Sri Lanka by Royston EllisSri Lanka by Royston Ellis

Sri Lanka

byRoyston Ellis

Paperback | March 15, 2014

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The civil war has ended and all regions of this 'resplendent land' are now accessible to visitors. The island offers everything from snorkelling and sandy beaches to golf and hill-country tea plantations; from ancient temples and ruins to shopping opportunities in Colombo's bustling streets. In this new edition, Royston Ellis, a Sri Lankan resident, explores the diversity Sri Lanka offers in an easy-to-read narrative packed with entertaining comments and sound advice, based on personal experience. Combining experience with enthusiasm he helps visitors get the most from this magical isle - everyone will find something to admire in this enchanting 'tiny teardrop'.
Royston Ellis has lived in Sri Lanka since 1980 and has travelled extensively throughout the country. He is the author of 65 novels, guidebooks and biographies published in the UK and USA as well as previous editions of Bradt guides to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius. He is the editorial consultant for a magazine for tourists pub...
Title:Sri LankaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2014Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841624853

ISBN - 13:9781841624853

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from very useful! This guide has so much information, yet it was easy to use and definitely came in handy!
Date published: 2018-05-26

Read from the Book

Excerpt from previous edition Not many world travellers would admit to Colombo being their favourite city, but it is mine. Facing the Indian Ocean and stretching 14km along Sri Lanka's western shore, it has within its boundaries an astonishing variety of people, historical monuments, simple temples, gleaming hotels, trendy restaurants, glittering (as well as seedy) casinos, fascinating department stores, tree-lined boulevards, mysterious lanes, old and new markets, shopping malls, and even skyscrapers. It never disappoints, although on a hot, hectic day it is certainly tiring. It is not a city of romance like Paris, or of ruthless commerce like Hong Kong, nor is it dedicated to progress like Singapore, or to fun like Bangkok. Colombo has no such pretensions, being simply an ancient maritime settlement that has burgeoned into a modern metropolis. The traffic is heavy in the day, thins out late evening, and then the streets seem eerily deserted at night. There are no central squares but the city has its areas of character: Fort and Pettah; Galle Face Green and the neon-lit gaming clubs of the Galle Road; and clusters of theme restaurants revitalising colonial houses.

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1 Background InformationChapter 2 Practical InformationChapter 3 ColomboChapter 4 The Cultural TriangleChapter 5 The Hill CountryChapter 6 National Parks and Interior TownsChapter 7 The West CoastChapter 8 The Deep SouthChapter 9 The Eastern SeaboardAppendix 1 LanguageAppendix 2 GlossaryAppendix 3 Further InformationIndex

Editorial Reviews

Reviews of previous edition 'The definitive gazetteer to the island' Chris Haslam, Wanderlust 'Recommended' Daily Telegraph