Spend Your Summer on Sri Lanka’s Stunning East Coast

Sri Lanka is often overlooked as a summer holiday destination, with most families choosing to visit the island during the Christmas or Easter holidays. Although Sri Lanka is in peak season between December to April, the rest of the year should not be classed as the country’s ‘low season’: various sections of the island come into season during different months, making Sri Lanka a great tourist destination year round. During the summer, it is the island’s east coast which enjoys the most stable weather: whilst the south-west monsoon rains begin to affect the country in May, travellers headed to the east can look forward to endless sunshine.…

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Discover why Sri Lanka is tipped as a top travel destination for 2016

Finally, the world is realising something that Red Dot Tours has known all along: Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful, intriguing and addictive travel destinations in the world.


In Conde Nast’s first post of the New Year, Sri Lanka was dubbed as one of the hottest places to visit in 2016. This once little-known island has finally achieved the status it deserves and the country’s currently booming tourist industry means there has never been a better time to visit.


Since we began doing tours in Sri Lanka, 15 years ago, Sri Lanka’s tourist industry has expanded and improved beyond belief, as the island was increasingly promoted as one of the hottest travel destinations in the world.…

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Why we are stopping elephant riding





Red Dot has always been a company which promotes choice for our customers. We are also a company with a strong set of values: we have always been committed to campaigning for responsible tourism. We take our responsibilities to the environment, local communities, local wildlife, customers, partners, and employees very seriously.  As with any company, this is a learning curve for us. Since we launched 15 years ago, we’ve learnt and adapted more than we could ever have imagined.


Elephant issues in Sri Lanka have long been a concern for us. The image of the elephant is so iconic to Sri Lanka that it has become intrinsically linked with tourism on the island.…

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Inside Sri Lanka, A monthly insider’s report by Sri Lanka resident

Kandy in a Day


Royston Ellis


August is the month of the world famous Kandy Perahera. It climaxes this year on the Full Moon day of Tuesday 20 August with the evening parade of whip crackers, fire dancers, jugglers and elephants, including one bearing a casket containing the revered Buddha’s tooth (or a replica of it).


In 1592, the sacred tooth relic (that had arrived in the island in AD331) was brought to Kandy. Its presence confirmed Kandy as the capital of the island, in spite of the presence of the Portuguese on the littoral. In 1658, when the Portuguese were ousted by the Dutch, the kingdom was able to co-exit, albeit uneasily, with the new occupiers.…

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