Priyeangika Wilson - "People usually go there to ask for specific wishes, hoping they will come true"
Anuradhapura, located in the North of Sri Lanka, is quite a big city most known for its Sacred City, another UNESCO world heritage site. These ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilisation still have a very strong religious connection to Buddhism.
1. What is your name, where do you come from and what do you for living?
My name is Priyeangika Wilson, I run my hotel - The Nature Park - and rent rooms for foreigners. I’m from Anuradhapura.
2. What advice would you give to someone like us that just arrived to Anuradhapura?
I strongly advice foreigners to be careful with the tuktuk drivers and with the hotels, some people are not trustworthy and try to cheat tourists.
Also, when you're in Anuradhapura, you must visit the ruins, they are very beautiful. Mihintale is also beautiful and very interesting to visit because it’s where the Buddhist first came to Sri Lanka, and in the evening you can see the sunset there. Very nice!
3. What do you usually do for fun?
Travelling to other places. I like to go to Sigiryia, Trincomalee and Dambulla. I usually go by car with my family.
4. What would you say is your favourite food?
Rice and curries. My mother cooks the best ones at home.
5. What would be the perfect Sunday afternoon plan?
I like to spend some time alone and watch TV. I like to watch movies and teledramas and musicals – all Singhalese, from here.
6. What's your favourite place here?
My favourite ones are two very important places for Sri Lanka People: the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree and the Holy Stupa. Sri Lankans come from everywhere in the country to see these places and pray. People usually go there to ask for specific wishes, hoping they will come true in the future.
7. What's the weirdest thing a tourist has asked you?
They have many questions because they don’t know the places and about the roads, and how to get there. So sometimes they ask about their plans, they don’t know how to get to places and sometimes choose the longest and most expensive ways. They do routes that do not make sense, and go up and down without looking at the map.
8. What would you like us to ask the next host?
How did you start your business? Is it a family business? (read answer here)
Tips & Recommendations
Doing the safari at Wilpattu National Park. It's a very big park where you can spot leopards, elephants, buffalos, deers, crocodiles and many different birds. The best time of the year to go there is from February to October.