Sri Lanka considers August holidays go-ahead

Government to rule on Covid-19 proposals

Sri Lanka is drawing up plans to resume tourism

Sri Lanka is considering plans to begin a controlled relaunch of the country’s tourism sector in August.

Sri Lanka is considering detailed proposals about whether to open the country up to small groups, staying in approved accommodation that meets strict Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

Tourists would also be required to hold a booking with a Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority-registered agency such as TFG, the owners of Red Dot Tours, and to possess a return air ticket.

The 80-page document has been put forward to president Gotabaya Rajapaksa for consideration ahead of a proposed managed resumption of holiday travel on August 1.…

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Book review: Upon a Sleepless Isle

A message from the author

In the space of a few years, Sri Lanka went from a country afflicted by a terrorist war to one of the trendiest holiday destinations in the world.

Andrew Fidel Fernando chronicles Sri Lanka’s journey in Upon a Sleepless Isle which surely ranks as the finest travel books ever written about the country.

Fernando, who is also Sri Lanka’s finest cricket writer for ESPNcricinfo, has a playful wit and is a perfect judge of an entertaining anecdote. As well as being a shrewd judge, he also has something of an accident-probe nature.

But he also has a feisty recognition of what’s right and what’s wrong.…

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Sri Lanka at forefront of kitesurfing craze

By Dilsiri Welikala

Kitesurfing can claim to be one of the coolest sports you can do on water – and Sri Lanka is bidding to be one of the most exciting venues in the world

For the first time in this part of the world, Sri Lanka’s kitesurfing scene will take a new twist, offering 100km-plus downwind trips along the north-west coast.

For those not in the know, kitesurfing is a wind-powered surface watersport using a kite and a board to skim across the water.

Kitesurfing, a new sport that has seen tremendous growth, harnesses the power of the wind through a large parachute-type kite to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard.…

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Dancing Sri Lankan lizards commended in Comedy Wildlife awards

A picture of two Sri Lankan land monitor lizards seemingly intent on a dance lesson has been Highly Commended in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography awards.

The photo was taken in Wilpattu game park by Sergey Savvi of CWPA / Barcroft Images.

Sadly the dancing lizards lost out to a surprised squirrel.

There are two types of monitor lizards in Sri Lanka, the land monitor and the water monitor.

The common land monitor is normally found in hot lowland country of Sri Lanka. Farmers encourage them to wander around their fields as they eat vermin such as mice as well as ants, fruit, frogs, spiders, scorpions, beetles, grubs and if they can catch them, bats.…

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