Mar 4, 2014

Beautiful remnants of colonialism in Sri Lanka

The last week in sunny, tropical Sri Lanka gave me a pleasant surprise. Unlike India, this island country is CLEAN (be it the streets or markets or beaches); it appears that "tidy" is ingrained in the culture of the land.

The elegant colonial buildings (mainly from the Dutch-era) in every street have been immaculately maintained and lends super charm to this quaint country. 

I have a few nooks of colonial buildings to share with you readers - of homes, our resort and cafes that we went to. Let me transport you there instantly...

A grand entrance to an old house-cum-resort

A nook with precious collectibles in a Batik artist's home

Stylish traditional furniture, and the pattern play of light and shadow

White walls, dotted with deep brown furniture and plants

Old white, wooden doors with pretty carvings

Wooden clock

Old musical instruments make a conversation-starter nook

A lovely reading nook

What elements caught your eye here?

16 comments:

  1. With all the snow here in Virginia, these sunshine filled pictures sure warmed my heart (especially loved the third picture).....one of my fav places to travel to. Thank you for sharing Ambika.

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    1. You are welcome Sruthi! With snow all around i can understand why you liked the third pic the most :-)

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  2. Lovely pictures ammu. very inviting indeed

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    1. Thanks Nimmichech, very much like Kerala but different in many ways!

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  3. Sti Lanka has been on my wishlist for long. Your pictures tempt me all the more :( I wish I can go there someday, soon. And about the elements that caught my eye, it's really difficult to choose one. There is some poetry in all that you showed. :)

    PS – Hey Ambika, not sure if you checked but I am hosting a giveaway on my blog, do check it out and participate if it interests you. :) Have a great day!

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    1. Poetry in the colonial remnants, true Arti!
      Sure will check the giveaway, over to your blog now.

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  4. I spent few memorable yrs in lanka u have transported me thru ur photos thanks for ur comment in my blog
    Anandhirajan

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  5. Ambika, the hubby I are planning a holiday to Sri Lanka in October, but your lovely pics have made me want to pack my bags and leave tomorrow!

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  6. Go Now, Shalini, haha :))
    Its worth the while, sun, sand, culture, arts, elegance!

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  7. wow nice pics! It was really surprising to know that just a canal away the beaches and streets are clean there in sri lanka!

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    1. I know Ritha, a stark contrast in the ways of life just a channel apart!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! This is my idea of beautiful place! The dark wood, cream furnishings & Greenery makes the whole thing dream like! Absolutely beautiful photography! I guess I will keep coming to this post again & again!

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    1. Thank you Padmamanasa :) Indeed, white, wood and greens is a combo beyond compare.

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  9. Simply gorgeous! I came here through Lakshmi's post on fb, and am I glad she shared it! I am a big fan of the colonial look, and I loved every inch of this post!:)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Sharon and glad you enjoyed the post!

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  10. oh wow!! wow!! simply gorgeous.. What a stunning place!

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