I visited this amazing country in October 2006 and happened to be there during the Tamil Tiger attack on the Sri Lankan Navy Base at Galle and also the Digampathana bombing.
This happened only two years after Sri Lanka had been devastatingly hit by the Tsunami which hit a coastal railway line and destroyed a crowded passenger train killing 1700 people. The Tsunami subsequently killed some 30,000 people along Sri Lanka’s coast.
Sri Lanka was already struggling to recover both economically and emotionally from the Tsunami when the Tamil Tiger attacks happened, further destroying its already fragile Tourism Industry.
The truth was that the Tamil Tiger attacks were taken out against Sri Lanka’s military and at no time were tourists in danger. But media reporting dramatized the attacks implying that tourist destinations had been attacked.
That aside, my time in Sri Lanka was a very special experience of getting to know these gentle people and their culture while I travelled around the country from Colombo, to the Ancient Cities, climbing Sigiriya and staying in rainforest accommodation where monkeys ran freely across roofs, I visited the cave temples of Dambulla, saw tea plantations in Kandy and spent time in Galle to name a few amazing things.
I will endeavour to upload a photo album and post about my time in Sri Lanka in due course. However in the meantime if I can assist with any enquiries about Sri Lanka please contact me by email at [email protected]