A Weekend in the Hill Country

Taking the Train from Kandy to Ella


Sri Lanka’s broad diversity makes it an island like no other. The beautiful beaches of the south, the mysterious mangroves that line the Mahaweli river, the cloud forests of Horton Plains National Park, the unique flora and fauna of Knuckles Mountain Range… the list goes on. Considering its size, this wide variety is astonishing.


Unarguably, some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular scenery is found in the hill country: rolling hills covered with endless tea plantations, gushing waterfalls and plunging gorges and mist-shrouded mountains peppered with enormous fir trees.


The temperature is also roughly 10C lower than on the coast, making it ideal weather for the hiking and trekking that is so popular in this area (see more information in our next blog post).…

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My maiden voyage to Jaffna

By Rasitjha Wickramasinghe


A few months ago I realized one of my lifelong ambitions.


I am 41 years old and lived in Sri Lanka until the age of 18. All that time the furthest north I have been was to Mannar. With the heightening of civil war and the JVP insurrection I was sent packing from my beloved island in 1989. I spent the next 22 years of my life in UK studying, working and then raising my very own family.


The closest I came to visiting the north during this period was when I came on holiday to Sri Lanka in April 2009.…

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Camping in style with Leopard Trails in Yala

It’s that time of year again when after five months of really late nights and stressful phone calls that some of us in travel get to take the peddle off the metal. Come mid-April we get a few weeks where it is time to catch up with all the new hotels and old ones by visiting them and refreshing our minds.It is one of those perks in the job that we get to see and stay at some of the most amazing places in Sri Lanka, some very luxury hotels and some great eco lodges which just take our breath away.…

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World Turtle Day Observed at Bentota Beach

A thousand baby turtles made tiny imprints in the sand as they scuttled across the Bentota beach to the sea. Bentota Beach Hotel along with the Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Center, Sri Lanka recently released 1,000 newly hatched baby turtles into the sea to mark ‘World Turtle day’.

The baby critters were released to highlight the hotel’s commitment to conservation.

With 7 recognized species of turtle around the world and with all but one species classified as endangered, sea turtles are often unfortunate victims to the negative human imprint.

Out of the seven species, the Sri Lankan shores are home to five, including the Green Turtle, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, Loggerhead and the largest of its species, the Leatherback.…

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