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 »

The spectacular Kandy Perehera.

One of the great thrills of being a Red Dot chauffeur guide is taking clients to the Kandy Esala Perehera, the island’s most colourful and dramatic street pageant, which takes place in the days leading up to the Esala Poya Day in August. This year I escorted Tony and Trudi Barringer, a charming couple from… Read More »

Luxury Camping in the Knuckles.

The Red Dot sales persuaded the Directors to take two days off for some serious “research”. The attraction was a new luxury camping option in the Knuckes, a beautiful range of mountains to the north-east of Kandy. The campsites in the Knuckles are managed by Leopard Safaris, one of the premier wildlife operators in the… Read More »

East Coast is rising again.

Surfaced from Arugam Bay last evening.  What a trip!!  so much to explore enroute and once there, peaceful fishing villages and the Indian Ocean waves that has put Sri Lanka on the world’s surfing circuit as one of 10 best surf spots in the world. Some of us in Colombo have been waiting for terrorism… Read More »

Resumption of domestic flights.

We all remember the days of the SriLankan Air Taxi and hope soon it will become a reality again. That may take a while, but there is some good news about domestic air travel: the government has announced that the Air Force will start operating weekly commercial flights to Sigiriya, Trincomalee and Jaffna every Saturday.… Read More »

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 »

Sri Lanka Champion of Champions Surf Contest.

The UK Pro Surf Tour will return to Arugam Bay in July for the ‘Sri Lanka Champion of Champions Surf Contest’ — further proof that this escapist east-coast settlement is now fighting back after several tough years caused by the devastating effects of the tsunami and the civil unrest in the country as the Sri… Read More »

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