Reviews from Sri Lankan newspapers over the weekend...
Return to Jaffna, to see the Ring of Fire
Six years after I first flew into Jaffna in May 2003, the civil war had ended and the A9 highway was now finally open with no travel restrictions. The annular eclipse of the Sun on January 15, 2010 being a good reason to return to Jaffna, I decided to join the trip organised by Haka Lanka Tours for the Archaeological Society. Members with family and friends from age three to 80, were all excited about the prospect of seeing the eclipse and Jaffna, most for the first time.
We met at the Colombo Museum on the 12th evening and left at about 10 p.m. in a large tourist coach. Although travel via Puttalam is 10 km shorter, the 74 km from Puttalam to Anuradhapura was very slow and bumpy due to road construction. After an early breakfast near Anuradhapura we travelled via Vavuniya, and crossed over at Omanthai to former-LTTE held territory. We had obtained permission letters from the Ministry of Defence, but they were hardly needed. Throughout the journey, checks were just a quick formality, no different to those encountered in Colombo.
Rocking good time at ‘HARD ROCK’ in Unawatuna
Out of many restaurants on the golden stretch of Unawatuna beach, Hard Rock stands out. Hard Rock Cafes, though not found in Sri Lanka, are popular restaurants around the world. But ‘Hard Rock’ is a specialized sea food restaurant located on the beach.
‘Hard Rock’ caters not only to overseas visitors, but many Sri Lankans are patronizing the place for world class sea food dishes. Apart from sea food, Hard Rock is a popular place for Italian cuisine too. Pizza Corner is popular among visitors.
‘We get quite a number of Italian visitors and that’s why we think of going for a pizza corner.’ Anura said.