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A Queen’s Travels

A Queen’s Travels

By Royston Ellis

With Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain recently replacing Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest reigning monarch, it is timely to look at Queen Victoria’s connection with Sri Lanka. Although the Queen never actually visited Ceylon (as Sri Lanka w...

Open Colombo

Open Colombo

By Royston Ellis

The relaxing of security restrictions with the opening up of long-closed roads in Colombo, has turned the centre of the city into a fascinating haven for pedestrians. It’s now possible to walk the length of the road (Janadhipathi Mawatha, formerly ...

Books galore

Books galore

By Royston Ellis

If you want a cheap guide book about Sri Lanka, a rare volume about ancient Ceylon, or a few paperback novels to read on the beach, Colombo has a street to thrill book lovers. It’s opposite the traffic island where D R Wijewardena Road meets T B Ja...

Sri Lanka By Rail

Sri Lanka By Rail

By Royston Ellis

Travelling by train for tourists, as long as you pick the right trains, has become more convenient in recent years as special air-conditioned carriages have been added to long distance trains. In addition, the northern railway links, closed for nearl...