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98 Acre Resort

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

98 Acre Resort and Spa Location
98 Acre Resort is located in the paradise like village of Ella that forms the easternmost point of Sri Lanka Holidays Health Triangle, which also encompasses market garden town of Bandarawela, military canton township of Diyatalawa and Nuwara Eliya, the capital city of Ceylon Tea. All of these were sanatorium hill stations to ailing soldiers, motor road & railroad builders and irrigation engineers etc of British Ceylon.

09 Acre Resort Ella, Highland Health Triangle, Sri Lanka Holidays

The undisputed highlight of the village of Ella is Ella gap: an opening in the mountain range that affords, on a clear day, a telescopic sight through the plains nearly 1000m below and across to the Great Basses lighthouse off southern sea port and Int’l airport city of Hambantota of the Deep South of Sri Lanka.

98 Acres Resort Ella, Central highlands, Sri Lanka Holidays

Reaching 98 Acre Resort and Spa
The village of Ella can be reached by Highland railway line from Colombo-Kandy-Bandarawela-Ella as well by main motor road Colombo-Hatton-Nuwara Eliya-Ella [226km].
The resort owned helipad offers the convenience of landing just 5 minutes away from the resort and transport would be arranged via golf buggies to transfer the guests from the helipad.

98 Acre Resort Ella, Sri Lanka Health Triangle

Setting of 98 Acre Resort and Spa
98 Acre Resort’ is built on Central Highland’s Tea Estate that spans no less than 98 acres. It’s hidden highland haven: it is of stunning landscape it is well shaded and sheltered; it is green; it is salubrious climate. Still more the resort is a novel conception that would suits all comers: families on holidays; weary trekkers; eco lovers.

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Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green and eco) credentials of 98 Acre Resort and Spa
The resort is built on an exclusive concept that interweaves pure relaxation with eco friendly tourism. The bulk of materials used in the construction are recycled products.
‘Illuk’ [a tall grass] straw has been made use of the set up the interior a s well as the roofing resulting in a cosy atmosphere in the salubrious climate, giving the resort an unmistakable rural appearance.
The battery powered golf buggies used in the transportation of guests within the hotel compound are of zero emissions and minimal sound pollution.

98 Acre Resort Ella

Architecture & Interior deco of 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Discarded railway sleepers have been put to good use in the construction of decks, walls and furniture. The furniture has been made by expert artisans from the locality using local and widely available timber which helps create a warm and rustic atmosphere. Rough hewn granite rock lend a simple, hand crafted elegance to the look and feel of each villa.

98 Acre Resort

98-Acres Central highlands

Accommodation at 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Resort has luxury and comfort guaranteed beautifully crafted six chalets with 12 rooms (six deluxe and six standards). There is ample space left in between the chalets making it ideal for quiet honeymooners or even for families.
Each Chalet opens up to scenic views of the misty mountains and is equipped with all modern amenities.
Each of the deluxe rooms has its own private living area and brings in mystique views of the Ella Gap and the Small Adam’s Peak.
The Standard rooms are bright and completed with laminated wooden balconies.


Facilities at 98 Acre Resort and Spa
The Resort’s open air restaurant that accommodates 50 pax serves a wide range of cuisines from authentic Sri Lankan dishes to Western, Continental and Oriental cuisine and ready to take on the choices of the guests.

98 Acres Resort Ella Central Highlands

Swimming Pool
The elegantly designed swimming pool affords peaceful dips to all guests while the kids would enjoy in the safety of the baby pool

Leisure and recreation at 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Bird watching
The resort facilitates a detailed bird watching programme or the bird lovers to explore the surroundings guided by the resident naturalist.
the resort provide cycles for its guests to trail along the woods within the area and explore the tranquil hillside with ease.

Excursions off 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Waterfalls Dunhinda, Diyaluma and Ravana
Lipton’s seat at Haputale
World’s End at Horton’s Plains


Ulagalla Walawwa

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Location of Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort is located in the heart of Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle at Thirappane (off Dambulla- Anuradhapura road), 23 kilometres south of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura north-central plains of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of  Ulagalla Walawwa Resort:
The solar farm which provides125KVA, i.e. 50% of their energy requirements when the resort is in full operation. While the hotel is built on already utilized land nearly a 1000 (root balled) trees were planted in the property. The Ulagalla Resort at Anuradhapura has been awarded the LEEDv2009®-NC: SILVER (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka to receive the LEED certification, recognizing Ulagalla Resort’s commitment to sustainable development.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Setting of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
20 luxurious chalets are built on eight rectangular man-made earth mounds (ten feet high and sloped at 45 degrees) so that panoramic views of water bodies and luxuriant woodlands are brought to the tourists over the high embankments surrounding the restored ancient irrigation reservoirs of Ulagalla and Wannanmaduwa. The chalets are accessed by an earthen ramp. The total area of the eco-friendly hotel and its garden spread 52 acres.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Architectural concept of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, a Sri Lanka Holidays Boutique Hotel is built with a walauwa (Sinhala: manor house) being set up as the central feature. Walauwa is the Sinhalese name given to a feudal or colonial manor house in Sri Lanka built by native headmen as well as the feudal lords of the late medieval era and the Portuguese (1505- 1658), Dutch (1658-1796) and British colonial era ( 1796-1948) of Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka). Ulagalla Walawwa manor house built in the year 1885 is restored and rehabilitated, maintaining most of its original design elements to house the resort’s reception area.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura. Road

