Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike Airport is Colombo’s international jumping off or on point. It is well served by Sri Lankan airways and  Emirates. Whilst generally the roads  in Sri Lanka are poor the Expressway from Colombo to the airport is well made, fast and efficient. Fast if there isn’t much traffic, so twenty miles can take over an hour. […]

Sri Lanka, a suggested 15 day itinerary

This is the itinerary I planned and used in August. Collected by a private driver at Colombo airport in a comfortable air conditioned car, this proved valuable as Lal acted as guide and driver when ever we needed one. He took us to Casa Heliconia a forty five minute drive from the airport. Here we spent two nights and […]

Emirates Lounge, Colombo.

The Emirates Business Class Lounge in Colombo is smaller than many I have visited but more than adequately serviced for the discerning traveller. Calming shades of beige and gold decor and seating with a mossy green carpet makes sipping that champagne restful and pleasing. The lounge sports the usual floor to ceiling windows, a good range of […]

Journey from Taylor’s Hill to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Taylor’s Hill is a converted tea planter’s house designed for traveller’s who like a little luxury. I left Taylor’s Hill when the raining was falling so everywhere looked washed clean and newly bright as my private driver carefully negotiated the bends on the narrow hills descending into Kandy. The distance in total from Taylor’s to Colombo is less than 90 miles […]

Manuimpathy Hotel, Colombo

Manuimpathy like it’s sister hotels is boutique, luxurious and once a grand someone’s home. Infact it was one hundred and fifty years old and had been a family home for several generations. Located in district 7 of the city it has a small pool and is an ideal location for a day of sight seeing […]

Old Colombo Dutch Hospital

The Dutch Hospital is located in the Colombo One district of the city; not far from the lighthouse and harbour. It seems to have been regenerated for the tourists and is now a small shopping and eating area. Fairly upscale with a spa and shops such as Barefoot. The central plaza is wide open and there […]

Transport in Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike International in Colombo is well served by Sri Lankan Airways and Emirates and unusually the arrivals area is busy with a wide range of shops including electrical white goods and exchange bureaus. It was here that we met Lal our private driver who took us to our first accommodation Casa Heliconia  and travelled with us to complete our Sri Lankan itinerary. It cost […]

Floating village in Pettah, Colombo

This area does not seemed to have developed to its possible potential. There is nothing floating apart from plastic waste but there are a couple of souvenir shops and bars. It’s worth a walk along the lagoon area to see the pelicans flying and perching on the lamp posts, the herons nesting and the monitor lizards […]