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 by Paul Kerley. Publication date 22 May 2014.