March madness in the island

Venture out on the streets during most weekends between February and March, and you will be bombarded with noise – of school boys and cricket lovers going on parades in bicycles, cars, vans, trucks and by foot. These are the months of the ultimate cricket battle of schools – better known as Big Match Season.…

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Sri Lanka remains ‘Best Value Destination for Long Haul Holidaymakers’ – UK Post Office Report

Sri Lanka has been named as the best value for money for the third consecutive year by the UK’s 2012 Post Office ‘Long Haul’ Report.

The report published annually in the United Kingdom compares the cost of common holiday purchases, including meals and drinks between 32 of the country’s popular holiday destinations.

Despite Sri Lanka maintaining its position on the top of the list, the price for the same basket of goods compared has risen considerably to £43.85 from £31.81 a year earlier.

The shopping basket of 12 items consist of a Beer, Cola, a glass of wine, cocktail, bottle of water, bar of chocolate, sunscreen (200ml), insect repellant (50ml), paperback book, postcard, stamp, and a 3-course meal including a bottle of wine.…

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Sri Lanka to open shipwreck dive spots to tourists

The Sri Lanka government has granted permission to open up shipwreck dives off its Southern coastline to tourists in a move to further promote tourism.

According to the minister of tourism for the Southern Provincial Council, P.D Ariyathilaka, permission has been granted to conduct the dives in Galle harbor, an area which was earlier closed to the public due to security restrictions that were in place during the war.

The move, which is the first of its kind, will be conducted through the Department of Archeology who will conduct specialized archaeology dive trails of historical value.

Private diving companies who wish to conduct the dives in the area will need to abide by special guidelines which will be put in place by the regional tourist bureau and the Archaeology Department to ensure the wrecks are not disrupted.…

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