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Protect the environment on your Sri Lanka wildlife safari

Protect the environment on your Sri Lanka wildlife safari

For the astute traveller to Sri Lanka, a wildlife safari is not just a matter of what you might see, it is a matter of putting your life philosophies to the fore. If discovering Sri Lanka’s wildlife is any way detrimental to their survival, then frankly, forget it. If you can believe that your visit… Read More »

Travel companies beat DIY deals and big online sites, says Which?

Travel companies beat DIY deals and big online sites, says Which?

The UK’s top consumer magazine, Which?, has warned that trusting global online travel sites risks “dodgy refund policies and non-existent customer service” and that it is not the money-saver that many customers assume. The study challenges the notion, fuelled by the growth of on-line information, that if travellers do all the planning themselves they will… Read More »

Book review: Upon a Sleepless Isle

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, also an acclaimed cricket writer, chronicles Sri Lanka’s journey in Upon a Sleepless Isle which surely ranks as the finest travel books ever written… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

Sri Lanka political upheaval brings holiday bargains

I’ve always championed late November as a great time to visit Sri Lanka for the beach lover in search of bargains. As the month progresses, the sunshine hours on the west and south coast increase dramatically. But this November, 2018, the west and south coast beaches are quieter than normal. The power struggle in Parliament… Read More »

Late November weather in Sri Lanka makes it a wonderful time

The second half of November is my favourite time in Sri Lanka. The monsoon has largely burned itself out in the south-west and when it does rain, predominantly in the evening, it freshens the air and provides an enchanting backdrop to the sounds of the tropics. For those most interested in Sri Lanka’s beach culture… Read More »

Sri Lanka is safe refuge as holiday terrorism hits the Med

Sri Lanka is preparing for a huge influx of European holidaymakers looking for a safe place in the sun as they shun traditional Mediterranean holidays because of the threat of rising terrorist violence.   The collapse in traditional holiday destinations has been quite startling. And to make matters worse The Times newspaper has reported that… Read More »

INSIDE SRI LANKA A monthly insider’s report by Royston Ellis, January 2016

Butterflies Galore Sri Lanka’s wildlife is a bonus for visitors who visit the island on holiday. It’s not just the mainstream attractions like the Yala National Park, renowned for its elephants and leopards, or the bird sanctuaries to give twitchers palpitations, there are also less publicised creatures to amaze the causal watcher. Particularly the country’s… Read More »

Red Dot INSIDE SRI LANKA A monthly insider’s report by Royston Ellis, December 2015.

Christmas presents Even though it’s hot and sunny in Sri Lanka at Christmas, unlike in Europe, the season is properly commemorated. Midnight mass is celebrated in the country’s churches (some seven per cent of the population is Christian) and, Christmas day being a public holiday, people of all faiths enjoy camaraderie, on the beach or… Read More »

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