Finding nirvana
Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka


The inside track

Sahran Abeysundara spends his time between Britain and his native Sri Lanka. He is Mayor of Haslemere, Surrey. Outside of public office, he is an interior designer, LGBT activist and director of Sri Lankan hotel group, Nuwara Eliya Hotels.


Galle is full of amazing places to eat. My favourite is gay-owned Kahanda-Kanda. Otherwise, try Poonie’s Kitchen or to get local, try the beach shack at Wijaya Beach.


Brief Garden is fabulous. Designed by a family friend, who built this secret garden all by himself and created a voyeur’s paradise. Visit it and you’ll see.


I’m proud to be a director of Equal Ground, an organisation seeking human rights for Sri Lanka’s LGBT+ community. It’s a great place to connect with locals and understand what it’s really like to be gay in the country.