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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fishing in Weligama, Sri Lanka

Weligama is a popular tourist destination in the southern coast of Sri Lanka and famous for its stilt fishermen; as the name suggests, fish while standing on stilts. Stilt fishing was the main source of income for residents of Weligama, but locals say it's becoming harder and harder to make ends meet solely through this traditional way of fishing.



Now, it’s a busy fishing town, and you could easily spend a day wandering around, getting a feel for local life. The commercial area is small but vibrant; the fish stalls are both smelly and interesting.

For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005

Monday, February 19, 2018

Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited

Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Ltd is a leading licensed tour operator established in the year of 2004, providing comprehensive Tour services for groups and individuals from and to the country.

Serene Vacations, specialize in tailoring holiday packages and provide best services along with great price deals & attractive places to visit in Sri Lanka. Our specially designed tours around the Island cover pristine beaches, beautiful tea plantations and cascading waterfalls, the exotic wildlife, and country's rich natural and cultural heritage sites.

v  Arranging Holiday Tours for clients
v  Hotel reservations for leisure and business clients
v  Airport Transfers
v  Event management
v  Special packages for Maldives travel

Our Strengths

The company’s growth is attributed to our multiple unique value offerings and a dynamic, highly motivated and creative management team & staff.

v  Strong Partnership with Suppliers & Agents
v  Timely dependable response
v  Competitive pricing
v  Customized Terms and Conditions
v  Ability to attract customers and exceed their expectations
v  An efficient & educated team with good leadership qualities

Our Team

Contact us for a memorable tour experience in Sri Lanka…!!

For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sri Lanka: Nuwara Eliya attractions

Nuwara Eliya is a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka, with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. Known as 'Little England' is rich in culture, heritage and is home to a multitude of breath-taking wonders; Gregory Lake, Victoria Park, Bale Bazaar, Ambewela Farm, Hakgala Botanical Garden, Seetha Amman Kovil & Moon Plains.



Attractions

  v  Pedro Tea Estate
  v  Hakgala Gardens
  v  Lovers Leap
  v  Seetha Amman Temple
  v  Galway's Land National Park
  v  Victoria Park
  v  Lake Gregory 


For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005



Friday, February 16, 2018

Sri Lanka: Kandy leisure activities

Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It's set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city's heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession during August.

Victoria Golf Course
Located in the hills nearby Kandy, Victoria offers a splendid and challenging course, with 18 holes par 73 with a 6945-yard length. The course is rated among the 100 most beautiful courses in the world by Golf Digit.



Take a walk around Kandy Lake
Catch a picturesque and romantic view while walking around the lake. A Diversity of birds and other animals can be seen around and in the lake. Kandy Lake is full of freshwater fish. But fishing is prohibited in Kandy Lake because it is in the sacred city.

Take a Boat ride in Kandy Lake
When you start walking along the ornate boundary of Kandy Lake you come to a small pier with a traditional style roof halfway down the road. This is the Joy Boat Service which offers you a boat ride from that point to the far end of the lake and back. A fun-filled trip!



Visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya is situated along the Kandy-Peradeniya road. The Botanic Garden is started as a replica of Kew Garden in southwest London, England in 1843 by Alexander Moon. Today, this 59 hectares large reservation has over 300 varieties of plants and trees including orchids, spices, and palms and maintained by the Agriculture Department. During World War II, the supreme commander of the allied forces in the South Asia, Lord Mountbatten, used Peradeniya Botanic Garden as the headquarters of the South-East Asia Command.



Nature Walk in Udawattakele Forest Reserve
Udawattakele is an urban forest reserve and a wildlife sanctuary situated adjoining the Sri Dalada Maligawa. This forest was the ancient pleasure garden of the Kandyan kings. Now it is under the administration of Wildlife Conservation Department. There is a huge collection of trees and shrubs, along with some harmless animals who have made it their home in Udawattakele. Be careful not to give any food, at least a peanut, to the appealing monkeys because they would not leave you from then on. You may also visit the forest reserve office which is in the sanctuary itself to see the specimens of fauna and flora which can be seen in the sanctuary.



