Raw latex drips from a rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) in the Kuru Ganga Valley, on the edge of the rain forest, in southwestern Sri Lanka. January 2016.
“My own most recent visit was on a Sunday morning, and I found a bench on an empty shaded platform. Not exactly a leafy park, but almost as good. A haven in the city. I sat and wished I had brought a book or a newspaper. I felt cosseted from the hubbub of nearby Maradana Road and Panchikawatte.”
Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, A Visit to the Maradana Railway Station, ran in the June 2017 issue.
The B274 climbs up from the foothills around Matale to Riverstone, in the Knuckles Mountains, offering some spectacular scenery at the upper end where it winds through tea plantations before disappearing into the heavy highland forests of Pitawala Patana. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine, as part of my story, A Drive through Rattota, which ran in the June 2017 issue.
Famous as the place where the Tripitaka was first written down as the Pali Canon in the 1st Century BC, the temple has been destroyed several times over the centuries. Sri Lanka, May 2017.
On the west coast of Sri Lanka. December 2016.
“As I walk into the stately Maradana Railway Station approximately forty years later, not much has changed. Dark iron arches into the tin roof over the platforms, and the wooden stairs sag with the weight of a century, a million footfalls, and tens of thousands of rush hours.”
The recently renovated stairs connecting the broad centre platform of the Maradana Railway Station to the wood and iron pedestrian walkway above, and (below) the way it looked five years ago. This is Colombo’s second-oldest operational railway station, opened in 1908. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My story, A Visit to the Maradana Railway Station, ran in the June 2017 issue.
Built by King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura in the 4th century BC, the Isurumuniya rock temple has had many renovations and additions to it over two thousand years of its existence, with some of its most famous features attributed to the 6th and 7th centuries AD. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My story, The First Kingdom of Lanka, ran in the February 2017 issue.
Early morning on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My story, Waterworld Waikkal, ran in the December 2015 issue.
The main stupa of the Nagadeepa Viharaya, close to Mahiyanganaya, in eastern Sri Lanka, is believed to date to the 2nd century BC, when it was built by King Dutugemunu of Anuradhapura in fulfilment of his plea for victory over the Chola King Elara. The temple grounds also hold a smaller, more recent shrine built by former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse in 2009, supposedly in gratitude for his victory over the Tamil Tigers. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War, appeared in the April 2016 issue.