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A tour and a taste of Sri Lanka’s finest tea

Introducing a twist to Sri Lanka’s finest beverage, the Tea & Herb Company has commenced tea-tasting tours at their state-of-the-art factory and warehouse in Mulleriyawa, a 30-minute drive from Colombo.

Visitors are introduced and taken through a fascinating 2-hour journey from tealeaf to teacup including the process of blending, bidding and tasting of tea. This exclusive programme ends with a fine high tea that is complemented with blended iced and hot teas from the company’s specialty Silkenty range.

Silkenty teas, which come in silken pyramid tea bags is incomparable to other tea bags as the fine fabric allows a clear view of the tea as it slowly releases its flavor into the cup. Each pyramid is filled with real tea leaves, whole buds and flowers, natural herbs, exotic spices and real fruit pieces that make up the wide range of Silkenty teas on offer. At the start of the tour, visitors are served the mouthwatering and award-winning luxury iced tea, the Real Berry Iced Tea, winner of the Best Iced Tea award at the 2008 World Tea Championships.

Next on the agenda is a short presentation on tea manufacture followed by an in-depth tour and detailed description of how value is added to tea through the fine art of blending, bidding and packaging.

Back at the marquee, visitors then get to ‘master’ the art of tea tasting as the tables are set and tea is brewed and the tasting begins. To add excitement to the tour and to test your taste buds, you can opt to try your luck at the blind tea tasting skills and win some exciting prizes!

The whole evening ends with a fabulous high tea and an incredible array of complementary teas.



New Etihad Airways US flight schedule offers benefits to passengers flying from Colombo


Etihad Airways has announced a number of schedule changes to the airline’s flights between its Abu Dhabi hub and Chicago, New York, and Toronto, which will start on March 29.

The move will provide convenient schedule options for Sri Lanka-based passengers, flying from Colombo, via Abu Dhabi to those cities in North America.

The daily EY151 flight to Chicago will move from a 9.30am departure to 3.40am and the three flights a week Toronto service, EY141, will depart at 2.50am rather than the current time 10.25am and will have seamless connectivity to Colombo.

Return flight EY150 from Chicago will arrive in Abu Dhabi at 12.20pm, and EY140 from Toronto will arrive at 12.05pm, which will allow for faster connection times through the hub at a non-peak period for travel to Sri Lanka.

The new schedule will see the return flight from New York, EY102, depart JFK three hours later than it currently does to ensure its arrival in Abu Dhabi to meet the early afternoon departure to Colombo.

Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Demand for travel between the Indian Subcontinent and North America continues to grow year-on-year and we’re delighted to change our schedule in order to support this requirement and to increase the travel options for our guests.

“The new schedule will create a more even balance of Etihad Airways’ flights to North America across the early morning and mid-morning banks. This will result in fewer passengers transiting through the hub at peak periods and will enhance the customer experience.”

Passengers on the retimed outbound Chicago flight will continue to be processed through United States Preclearance at Abu Dhabi Airport, following the recent expansion of the facility’s hours of operation to include early morning flights to the US.

US Preclearance allows passengers to conveniently pass through all required checks including US customs, immigration and security while in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight, enabling them to avoid queues on arrival in the US and arrive as domestic passengers.

Passengers on all Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, which also includes Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York JFK, and Washington DC, are processed through US preclearance.

The schedule changes for Chicago and Toronto have been made in conjunction with Etihad Airways’ key partners, American Airlines and Air Canada in North America, and Jet Airways in India.

The partner airlines will implement new codeshare flights as well as re-accommodate guests who are affected by the new schedule.

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Nepal-Lanka tie-up for tourism promotion

Hotel associations of Nepal and Sri Lanka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the promotion of tourism in both countries.

After signing the MoU, Chairperson of Hotel Association Nepal Shyam Sundar Lal Kakshyapati said though Nepal-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations were established 55 years ago, the economic sector has not exchanged any substantial cooperation.He also expressed confidence that mutual relations between the two countries would be further enhanced through tourism in the coming days.

