The Samudra Cottage
Above: The Samudra Cottage, a model Sri Lankan homestead in the shadow of Colombo's Taj Samudra Hotel.
Below: farmer-folklorist Mudiyanse Tennekoon ensured the authenticity of every detail of the working homestead.
Farmer Tennekoon at the Samudra Cottage

The Samudra Cottage

The Samudra Cottage, a model rural homestead situated on the grounds of the Taj Samudra in the heart of Colombo, served as a working agricultural and educational research facility and as an authentic rural venue for special urban functions hosted by Cultural Survival. Created in 1989, it served as inspiration for related projects island-wide for six years until 1995.

1991 SAARC Summit Conference

During the December 1991 SAARC Summit Conference, Cultural Survival's Samudra Cottage facility served as a living exhibit of indigenous lifestyles by the Ministry of Environment for visiting heads of State from the SAARC region.

Photo-article about Cultural Survival's Samudra Cottage