New Year Holidays- "What a Blessing" The Sinhala and Tamil New Year Holidays are here, and as usual practice the organization I work for gives us one full week off as our factories shut down. This year I didn't make any firm plans until the last moment.Firstly I was to head for three days to my estate in Rozella with the family and dogs. Leaving early ...

Endemic and Elusive- The Serendib Scops Owl Sri Lanka's bird life aka "avi fauna" have been studied and observed for many years. It was thought that every species was recognized and identified by that time. But there was yet an undiscovered species of owl lurking in the shadows of our rainforests. Finally observed, identified and studied it was finally recognized as a new species in 2004 and ...

Endemic and Elusive- Finally found the Serendib Scops Owl Sri Lanka's bird life aka "avi fauna" have been studied and observed for many years. It was thought that every species was recognized and identified by that time. But there was yet an undiscovered species of owl lurking in the shadows of our rainforests. Finally observed, identified and studied it was finally recognized as a new species in 2004 and ...

Owls at Office I got to know of three small owls being seen in one of our offices every day on a tree. I immediately made arrangements to go there, but it never materialized as I was busy with different other excursions as well as a hectic work schedule. After a few weeks I got news that they were not seen again.Having taken ...

Independence Day with a Living Work of Art It’s the 4th of February, and we are celebrating Sri Lanka’s independence from British Rule. Being a public holiday, I decided to make the most of the holiday and try and do something productive. I called up my friend Pathum, and discussed where we could go. Finally settling on Kitulgala, as it is close to home and only two hours’ ...

Wild Encounters over the Christmas Holidays Christmas was finally here and the usual celebrations began. The 25th consisted of our usual family lunch where we gorge on my mothers amazing food and question why we ate so much by eavening.I was given a full week of holidays by my office during this week. Despite this long holiday period, other than the 25th I ended up working ...

Camping in Bundala- Memories from my childhood Bundala was one of the first National Parks I visited as a small child. My parents and few other family friends headed to Bundala, on a trip in October 1991, back before anyone had heard of the place. We booked the Lanka Salt Bungalow which was a very basic place bordering the park. I was only five years old at ...

Birthday Treat for my mom- Luxury in the Wilderness For months, I have been contemplating what to get my mom for her birthday which is on the 24th of December. The ideas ranged from expensive dinners at fine dining restaurants to sari's to jewelry and it went on and on. Finally after going through all options I wanted to check on some hotel deals because I know she loves ...

Quickie to Wilpattu- Not too shabby afterall A long weekend was approaching and I was yearning to visit my favorite place on earth- Wilpattu National Park. Making plans with my friends Riaz and Hafiz, we decided to do a two day safari from Saturday to Sunday and to come back home on the same day.We left Colombo on Friday night, hoping to have a few hours sleep ...

Wasgamuwa Revisited after 11 Years I have been pining to go somewhere since my exhibition finished, and other than a short trip to Kitulgala I didnt travel anywhere.I decided enough was enough, and made plans to head somewhere during the weekend. I dont have much leave and hence decided to make the best of Saturday and Sunday.I was curious to go someplace I havent been ...

Weekend Birding in Kitulgala After a tiring month in October, I was pining for a getaway into the wilds once again. The exhibition work as well as my MBA had taken its toll, and I was very tired.Hearing about some good bird sightings in Kitulgala, I got together with my friend Riaz and headed to Sisira's River Lounge which is a hotspot for the ...

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