Kallady Beach, Batticaloa -Where the lagoon greets the sea

Kallady Beach, baticaloa

Kallady Beach

Sri Lanka is not an island that is limited to adventure activities or lounging by the beaches. There is also much sightseeing in Sri Lanka for the first time visitor to do. One place that you must visit on your excursion to the eastern region of the island is the Kallady Beach in Batticaloa. Located less than an hour away from the cluster of popular resorts in the area including the likes of Amethyst Resort, the beach is at the end of the Saravana Road that is just after the Kallady Bridge. It is a good place to spend some quality time in private.

The beach is quite long, and you can enjoy a silent stroll on the sand. However, the highlight of the beach takes place early morning, around 5.30 am. This is the spectacular sunrise that can be seen with perfect clarity from the shores of the beach. Unless you visit on a full moon day or during rough weather, you can meet the fishermen coming ashore in the morning, and even help them haul in their nets. The epitome of Kallady Beach is about 4km ahead, at the very tip of the land. Here you will come to the estuary where the Batticaloa lagoon opens up to the sea. As gorgeous as the sea here is, you need to be cautious when swimming here as there are currents and unpredictable waters. However, it is a good place to play on the shore, run by the waves, and have a ball of a time together as a family. Food places are scarce and far in between in the area, so it is best to pack some snacks with you if you are coming for a longer stay. The people of the area are very friendly, though, and you can always go to them for help if you need anything.

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Next Stop in Hong Kong – Garden of Stars – celebrating Hong Kong’s movie legends

Hong Kong’s film industry has given audiences in Asia, and further abroad, several top rated films along with an unforgettable list of legendary movie stars. The Garden of Stars pays tribute to the actors and actresses who helped make this cosmopolitan city stand out with its talent, with several fun and entertaining exhibitions. Centrally located in Tsim Sha Tsui, close to several hotels in Kowloon Hong Kong, uch as the Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong, for example, the venue can be easily reached by several forms of public transport.

Officially, the “Avenue of Stars” is the main venue where you can view over a hundred hand prints of local stars, colourful exhibitions, and watch musical and drama performances that highlight the various techniques and talent. However, the Avenue of Stars was temporarily closed for renovations, with completion expected in 2018. Until then, the Garden of Stars was designed to provide an area for some of the star attractions to be displayed nearby.

The Garden of Stars comprises of a few selected pieces of commemorative sculptures of Hong Kong film Awards and celebrated actors, including a sculpture of Hong Kong’s most famous action star, Bruce Lee. There are several hand-print plaques belonging to local movie stars and directors, past and present. Some of the more noted hand-prints include Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li and Jackie Chan. There’s also the crowd favourite, the Starlight Cinema; a giant 360 degree painting, which stretches over 63 meters in length, featuring classic movie scenes with 43 acclaimed movie stars in a cartoon mural. In addition, other exhibitions include 9 light poles, which feature quotes from famous movies along with other movie themed decor.

The Garden of Stars is situated on the Waterfront Podium Garden, overlooking the beautiful Victoria Harbour and the city skyline. The best time to visit is after dark when “A Symphony of Light” takes place. The show is a 14 minute long, light and sound extravaganza, which happens daily.

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The Legend of Saradiel -The Robin Hood of Sri Lanka

A lone mountain stands in the district of Kegalle named “Uthuwankanda” that was one the home for a man that is now more legend than human: Saradiel. A learned bandit who evaded the iron arm of the British, the legend of Saradiel is something that all Sri Lankans are fond of discussing over a cup of plain ginger tea.

The story takes place in the late 19th century when Queen Victoria was ruling England, and by extension, the island of Sri Lanka. There was a boy by the name Saradiel, who was well schooled and joined the barracks. He learnt his craft at the barracks, until one day he was caught stealing. He was ordered to be arrested, at which point he stabbed a police officer fatally. This caused Saradiel to be denounced by his father and is marked as the starting point of numerous prison breaks, attempted recaptures and a reign of terror for the authorities. Uthuwankanda is where escaped Saradiel called home, and it is from here that he conducted his business of waylaying merchants, robbing traders, and being a constant pain for the police officials. The legend of Saradiel also speaks of a dagger – an enchanted dagger that was made out of a meteorite – that had the ability to make its wielder bullet-proof. According to the legend, at the time of Saradiel’s final capture, after two whole years of evasion and trickery, the dagger was under his pillow. The local legend says that this was the reason Saradiel was able to be captured.

Uthuwankanda is visited by many locals, but only a few foreigners on Sri Lanka tours are in the know about this. If you do wish to see the hideaway of this infamous man, fondly dubbed the Robin Hood of Sri Lanka, you can talk to an agency like Walkers Tours who arrange bespoke tours. Alternatively, you can find a local guide to take you there. This legend’s hideaway is not only spectacular but is also quite a task to find without expert knowledge on the matter.

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