Category: General

Mithirigala Forest Reserve.

Located just 1 hour’s drive away from Colombo on the A4 off the Hanwella town is a small remaining patch of rain forest called Mithirigala. Now protected by the forest department and also being a hermitage this forest is a excellent place to spend a day or half a day. Even if you are not… Read More »

Aid for Children, Raising funds for Settikulam Transit Camp

Red Dot staff have been helping to raise funds for refuges current awaiting rehabilitation in the Settikulam Transit Camp in Northern Sri Lanka. Since the end of the war there is an urgent need to help the thousands of Sri Lankans in these camps. The project we have been trying to help was initiated by… Read More »

Sri Lanka Tourism launches 'Sri Lanka Small Miracle'

The following media release was issued by Sri Lanka Tourism last week announcing the start of their new global PR campaign. President Mahinda Rajapakse also announced to the industry that 2011 had been declared “Visit Sri Lanka Year” and assured his support for the industry. The government target is to increase arrivals from the current… Read More »

British Government relaxes Sri Lanka travel advisory.

Some good news for British tourists thinking about travel Sri Lanka this coming winter. The following appeared in the Daily Mirror on Sat 4 July: “The British government has relaxed some travel restrictions on Sri Lanka. British High Commission Dr Peter Hayes said UK no longer discourage British holidaymakers from enjoying leopard-spotting at Yala National… Read More »

Camping resumes inside Yala.

Some great news for Sri Lanka holidaymakers and wildlife lovers – camping inside the Yala National Park will resume from the 1 August 2009. Leopard Safaris, the Yala Park experts, have been given the greenlight to resume normal operations after discussions with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department and the Sri Lanka Army. While the park… Read More »

Overnight camping resumes in Uda Walawe.

Good news for wildlife lovers. The Wildlife Conservation Department has announced this week that all camp sites and bungalows within the Uda Walawe National Park are now once again open to the public to stay. Earlier in the year, the park officials stopped issuing permits to the public to use the campsite and the parks… Read More »

Peace hopes grip Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Tourism is poised to roll out its post conflict strategy. The following is a recent media release from Sri Lanka Tourism. “Sri Lanka’s president declared victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) saying the country has been “liberated from terrorism”. President Mahinda Rajapakse delivered a “victory speech” in parliament on Tuesday… Read More »

AROUND THE FORT IN 80 LIVES – Galle book launch in Oct 2008

Galle’s growing reputation as a hub for literature grows again in October with the launch of AROUND THE FORT IN 80 LIVES at the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel on Friday 24 October. The launch of this fascinating book on the Galle Fort should be great fun with a cocktail party and dinner.

New Ayurvedic wellness property – Muthumuni Ayurveda Beach Resort

For those that are looking for Ayurveda wellness by the sea, now there’s a new addition in Beruwala – Muthumuni Ayurveda Beach Resort. Opened about a month ago, this is a well laid out place with individual chalets, swimming pool, serene Ayurveda centre and yoga / meditation pavilion. Muthumuni started out many years ago with… Read More »

New yoga retreat in Hikkaduwa – House of Lotus

During my travels to Hikkaduwa recently I discovered the House of Lotus, a homely and tranquil yoga retreat in Dodanduwa just by Hikka town. Short-term to more intensive two week Yoga programmes are conducted here by the owners Claudia and Ernest. The five rooms are nice and airy and have private terraces opening out to… Read More »