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Mandalay Lake at Serendib Magazine

Mandalay Lake at Serendib Magazine

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A light mist lifts off the lake’s still, emerald skin to reveal a string of tropical islands
and red-roofed villages dominated by white temple domes. In the channels and flat expanses between the islands, fishermen cast their antiquated nets into the extraordinarily rich waters, as a meditative Buddhist chants float across an equally serene landscape. The scene is absolutely timeless, with nothing to suggest the encroachment of the 21st or even the 20th century. But this extraordinary paradise is not some distant and unexplored part of the country: a forgotten valley deep in the hill country, or a Shangri-la on the east coast. It is, in fact, the Koggala Lake, mere minutes
from the tourist epicentre of Galle. Hardly a mile from the famous southern coast this is the interior; the island’s green hinterland long ignored by travellers and tourists who tend to be dazzled and distracted by the blue sea and golden sands. Beyond the beach,  however, there exists a private and ancient world entirely worth discovering – and for the time being Mandalay Lake is perhaps the outside world’s only outpost in the quaint and quiet lakeside village of Kathaluwa. More info

Source www.srilankan.aero September/October 2009

Copyright SriLankan Airlines Serendib magazine/Savan Wijewardene

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