, the Wallawwa (, which calls itself “my house near Colombo”. It’s a great hideaway and resting spot being only 15 minutes drive from the airport.

The next morning and off to Ratnapura, the home of Sri Lankan jewellery, in search of gems. Then down south to the fishing town of Tangalle and the coast that meets the Indian Ocean.

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Tea, and a little bit of Norfolk in the heart of Sri Lanka

Norwich Evening News: As we plucked tea leaves in the lush green landscapes of Sri Lanka’s hill country, we were immersed in a world so far away from home yet, bizarrely, also so close.

For during our tour of this beautiful, teardrop-shaped island in the Indian Ocean, we discovered a little bit of Norfolk waiting to be found.

Among the Britons to travel to the country in the 19th century was one William Flowerdew, who hailed from Hethersett and took the name of his home village halfway around the world.

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Why is Sri Lanka becoming the most fashionable place to travel?

Vogue: After years of civil war, Sri Lanka is now open to the world again and has become somewhat of a cultural magnet for weathered globe-trotters and travelers.

It’s hardly surprising for a country in the middle of the Indian Ocean, teeming with surfing beaches, beautiful national parks full of colorful flora and fauna, Hindu temples and tea plantations.

Take a look at our fourteen favorite places around the island.

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Experiential travellers want to keep it ‘real’ in Sri Lanka

TTG: Sri Lanka is ranking third in the influential Kuoni guide to holiday trends that highlights a growing trend for ‘real’ experiences and value for money amid economic uncertainty.

Weddings remain key, and Kuoni is raising its game in this area for 2017. From spring, a new team of wedding experts will be based in Kuoni stores to work alongside destination experts.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has retained third place on the list, while Thailand has fallen from second to fourth. The US retains fifth place, while Cuba has fallen eight places to 16th following a hotel capacity squeeze after the lifting of the US travel ban.

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