Water World

DAWN CHORUS: Peace and quiet in Vil Uyana's wetlands

If you hear what sounds like screams and gunshots at VIL UYANA, there's no need to panic. The screams are just the local farmers warning each other of elephants, and the gunshots are in fact firecrackers used to scare them away. But what you mostly hear at this stunning new eco-resort in Sri Lanka's dry zone is silence, punctuated only by the calling of kingfishers and the cooing of spotted doves. There are 426 bird species in Sri Lanka, and many of them can be seen here, in this extraordinary nature reserve that also doubles as a superchic...

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