Hantana Tea Museum
This place is of a highly memorable value. It was previously the four-storied Hantana Tea Factory, built in 1925. Now it has been elegantly converted to a Tea Museum by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Sri Lanka Planters' Association. Tea Museum can be reached along Hantana Road, about 5 km south of Kandy. Here, you can see all the traditional equipment used in Sri Lanka's tea industry over 60 years back. It is comprised of a library and an audio-visual presentation section, a tea sales outlet, and a fine restaurant.



Contact us for a memorable tour experience in Sri Lanka…!!


For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Easter treats at Corinthia Hotels across Europe

Spring has sprung at five of Corinthia Hotels’ European properties, with Easter packages to kick off the new season.

In-room Easter treats; Easter markets to explore; Easter-themed breakfasts, brunches, and buffet dinners; discounts at spas; and luxuriously late check-outs are among the extras in these various family-oriented packages.



Corinthia Hotel Budapest:
Enjoy a springtime getaway in beautiful Budapest. Visitors can explore the Easter craft and food markets across the city while guests at the hotel can enjoy accommodation for two including buffet breakfast, Easter-themed in-room gift on arrival, brunch for two on Easter Sunday to Monday, 15% discount on selected spa treatments, and free wifi throughout the hotel. Price from €249.00 (Approx. $306.00) per room per night.
Book before March 29 and stay between March 26 and April 8.

Corinthia St George’s Bay, Malta:
Enjoy a stay at Corinthia’s only resort hotel, nestled in St George’s Bay overlooking the Mediterranean. Easter package includes 15% off accommodation, buffet breakfast, Easter gift on arrival, 15% discount on all spa treatments, late check-out until 3pm, and free wifi throughout the hotel. Price from €150.00 (Approx. $184.00) per room per night.
Book before April 7 and stay between March 26 and April 8.



Corinthia Hotel Lisbon:
Enjoy a family fun day in Portugal’s vibrant and sunny capital city. The hotel is close to the Gulbenkian Museum and the city zoo and the hotel’s Easter package includes tickets to Lisbon Zoo for the entire family. Other treats include an in-room assortment of chocolates and port wine on arrival, special themed breakfast buffet for kids over the Easter weekend- including a play corner, Easter-themed buffet dinner for those staying on March 31, and access to the swimming pool and gym. Price from €216.00 (Approx. $265.00) per room per night.
Book before March 31 and stay between March 25 and April 6.

Corinthia Palace Hotel:
In a tranquil garden setting between Valletta and Mdina, Corinthia Palace Hotel is offering accommodation in a deluxe double bedroom, in-room treat and welcome drink, buffet breakfast, and full use of the spa facilities which includes indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gym and outdoor pool. Price from €160.00 (Approx. $197.00) per room per night.
Book before April 2 and stay between, March 30 to April 2.



Corinthia Hotel Prague:
Easter is a special time in the Czech Republic, with Easter craft and food markets in the main squares of the city. After a day exploring guests, can unwind in the hotel’s 26th floor pool. The hotel’s Easter package includes accommodation for two, buffet breakfast, three-course Easter dinner with sparkling wine, unlimited access to the Apollo Day Spa, an Easter basket full of delicious seasonal delights, in-room flowers, map of the city showing where to find the Easter markets, and free wifi throughout the hotel. Prices from €260.00 (Approx. $319.00) per room per night.
Book before March 29 and stay between March 29 and April 1.


For more information on Corinthia Hotels at Easter: https://www.corinthia.com/en/easter-offers

Nuwara Eliya - Nanu-Oya to Ella Scenic Train Journey

Enjoy a scenic train journey through the hill country Tea plantations


The 3-hour train journey from Nanu-Oya to Ella, in Sri Lanka, is supposed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful journeys in the country. During the journey the train goes passing lush greenish tea estates, many tunnels, farming fields, villages & various types of forests.

There is an endless stream of food and tea sellers walking up and down the train selling delicious Sri Lankan snacks – so you won’t starve. This route is very popular with tourists and travelers and is one of the highlights of your trip to Sri Lanka.

