It tells the story of a young Tamil gay boy called Arjy, growing up in s Sri Lanka during the civil war era, struggling to come to grips with his homosexuality in a very religious and traditional family and society. Fast forward 30 years when we visited Sri Lanka, at a time when the country is thriving; the Civil War long ended and tourism flourishing more than ever, we wondered if much has changed for the country's LGBTQ community. Be sure to check out our comprehensive gay Sri Lanka travel guide for our perspective as foreigners visiting. But what's it like for local gay guys?
LGBT rights in Sri Lanka
Homosexuality in Sri Lanka - Wikipedia
However, the country of Sri Lanka is absolutely stunning and a wonderful place to visit, due to the sheer beauty in nature and history. The country has rotating monsoon seasons for the opposite areas of the island, meaning you could visit the country at any time in the year for an amazing vacation away from the storms. There are a few hikes you can partake in with picturesque viewpoints at the top to capture amazing views of the island. On the coastlines, the beaches and waters are unforgettable, with views and activities suitable for active visitors and those just looking to relax. The history of Sri Lanka is also unbelievable, with famous fortresses, castles, churches, and temples on every corner of the island. Furthermore, the enforcers in the country turn a blind eye towards gay foreigners and hotels catering to gay foreigners for the sake of the economy.
Gay Colombo: guide to the best bars, clubs, hotels and more
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is its legislative capital, and Colombo is its largest city and financial centre. Sri Lanka's documented history spans 3, years, with evidence of prehistoric human settlements dating back at least , years. The country's trade in luxury goods and spices attracted traders of many nations, creating Sri Lanka's diverse population. During a period of great political crisis , the Portuguese , whose arrival in Sri Lanka was largely accidental, sought to control the island's maritime regions and its lucrative external trade.
It has all the colourful quirks you'd find in India but with a more calming atmosphere. We felt like we were receiving a spiritual cleansing just by walking down the streets! Colombo is bursting with Buddhist temples, markets and smiling Sri Lankan faces. Every corner is steeped in history and culture. We found ourselves torn over what activity to tackle next, what to see, what story to unravel, who to speak to, where to eat.