Category: General

Back of beyond, Kahandamodara…

I was on tour down south last week, checking old properties and visiting some new ones, and I was fortunate to discover my perfect escape: Back of Beyond Kahandamodara.  Remote and truly back of beyond, this place is off the main A2 road about half an hour before you get to Tangalle coming via Nonagama… Read More »

Saman Villas, Closing in 2010 for refurbishment

The end of the north-east conflict is encouraging much-needed investment back into the tourism industry and the owners of Saman Villas are latest to annouce forthcoming refurbishments. A statement released earlier this week said: “With the ending of the three decade civil war, we have decided to revamp our properties to meet the demands of… Read More »

Serene Pavilions.

If utter luxury and pampering is what you’re looking for on your next beach holiday, check out Serene Pavilions – an exquisite Balinese style boutique hotel in Wadduwa that I visited last weekend.  Only a few more details to put into place and it will be open for guests in October.  Accommodation here is fabulous… Read More »

Seenigama and Community Aid Tourism.

It’s hard to imagine that it’s been almost five years since the horrendous Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. So many lives lost and livelihoods destroyed.  The wrath of Mother Nature was unleashed on innocent lives in such a destructive way that a beginning thereafter seemed unthinkable for many.  Out of this misery and devastation was… Read More »

Colombo ART Biennale 2009.

Colombo’s very first ART Biennale will take place from 10 to 14th September bringing together over 50 artists from Sri Lanka and overseas under the theme of `Imaging peace’.  As in other Art Biennales held in Venice, New York and Sydney, the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB) is expected to take place once every two years… Read More »

Horton Plains, New rules, New experience.

Horton Plains comprises a gently undulating highland plateau at southern end of the central mountain massif of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s second and third highest peaks, Kirigalpotha (2,395m) and Thotupola Kanda (2,357m), are found here. Three important rivers, the Mahawali, Kelani and Walawe originate from the Horton Plains.

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 »

The spectacular Kandy Perehera.

One of the great thrills of being a Red Dot chauffeur guide is taking clients to the Kandy Esala Perehera, the island’s most colourful and dramatic street pageant, which takes place in the days leading up to the Esala Poya Day in August. This year I escorted Tony and Trudi Barringer, a charming couple from… Read More »

East Coast is rising again.

Surfaced from Arugam Bay last evening.  What a trip!!  so much to explore enroute and once there, peaceful fishing villages and the Indian Ocean waves that has put Sri Lanka on the world’s surfing circuit as one of 10 best surf spots in the world. Some of us in Colombo have been waiting for terrorism… 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 »