Image source: Tourism Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is home to spectacularly terraced tea plantations, pristine beaches, more than 20 wildlife parks, eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, picturesque little towns, legendary temples, culinary delights and warm locals. If the marvellous emerald island has not found its way to your travel bucket...
It's that time of year when grades have rolled in, plans are being made, and others are being put on hold as disappointments are digested. And when other schemes are being hatched, for travels into the distant yonder - for a few weeks, a few months, or longer.The list...
Maya Ellery In this photo I am celebrating being in two countries at one time. It was a three-hour hike to get to this point. We started in Croatia, hiking through the dense forest and walked up to the deserted Željava Air Base on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina...
Ritigala Ritigala, situated deep inside dense forests (‘Strict Nature Reserve’, announces a signboard), ringed by the high Ritigala mountain range, is not the most accessible of places. In fact, the modern name ‘Ritigala’ is derived from the ancient name Ariṭṭha Pabbata or Dreadful Mountain. The forest contains powerful medicinal herbs...
There are under-construction skyscrapers across Colombo The soon-to-be opened 1,150-feet Lotus Tower and the Colombo Port City, being built by China on an enormous portion of land reclaimed from the sea, are the new symbols of the island country that desperately wants to rise from a past marred by...
With its plethora of tranquil stupas, rainforests thrumming with wildlife and terrific spa resorts offering the most luxurious relaxation along with beautiful views, the teardrop isle is ideal for a fortnight of blissed-out vibes. Begin with the 19th-century Galle Face Hotel (gallefacehotel.com; doubles from LKR19,210 or Rs8,180) in Colombo. Take...
Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka An eclectic, highly personal design style coupled with an engaging management team make this Colombo hotel an absolute standout. Located on the banks of the Diyawanna Lake in Battaramulla, it’s a little outside the city centre but offers a quiet alternative to staying in town.
Waking up to a steaming egg-hopper—a bowl-shaped pancake with an egg cracked in the batter and served with tangy sambols—is one of the simple yet deep pleasures of being in Serendib. It is second only to the joy of knowing that between Sri Lanka’s rugged coasts and lush hill...
A highlight of a tour in Sri Lanka is the chance to see herds of wild Asian elephants grazing in Kaudulla National Park. PAT LEE PHOTO We’re bouncing along a dusty, rutted path, giddy with excitement at the prospect of seeing wild elephants in Sri Lanka.It’s an opportunity that, while...
From spotting blue whales in Mirissa to snow leopards in the Himalayan foothills, we round up the top wildlife experiences in ndia and Sri Lanka Bengal tigers Where? While only 3,200 tigers remain in the wild today, 70% of them live in India, so a trip there offers clients the best...
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