Why do you like to work in tourism?
Ever since I can remember, I have loved to travel. It is, in spite of all the technological advancements in the preceding decade, an activity that has enthralled mankind – to visit new places, create memories, and understand how our globe has evolved through history. Therefore, I am quite content and overjoyed to be achieving those childhood dreams on a daily basis, throughout the past 30 years of my career in this dynamic industry. Ultimately, this industry has given me the opportunity to meet many of varying backgrounds, beliefs, and ideas, and I believe this field has proved time and time again, to be a force for good and positive change, as it meshes together a perennial characteristic of human nature – to travel and explore.
What is your favorite place in Sri Lanka? Why?
Sigiriya – Of all the countless natural wonders that dot the island, Sigiriya holds a special place in my heart. The ‘Lion Rock’ that stands out dramatically over dense forests in north-central Sri Lanka, is a sight to behold. Its many rock arts, ruins, and frescoes, as well as irrigation systems that are still befuddling engineers the world over in terms of their functionality ever since they were built by King Kashyapa I in the 5th century A.D., are testament to the resourcefulness of our ancient dynasties.
What’s your favorite Sri Lankan dish?
Milk rice with chicken curry – Locally known as ‘kiribath’, a literal translation of milk (kiri) and rice (bath), it is an important dish in Sri Lankan cuisine.