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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.

Category: Sustainability

Lunuganga, Geoffrey Bawa's country estate near Bentota, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #07/2024: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 15th February 2024

As promised, our dedicated Tika Taster to Geoffrey Bawa is now live. The tour is mostly arranged around visits to or stays in his most iconic buildings as well as visits to the ancient sites of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya to offer you an historical perspective to his work. The 14-day guided trip includes his own town house and country estate, major masterplan projects, hotels, and villas. Your accommodation includes four Bawa-designed hotels to ensure you have the full experience of his design genius.

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View from the lawn, Summerville Bungalow, Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #44/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 31st October 2023

It has been a very successful year for hotels in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tea Trails is on the Condé Nast Gold List 2023 and featured on the acclaimed BBC TV series "Amazing Hotels" in September. The pioneering eco-luxury resort Jetwing Vil Uyana has earned a coveted spot on Fodor’s List of the Finest Hotels in the World and rated as one of Condé Nast Traveller’s 15 of the best eco hotels. While Travel & Leisure has ranked Fort Bazaar the Best Overall Hotel in Galle fort to soak in and discover the magic of a 16th-century fortress.

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Responsible Travel, the best holidays for you, local people and places

TikaWeeks #43/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 26th October 2023

As a follow on from last week’s blog about travel and nature, this update focuses on the progress made by Responsible Travel since its inception in 2001. In its recently published impact report, Tipping the Scales, the trailblazing sustainable travel portal emphasises the three key elements to its fundamental ethos: carbon, nature and people. Ultimately it is a comprehensive overview of how it is working with global partners to minimise tourism’s harmful impact, and maximise the good.

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Sir David Attenborough with gorillas in Rwanda (courtesy of the BBC)

TikaWeeks #42/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 20th October 2023

Nature, carbon and humanity are inextricably entwined with 50% of man-made CO2 sequestered by nature – but the story doesn’t end there: 75% of food crops are dependent on insect pollination, 80% of registered medicines come from plants and 85% of the world's largest companies have a high dependency on nature across direct operations. Nature is at the heart of everything and considering the planet’s lifeblood while travelling is vital.

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Taru Villas - 906, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #38/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 21st September 2023

Children are welcome in most hotels in Sri Lanka, even the most upmarket. However, what if you prefer a more grown up experience without kids clubs and child-friendly menus? The island has always been popular with honeymooners, and there are many places to stay that cater for adults craving a more tranquil and relaxed ambience. Here are some of our favourite accommodation options which should whet your appetite for your holiday with us.

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A visiting family made welcome at a Buddhist monastery, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #34/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 24th August 2023

Friendly and welcoming, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday! Exotic wildlife, palm-fringed sandy beaches, thrilling as well as easy-going adventures and child-friendly accommodation are a formidable combination for an out-of-the-ordinary family experience. Our revised Family Sri Lanka itinerary is a good starting point to create your own perfect family holiday to "undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world" (Marco Polo).

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #28/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 14th July 2023

​Sustainability has rightly taken centre stage as we strive to combat climate change, but what does it really mean? By today’s common definition, to be sustainable we must balance how we meet human needs with our ability to continue to do so for the foreseeable future without degrading the natural environment. This update outlines the core principles of sustainability with regard to travel and Tikalanka.

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Tikalanka - an experience of a lifetime and value for money

TikaWeeks #26/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 27th June 2023

Nothing is set in stone so if your itinerary or quote isn’t exactly what you are looking for then please get back to us to discuss options before choosing an alternative – we are the tailor-made travel specialist to Sri Lanka and Maldives and strive to get it right for you. Finessing itineraries and value for money are our priorities so please always contact us before making a decision and we will do our utmost best to ensure your holiday suits your plans and budget. Join the Tikalanka family by booking a holiday of a lifetime with us NOW!

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Local school children on a well-earned drinks break, AMBA Estate, Ella, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #25/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 21st June 2023

For a “hands-on village experience” in Sri Lanka there is no better place than AMBA Estate, which is a community-run social enterprise in the stunning Uva Highlands outside of Ella in the southern Hill Country. Based around an organic farm, you will be interacting with villagers in a practical way during every activity at AMBA Estate, whether it is a tea plantation tour, a hike around the valley or artisanal product-making. Come and enjoy the fun!

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Ahu Bay, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #24/2023: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 15th June 2023

Resplendent Ceylon is the sole member of Relais & Chateaux in Sri Lanka, the global fellowship of family owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants. We have enjoyed Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge for many years. Now their sister Reverie Collection – Kayaam House and Ahu Bay – opened in February to critical acclaim. Sharing Resplendent’s core values, Reverie encourages guests to slow down, be mindful, and embrace a simpler version of life, surrounded by nature and harmony.

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