Rudrani Devi Das is a talented artist, model and blogger of Sri Lankan/Norwegian descent, based in the picturesque countryside of Kandy with her father and teacher Rahju; one of the most celebrated artists of Sri Lanka. Continue reading Interview with Artist Rudrani Devi Das
Tuk tuks, (also known as rickshaws, trishaws, three-wheelers) are ubiquitous across Sri Lanka in a multitude of colour, in fact, you’ll rarely walk far anywhere without being approached by a driver, especially in Colombo.
They’re nimble in traffic, convenient to hop in and out at your leisure and for first time visitors, provide novelty ‘edge of seat’ entertainment on open air ground level- a true multi-sensory experience if there ever was one!
Next up on my top Sri Lankan recipes is a real favourite of mine; Jetwing’s mouth-watering chicken curry. It’s surprisingly easy and works alongside any array of vegetable dishes, perfectly lapped up with Pol Roti or rice.
Sometimes you meet people in life who instantaneously inspire you from their presence alone. Japanese yogi and manga artist Yumi has been based in Sri Lanka for over 10 years with her husband Waruna; the founder of Waruna Antiques and The Kandy Samadhi Centre. I met Yumi in the midst of the Kandian jungle at the centre, beaming with peace and calm where she teaches yoga and regularly visits during the weekend with their beautiful daughter.
There’s no better way to experience Sri Lanka than with a dash (however much is up to you!) of exposure and experience within the local community. From travelling on public transport to buying from corner shops to support the local economy, your time in Sri Lanka will no doubt be enhanced with more smiles and memories if you embrace the true nature of the country.
To help along the way, here are my top tips for jet-setters to experience the country with an infusion of local culture.
A traditional Sri Lankan carb accompaniment instead of or in addition to rice, pol roti is incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Absorbing the rich spicy ‘gravy’ of the countless array of curries & sambols, the simplest way to describe this is Sri Lanka’s version of naan bread.
In Sri Lanka, it’s most often enjoyed at breakfast with a side of spicy lunu mirris; a fiery sambol made with chilli, onion and an optional pinch of maldive fish.