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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.

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TikaWeeks #11-4/2020: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 13th March 2020

The forthcoming cricket Test series between Sri Lanka and England has been postponed and the England players are to return home due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In another COVID-19 development today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has banned all travel from France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria to Sri Lanka from 15 to 29 March 2020. This is on top of the ban already in place for travel from Italy, South Korea and Iran.

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Coronavirus or COVID-19 (courtesy of University of Southern California)

TikaWeeks #11-1/2020: Sri Lanka & Maldives update

Posted by John on 9th March 2020

In the face of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a public health emergency of international concern, should you cancel or postpone your travel plans? It depends, say public health experts. The WHO is recommending that elderly travellers and those with underlying health conditions delay or avoid travel to areas that are experiencing ongoing transmission of COVID-19 – thankfully, Sri Lanka is not one of them.

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Global incidence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on 03 March 2020 (courtesy of WHO/CDC)

TikaWeeks #10/2020: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 4th March 2020

Colombo airport authorities in Sri Lanka have announced that only passengers will be allowed onto the airport premises and health screening measures have also been introduced for some flight arrivals. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Passengers arriving by air from countries with a high incidence of coronavirus may be subject to additional health screening and a quarantine requirement if they are demonstrating symptoms.

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Tikalanka stand AP38 at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, London Olympia, 30 January to 02 February 2020

TikaWeeks #09/2020: Sri Lanka & Maldives update

Posted by John on 27th February 2020

Many thanks to everyone who came to visit us at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, the UK’s biggest event for travel inspiration, held at Olympia London from 30 January to 02 February 2020. As always, the show was busy and a great success for us, with much interest for seeing less trammelled areas of Sri Lanka as well as the well-trodden routes. Since then, coronavirus (COVID-19) has raised its ugly head across the globe…

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Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 30 January to 02 February 2020

TikaWeeks #05/2020: Sri Lanka & Maldives update

Posted by John on 27th January 2020

Our annual pilgrimage south is upon us. Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, the UK’s biggest event for travel inspiration takes place at Olympia London from 30 January to 02 February 2020. Come to visit us on stand AP38 and also get your complimentary e-tickets to the show courtesy of Tikalanka.

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Kandy Esala Perahera, Kandy, Sri Lanka (courtesy of The Sunday Observer)

TikaWeeks #02/2020: Sri Lanka & Maldives update

Posted by John on 10th January 2020

2020 has arrived and I hope it has started well for you all – not so good for me as I fell on an icy hill walk on New Year’s Day and broke my wrist… it can only get better from here. This update lists the various and myriad public and bank holidays in Sri Lanka for the year, announces the dates of the Kandy Esala Perahera, one of the cultural highlights of the year, and reminds you to come to see us at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show at London Olympia later this month.

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Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 30 January to 02 February 2020

TikaWeeks #52/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 23rd December 2019

Nearly at the end of the year and at least the days are getting longer now that we are past the Winter Solstice – well, infinitesimally anyway! We hope that you have a fun-filled festive season and all of the best for 2020. Remember to come and see us at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show at London Olympia next month. We will be closed from lunchtime tomorrow to 06 January 2020, although emails will be checked regularly.

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Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 30 January to 02 February 2020

TikaWeeks #50/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 11th December 2019

Discover your next adventure at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times, the UK’s biggest event for travel inspiration taking place at Olympia London from 30 January to 02 February 2020. Come to visit us on stand AP38 and also get your complimentary e-tickets to the Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show courtesy of Tikalanka by quoting EXTIKA.

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Prince Harry launching Travalyst (courtesy of The Guardian/Gareth Fuller/PA)

TikaWeeks #37/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 14th September 2019

With Prince Harry launching the sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst, earlier this month, some of the big players in the travel industry are finally taking the climate emergency seriously, which is definitely a ‘good thing’. However, more needs to be done – and fast. Reducing our reliance on carbon-emitting flights and plastic is a necessity along with everyday lifestyle changes for the sake of the health of the entire planet.

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A plethora of Sri Lanka's wonderful fruit and vegetables in Kandy market

TikaWeeks #26/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 30th June 2019

Until there are zero emissions aircraft we will need to find other strategies to compensate for travelling long-haul… and there are many approaches on offer. Lifestyle adjustments are the obvious and definitive way of reducing your carbon footprint, and to encourage family and friends to follow suit, as well as lobbying parliament and challenging the tourist industry for change. Let’s all make this our mission in life for the sake of our planet!

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