Etihad returns and SriLankan add new flights.

Some good news for Sri Lanka travelers: Etihad Airlines announced this week that they will resuming flights to Sri Lanka from January 2010. They will be operating four flights per week from Abu Dhabi to Colombo. Flight EY266 will depart Abu Dhabi on Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2155 and arrive at Colombo’s Bandaranaike… 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 »

Kikili Beach, Thalpe’s colourful beach hideout

Located on one of Thalpe’s beautiful small bays, Kikili Beach is breath of fresh air in terms of a private beach villa. The creation of Henri Tatham, the long-standing manager of the Sun House and the award-winning Dutch House, it feels the increasing demand for small one or two bedroom villas. Henri’s larger-than-life personality fills… 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 »

Increased Leopard sightings in Uda Walawe.

The naturalist for Mahoora camping, Thilak Obeysekera, who has been based in Udawalawe Mahoora Camp for more than a month now, informs us that Leopard sightings in Uda Walawe are on the rise. The highlight has been the sighting of two leopards on June 7 at Habakagala Rock. This is good news for all wildlife… 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 »

Kelaniya Temple cycling excursion from Colombo.

The Red Dot Sales Team recently took the challenge of cycling from Arkady Villa in Talangama to Kelaniya. The tour was organised by Action Lanka, one of the premier adventure operators in Sri Lanka.  The cycle tour is approximately 18km in a loop and can be arranged at very short notice. The tour begins from… 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.

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