Sri Lanka 'Highway of Death' tourism Dec 24, 2010 21:02:53 GMT Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostMemberGive GiftBack to Top Post by bixaorellana on Dec 24, 2010 21:02:53 GMT Text below excerpted from a page online.Click on the text for the full article and access to video.Elephantpass, a narrow causeway linking the northern Jaffna Peninsula with the rest of Sri Lanka, was the site of many bloody battles during the island's quarter-century civil war. Now it's the site of nation's most famous bulldozer.The bulldozer was used by the Tamil Tigers in July 1991 in an attempt to breach the defenses of a Sri Lankan army garrison stationed at Elephantpass. They would have succeeded if it weren't for the actions of government soldier Gamini Kularatne, who lobbed a grenade into its belly, stopping it in its tracks and dying in the act. The war ended 18 years after Kularatne's heroics, when the Tamil Tigers were destroyed by government forces.Nowhere are the dramatic changes to Sri Lanka since the war's end clearer than on the 100 km stretch of the A9 that runs through the Vanni in the northern Sri Lanka. Once dubbed the highway of death because of the fierce fighting it saw during the war, the A9 is now more like the highway of the insatiable war tourist. Hundreds of buses speed daily on the narrow road, ferrying curious southern visitors to the north for the first time in their lives.