Sri Lanka

Planet Appetite: The Exotic Far North of Sri Lanka - Jaffna and its Islands

Rupert Parker | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Long out of bounds for travellers, because of the war, the city of Jaffna, and its peninsula, is now safe for travel and there's even a new railway line.

Planet Appetite: Culture, Comfort and Joy in Sri Lanka

Rupert Parker | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination, with most people visiting the West Coast, but my trip takes me to the East and Central Highlands, home of the country's "Cultural Triangle".

Planet Appetite: Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Rupert Parker | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

In its riverside location, surrounded by lush Sri Lankan vegetation, the Cinnamon Citadel Hotel is an oasis of calm, just outside Kandy.

Planet Appetite: Chaaya Blu Resort, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Rupert Parker | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The East coast of Sri Lanka is still relatively unspoilt and Chaaya Blu, on Uppuveli beach, just outside Trincomalee is an idyllic seaside resort.

Why Sri Lanka's Detention of Mrs Balenderan Jayakumari Is So Sinister

Callum Macrae | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Callum Macrae

Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British prime minister David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year. Three months later Mrs Jeyakumari sent me a video address in which she warned that she was being followed and harassed as a result of her campaign.

Planet Appetite: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, Sri Lanka

Rupert Parker | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Habarana is close to many of Sri Lanka's ancient sites, including Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, so the Cinnamon Lodge makes the perfect base to explore the country's historic past.

Responsible Tourism Rewards Families Who Discover the Real Sri Lanka

Justin Francis | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

The world is waking up to Sri Lanka. Evocatively described in Paul Theroux's 1975 travel journal, "The Great Railway Bazaar", it is once again captivating the imaginations of wanderers around the globe.

Five Places Backpackers Have to Visit Before the Crowds Descend

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

For as long as those with backpacks have travelled, the most enticing places to visit have been those that remain untouched by mass tourism. The places where the locals are intrigued by visitors and are happy to chat away and share their knowledge of their country and find out why you are there.

Sri Lankan Cyclists Take A Trip - On The Motorway

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport

Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team sparked a police response after going for a ride down one of Scotland's busiest stretches of motor...

Welcome to Britain!

Frances Harrison | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

It was when the barrister casually mentioned the torture methods that I recognised her client's country of origin. Beaten with pipes filled with sand, hung upside down and forced to inhale chilli smoke. It's the standard menu of Sri Lankan security force torture for Tamils...

Is the England Cricket Captaincy Becoming an Impossible Job?

Jonathan Cook | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Sport
Jonathan Cook

Under such tremendous scrutiny, the pressure on Cook to perform, both personally and as a leader - a role for which his insular personality seems ill-suited - may be too great. Perhaps, in the modern era, the job of England cricket captain really is impossible.

Sri Lankan Muslims Need Protection Due to Anti-Muslim Attacks

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

The hard-line group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) have killed three Muslims and severely wounded more than 50 people in overnight attacks in the areas of Darga Nagar, Aluthgama and Beruwela, Sri Lanka.

UN: 'The Scene at First Light Was Devastating'

Frances Harrison | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

New photographs have emerged five years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka showing the aftermath of government attacks on a United Nations food distribution centre inside the war zone.

Travel Eye: Discover Sri Lanka's East Coast

Karen Edwards | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

Since the civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka has become a top Asian holiday spot. Most flock to the south and western beaches as they are easier to access from the capital's Bandaranaike International Airport, but the east and north have their own tales to entice you.

Why Domestic Workers From the Philippines Don't Watch Football

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Compare and contrast. In a few years' time several hundred professional footballers from all over the world will arrive in the Gulf state of Qatar to take part in the 2022 World Cup... Meanwhile, during the same period in mid-2022, it's very likely that several hundred other overseas workers will arrive at the always-overcrowded Doha International Airport.

British Tourist Deported From Sri Lanka Over Buddha Tattoo Says Authorities 'Haven't Shown Much Compassion'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

A British tourist who will be deported back to London for having a Buddha tattoo on her arm has complained the Sri Lankan authorities have not “show...

British Tourist To Be Deported From Sri Lanka Over Buddha Tattoo

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

A British tourist has been detained in Sri Lanka for having a Buddha tattoo on her arm and will be deported. According to a police statement, the ...

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

Frances Harrison | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To many governments it looks as if the issue of accountability is now being dealt with by the UN and they can put their minds at rest and move on.

In Search of Enlightenment: Destinations to Revive a Weary Soul

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

When the chaos of everyday life gets a bit much, it's time to take a break that will revive your body and soul. While holidays lounging on the beach may be restorative, some of us look for an experience that will leave us with more than just beautiful photographs and happy memories.

Reign of Terror Continues in Northern Sri Lanka

Edward Mortimer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Edward Mortimer

Five years after the civil war ended in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan security forces are still committing crimes against humanity - including rape, sexual vi...

Sri Lankan Devilled Chicken

Sam Stern | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Stern

Sweet, sour, devilishly hot but full of complex flavours. I ate quite a few of these in Sri Lanka and this one just about measures up. It took me quite a few goes to get it right because it's all about the balance.

Five Fun Facts About Five Hot-for-2014 Destinations

Travelzoo UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

Each year Travelzoo picks its top five travel destinations for the year ahead - these are the destinations that they believe will offer the best value to visitors, as well as the most compelling reasons to visit.

Five Best Eco Hotels in Asia

Mark Hodson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

South East Asia is one of the world's most beautiful regions, with its spectacular coral reefs, abundant wildlife and rainforests dating back 130 million years. Unfortunately, it's also a part of the world developing fast under the pressures of consumerism, rising populations and intensive farming.

David Cameron Highlighting the Need to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

The war may be 'over' in Sri Lanka with the government's termination of the Tamil Tiger rebels, however thousands of Sri Lankan citizens have died, been displaced from family or disappeared in following alleged abductions in white vans...

Can David Cameron Show Some Consistency in His Approach to Human Rights?

Rori Donaghy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

There is much debate around the best manner in which to further the protection of human rights. Many say that countries have no right to interfere in each other's business, something that leaves the door open for the spread of abuse. In this instance, the case is simple: why is David Cameron publicly supporting Dubai's bid for the world fair...?