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Lake Serenity, Ratnapura

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Location: Lake Serenity is located 89 km away from Colombo at the village of Gonapitiya. Gonapitiya is 2 km off the town of Kuruwita, 12km towards Colombo on A4 main road leading to Ratnapura, the city of Gems.

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Setting: Lake Serenity Sri Lanka Hotel straddles an edge of a lake called Bird’s Serenity. No less than 20 acres of landscaped tea garden, with paved gravel road leading to the hotel that is sheltered and shaded by trees bearing tropical fruits, refresh hotel environment in the mild climate of Ratnapura district.

Sri Lanka Holidays Lake Serenity, Ratnapura’s Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

Accommodation: Lake Serenity‘s14 Garden suits built in traditional Sinhalese architecture, with verandas sheltering the main walls of the villa from the tropical sun as well as monsoon rains coupled with center courtyards, are well spaced out in the expansive garden of the hotel. The suits are furnished with traditional Sinhalese furniture made of tropical hard wood: four poster beds canopied with nets, wardrobes, dressing tables and reclining chairs with rattan cane woven seating. All suits are air-conditioned and equipped with mini-bar, safe lockers, satellite TV, hair dryer and IDD Telephone with attached bath rooms having hot and cold running water.

Facilities: Out door swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pool bar. The spa is well set up on a higher elevation of the hotel garden overlooking paddy fields.

Half a day Excursions off Lake Serenity: Bopath Ella waterfalls, Gem pits, Tea factories
One day Excursions off Lake Serenity: Udawalawe National Park, home to large gangs of elephants; the nature UNESCO World heritage Site of Sinharaja Lion king Tropical Rain Forest.

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Tissa Wewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Tissa Wewa Rest House is located at Anuradhapura 206km from Colomboin the north central dry plains of  Sri Lanka.

Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House Dry Zone Garden

Tissawewa Rest House Dry Zone Garden

Located with grand views of the ancient renovated Tissa Wewa Rainwater Reservoir and ancient renovated Mirisavatiya Dagaba, Tissa Wewa Rest House, a two-storied, tiled-roofed building, a budget Sri Lanka Hotel stands in 11 acres of wooded parkland of north central dry plains (the ancient kingdom of reservoirs) of  Sri Lanka. The waters of the ancient rainwater reservoir fan gentle breeze into Tissa Wewa Rest House to ease the effects of hot and dry climate of Anuradhapura.

Ancient Splendor Vs. Colonial Mediocrity
Tissa Wewa Rest House or The Grand Hotel, as it was known in the British Colonial era at once brings in a bewildering contradiction and contrast: the building is simply another remnant of the British Colonial administration in Ceylon; yet it is located in the ancient Sinhalese Royal Pleasure Gardens of the Anuradhapura, the greatest monastic city (438 BC – 845 AD) of the ancient world.
The British rediscovered the lost city; renovated some of the cultural monuments; rebuilt the some of the ancient rainwater reservoir; and then thrust the mediocre colonial architecture into midst of the stupendous ancient edifices of the ancient city.


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