The Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Whatever India has in all its vastness, Sri Lanka is a microcosm of that. The land has everything, mountains, valleys, greens and deserts along with lakes and waterfalls. The people are incredibly friendly. There is an abundance of everything, from wildlife to natural resources.
From the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya in the heart of Sri Lanka, to the posh upmarket neighborhoods of Colombo, Sri Lanka has it all. You can go from the walled city of Galle to the hill station of Kandy in less than half a day while enjoying the beautiful tea country that is lavished around the rolling hills and mountains.
Their buddhist temples and monasteries are as serene as they are ancient. A certain calm dwells around them. A certain tranquility is found everywhere, as people from all faiths and walks of life live in harmony with each other. After all these years, the fortunate country is finally becoming fortuitous.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying
“Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a former European settlement with a large Christian population and a seafaring heritage. It is a town of enormous charm that reminds some visitors of the Caribbean more than India.”
— Gary Weiss