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Back-to-nature sustainable eco-living is at the heart of lakeside Saraii Village in Sri Lanka’s deep south

Eco-tourism doesn’t get much more ‘part of the landscape’ sustainable than the lakeside Saraii Village in Sri Lanka’s deep south. The Sunday Times reports that Saraii “is not just about seeing the new, but about feeling and breathing in a rustic experience that touches the soul of the traveller”.

When the owl and the pussycat put to sea they found their dream beach location in Sri Lanka!

When the owl and pussycat put to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat they surely didn’t expect to make a landfall on Sri Lanka’s idyllic south coast. But they would undoubtedly have loved their namesake boutique hotel, which is nestled right on the beach a short tuk-tuk ride from Unawatuna and historic Galle Fort.

Spectacular Sri Lanka eco-tourism luxury camping spotlighted by ‘world’s top architectural website’

An outstanding example of Sri Lanka’s focus on sustainable eco-tourism is featured on Arch Daily, billed as the world’s most visited architecture website.

Seen In The City blogger discovers Amari Galle, ‘Sri Lanka’s heavenly new resort’

Seen In The City blogger Natasha Colyer couldn’t have been more charmed by Amari Galle, “a place of tranquillity in a city of rural charm and unrivalled beauty, lush green landscape and bustling towns and picturesque shores with dusty sands”.

A new height of beachside luxury in the heart of Sri Lanka’s famed Weligama Bay

It could hardly get much better than Sri Lanka’s new luxurious Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa south-coast family resort—and don’t just take our word for it.

The magnificent Premier Ocean Suite at the Shangri-La’s Golf Resort and Spa in Sri Lanka

The LuxuryLaunches website reports that “Shangri-La’s debut in Sri Lanka was definitely worth the wait! The jaw-dropping property is undoubtedly one of the finest properties on the island”.

The Fortress protects and preserve Sri Lanka’s turtles

All over the world, historical nesting beaches are being encroached upon, not least in Sri Lanka—which is why The Fortress Resort and Spa launched its turtle preservation project on the south coast near Galle.

Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka, ‘a luxury and charm that is truly one-of-a-kind’

Erica at Honestly WTF writes “my sister recently returned from her honeymoon in Sri Lanka and stayed for a few days in the country’s central highlands at an incredible resort called Ceylon Tea Trails”.

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Condé Nast Traveller goes on safari in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka—and sees lots of elephants!
Condé Nast Traveller goes on safari in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka—and sees lots of elephants!

Condé Nast Traveller goes on safari in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka—and sees lots of elephants!

If you want to see elephants in Sri Lanka, go to Udawalawe National Park, says Condé Nast Traveller—“they are everywhere”. Writes Mary Holland: “A female elephant shepherds her calf between her legs. It scurries beneath her belly, following her trunk and disappearing from my sight as they pass through the tall grass.
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More trees in Sri Lanka help beleaguered macaques made famous by Disney’s ‘Monkey Kingdom documentary
More trees in Sri Lanka help beleaguered macaques made famous by Disney’s ‘Monkey Kingdom documentary

More trees in Sri Lanka help beleaguered macaques made famous by Disney’s ‘Monkey Kingdom documentary

The macaques of Sri Lanka starred in the Disney documentary feature ‘Monkey World, which was shot at the historic capital city of Polonnaruwa. Now they are in trouble—at least, they were. But the government is now acting to preserve the habitat of a species that is found only on this Indian Ocean island.
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Amazing pictures of whales off the coast of Sri Lanka are good news for this leviathan of the Indian Ocean
Amazing pictures of whales off the coast of Sri Lanka are good news for this leviathan of the Indian Ocean

Amazing pictures of whales off the coast of Sri Lanka are good news for this leviathan of the Indian Ocean

We see the whale as emblem of a threatened planet, writes conservationist Philip Hoare in the Guardian UK—and nowhere do we see them better than here in Sri Lanka. And the fact that we see them in such large numbers is good news for the future of whales worldwide.

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Demolition of illegal bars and restaurants may make famed Sri Lanka party beach Mirissa a better place
Demolition of illegal bars and restaurants may make famed Sri Lanka party beach Mirissa a better place

Demolition of illegal bars and restaurants may make famed Sri Lanka party beach Mirissa a better place

An earthquake in the shape of government bulldozers recently hit Mirissa, Sri Lanka’s renowned south-coast tourist and surfing resort. The story was widely reported around the Internet, and now a blogging couple on La Adventura Project are asking: Did the government make the right decision?
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Food and fashion in Sri Lanka capital Colombo ‘turned into one of our favourite places’
Food and fashion in Sri Lanka capital Colombo ‘turned into one of our favourite places’

Food and fashion in Sri Lanka capital Colombo ‘turned into one of our favourite places’

American bloggers Eliot Peper and Drea Castillo rave about the street food in Sri Lanka’s “foodie paradise” capital Colombo, “which also turned out to be a fashion hub”. Menu toppers included kottu, “a seriously loud dish of chopped up rotti, loads of veggies and usually egg and chicken”.
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Celyon cinnamon hailed as the wonder spice that combines with honey to taste good and do you good!
Celyon cinnamon hailed as the wonder spice that combines with honey to taste good and do you good!

Celyon cinnamon hailed as the wonder spice that combines with honey to taste good and do you good!

Arab traders risked life and limb for it. Colonial powers fought over it. It was the elixir of life for thousands of years. It tastes good, and it does you good. And as TheHeartySoul website highlights, Sri Lanka cinnamon has been used as food and in traditional medicine for centuries.

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Urban wetlands of Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo ‘a potential boost for tourism and residents’ health’

Urban wetlands of Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo ‘a potential boost for tourism and residents’ health’

The international news agency Reuters is spotlighting Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo, and the potential for its urban wetlands network as a tourist attraction. The World Bank, meanwhile, reports that “wetlands could easily become one of Colombo’s most attractive tourist draws”.
Thriving eco-tourism in Sri Lanka ‘must nurture, properly manage and sustain our biodiversity and landscapes’

Thriving eco-tourism in Sri Lanka ‘must nurture, properly manage and sustain our biodiversity and landscapes’

Eco-tourism in Sri Lanka is thriving thanks to the island’s abundant biodiversity, amazing natural landscapes—and the growing awareness that all this must be nurtured, properly managed and sustainable. The DailyFT interviewed Sri Lanka Rainforest Ecolodge Chairman Prema Cooray, an expert in sustainable tourism.
Rich agroforestry ‘home gardens’ in Sri Lanka protect biodiversity while ensuring food security

Rich agroforestry ‘home gardens’ in Sri Lanka protect biodiversity while ensuring food security

The rich biodiversity of a unique area inside one of Sri Lanka’s largest primary rainforests was a rich source of food and sustenance for local villages for generations. But when the Sinharaja Reserve became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, villagers fell back on their own resources by creating ‘home gardens’.

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