Sri Lankan journey
20 May 2014 Last updated at 17:24 BST
About 300 miles separate the old Dutch fort of Galle on Sri Lanka's southern tip and Mullivaikal, the strip of land in the north where an army assault on Tamil rebels ended a civil war five years ago.
The BBC's Charles Haviland travelled up the coast passing fish markets and seaside resorts, eventually turning inland towards the ancient capital and ending up in a desolate former war zone.
These are the stories of the people he met on the way.
Photofilm production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 21 May 2014