The magnum opus entitled Adventure Tours in Sri Lanka (Sri Lankave Kriyadama Charika) written in Sinhala, published by the author Shaminda Ranshan Fernando was released recently.
The book is replete with hundred and twelve pages in glossy paper of pure bliss. These ‘dare devil’ adventures comprise trekking of sixty waterfalls and twenty peaks experienced by the author, an intrepid nature enthusiast and two of his adventurist colleagues Akila Dayaratne and Malith Ebenezer. The book is dedicated to the sensitive environmentalist who loves and protects flora, rivers and waterfalls, peaks and valleys, tunnels and caves.
Once you read this book you will not leave it aside. You are bound to re-read it! The book is a nature adventurist enthusiast’s miscellany. I am always reminded of the fascinated colonial writers’ often quoted epithet ‘Ceylon the Adam’s Garden’, when I got engrossed in reading this thought provoking book.
Reading Adventure Tours in Sri Lanka (Sri Lankave Kriyadama Charika) is neither another reclined armchair adventure episode that any traveller could experience and a wayfarer could observe nor a fascinating story like Jungle Tide by John Still; ‘Seeing Ceylon’ – ‘Discovering Ceylon’ by Dr. RL Brohier that lingers with a sense of nostalgia – they are all unremitting expeditions persevered by these three youth. The writer Shaminda Ranshan Fernando’s sensitive eye has envisioned where ‘angels fear to tread’ and has explored the unseen, unheard and has carved a niché in the annals of nature adventure explorations.
In reading his adventure’s what I could glean is that first twenty-six experiences the author Shaminda and two of his adventurist friends have ‘dared’ – except number twenty-one the Para Motoring tour experience in the area of club Bentota Hotel located in the islet jutted out to the sea – all are upcountry caves, peak and waterfall adventure trekking. Once I perused his preface and the twenty-ninth chapter only I could realize that these adventures of the ‘dare devil’ adventurist ‘were not done in a sudden flight’, but was undertaken in a span of seven years.
Shaminda Ranshan’s travelogue is not a fiction like Jules Verne’s ‘4000 leagues under the sea’. This compendium contains secret tips, snippets for an adventurist that would quench one’s thirst for adventure sans any risk to life. I commend author Shaminda Ranshan Fernando’s altruism for imparting his knowledge for the guidance of the future adventurist explorations.
This handy opus would serve as a vade maecum for the nature lover who seeks recourse in the salubrious climes in the true sense of the words ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Shaminda Ranshan Fernando’s book titled Adventure Tours in Sri Lanka (Sri Lankave Kriyadama Charika) in an adventure enthusiasts’ guide for the exploration of nature’s true spectacle.