A female ruddy mongoose in Ella, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. January 2016. The ruddy mongoose is endemic to Sri Lanka and India and inhabits hill forests. This one, however, was foraging on the lawn of the Grand Ella Motel, where it and its mate have been mildly domesticated by the staff who feed them.
The Kantamari Shrine, overlooking the Kuru Ganga Valley, below Batatotalena, Sri Lanka. In the 1980s, when the Batatotalena cave temple once more became a pilgrimage site for Buddhists, it was decided to exorcise a female demon named Kantamari from the cave she was believed to have occupied for over seven hundred years. During the exorcism, it was agreed that in exchange for her eviction, she would be provided with a shrine in the jungle below the cave. The shrine attracts worshippers too, but seemed forlorn and deserted on my visit, with a palpable air of eeriness, its crumbling balustrade holding back the encroaching jungle. The shrine was shot as part of my piece Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple, for the February 2016 issue of Serendib, Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine.
A white-throated kingfisher sits on a branch overlooking a tributary of the Gin Oya. Shot for my piece Waterworld Waikkal in the December 2015 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.
Evening over the plains between the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and the Yala National Park. January 2016.
Ruins of the Banda Pokuna, a 4th Century BC reservoir built into the foothills of the Ritigala Ridge in north-central Sri Lanka. The ruins are part of a complex that includes a Buddhist monastery further up the mountain, and is inside the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve. February 2016.
A Buddhist monk begins the day by sweeping the compound below the Batatotalena cave temple, close to Kuruwita, Sri Lanka. Shot for my piece, Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple, in the February 2016 issue of Serendib, Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine.
The view of Adam’s Peak from the slopes below the Batatotalena, where the Buddha is said to have rested after his descent from the famous mountain. In the foreground is the Kuru Ganga Valley, with Adam’s Peak on the horizon to the east. In the middle ground, the flat-topped mountain is the Kunudiyaparvathaya. For more photographs, and a description of this legendary cave, go to my piece Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple in the February 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.