Seenigama Academy win the inaugural Elephant House Murali Cup

Seenigama Academy won the inaugural Murali Cup last weekend with a brilliant display against Dulwich College in the final at Surrey Village in Maggona. The final was dominated by the sensational batting of Adeesha Thilakshana, who scored a whirlwind 100 not out. Thilakshana’s hundred, reached of the last ball of the innings after an overthrow,… Read More »

Chaaya Blu opens in Trinco.

The dawning of peace in Sri Lanka last year opened up the exciting potential for tourism in the east coast and the first visible sign of this is the opening of Chaaya Blu last week. Owned by John Keells Hotel Group and called Club Oceanic previously, the “retro-chic” four-star beach hotel was conceptualised by master… Read More »

SriLankan Airlines launch Economy Plus.

SriLankan Airlines announced on Wednesday that they’ll be offering a new “Economy Plus” service from 1 Sept on their London to Colombo route. A media release said: “Enjoy the comfort of a seat pitch of 35 inches and an exclusive, relaxed cabin ensuring you arrive at your destination in better shape. Seats will start from… Read More »

Resumption of domestic flights.

We all remember the days of the SriLankan Air Taxi and hope soon it will become a reality again. That may take a while, but there is some good news about domestic air travel: the government has announced that the Air Force will start operating weekly commercial flights to Sigiriya, Trincomalee and Jaffna every Saturday.… Read More »

Aid for Children, Raising funds for Settikulam Transit Camp

Red Dot staff have been helping to raise funds for refuges current awaiting rehabilitation in the Settikulam Transit Camp in Northern Sri Lanka. Since the end of the war there is an urgent need to help the thousands of Sri Lankans in these camps. The project we have been trying to help was initiated by… Read More »

Sri Lanka Tourism launches 'Sri Lanka Small Miracle'

The following media release was issued by Sri Lanka Tourism last week announcing the start of their new global PR campaign. President Mahinda Rajapakse also announced to the industry that 2011 had been declared “Visit Sri Lanka Year” and assured his support for the industry. The government target is to increase arrivals from the current… Read More »

British Government relaxes Sri Lanka travel advisory.

Some good news for British tourists thinking about travel Sri Lanka this coming winter. The following appeared in the Daily Mirror on Sat 4 July: “The British government has relaxed some travel restrictions on Sri Lanka. British High Commission Dr Peter Hayes said UK no longer discourage British holidaymakers from enjoying leopard-spotting at Yala National… Read More »

Relocating Taprobana, Bentota

Taru Villas Taprobana, now known as Anilanla Taprobana, which has been one of the most popular boutique hotels in the west coast will not be available for guests after the 31 August 2009. The Anilanla management have informed us that they will not be managing this hotel anymore and they plan to build a new… Read More »

Camping resumes inside Yala.

Some great news for Sri Lanka holidaymakers and wildlife lovers – camping inside the Yala National Park will resume from the 1 August 2009. Leopard Safaris, the Yala Park experts, have been given the greenlight to resume normal operations after discussions with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department and the Sri Lanka Army. While the park… Read More »

Peace hopes grip Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Tourism is poised to roll out its post conflict strategy. The following is a recent media release from Sri Lanka Tourism. “Sri Lanka’s president declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) saying the country has been “liberated from terrorism”. President Mahinda Rajapakse delivered a “victory speech” in parliament on Tuesday… Read More »