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Media digest: ravishing beaches and making Bollywood music in Sri Lanka

Media digest: ravishing beaches and making Bollywood music in Sri Lanka

Forbes reports: Another destination difficult to reach from the United States, visiting Sri Lanka consumes nearly two days with flying. Using miles on Air India, I departed JFK for Colombo, breaking up the journey with an overnight in Delhi.

After a five-hour drive south from the capital, first on smooth, fast highway followed by a tedious two-lane road jammed with tuk-tuk taxis, emboldened dogs, and errant cattle, I arrived at Tangalle.

Given the exhausting trek, my heart jumped with relief to discover a ravishing beach at the foot of the Anantara Peace Haven Hotel. While all of Sri Lanka’s sand is public, the Anantara dominates a secluded stretch enclosed by rocky outcroppings affording relatively private sunbathing.

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Delightfully relaxed and old-fashioned

The Telegraph UK reports: My first impression on landing in Sri Lanka was that this was a country I was going to like.

You’d have thought that a charming airport was something of a contradiction in terms, but there’s something delightfully relaxed and old-fashioned about Colombo. The passport officials actually smile, and the single terminal is a reminder of an age when air travel was still romantic.

I was here in search of winter sun – not an easy ask in these days of shifting weather patterns. I’ve sat in driving rain in Mexico and the Caribbean and I’ve shivered in Jerusalem. For that matter, I’ve arrived for skiing holidays without a flake of snow. This time my destination was Galle on the south coast of the island, 70 miles south of Colombo and just a few degrees north of the equator. It was in every sense a last resort.

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Sri Lanka has a whole lot on offer

The London Evening Standard reports: From the mouthwatering cuisine to the colourful culture, characterful cities, surf beaches, and national parks teeming with wildlife, Sri Lanka has a whole lot on offer.

Add to that list a plethora of first-class hotels; whether you’re looking for a peaceful lake-front eco suite, a colonial villa complete with butler, or a luxury hut on the beach, you’re covered.

So which will it be? Here’s our pick of the very best hotels in Sri Lanka…

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A tropical treat with fine hotels

The Mirror UK reports: Temples and turtles, birds and beaches, curry and culture…and some of the world’s best tea!

This is a tropical treat that’s now served by direct jetlag-busting Dreamliner flights with Thomson Airways and features a fine range of hotels.

The Indian Ocean island is the size of Ireland but blessed with an outstanding range of things to see and do including an impressive eight Unesco world heritage sites and national parks with elephants, leopards, crocodiles and buffalo. You’ll find the locals are amazingly friendly and it’s even got great surfing too.

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Music set free on stirring beaches

The Times of India reports: The last episode of The Dewarists 5.0 is out and starring in it are a percussionist and music director who need no introduction.

While V Selvaganesh has played with artistes ranging from Zakir Hussain to Shankar Mahadevan and also toured with international guitarist John McLaughlin, Amit Trivedi has the distinction of being one of the most talked about music directors in Bollywood.

The team behind The Dewarists took these two young musicians from Chennai and Mumbai respectively, and set them free amid the dreamy streets and stirring beaches of Sri Lanka.

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