Jungle Beach Resort, Uga Resorts’ new pride

Everyone is excited about the new hotels and resorts being planned for the east coast, an area famed for its beautiful beaches and calm seas, so everyone in the Red Dot sales team was keen to abandon their laptops, grab their flip-flops and jump in our office van last month to see Trincomalee’s newest opening: Jungle Beach Resort.

The second resort of Uga Resorts, the owner of the much acclaimed Ulagalla Resort in Anuradhapura, the hotel continues the company theme of mixing luxury with eco-friendliness. The resort is situated in Kuchchaveli, a few kilometres’s North of Trincomalee town and also Nilaveli, the most developed beach in the area.…

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Scenic Train Journey to Cooler Climes

Ever since I joined Red Dot as a sales consultant the phrase “scenic train journey” has cropped up in emails on a daily basis. We have people in the Red Dot office who claim to know every station en route intimately, but for me it was time to upgrade my childhood memories.

The first hurdle to overcome was actually to obtain tickets for the train journey. It is an extremely complicated process and there were only 46 seats in the observation carriage. But we were lucky enough to get the required 4 seats and booked the Mountain Heavens Guest House in Ella for the two-night stay, a reasonably-priced guest house with stunning views over Ella Gap.…

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On the fringes of Hikkaduwa Beach Fest

My half-baked ideas for a painting the town red usually end up being memorable nights. The night of 30 July was no different: the first night of the Hikkaduwa Beach Festival. The past couple of years the Hikkaduwa Beach Festival had gained immense popularity although shrouded with some controversy. The 2010 Hikka Festival did not seem to garner the same crazed interest as the previous couple of years, but since I had no idea what the festival was all about I was determined to experience Hikka on this Friday night.

On the fringes of Hikkaduwa Beach Fest
My friends from the Sun House – fondly known as the Galle Gang – were all in high spirits about the impending outing.…

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Joy, despair and relief in Sri Lanka’s north east

If ever there was a tour that ran the whole gamut of emotion, joy, excitement, fear, despair, relief, humour my recent trip to the North and East would be it. It all began  when three of my friends – Thilina, Anoma and Thushari – decided to tour the North and East and invited me along.  I was ecstatic as the North and East was unexplored Sri Lanka to me (that was before they appointed me to handle the accommodation for a five night tour and plan the trip on a budget that’s too embarrassing to be mentioned here).

Usually I would have spent hours on research and planning out such a tour, but not this time around.…

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