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Picture Perfect

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

Some places seem to be too postcard-perfect to be real. Welcome to Tangalle. White sands, royal blue waters and – of course – palm trees lining the beach. Here, Talalla Retreat’s resident surf instructor, Richard, climbs a coconut palm for an image straight from a movie. James Bond, eat your heart out. No photoshop required! Image courtesy of D. Jones Photography and may not be reproduced without permission.…

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Talalla Twitter(er)

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

“Hello?!” This little guy is a Rose Ringed Parakeet. He lives in the gardens at Talalla Retreat and can often be found twittering with his friends, welcoming the morning with his happy little song. His bright green colour and rosy beak mean he easily blends in with the tropical gardens of Talalla. He lives on grains and seeds, found throughout the grounds, and loves to swish his wings about in the bath. He loves to eat wing beans, the very…

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A Sri Lankan Picnic

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

High in the tea-stained hills of Haputale, a delicacy awaits. First, the painstaking preparation. The vegetable curry is first delicately spiced then cooled. At the same time, roti dough is pounded and cooked. It sits waiting for its delicious inheritance. A boiled egg is peeled and the stage is set. The curry is spooned into the roti and the egg placed in the centre. It is lovingly wrapped, like a tiny present, and all openings are sealed. Finally, it is…

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Keep Calm and Eat Curry!

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

Curry glorious curry! Spicy or mild. Gravy or dry. Creamy or light. In Sri Lanka, a simple rice and curry is never a simple rice and curry. Fork over between 100 – 500 rupees and you’ll be awarded a gluttonous feast of up to 12 mouthwatering creations. Sour mango, creamy jackfruit, pungent beetroot, dry purple potato. Mixes of up to 15 spices, crushed and mixed by hand, and usually with a hero flavor. All served with red rice, husk still…

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Buffalo Soldier

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

Driving through Yala National Park for your wild life safari, a clearing brings you to a muddy billabong. As your eyes come into focus, you realize with surprise that you’re not alone…. An army of wild buffalo are escaping the heat of the day by having a cooling mud bath. These are not the guys who make the ubiquitous curd, but wild beasts that can change mood at a moments notice. One turns to look at the car. A shiver…

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Mr Lizowsky

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

Meet Mr Lizowsky, our resident monitor lizard. He’s scouting the grounds looking for todays lunch. His powerful tail and claws make him look like a modern day dinosaur. Land monitors reach a maximum snout to vent length of about 140 cm in Sri Lanka and large specimens can weigh over 10 kg. Land monitors spend the nights in burrows, where their body temperature decreases. The following morning they must raise their body temperatures by basking before commencing activity, hence they…

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March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

Fruit salad Nature rules in Sri Lanka. Blessed with an enviable level of rainfall coupled with baby blue skies, the bees do their utmost to create a technicolour feast. Gummy golden jackfruit, sweet ochre papaya, juicy sunshine pineapple and royal mango; the tropical bounty is endless. Grown in backyard jungles and on windowsills, the ripe goodness spills out everywhere, with local stalls selling their riches at endless roadside stands. Much of this deliciousness is also made into traditional curries, like…

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The Tuk Tuk

March 17, 2014 | Did You Know?

The humble tuk tuk, found throughout Asia, is a thriving species here in Sri Lanka. It blends into the lush undergrowth in green, or makes a fiery entrance in red. It’s plastered with stickers and beloved paraphernalia, or kept pristine and untouched. It’s often seen exalting the virtues of a Buddhist life, of even taking a note from our Rasta neighbor – Mr Marley. Often heard first, the mighty tuk tuk may be a mobile disco, blasting local rhythms through…

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Big House-Talalla Retreat, Sri Lanka

April 28, 2013 | Did You Know?

Currency in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka’s currency is the Rupee (Rs). For current exchange rates please refer to this site http://www.xe.com/ucc/…

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April 28, 2013 | Did You Know?

Cost of living in Sri Lanka The choice is yours. Eat local or eat international. You can stay at an AmanResort and spend up to US$600 a day or a backpackers hostel and pay US$30 a day. We believe that out of all resorts in Sri Lanka Talalla Retreat offers the best value for money and the coolest accommodation available.…

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