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Category: Sri Lanka

Portuguese Passion

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Like gems hidden in the mines of Ratnapura, Portuguese architecture is around every corner in Sri Lanka. It lays secret behind lush jungles, or shows off on a main street façade. Akin to traditional handmade lace, the ironwork drops and curls down from the roofs, the stalactites gripping on – barely fighting the humid climate. When Lorenzo De Almeida arrived to Sri Lanka in 1505 – sent off course after a storm at sea – the Portuguese influence immediately hit…

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Dedication

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

The Rev. K. Upali watches with pleasure as his giant Buddha is built. In the background, the legs of the monument can be seen – each placed by hand, a labour of love. A lifetime achievement for the Rev, he has watched over this historic vihara (Buddhist temple) for decades and painstakingly planned the monument. Inside the smaller temple, frescoes date back hundreds of years – perhaps even to the Kandyan period. Narrowly missed by the tsunami, the colours are…

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Fishy business

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Walking or driving through the coastal regions of southern Sri Lanka – from Weligama to Talalla and Dickwella – a sudden pungent scent fills your unsuspecting nostrils. The culprit? Dried fish! A key ingredient in traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, dried fish are widely used to add flavor and salt to curry and sambol. These little guys pack a punch, and only a pinch is required to really turn up the flavor. The fish are air-dried under the scorching Sri Lankan…

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Holy Cow

March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Who’s that in the middle of your roundabout? A lovingly cared-for cow, feasting on any remnant of grass she can find! Although a predominantly Buddhist country, cows are still given a certain reverence in Sri Lanka. They wander freely on median strips, through tea plantations or anywhere where a lawn mower is required. You might find one lazing on the freeway, strolling the town, or wandering through the village of Talalla. Either way, these gentle beasts provide the daily milk…

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March 17, 2014 | Sri Lanka

Stuff Your Galle Face (Green) Wandering down Galle Face Green at sundown is a typical Sri Lankan experience. As the sun sets, street vendors uncover their creations, painstakingly handmade in private homes by the lady of the house each morning. Rolling out gazebos, frypans, tables and chairs, the instant food court appears miraculously and the smell of frying spices fills the air. Hollering about these delicious tapas, crowds are drawn to stall after stall of deep fried baby crabs smooshed…

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Five tips for the Ultimate Sri Lanka Surf Holiday

January 12, 2014 | Sri Lanka, Surfing

Sri Lanka Surf 5 Tips from Sri Lankas Best & Longest Running Surf Camp – Talalla Surf Camp 1. Avoid the Crowds and still get Great Surf It is said that the best time for surfers to go to Sri Lanka is from April through to October. This is true in many ways. Ocean swells are consistent 4-7 feet and wind conditions are ideal. However, during this time, surfers from many nations flock to Arugam Bay on the East Coast…

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Religion in Sri Lanka

April 12, 2013 | Sri Lanka

There are many and varied, but all spectacularly colourful, religious and cultural festivals all year round. Be immersed in Buddhist culture at one of the Perahera’s around the country, visit sacred Kataragama or ascend Adam’s Peak with the Pilgrims at dawn. Right next door to Talalla Retreat, the Rev K Upali is a wonderful source of information about the beauty and peace of the Buddhist faith. You can learn more about him here. For a full roll call of religious…

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April 12, 2013 | Sri Lanka

Weather in Southern Sri Lanka The weather averages 27c and only gets chilly in the mountains. In the south where Talalla Retreat is located the temperature rarely rises above 35c. There are two distinct monsoon seasons – in the Northeast, the season runs from is December to March and in the Southwest from May to October. However, whilst the rain is regular and plentiful it only lasts for an hour or so each day so the monsoon is actually quite…

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April 12, 2013 | Sri Lanka, Surfing

Surfer Girls In April 2011, Jack Phillips decided to host the “Ultimate surf camp”, inviting 8 pro surfer girls to join us here at Talalla and delve into 10 days of exploration and surf coaching amongst southern Sri Lanka’s finest waves. Further, we had talented photojournalist Lucia Griggi come along for the ride and document the entire thing. This our feature story published in the UK’s Cooler Magazine (page, 82). Please see the article below: COME ON GIRLS  We welcome…

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