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Blogs from Tikalanka are designed to enhance your knowledge of Sri Lanka and Maldives and keep you up to date with recent developments. We intend to post regular features on travel, news, lifestyle and accommodation as well as guest articles from current and past customers, which will give you first-hand experience of Tikalanka, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Traditional wedding blessing in Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #20/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 20th May 2018

With the Royal wedding done and dusted, I turn to the wedding ceremony fit for kings and queens in Sri Lanka. The nuptial event is a grand and lavish occasion for most couples on the island, from the faux regalia of the last Sinhalese sovereigns to the lengthy guest list to dwarf even Harry and Meghan’s invitees! This week’s update details the traditional Buddhist Sinhalese marriage arrangements and wedding ceremony, showcases weddings in Sri Lanka by Tikalanka, continues our day in a life series, and offers accommodation options around Tangalle.

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Banana seller, Batticaloa market, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #19/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 13th May 2018

Tipping seems to be fraught with anxiety and doubt amongst our mostly British clientele. Sri Lanka has an inherent tipping culture and commissions are widespread and, as a foreign visitor, you will be ‘expected’ to offer generous gratuities to all and sundry, regardless of whether it is deserved or not. This week’s update discusses tipping, touts and conmen, continues with our daily life series, and recommends beachside resorts in Passikudah on the east coast.

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Adobe house, Elamaldeniya, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #18/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 7th May 2018

Mobile devices and the internet have revolutionised the world we live in, the most significant innovations since the invention of the internal combustion engine or the development of antibiotics. With innovation comes challenges and although perceived as a fountain of knowledge, is mobile internet access in fact a Pandora’s Box? Sri Lankan life goes into the countryside and hotel recommendations go east in the rest of this week’s update.

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Wesak celebrations, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka (courtesy of Ashin Sobhana)

TikaWeeks #17/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 29th April 2018

The full moon of Wesak is the most important Buddhist festival of the year, which commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha. In Sri Lanka, colourful lanterns are hung along streets and in front of homes, electrically-lit platforms decorated with scenes of Buddha’s lives are erected around the country, food stalls provide free food and drinks to passers-by, and locals chant Buddhist devotional songs. This week’s update includes Wesak, the start of our everyday life series and recommended accommodation around Kandy.

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Tracey and thambili, Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #16/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 22nd April 2018

Sri Lanka and its people are welcoming to all types of travellers – children, seniors, LGBTs, solo women and the mobility challenged. However, it is best to prepare for your trip to ensure that your holiday in Sri Lanka is enjoyable and trouble free. This week’s update includes a brief guide to visiting the island for different types of travellers, the last of our food series and a few recommended places to stay around Ella.

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Sri Lanka flag aflutter

TikaWeeks #15/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 15th April 2018

Suba Aluth Awuruddak Wewa! Best wishes to all for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year (14 April). An exciting and frantic time on the island for the locals, and an interesting period to travel as a foreign visitor, if you don’t mind going with the ‘flow’ – busy roads and public transport, closed shops, and a more laid back approach in the hotels! This week’s update continues with vegetarian options, a central tenet of Sri Lankan cooking, and some of our favourite places to stay in Galle.

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Lion's Paws Platform and staircase to the summit, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #14/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 8th April 2018

Although I have touched on travelling to Sri Lanka in the off season before, please consider it again, not just because it will save you money but it will also get you away from the crowds and you will visit particular areas at the best possible time. What could be better? You don’t need to visit too many temples if you follow our guide in this week’s update, and our food series continues along with recommended places to stay in the Knuckles Mountains region.

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Leopard seen in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka (photo courtesy of Martin Blow)

TikaWeeks #13/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 1st April 2018

Tailor-made holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives come in many hues and all of ours include quality tourist board-licensed chauffeur guides who are renowned for their knowledge, professionalism and friendliness. This week’s update describes a typical Tikalanka holiday with your own dedicated chauffeur guide, progress of our new online Trip Planner, continuation of our Sri Lanka food series and more on our accommodation offering.

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The Last House at dusk, Tangalle, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #12/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 25th March 2018

Since the controversy of ‘Big Data’ is all over the news, I thought it appropriate to discuss the role of online travel reviews and accommodation portals in creating the perfect tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka and Maldives. Everyone seems to use them but are they the panacea for choosing the best possible accommodation for your idyllic trip? This week’s update also continues our Sri Lanka food series and includes hotel special offers as well as current official travel advice to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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Cricket net practice within the fort ramparts, Galle, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #11/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 18th March 2018

Barmy army, barmy army, barmy army… Yes, England’s cricket team is off to play Sri Lanka in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean later this year and the tour dates are finally confirmed. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in seeing the cricket as hotels and tickets will sell out quickly. Tour dates and venues are listed in this week’s update along with a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast, more additions to our accommodation portfolio and what’s happening in Maldives.

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