For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sri Lanka: Dambulla – Sigiriya – Habarana tour activities

Habarana

Habarana is a SMALL CITY in the Anuradhapura District of SRI LANKA. The city is famed for its chain of high class tourist resorts. Habarana is a popular tourist destination for SAFARI lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.



Minneriya National Park

This wildlife sanctuary affords ample opportunities for guests to enjoy close encounters with wild elephants, especially during the dry months of August and October, where MORE than 300 elephants gather on the shores of the reservoir. A Jeep Safari to this jungle would be an amazing experience.



Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park is located 224 km away from Colombo and is a national park. It was pronounced a national park very recently (April 1st of 2002) becoming the 15th park in the country. The Birdlife International indentifies Kaudulla as an Important Bird Area. Before becoming a national park it was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen. It attracts a variety of plant and animal life with a large prominence in large mammals, fish and reptiles.

Village Tour

One of the most memorable Sri Lankan experiences is the Safari Village Tour. You will get an insight of village life style.



Sigiriya – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Climb the amazing rock of Sigiriya with its impregnable palace fortress built in the fifth century and enjoy the magnificent views over the once magnificent royal pool, the throne, remains of the majestic palace, walk ways and gardens.

Dambulla

As a part of SRI LANKA's cultural triangle Dambulla is close to the ancient sites of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and the former capital Kandy.



Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple first came to use as a refuge for King Valagambahu in 1st century BC. Concealed by the local monks upon returning from exile to his throne at Anuradhapura he had the magnificent cave temple built for them. The cave temple consists of a complex of Buddhist image houses. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful frescoes, some of which dates back to over 2,000 years, which depicts Buddhist mythology, and the tales of the Buddha's previous births. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a 14-meter-long, colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock.

Jathika Namal Uyana

Jathika Namal Uyana is one of the many noteworthy attractions in Dambulla which lay hidden for centuries until it was discovered and brought to public attention by Venerable Wanawasi Rahula Thero over a decade ago. Since then, many travelers have frequented this lush forest, surrounded by greenery and wildlife.

Contact us for a memorable tour experience in Sri Lanka…!!

For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005

TIME Unlimited Tours from New Zealand: Winning deals

BERLIN, Germany - TIME Unlimited Tours from Auckland, New Zealand has been selected as the overall winner in the category “Sense of Place” at the National Geographic World Legacy Awards 2016.



TIME Unlimited Tours was one of 5 winners and the only one from Australasia out of 150 entries, representing 51 countries and 6 continents from around the world. 

The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations from around the world — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to geoparks — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.

TIME Unlimited Tours was selected as the overall winner in the category “Sense of Place,” which recognizes excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including implementing vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archaeological sites, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

This is TIME Unlimited Tours’ latest major achievement on the international stage representing New Zealand and its 3rd Worldwide Tourism Award. They won their 2nd Worldwide Tourism Award at Luxperience in the category “Meaningful” in September 2015, as well as winning at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in the “Maori Cultural Tourism” category in October 2015. As part of their selection first as finalist and now winner in this highly-prestigious global award, TIME Unlimited Tours’ Co-Founder and Co-Director Neill Sperath attended the award ceremony as part of ITB, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, in Berlin/Germany.

“The past year has been truly outstanding for us and we are overjoyed to have been selected to receive this iconic global award. This accolade is a further validation of the great efforts we undertake to promote and lead the way in authentic experiences that aim to always protect, preserve and enhance the beautiful environment in which we are so fortunate to operate. We applied in the category 'Sense of Place," because we see our unique Auckland-based business as having a mission to always go the extra mile to leave our environment in a better place than how we found it, plus to always strive to lead the way for others to follow in Ecotourism. We see this latest accolade by National Geographic as one of the world’s most respected organizations as further motivation to keep improving for the benefit of the many stakeholders that are involved in our unique business,” say Neill and Ceillhe Sperath, Founders and Directors of TIME Unlimited Tours.

TIME Unlimited Tours is an Auckland-based tourism business with special focus on integrating cultural experiences into their luxury eco-tours in the Auckland region and throughout New Zealand.

