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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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The Wallawwa, Kotugoda, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #35/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 2nd September 2018

Last week’s launch of the new version of our Trip Planner is hotly followed by our new online Wedding Gift List this week, which uses the same platform. Our online Wedding Gift List enables you to create your ideal honeymoon to Sri Lanka and Maldives, and the itinerary acts as a list of voucher ideas for family and friends to purchase as wedding gifts. This week’s update launches the new online Wedding Gift List, advises of the annual closure of Yala National Park, concludes the Peoples of Sri Lanka series, and suggests first- or last-stop stays in Sri Lanka.

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Sample page of the new Tikalanka Trip Planner

TikaWeeks #34/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 26th August 2018

The launch of the long anticipated new version of our Trip Planner has refreshed and updated the original for the mobile age. Based on Google Maps, the new Trip Planner may be accessed via mobile phones, tablets or laptops and enables you to create your own dream holiday to Sri Lanka and Maldives, wherever you are! This week’s update launches the beta release of our new Trip Planner, continues the Peoples of Sri Lanka series and offers accommodation options around Mirissa.

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Pathi, John and 'van' (minibus), JB Pathi Tours, April 2003, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #24/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 17th June 2018

Tikalanka is truly the Sri Lanka specialist since we offer holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives only. But why? Many of our customers question the rationale for arranging holidays to just two countries, whereas we see it as a positive choice and affirmation of our passion for Sri Lanka. This is borne from our origins – a chance meeting of similar minds across different cultures. This week’s update champions Tikalanka as the Sri Lanka tailor-made holidays specialist, continues the daily life series and recommends places to stay in Colombo.

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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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A plate of Rice and Curry, Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #09/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 4th March 2018

Blizzards caused by the “Beast from the East” and the mayhem that ensues may encourage you to look further east to escape the chaos and bitter cold. Where better to go than Sri Lanka and Maldives, two “Jewels of the Indian Ocean”. In this week's update, a new culinary series introduces Sri Lanka’s delicious and colourful food, starting with the ubiquitous ‘Rice and Curry’, while I also talk about flight options, essential travel insurance, currency and money, and recommended novels about Sri Lanka.

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East coast beach, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #08/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 24th February 2018

Summer holidays are just around the corner so I thought that in-depth details of what’s on offer in Sri Lanka would come in handy for your holiday planning – wildlife reserves, cultural highlights, trekking trails and sunny beaches. I also discuss responsible wildlife watching in Sri Lanka, introduce wildlife cruises in Maldives, and provide an update on the state of emergency in Maldives.

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Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 01-04 February 2018

TikaWeeks #07/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 18th February 2018

The Destinations holiday and travel show at Olympia was a great success, as always, and we wish to thank everyone who came to see us – new and past customers alike! We really enjoy being able to chat to people face-to-face and tell them about our Sri Lanka and Maldives holidays as well as our travel ethos and aspirations, which we hope will encourage more and more people to experience the islands with us. This week’s update includes a summary of the show, novel alternatives to established favourites, and a news roundup.

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AIRBUS EC 130 B4 helicopter of IWS Aviation, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #39/2017: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 1st October 2017

From Galle to Jaffna, we have news articles, background information and customer opinion from around Sri Lanka, including next year’s Galle Literary Festival, our Maldives archive, recent feedback on our accommodation, helicopter transfers, new hotel additions, and the usual media round-up.

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Angsana Ihuru, North Malé Atoll, Maldives

TikaWeeks #38/2017: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 23rd September 2017

Interesting and pictorial articles about wildlife, architecture and Kandy in the media are complemented by travellers’ tips, a first-hand account of Angsana Ihuru in Maldives, and recent additions to the Tikalanka accommodation portfolio in this week’s Sri Lanka update.

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