In the south of Sri Lanka, especially around this time of the year, the sun shines bright. This makes kirala the ultimate thirst quencher. As you travel along the Hambantota Road, be it towards wild Yala, the historic Kirinde or exciting East Coast you will find kirala sellers by the road side. The little green fruits dangle off in rows, gleaming invitingly in the bright sunlight. Peddlers under a large beach umbrella or at the verandahs of their homes, the people of Ambalantota invite you to share a glass with them.
Yet, kirala is not just a pick-me-up on a hot day. It is a native fruit that is filled with wholesome goodness. Infused with properties that ease diarrhea and alleviate skin diseases it is a great detox. It also cools your body.
Take a break from your travels in the south. Rest your weary soul in the shade, immerse yourself in the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality and sip on the tongue tingling kirala juice. Oh and make sure you purchase a few fruits to take home too.