Category: General

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 »

Harpo’s Café Che opens in Colombo.

Harpo of Bay Leaf fame has done it again.  His fourth restaurant, Café Che, opened recently at Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6.  Interesting black and white photos of the iconic revolutionary and Cuban music sets the ambience here and a variety of Cuban and Italian dishes and light snacks are served throughout the day.  Sipping a… Read More »

Sri Lanka Design Festival 09.

A week of creative inspiration is on the cards for those interested in creative design. Sri Lanka Design Festival 2009, a pioneering effort that is expected to attract a global audience, will take place from Nov 27 to Dec 05 in Colombo. Conceptualised by the Academy of Design in Colombo and sponsored by the Government… Read More »

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 »