Category: General

National Geographic lists Sri Lanka 2nd best island destination.

First came the New York Times accolades and now National Geographic has brought Sri Lanka into the tourism spotlight again announcing that Sri Lanka was rated their second best island destination in the world this year. The accolade puts Sri Lanka ahead of St. Lucia, Hong Kong, Seychelles, Bali, Sicily, Manhattan island, Mauritius, and even… Read More »

Sri Lanka’s other half… The birds of Mannar Island

Having finally had the chance to visit the North of Sri Lanka after many years, some of my birding pals planned a trip to experience and enjoy the bounty of bird life in the other half of Sri Lanka. First on the list was Mannar Island. Mannar Island and the strip of land on the… Read More »

My visit to the dolphins’ beach party.

Sri Lanka’s north-west coast was alien territory for me and the name Kalpitiya only brought to mind images of a rural fishing village when I was told of my impending familiarization tour as a new recruit of the Red Dot sales team. Little did I know then that  the tour would culminate in one of… Read More »

Wilpattu and Kumana reopens.

Wild life enthusiasts will be happy to note that Wilpattu National Park finally reopened last week after being closed for 25 years due to terrorism in the North.  After extensive mine clearing operations, the army has now declared it safe for the public to visit.   Fans of Wilpattu’s leopards have once again started making… Read More »

It’s Even Better Than The Brochure.

Happy New Year from Sri Lanka. No snow here. We are in peak holiday season and the Sri Lankan sun just wants to shine. After making some final checks of Red Dot’s first pdf brochure, I’ve been checking out the Southern beaches — and it has to be said it has been a more restful… Read More »

Sri Lanka Reaches No 1 in New York.

This is now officially boom time in Sri Lanka. Even the good ol’ New York Times has granted its approval. Travellers from the United States are not known as the most adventurous in the world — in recent years with good reason you might say — but the New York Times has named Sri Lanka… Read More »

Christmas shopping in Galle Fort.

Fed up with the frenzy of shopping and pre-Christmas buzz in Colombo, I escaped to Galle Fort for a peaceful couple of days with friends. My nagging list of unfinished things-to-do and a rather lengthy Christmas gift list was happily put aside to do when I return from my much earned r & r. Our… Read More »

Feel Negombo 2009.

With less than a month to go, Negombo is fast sprucing up for `Feel Negombo 2009’ – a beach festival to be held from 11-13 December organised by Sri Lanka Tourism Board. Planned along the lines of the popular Hikkaduwa Beach Festival, this event promises even more. From colourful street parades, adventurous watersports, family bonfires… Read More »

Hot Air Ballooning.

Some good news just in: the adventurous can once again look forward to soaring high above the untouched wilderness, ancient ruins and rock temples of the Cultural Triangle. From November, Red Dot is once again able to offer hot air balloon safaris from Kandalama to Dambulla. Galle is another spectacular location for hot air ballooning.… Read More »

Galle Literary Festival, 100 days to go.

Plans for Galle Literary Festival 2010, to be held from 27 to 31 January, are gathering pace. With less than 100 days to go, the excitement is brewing with several well-known local and foreign authors confirming their participation. As in the previous three years, the Literary Festival 2010 promises five days of enthralling literary discussions,… Read More »