Deep in the Indian Ocean, there is an emerald shaped island. Just 30kms off Kanyakumari at the southern tip of the Indian peninsula, and having been connected terrestrially for almost half a million years until just 10,000 years ago, one would think that Sri Lanka would be an extension of South India. Coming from South India, I disagree partially. The roots are there but the country evolved her own identity and I feel it is an easier to navigate version of Southern India.
I didn’t know what to expect, so was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at quite a modern Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. The airport is named after Sirimavao Bandaranike who became the world’s first non-hereditary female head of government in modern history, when she was elected Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960.