Tailor-Made News – May 2013

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Tailormade News – May 2013

The colourful Buddhist flag, in fact hundreds of them, big small, vertical & horizontal flutter furiously in the wind. Streets are lined with white lanterns, carefully covered to protect them from rain. Many pandols gaily illuminated tell different Jathaka Stories (from the Buddhist teachings)… Yes, you guessed it – it’s Vesak! The huge festival that commemorates, the birth, the enlightenment & the passing away (death) of the Lord Buddha.

The usually quiet & serene temples are crowded with devotees, all clad in white. The monks are chanting & preaching, others are busy cooking & arranging meals. It is indeed a busy weekend for Sri Lankans.

If you happen to travel during this time, you will encounter entire villages out on the street, participating in the”dansals” (free food/drink). They will all follow it up with a journey to the city by evening to witness the various shows & the pandols.

Vesak also heralds the monsoon season to the North/West of the country. This year the rains are eagerly awaited as the heat & the humidity had been pretty uncomfortable to handle.

On another note, Jetwing launches another first in Sri Lanka: select service accommodation. Hotel J, Negombo, is a 35 room property that gives you the freedom to have exactly what you want; nothing more, nothing less. Do take a look, at www.hotelj.lk, and remember that this is just the beginning!

Also, Jetwing Yala is progressing steadily along with the new resort area of Passikudah has seen two new properties open for visitors & is fast becoming a popular destination to visit.

We hope you will come enjoy our island home soon!

With best wishes,


Vesak – a festival of dazzling displays of color and lights, flamboyant creations of intricate arts and ecstatic jubilation amongst locals together these amazing sights commemorate the significance of a belief that existed for 2500 years.

In Sri Lanka, a country where Buddhism and its heritage are of sovereign value, the birth, the enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha is a principal facet of religious observance. This tri-faceted phenomenon is commemorated in extravagance, as the nation in togetherness hoist humble lanterns and many other splendorous displays in their neighborhoods and households.

The lanterns range from a variety of shapes and colors; it also prominently personifies human life. It reveals profoundly a journey, in which a man is born, his life in the world and eventually how he decays away.

The lessons of Vesak are easily visible, for those who wish to learn… From all of us here at Jetwing, we wish you and your family a Preethi (happy) Vesak!


6 Jetwing Hotels receive ISO14001 certification from SLSI

Long known for their commitment towards the environment, Jetwing Hotels achieved another milestone by being awarded ISO14001 certification for six of their properties in Sri Lanka.

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7 Jetwing properties awarded Travellife Awards

Continuing its wave of global recognition for sustainable efforts, Sri Lanka’s Jetwing Hotels have been awarded the prestigious Travelife Gold Award for seven of its properties.

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Jetwing launches budget hotel brand in Sri Lanka

Jetwing, the Sri Lankan travel company, has launched a new domestic budget hotel brand – Hotel J. Announcing the new label this week, Jetwing said Hotel J would offer “no frills hotels” that appeal to the “modern traveller”

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Sri Lanka Tailor-Made shortlisted for ‘Best Destination Website

The dedicated inbound travel arm of Jetwing Travels, Sri Lanka Tailor-Made (SLTM) has been recognized for the very core values it stands for, quality and innovation. Sri Lanka Tailor-Made’s website [ www.srilankatailormade.com ] has been recognized by a global tourism platform for the first time, since its launch in 2009.

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Sri Lanka posing a challenge to Kerala Ayurveda

Its decades long ethnic conflict over, Sri Lanka is steadily emerging as a major competitor to Kerala’s ayurvedic system of medicine, a leading industry expert says.

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Borderlands – Kithulgala

Borderlands welcome you to our picturesque riverfront camp, which is located in Kithulgala, Sri Lanka’s capital of adrenaline sports. Nine luxury tents are situated on stilted platforms, perched directly over the Kelani River. On site showers and toilets are located on site. Fall asleep to the soothing sound of the river as it rushes below you and wake up to views of the dawn mist rising over the jungle clad mountainsides.

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Whilst on holiday with us, all our customers have countless exceptional service encounters and experiences that delight them. We at Jetwing believe each of these encounters or ‘Moments’ are an opportunity for us and our staff to truly connect with each other. We have published above (and will do so in every issue of Tailor-Made News) such instances to highlight bonds and friendships that will never be forgotten.

Our social media sites are an ideal platform to interact with fellow travellers and share experiences and suggestions. You are welcome to log onto our website or visit our Facebook page and upload your images and share your experiences with us and the rest of the world.


Vesak Festival – Gangaramaya premises
The riots of colour and bright lights that have come to symbolize the Vesak festivities in full splendour around the Beira Lake.


Kandy Esala Perahera – Special Offer

Esala Perahera (the festival of the Tooth Relic) is a grand festival held in Sri Lanka, with elegant costumes, fire-dances, Kandyan dances, well decorated elephants in lavish garments and various other cultural dances. It has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. We invite you to come and witness the most spectacular religious procession in Asia. For more details, Click Here

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