TD active Holidays

TD active Holidays are small group adventure holidays full of unique activities specifically designed to suit your quest for exploration. TD active Holidays are filled with action-packed experiences, fun and amazing activities – all shared with a like-minded group of people. Holidays range from a range […]…

Travel Department

Travel Department is Europe’s leading escorted tour and guided group holiday provider with nearly 30 years of experience in crafting beautifully curated, inspirational itineraries to worldwide destinations, all accompanied by expert local guides. Travel Department’s escorted holidays typically include flights, accommodation, transfers and guided tours. Travel […]…

In search of Wildlife in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

I never did spot what sounded like a ‘Whatt Outt!’ on my recent safari trip in Sri Lanka! Leopard, yes, Elephants, yes and even a rare Sloth Bear, yes.  All are what are called the Sri Lankan top three! And all were achieved in just one day in Yala National Park thanks to some luck […]…

Geoff Moore walks with the Giants in the Seychelles

Walking with the giants of the Seychelles is now an option thanks to a new investment by Hilton Labriz on their Silhouette Island resort, creating the Giant Tortoise Sanctuary, housing tiny vulnerable tortoises found in the National Park. The sanctuary is located a 40 minute boat ride from the main island of Mahe where the […]…

Regent Holidays

Since 1970, Regent has been pioneering off-the-beaten-track adventures to the world’s most unique and fascinating places. From gazing at the northern lights to exploring the Silk Road, every experience is unlike any other. Led by a team of highly knowledgeable and passionate Travel Specialists, Regent are […]…

Sunbathing, snorkelling and swimming in the Maldives

The Maldives were never really on my bucket list, but having booked a busy month-long tour of Sri Lanka, it seemed ideal for beach time afterwards. An added bonus was an hour’s flight time from Colombo, and a direct flight back from Male to Heathrow. Having got through immigration, instead of the usual car park […]…

A great small boutique hotel in Sri Lanka’s capital

We stayed in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, for two nights, and rather than choose one of the large luxury chain hotels around the historic fort, we opted for a 12-bedroom boutique hotel. The Uga Residence was slightly further out of the city centre but was still in a good location. The rooms are dotted around […]…

A varied but exhausting day of sights in Sri Lanka’s capital

As we’d previously visited Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, our visit this time was short, so to pack in as much as possible, we followed a Lonely Planet walking tour – 9km and 5 hours. We began by getting a tuk tuk to the start, which involved the inevitable haggling, jabbing the map to indicate our […]…

A trendy place to eat and drink in Colombo

During our two night stay in Colombo, we stayed at the boutique Uga Residence and found the nearby Park Street Mews: a pedestrianised cobbled mews of old warehouses, now converted into upmarket international restaurants and bars. Having enjoyed a chilled beer and lime soda during the heat of the day at Café Francais, we returned […]…

One of six Commonwealth War Graves in Sri Lanka

The Trincomalee War Cemetery was relatively near our hotel and on the short drive, we passed a man riding a bicycle with “War Graves” written on the back of his grey t-shirt. The cemetery, one of six in Sri Lanka, is located on a busy roadside and having gone through the gate, we’d just begun […]…

One of the most important Hindu temples in Sri Lanka

One of the main sights in the Sri Lankan port city of Trincomalee, is the Koneswaram Temple which sits on a peninsular high above the sea. To reach it we drove through an impressive narrow arch, the entrance to Fort Fredrick: built by the Portuguese in 1624, it’s now used by the Sri Lankan army […]…

More jeeps than elephants

There are three popular national parks near Habarana in Sri Lanka. During July to September large groups of elephants are found in the Minneriya National Park, before they migrate to Kaudulla National Park between October and November due to high rains and lakes getting filled up. The elephants then move on to Hurulu Eco Park […]…