Aqua Drones to Rescue Urban Waterways

There is new hope for Colombo’s urban waterways thanks to the high-tech drones which could reduce the cost of cleaning them up by as much as 90 per cent.

Kayal, a unique start-up in Sri Lanka, proposes a new solution to battle pollution in urban waterways. It proposes using Aqua Drones to fish out waste and also collect data about waterways with the aid of computer vision and remote sensing.

Centuries ago, the Dutch built the island’s urban canal system, which was later modified by the British. The waterways that have become an eyesore today zigzagged across the island, following natural contours and facilitating trading activities all over the country during their heyday.…

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Red Dot’s Top 25 Places to Stay in Sri Lanka

Continuing our countdown of the Red Dot Top 25 for 2019, today we bring you the next five on our list. From luxury colonial hotels to stunning beach villas and striking properties in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, this week’s appearances  are sure to be some of the best in the island. If you are planning to visit the island, get in touch with us and let us know which ones you’d like to include in your itinerary.

19. Sri Sharavi Beach Villas

Sri Sharavi Beach Villas is a spick-and-span holiday retreat with a fabulous beachside setting in Mirissa on the South Coast.…

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Book review: Upon a Sleepless Isle

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In the space of a few years, Sri Lanka went from a country afflicted by a terrorist war to one of the trendiest holiday destinations in the world.

Andrew Fidel Fernando chronicles Sri Lanka’s journey in Upon a Sleepless Isle which surely ranks as the finest travel books ever written about the country.

Fernando, who is also Sri Lanka’s finest cricket writer for ESPNcricinfo, has a playful wit and is a perfect judge of an entertaining anecdote. As well as being a shrewd judge, he also has something of an accident-probe nature.

But he also has a feisty recognition of what’s right and what’s wrong.…

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Red Dot’s Top 25 Places to Stay in Sri Lanka

When we look back on our travels, there’s undoubtedly some hotels we would hardly ever wish to go back to, but of course there are those that we wish were our permanent abodes. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be counting down our list of Top 25 Hotels as voted by you. From a colonial bungalow in the midst of the island’s tea hills to the beach retreats lulled by the constant roar of the ocean, these 25 picks have it all: excellent service, striking architecture, delectable cuisine, and more. So read on and check whether your favourite is on the list.…

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