Two brilliant western physicists – unshackled by “group think” – gravitated there.
Arthur C Clarke “advanced intelligence would be indistinguishable from magic” and 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Milo Wolff interpreting the meaning underlying Schroedinger and Einstein’s work on waves into his “Wave Structure of Matter”.
Both lived in Sri Lanka..
Oh, and ..We honeymooned there (Bentota. Magical)