FruitSalad

Fruit salad

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Nature rules in Sri Lanka. Blessed with an enviable level of rainfall coupled with baby blue skies, the bees do their utmost to create a technicolour feast. Gummy golden jackfruit, sweet ochre papaya, juicy sunshine pineapple and royal mango; the tropical bounty is endless. Grown in backyard jungles and on windowsills, the ripe goodness spills out everywhere, with local stalls selling their riches at endless roadside stands. Much of this deliciousness is also made into traditional curries, like sour mango and spiced pineapple. This picture was taken at Matara, in the middle of the bustling town, and about 15 minutes…

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The Tuk Tuk

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The humble tuk tuk, found throughout Asia, is a thriving species here in Sri Lanka. It blends into the lush undergrowth in green, or makes a fiery entrance in red. It’s plastered with stickers and beloved paraphernalia, or kept pristine and untouched. It’s often seen exalting the virtues of a Buddhist life, of even taking a note from our Rasta neighbor – Mr Marley. Often heard first, the mighty tuk tuk may be a mobile disco, blasting local rhythms through rice paddies. It may be a sardine-can people-mover, dropping off innumerate kids to schools, mum’s to markets and dads to…

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Beautiful Bawa

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Sri Lanka’s most beloved architect, Geoffrey Bawa, had a home at Lununganga, near Bentota, and about 2 hours north of Talalla Retreat. The man who created “tropical modernism” certainly created a personal utopia here. Butterfly lakes open up onto acres of stepped grounds, with gates to nowhere interspersed in the undergrowth. This is the country estate of the artist, started in 1947, and the very location that led him to becoming an architect. Throughout his life, Mr Bawa continued to change and experiment with the space. This hand-chiseled sandstone leopard overlooks the gardens, keeping watch over the estate and the…

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Stuff Your Galle Face (Green)

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Wandering down Galle Face Green at sundown is a typical Sri Lankan experience. As the sun sets, street vendors uncover their creations, painstakingly handmade in private homes by the lady of the house each morning. Rolling out gazebos, frypans, tables and chairs, the instant food court appears miraculously and the smell of frying spices fills the air. Hollering about these delicious tapas, crowds are drawn to stall after stall of deep fried baby crabs smooshed into red coconut roti. Large shops sell fresh seafood – seasoned prawns and tiny squid stare blankly, while large crabs eyeball your choice – perhaps…

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Budget Travellers at Talalla

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Are you the budget conscious traveler? Talalla Retreat now has two alternative budget room options…. Set among Talalla’s beautiful landscaped gardens and tropical jungle, our lovely Sri Lankan bungalow consists of seven rooms for single or double occupancy, four shared bathrooms  and a mixed dormitory room of three bunks, just footsteps away from the crystal clear waters of Talalla Beach. Guests are welcome to enjoy all that Talalla has to offer including use of the swimming pool, day spa and the daily yoga and surf classes. For more information, click here to learn about the different accommodation options at Talalla.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Posture of the week: High Skandasana

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High Skandasana A great posture for building strength in the knees and thighs... Reconnect with muladhara chakra (the root chakra) to feel grounded and strong! Great to incorporate into your practice around the full moon when the energy is scattered and the mind is busy. Make sure your knee is in line with your ankle your core is engages and your foundation is strong.
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Posture of the week: Wild thing pose

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Wild Thing Pose “Camatkarasana” Opens the Chest, shoulders, throat, hips and hip flexors. A beautiful elegant and invigorating posture, when done correctly can strengthen the spine. It is important to move into and out of this posture slowly and with caution engage mula bandha and breath… Drink up the posture and feel the entire bodys reaction to this super yummy pose.

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Five tips for the Ultimate Sri Lanka Surf Holiday

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  Sri Lanka Surf 5 Tips from Sri Lankas Best & Longest Running Surf Camp – Talalla Surf Camp 1. Avoid the Crowds and still get Great Surf It is said that the best time for surfers to go to Sri Lanka is from April through to October. This is true in many ways. Ocean swells are consistent 4-7 feet and wind conditions are ideal. However, during this time, surfers from many nations flock to Arugam Bay on the East Coast of the island and also called the surf Mecca of Sri Lanka.   If you do not count to those who love the hassle of…

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Cost of living in Sri Lanka

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The choice is yours. Eat local or eat international. You can stay at an AmanResort and spend up to US$600 a day or a backpackers hostel and pay US$30 a day. We believe that out of all resorts in Sri Lanka Talalla Retreat offers the best value for money and the coolest accommodation available.

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