A32 from Jaffna to Mannar

When travelling around Sri Lanka one thing is for certain – distances are deceptive. Here, a simple enough journey on paper can become an epic slog as A-roads disintegrate into sandy tracks and kilometres appear to defy the laws of physics as they grow ever longer. And in a country the size of Ireland with a population of over 20million, it is still possible to feel completely alone and utterly in the middle of nowhere.

This is where the excitement comes from and from where adventure is born: a rush of adrenaline when the car loses traction on a sandy rut miles from anywhere; the knowledge that you are driving through areas that have only recently been cleared of landmines; or the many small, tumbledown settlements full of wide-eyed locals fascinated by the sudu in a small Indian car…

PK

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