Taste of Sri Lanka: the best hotels for foodies

Posted by Red Dot Tours on November 08 th, 2016 in Accommodation, Destinations, Food & Drink

 
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Sri Lankan cuisine is very distinctive, an exotic blend of tastes and aromas enriched by ethnic diversity and centuries of interaction with outside settlers, including the European colonial powers. From rice and curry – a meal with a deceptively simple name that incorporates seven separate dishes, from curries to sambols – to the ever-popular string hoppers served hawker-style on the streets, something to please everyone can be found here.
 
Sri Lanka has long been known for its spices, which Sri Lankan people use liberally in their dishes. Visit a spice garden and see how some of them are grown and processed, including clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper – and other favourites such as chocolate and vanilla.
 
Tea is also widely cultivated on this fertile tropical island, especially in the cool hill country but also in the lowlands. Sri Lanka has been renowned for its tea since the 19th century and is now the world’s fourth largest exporter of the product – take a tour of a tea factory and watch how the plant is processed from the leaves into this much-loved drink.
 
Below we have listed a selection of hotels which offer the best food in the island, as well as recommendations from our team on what tourists must taste whilst they are in Sri Lanka. Foodies should take a peak at our Flavours of Ceylon tour, an itinerary designed with food-lovers in mind. From bustling local markets bursting with tropical fruits and bizarre vegetables, vibrant aromatic spices and glittering fish to the delicious fresh crabs, prawns and other seafood found all along the coastline, there are many culinary delights to be seen and sampled.

Escape to the West Coast of Sri Lanka for Christmas

Posted by Red Dot Tours on October 20 th, 2016 in Activities, Destinations, General

 
 
Escape the Christmas crowds…
 
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Christmas in Sri Lanka is magical, whether you’re trekking through the tea-covered Hill Country, climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress or sipping a cocktail on the beach and watching the sun sink into the sea. Peak season begins in December and runs all the way through to April. As the glorious sunshine sets in, tourists flock to this teardrop island for a taste of heat, beauty and relaxation.
 
Choosing to visit the west and north-west coasts in December and January is an easy way to guarantee yourself a quiet Christmas break without compromising on your experiences of the island. Whether you want to delve into Sri Lanka’s culture, dive into some exhilarating water-sports or discover the country’s abundant wildlife, this area will not disappoint.
 
For more information on organising a tailor-made tour of Sri Lanka, visit our website or get in touch with one of our knowledgeable travel consultants.
 
We hope to see you soon!
 
The Red Dot Team
 

Galle Literary Festival 2017

Posted by Red Dot Tours on September 09 th, 2016 in Accommodation

Galle Literary Festival 2017 will run between 11th – 15th January and is an unmissable event for those interested in literature.
 
Now in its 8th year, this event takes place in the streets of historic Galle Fort and has attracted internationally-renowned authors from across the globe.
 
 
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The first four authors appearing next year have just been announced as: Colm Toibin, whose novel Brooklyn was recently adapted for the screen; Dame Margaret Drabble; Lesley Hazleton, and Amish Tripathi, who wrote India’s fastest-selling book series.