Sri Lanka: the island of escapism

Posted by Red Dot Tours on April 18 th, 2016 in Accommodation

When it comes to booking a summer getaway, most are searching for a holiday destination which offers total and utter relaxation and the chance to escape the mundane stresses of everyday life. During the English summer months, there are many areas of Sri Lanka which offer travellers a tranquil stay: from the cool, lush green hills of the tea country, to the enchanting sandy beaches of the east coast. Between June and September, whilst the west is affected by monsoon rains, the rest of the island enjoys stable sunshine. Below we have picked out some of the most beautiful, laid-back parts of Sri Lanka which are unaffected by the western rains and a selection restful accommodation in these areas, including simplistic eco-retreats set far from urban life.
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Arugam Bay
Arugam Bay is a laidback beach town on Sri Lanka’s south-east coast. Renowned as one of the top ten surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay is a popular haunt for surfers across the globe, particularly between July and August when there are thrilling waves and competitions. If surfing isn’t your thing, simply chill out on the beach and listen to the soothing sounds of the waves lapping the shore. For those looking to escape the stresses of their daily lives, this slow-paced coastal town is an ideal choice.
Stay at…
Hideaway, A Bay
Hideaway is a 14-room guesthouse with a youthful feel set on six acres of lush tropical gardens in the heart of Arugam Bay. The restaurant serves Asian and Mediterranean fusion cuisine and traditional Sri Lankan dishes, and is upheld as one of the best places to eat in town. Located just a short stroll away from the sun-kissed beaches and popular surf points, Hideaway offers guests a true experience of Arugam Bay’s laid-back lifestyle.
Gal Oya
Gal Oya National Park
Escape the crowds at Yala National Park and instead head to Gal Oya in the east, an extensive wildlife sanctuary edged by a lake that is inhabited by herds of elephants, water buffalo, deer, crocodile and numerous species of birds. Here you can wonder at Sri Lanka’s incredible wildlife in peace. Go on a boat safari along the lake and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a wild elephant swimming alongside you as it moves between the different islands.
Don’t miss…
Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya Lodge
This rustic eco-retreat, surrounded by picturesque mountains, borders Gal Oya National Park and is perfect accommodation for wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking tranquillity. Set amidst acres of untouched wilderness and edged by one of Sri Lanka’s largest lakes, this property is comprised of several eco-friendly bungalows and villas, constructed using locally sourced materials. Look out for wild elephants roaming through the jungles.
Kandy hills (Vic)
The Kandyan Hills
For those seeking the spectacular views and cool climate of Sri Lanka’s tea-covered hill country, but who do not want to make the long, winding journey into the heart of the island, the hills on the outskirts of Kandy are an easy alternative. Drive out of the town’s congested centre and escape into lush green wilderness, shadowed with a beautiful mountain backdrop.
Check out…
Madulkelle Eco Lodge
Madulkelle Eco Lodge is an innovative holiday retreat set amidst a 25-acre tea plantation in a rural village in the outskirts of Kandy. Comprised of comfortable tented lodges perched on a cliff looking out at the spectacular Knuckles Mountain Range, this property follows strict eco-friendly policies. Surrounded by lush green hills, this is a picturesque setting and a haven for birdlife.
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After five years, Australia’s cricket team is returning to Sri Lanka. Their tour of the island begins on 26th July and will run for six weeks, during which the team will play five ODIs and two T20s, as well as the three test matches.


Sri Lanka will be keen to prove themselves on their home turf, especially in light of their recent disappointment in the World T20. The reigning champions were knocked out in the quarter finals following a dramatic clash with England where they were defeated by ten runs. During their last tour of the island in 2011, Australia won the series 1-0 after the teams drew 2 out of the 3 Test matches. Of the 13 Tests the team have played in Sri Lanka, Australia have won six and lost only one, in 1999.


The tour will – unusually – begin in Pallekele (near Kandy), a move made to reduce the risk of the test clashing with the historic Kandy Esala Perahera. This is a Buddhist festival held in annually in August, during which the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, usually housed in Temple of the Tooth, is paraded through the streets.


They will also be playing at grounds in Dambulla – part of the Cultural Triangle – and Colombo, as well as the Galle International Stadium, which boasts views of the Indian Ocean and the iconic clock tower of the 16th century Dutch fort.


Banishing the Off Season Myth

Posted by Red Dot Tours on March 29 th, 2016 in Activities, Destinations, General


Whilst Sri Lanka does indeed have a peak season – December – March – the rest of the year should not be regarded as the island’s off season. At whatever time of year you visit Sri Lanka, you will find sunshine, beautiful beaches and a host of wondrous cultural and wildlife experiences. There is never a bad time to visit Sri Lanka – read on to find out why coming during Sri Lanka’s ‘off season’ can be the best choice.


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