He further said that direct flight connectivity between the two countries would help bring Sri Lankan tourists to Nepal, thereby strengthening cultural and religious relations besides economic ties.Chairmen of Hotel Association Sri Lanka Anura Lokuhetti said it was a historic achievement to sign a deal for the promotion of tourism from the private sector.

There is huge potential to attract a large number of tourists from other countries by developing a trip package incorporating Nepal’s mountains and Sri Lanka’s seas, he said.

Also present on the occasion were tourism entrepreneurs of both countries.It is noted that around 70,000 tourists arrive in Nepal every year, of which almost 80 percent visit Lumbini.

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RANNA212, Tangalle an accredited halal Friendly hotel

Ranna212, a trendy resort on Sri Lanka’s deep south coast is now a Halal friendly hotel accredited with ‘Crescentrating Level 4. Crescentrating, an internationally accepted proprietary rating standard, rates travel services based on the Halal facilities and services offered. Ranna212 is pleased to announce this endeavour towards better catering to culturally diverse markets.

For Ranna212’s preparatory work to achieve Crescentrating Level 4, the very first step involved the team being trained and how to aptly assist Halal friendly guests with all information on Halal services and facilities within the hotel. The sourcing of Halal certified meats, the marking of Qiblah direction in each and every room with the availability of prayer mats, and knowledge on proximity of local mosques and prayer times are all an important part of the services offered. Together with Crescentrating, Ranna212 is now a part of the global network of hotels that takes into account the specific needs of this important segment of travellers.

Ranna212 is a four star resort comprising 4 dining outlets, a pool, a spa and luxurious accommodation, that ensures that the deep south coast of Sri Lanka can be explored with peace of mind for the Halal friendly traveller.

All such requirements are embraced whilst providing the services and facilities for every other guest in view of opening the destination to significant mar with varied interests.



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Giritale Hotel Mystically Romantic

Built on a 14 acre land nearly three decades ago on the bunds of the 12th Century Giritale Tank, Giritale Hotel is one of the leading hotels in the area with a magnificent view of the tranquil blue water dotted with green tree spots as a backdrop.

Managed by Carsons Cumberbatch Hotels, Giritale Hotel boasts of 42 rooms that are spacious and comfortable while all rooms are equipped with a range of modern amenities and with a magnificent view.

Standard facilities offered in all of these units include A/C and an attached bath. Luxury deluxe rooms offer star class facilities including LCD TV, IDD telephone facilities, piped music, 24-hour room service, mini bar and a private balcony.

The Hotel completed its Rs. 20 million refurbishment project to facelift their eight luxury rooms, lobby area and the restaurant.

The refurbishment programme was completed last year, pushing the property to 3 star status, attracting more inflow to the hotel.

‘The renovation was carried out room by room basis and in keeping with the current trend, the facilities were upgraded. We have introduced novel facilities to the rooms new LCD TV, mini bar and new AC’ said Resident Manager, Giritale Hotel, veteran hotelier, T. Ganeshan.


This has resulted in Giritale Hotel being popular among ‘frequent’ guests, both foreign and local. The restaurant at Giritale under the guidance of bar and restaurant Manager R. M. A. B. Rathnayake offers the very best in Western, Eastern, Chinese and spicy Sri Lankan cuisine, prepared by a team of expert chefs. Giritale hotel is popular for family outings, conferences, workshops and for honeymooners due to its romantic setting.

‘The hotel offers conference facilities with the necessary AV equipment to make sure your meeting or business event is executed smoothly. A reception hall is also available for banquets and special functions with excellent services from well trained staff members’ Mr Ganeshan added.


‘Jeep Safaris to the Minneriya National Park can be organised, where elephant gatherings will be sighted during the coming months. Excursions to Polonnaruwa, Medirigiriya, Dambulla and Dimbulagala are some of the other attractions on the cards. For the more adventurous traveller the vast jungles in the region beckon you for bush walking and trekking’ said Ganeshan.

‘It is already a venue for honeymooners and attracts more business from this segment’.

The tranquil atmosphere in the hotel is an added attraction for wedding functions.