TIME (“To Integrate Maori Experiences”) Unlimited Tours is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tour operators and one of the country’s most-awarded tourism businesses. 

Founders & Directors Neill and Ceillhe Sperath as well as their growing team members take their manuhiri (guests) on a wonderful journey through Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand). 

Their highly-personal, small group and private tours in various top-end Mercedes vehicles and highly-qualified guides showcase their stunning home that is New Zealand.

Auckland Tours comprise their Auckland All Inclusive Full Day Tour, Auckland Highlights Half Day, Auckland West Coast, Auckland Maori Tour and Guided Wilderness Walks, which allow their guests to discover the most spectacular spots in around Auckland as New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city.

Private Luxury Tours explore world-famous destinations as well as many hidden gems including Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, Taupo, The Bay of Islands, The Coromandel and many other wonderful locations throughout New Zealand’s North and South Islands. These can be One-Day, One-Way and Multi-Day Tours, all of which can be adjusted to their guest’s specific wishes.

TIME Unlimited Tours’ extensive and varied range of luxury tours has been developed over the past decade and in 2015, while celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, TIME Unlimited launched their new brand identity, incorporating a logo which continues to symbolize their deep connection to Maori culture. The new brand message “OUR NEW ZEALAND - YOUR WAY” highlights the emphasis of placing the guest’s requirements at the center of everything they do. 

TIME Unlimited Tours leads the way in Ecotourism and is highly aware of its responsibilities in the tourism sector, following strict environmental policies and supporting many biodiversity & cultural initiatives. For its commitment and outstanding services, TIME Unlimited Tours has now won 19 awards including 3 Global Tourism Awards, which acknowledges their excellence over many years in providing the very best luxury touring in Auckland and New Zealand.

TIME Unlimited Tours on Web 2.0:

•           www.facebook.com/TIMEUnlimitedTours     
•           www.twitter.com/timeunlimited   
•           www.youtube.com/user/TIMEUnlimited     

For more information, click here: www.newzealandtours.travel

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SolomonIslands-Hotels has its brand and deals all wrapped with travel domain

SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel is a web site for independent travelers wishing to book services with local tour operators and accommodations. “The [website] portal is an important addition to our country’s tourism promotion channels,” said the Solomon Islands Minister for Tourism. “It not only enhances Solomon Islands appeal, but also enables business to be conducted in this important sector.”



SolomonIslands-Hotels uses its .travel name in all marketing aspects including email, business cards, collateral materials, and expos. The name “Solomon Islands-Hotels.travel” was a natural choice to the owners, as “hotels” is a significant key word in web searches and .travel reflects the nature of the site. By using its .travel name, they are increasing their ability to be seen by independent travelers.


The Solomon Islands has a variety of activities and special interests that will attract travelers from backpackers to business travelers. If you are interested in learning more about the warmth and ecological beauty of the Solomon Islands, along with the wide variety of activities available, please visit www.SolomonIslands-Hotels.travel .

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Best of Sri Lanka: Colombo City Tour

Open Deck City Sightseeing Service offers the best of attractions in Colombo



Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls.



Points of Attraction:
- Colombo Lighthouse
- The Prison Cell of the last Sri Lankan King
- Lighthouse with Clock Tower designed by Lady Ward (built before the Big
- Ben in London)
- Galle Face Promenade with cannons of World War II
- South Expansion of the Colombo Harbour
- York Street with remnants of British Colonial Architecture
- Slave Island area, famous Hindu Kovil with a uniquely carved gopuram
- The scenic Beira Lake in the heart of the city
- The War Memorial, Public Library, National Museum
- Nelum Pokuna Theatre
- Vihara Mahadevi Park
- Colombo Town Hall



Stops:
- Sambodhi Stupa & Maritime Museum
- Independence Memorial Hall
- Arcade Independence Square

- Gangarama Temple



For more information:
Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited
Travel Agent and Tour Operator
Marine City Business Complex No. 46, 1/8, First Floor
Station Road, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 112 721519, +94 777 751 788 / +94 77 350 7005