Sri Lanka

Overview

The civil war has ended, 2011 has been declared ‘Visit Sri Lanka Year’ and all regions of this ‘resplendent land’ are now accessible to visitors. The island offers everything from snorkelling and sandy beaches to golf and hill country tea plantations; from game park photographic safaris to white-water rafting; from ancient temples and ruins to shopping opportunities in Colombo’s bustling streets. Author Royston Ellis combines experience with enthusiasm to help visitors get the most from this magical isle, with ...

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Overview

The civil war has ended, 2011 has been declared ‘Visit Sri Lanka Year’ and all regions of this ‘resplendent land’ are now accessible to visitors. The island offers everything from snorkelling and sandy beaches to golf and hill country tea plantations; from game park photographic safaris to white-water rafting; from ancient temples and ruins to shopping opportunities in Colombo’s bustling streets. Author Royston Ellis combines experience with enthusiasm to help visitors get the most from this magical isle, with accommodation ideas to suit all budgets; from cheap guesthouses to boutique villa luxury. Watch the national cricket team while enjoying a cup of the world’s finest tea, admire colonial architecture or visit World Heritage sites; everyone will find something to admire in this enchanting ‘tiny teardrop’.

‘An engaging written companion with practical information of the sort only a resident could impart.’Book magazine for librarians

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‘An engaging written companion with practical information of the sort only a resident could impart.’ Book magazine for librarians
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841622699
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Travel writer Royston Ellis has lived in Sri Lanka since 1980. He is the author of 60 novels, guidebooks and biographies and also Bradt’s Maldives and Mauritius.

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VEDDAHS

The Veddahs (literally ‘hunters’) are the aboriginals of Sri Lanka. They survive in defiance of government attempts to assimilate them, and tourists’ attempts to patronize them. Their culture has been affected by the interest of tourists who sometimes turn up at their settlements in coachloads to gaze at – and be photographed with – near naked men armed with axes and bows. Naturally, this involves a reward of money (or even alcohol) with its corresponding effect. Instead of relying on the jungle that they once considered their home – and to which access is often restricted – many have become virtual performance artists to satisfy the local and foreign tourists.

There are thought to be 5,000 Veddah families, although many have become mixed through marriage with Sinhalese. While the Veddahs and their close-to-nature lifestyle may seem fascinating to us, it is probably better to leave them in peace than make a sport of visiting them.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 Background Information

Chapter 2 Practical Information

Chapter 3 Colombo

Chapter 4 The Cultural Triangle

Chapter 5 The Hill Country

Chapter 6 National Parks and Interior Towns

Chapter 7 The West Coast

Chapter 8 The Deep South

Chapter 9 The Eastern Seaboard

Appendix 1 Language

Appendix 2 Glossary

Appendix 3 Further Information

Index

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