Trans Asia Hotel to be re-branded Cinnamon Lakeside

Trans Asia Hotel will suspend operations for a period of three and half months commencing from 15 May 2009 in order to carry out a refurbishment and repair. Upon completion, the hotel would be re-branded and launched as Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo. However, The Laundry Service – Creases N Pleats, Walkers Travel Desk, Goodies – the… Read More »

Nilaveli Beach Hotel-May 2009

Setting off from Colombo at 4:30am meant that reaching the Nilaveli Beach Hotel, 13km north of Trincomalee, in time for lunch was a real possibility. 280km later we pulled into the driveway of the hotel after 6 hours of driving and many an iPod playlist. The journey between Dambulla and Trincomalee, one which I hadn’t… Read More »

Fancy doing something a little different in Sri Lanka? Well here is a new activity: whale watching.

According to Marine Biologist Charles Anderson, who has been studying Indian Ocean whales during the past 24 years, Sri Lanka is one of the easiest places to watch blue and sperm whales. In a recent article for LBO, he says: “I think Sri Lanka has enormous potential to be a whale destination. A high concentration… Read More »

Yala, Back to its former glory

Yala National Park has been re-opened for 3 months now and I am happy to say its back to its former glory. In a resent visit to the park we were able to observe several Elephants, Jackals, troops of Gray Langers & Toque Macaques and to top it off a Leopard resting on a Palu… Read More »

Birding at Mihintale.

Declared a sanctuary for animals in the 3rd century BC by Arahath Mahinda, Mihintale is one of the hidden treasures of the Cultural Triangle. If you have an keen interest in ancient history or natural history, Mihintale is a great place to spend a few days. In a resent birdwatching trip to this ancient city,… Read More »

Uda Walawe, Open for visitors and teaming with wildlife

Friends and I visited Uda Walawe National Park over Easter weekend (20 March 2008) and I was delighted to see that the park is back to its former glory. It was closed for nearly two months due to security concerns but was reopened on 1 March.  We were able to see many herds of elephants… Read More »

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society.

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) is the first organization established outside of Sri Lanka with the sole purpose to conserve the dwindling biodiversity of Sri Lanka. After researching Human Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka, the SLWCS initiated its’ first project in 1997 with the community-based initiative, Saving Elephants by Helping People (SEHP). The… Read More »

Hotel Sigiriya recognised in Virgin Responsible Travel Awards 2008

Hotel Sigiriya has added yet another “feather in its environment and sustainability cap” by being highly recommended in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2008, in the large category of hotels, as announced at the World Travel Market in London last week. The Responsible Tourism Awards are one of the most competitive and prestigious awards… Read More »

Reef Villa, Wadduwa

The latest boutique hotel to open on the south west coast is Reef Villa in Wadduwa, a seven bedroom luxurious villa – ideal for a pampered beach holiday.   Owned and designed by a British architect, Reef Villa is a blend of Sri Lankan manor house architecture and colonial grandeur. Antique Calcutta four-poster beds and ceiling-fixed… Read More »

Weligama Bay Resort – at last!

The Weligama Bay Resort was supposed to open in time for the 2007 England cricket tour, then April 2008, but we are pleased to announce its arrival has final come. We have long felt that there is a shortage of quality beach hotels in the island with only The Fortress standing out between Galle and… Read More »

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