Inspiring Sri Lanka

Last week I backpacked to Sri Lanka. It was my first ever proper visit to a foreign country. But before I start posting the travelogues, I wish to share with you all a couple of things which grabbed my attention.

Responsible Sri Lankan pedestrians: It was such a delightful sight to watch them use zebra crossings. They would always walk up to the zebra crossings to cross the road. And the drivers were also giving priority to pedestrians – they were slowing down and stopping the vehicles for the pedestrians even at places where there were no traffic lights.  Children are also aware of traffic rules, thanks to their teachers 🙂

Road safety is a big concern in my country and I guess rest of the nations in Indian subcontinent can learn a lesson from the “little brother”.  I am not saying that accidents don’t happen in Lanka – Couple of days ago a speeding private bus knocked down a traffic policeman at Galle Face.  But I can surely say that the stress level of a Sri Lankan pedestrian is very less compared to his Indian counterpart.


 

Cleanliness: Sri Lanka is super clean. Haters can claim that since it’s a small country waste management is easy. But don’t you think it’s the other way around? Waste management will be a tough job since it’s a small country.  The clean and hygiene toilets of the budget guest houses and hotels where I have stayed shows the standard of the people.  Colombo and Kandy are also virtually dust free. The photos below were taken inside Galle Fort. The whole area is so clean and picturesque.

India’s villages are comparatively clean but many of them lack infrastructure for sanitation and waste management especially toilets and drainage facilities. Mawlynnong, a village in Meghalaya  can be taken as a role model. It was declared the cleanest village in Asia by Discover India travel magazine in 2003. It’s the cities that need a drastic makeover. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign is surely winning the battle against filthiness and I guess very soon entire India will be clean.


 

In the coming days I’ll be posting more about the Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, do share your inspiring moments when you travelled to a foreign country 🙂

 

Author: Sreejith Vijayakumar

Have a great liking for travelling and learning about different cultures and communities. Strongly believe that world is a wonderful place to live in.

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  1. Wah.. I almost went to Sri Lanka early this year but I cancelled it. I think it’s my lost now that I see some of Sri Lanka photos from you! Can’t wait to see and read more!!

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  2. Hey Sreejith, agreed 100% everything u said. Sri Lanka is super clean, the people are really nice, they follow traffic rules and are humble, no doubt. I went like Colombo – Galle – Mirrissa – Nuwara Eliya – Kandy – Colombo. How was your route ?

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  3. This is so cool, I love this country, the people and especially the food 🙂 The larger coastal cities are in such great contrast to the highlands, and you capture it well. Cheers!

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  4. I visited India (Kolkata – Varanasi – Agra – Udaipur – Delhi – Amritsar) on last February. Though the cleanliness become a major problem in India. Still, I think that India is exotic, and I would like to visit it again for sure. But yes, compare to India, from your pictures Sri Lanka is a good example for waste management and cleanliness.

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  5. Hey Sreejith,thanks for your observations about Lanka. We left Lanka to migrate to Australia 30 years ago and have been going back on many occasions . Yes Sri Lanka has changed for the better hope it realises its full potential. Beautiful country , lovely humble people and super food.. Enjoy your travels.

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