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Colombo Fort

Colombo Fort

By Royston Ellis

Mention the word “Fort” to any Sri Lankan and he will know you are speaking about Colombo not Galle, Trincomalee, Negombo or Matara which also have Forts. Curiously, Colombo actually no longer has a Fort although the name is officially preserved ...

Mongooses

Mongooses

By Royston Ellis

I have a love/hate relationship with mongooses Yes, that’s the word for several of the creatures, not mongeese, since the English name is derived from the Marathi word: mungus. So the goose attached to mon is not related to the bird of that name, s...

Pure Ceylon Coffee

Pure Ceylon Coffee

By Royston Ellis

Sri Lanka has long been famous for Pure Ceylon Tea but tea has only been grown in the country for 148 years. Before that coffee was king. I discovered recently that instead of the usual sachet of instant coffee that hotels provide for guests to make ...

The use of Coriander in Sri Lankan Cuisine

The use of Coriander in Sri Lankan Cuisine

By Royston Ellis

Eat in a good restaurant in Sri Lanka and the chances are high that torn coriander leaves will be the featured garnish. It turns up on pumpkin soup, garlic prawns, darne of seer fish, lentil curry, and I’ve even had it sprinkled over roast chicken....

Sri Lanka Customs

Sri Lanka Customs

By Royston Ellis

All visitors to Sri Lanka encounter customs on arrival; there are red channels for those with something to declare, and a green channel for those with nothing on which duty should be paid. There is a duty free allowance for liquor and perfumes, but n...