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura. Road

Privacy and solitude at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
The chalets of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort are placed across 58 acres of natural woodlands in a such a way as to assure ultimate privacy and solitude assure to all the Sri Lanka Holidays tourists.

Architectural features of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla  Walawwa, Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla Walawwa, Cultural Triangle

The old mansion house
The enclosing walls of the original closed courtyards of Ulagalla Walawwa have been removed thereby merging the indoor with outdoors. In the absence of the walls, the roofs are held by steel columns camouflaged in wooden casings.

The new chalets
The roofs of chalets are made of welded steel. Once again the steel is encased in hollow wooden beams. From the floor to the ceiling are the glass walls that bring about spectacular views of reservoirs, paddy fields and luxuriant woodlands. The glass walls are protected from heat and rain by the making the eaves, that projects from the roofs, wide and low.

Ulagalla Walawwa Resort’s targeted clientele
The luxury boutique hotels targets high-end exclusive Sri Lanka Holidays tourists.

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle

Accommodation at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
All 20 luxurious chalets at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort are set up with a living room area, a bedroom, dressing area, bathroom and individual plunge pool and private terrace The whole 800 sq. ft of chalet is elegantly furnished and state-of –the-art amenities.

Ulagalla Resort, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Ulagalla Resort, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

In-room Facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
All Chalets at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura are well furnished and equipped with all modern conveniences:
Air-conditioning, overhead fan, electronic safe, IDD, Wi-Fi, minibar, tea/coffee facility, cable TV- 42” LCD, DVD player, music and DVD library, hair dryer, his and her bathrobe and slippers, 24 hour room service, and two bicycles for each chalet to explore the estate.
Baby cots and high chairs, and babysitting service with prior notice.
The butler assigned to each chalet to ensure all the guests are serviced at all times.

Ulagalla Boutique Hotel, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Boutique Hotel, Anuradhapura

In-house facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Fitness center, business center, indoor games, billiards, souvenir shop, laundry service, and doctor on call
Swimming pool: 30 meter swimming pool by the old mansion house

Wellness at Ulagalla Walawwa
The spa at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort is so well hidden by the wattle walls and lush foliage, so well screened from the world outside, it brings in the feeling of being in underground. A slow flowing waterfall that cascades over the roof of the spa meet the pools below dotted with floating water lilies.
The expert spa therapist at the Ayurvedic spa of the boutique hotel is ready to avail himself for a range of treatments: from simple massage or beauty treatment to a full course of therapeutic treatments.

Ulagalla Walawaa Luxury Resort- at  Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Ulagalla Walawaa Luxury Resort-

Dining facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and an international a la carte menu. No matter it is haute cuisine, spicy rice and curry or a simple salad, the kitchen of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort prepared all dishes from the vegetables and fruits from the garden and farm to the hotel. Most of the fruits and vegetables are grown in the farm garden of the hotel. The rice served is from the paddy threshed from the own fields of rice cultivation. The rest is from the surrounding farms and gardens.
While there are not fixed timings for main meals, the guest are free to have their meals any hour of the day or night: the kitchen is open round the clock.
Meals are served at in the privacy of your own chalet and on the terrace overlooking the reservoir as well as in Ulagalla’s fine dining restaurant.
Ulagalla resort welcomes children and has special children’s menus.

Ulagalla-Resort- 23km south of Anuradhapura

Ulagalla-Resort- 23km south of Anuradhapura

Recreational facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort has set up a range of recreational facilities:
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort has its own riding stables so that Sri Lanka Holidays tourists may enjoy horse riding in the surrounding.
Archery, kayaking, nature trails and bird watching with the in-house naturalist.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Ulagalla Walawwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Exploring the surroundings Ulagalla Walawwa Resort on horseback.
Go bird watching or kayaking on the Ulagalla reservoir.
Touring UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura, home to vast irrigation reservoirs, colossal stupas, Buddhist temples and restored ruins of ancient buildings
Touring Mihintale, Aukana, Tantirimale, Ritigala and Yapahuwa. All these Sri Lanka Holidays cultural attractions are located in less than one and a half hour’s drive away from Ulagalla Walawwa Resort.
Safari tour Wilpattu National Park which is home to elephants, sloth bear and leopard. Wilpattu National Park is only about one hour’s drive away.


Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Location of Kalundewa Retreat
Kalundewa Retreat is located 73 km north of Colombo at Dambulla, home to Golden Dambulla Rock Temple, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dambulla is an important tourist attraction of Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural triangle triangulated with Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa which also has Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel within it. All these are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over and above these must visit Sri Lanka Holiday attractions are the ruins of ancient Ritigala Monastery at Ritigala hill. Dambulla is one of the most convenient transportation hubs to explore the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka Holidays.


Setting of Kalundewa Retreat
Kalundewa Retreat Dambulla is set up in the middle of a man-made irrigation reservoir crowded with thick groves of Kumbuk trees and mangroves. On the banks are tropical trees. The setting brings in all round views of greenery: the spacious reception and lounge brings about panoramic view of long spread of paddy fields closed in by a mountain range.
Over the irrigation reservoir is a 90-acre cultivated land that provides the guests at Kalundewa Retreat an opportunity to gain first hand knowledge and experience local farming practices and crops.


Arriving at Kalundewa Retreat
Kalundewa Retreat is reached by a10 minute raft ride winding around massive tropical hardwood Milla trees that grows luxuriantly in and around the reservoir or by walking along a gravel path.

Suitability of Kalundewa Retreat to the children
Kalundewa Retreat is not suitable for the toddlers in view of the lake that surround it.

Architecture of Kalundewa Retreat
High timber roofs, polished cement floors and large glass windows.

Accomodation at Kalundewa Retreat

Kalundewa Retreatat Dambulla is a chalet styled eco-oriented tourist guest house that accommodates 4 guests with comfort and luxury in two fully air-conditioned bedrooms in two floors that open out to panoramic views of the countryside with lake and cultivated land.

The luxurious rooms with timber flooring are furnished with king-sized beds luxuriously draped in fine white linen. The wardrobe and the writing desk complete requirements of the luxury holiday makers. The rooms are well equipped with for luxury living in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka Holidays: plasma TV with satellite audio-visual transmission, DVD player, iPod doc, tea/coffee maker, mini-fridge, bathrobe and slippers, and hair dryer. En-suite bathrooms are set up with twin vanities, rain showers and bathtubs.

Facilities at Kalundewa Retreat

The ground floor Kalundewa Retreat features a lounge dining area that opens out to a plunge pool. Over the plunge pool is the sheltered lake rich in groves of Kumbuk trees. A personal valet, chef and other members of the staff is at hand to serve the guests.
A library upstairs is open to the guests.

Dining at Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla

The guests at Kalundewa Retreat Dambulla have all the freedom to enjoy their meals when and where they fancy: in the villa or next to the lake at the dining area.
The set Menu makes up of a choice of local and western food.
Lunch: Sinhalese dishes of rice and curry . The rice is harvested from the paddy fields of Kalundewa Retreat itself. Vegetables too are dishes made of garden fresh products at the cultivated fields of the guest house, herbs and fruits too grown in the fields.
The secondary lounge area that consists of a small pantry equipped with fridge, cooker, microwave, crockery and cutlery serves the Sri Lanka Holiday makers well.

Activities at Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla
Enjoying the bird life in the gardens: Malabar Pied Hornbills; Brahminy Kites; Purple Coot; Storks;Egrets; comorants etc
Cycling,Trekking in the cultivated fields and countryside
Boating in the lake sheltered with the groves of Kumbuk trees
Angling by the lake on the sheltered banks rich with vegetation
Studying the activities of the bustling colonies of bees scattered around the herbarium

Half day and one day excursions off Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla
Mountain biking amidst the villages and the fields
Visiting the world heritage sites of Golden Dambulla Rock Temple and Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel
Visiting Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park.







Cinnamon Lodge

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Cinnamon Lodge is located in the village of Habarana 173km away from Colombo.

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Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel

Cinnamon Lodge has been the recipient of eco conservation awards from the beginning: Green Globe 21 standards in 2001; Kouni Green Planet Award in 2003; Presidential Award for Environment in 2006; Bird Ornithology Certificate.

Accommodation: Luxurious two-storey Cinnamon Lodge chalets built in the ancient Sinhalese architectural tradition of individual dwellings and central public areas, connected by meandering pathways.Chalets with verandas and balconies bring in an all calming effects of relaxation & comfort. 82 serene units of superior & deluxe accommodation consist of bedroom, living room & bathroom.

Interior décor: The rooms brightened up with traditional color palate of ochre, saffron and olive green are tastefully furnished with antique bed heads, couches and planter’s chairs.

Dining: You are free to choose to dine in your own chalet or in the wooded garden under a Mango tree & next to the lake. Then again the open air Cinnamon Lodge restaurant on the mezzanine floor of the central area next to the pool shaded by Frangipani trees is a tempting option too.

Next to the fish pond & the pool is Lotus restaurant that offer indoor & outdoor dining.

Sri Lanka Butterfly Garden

Sri Lanka Butterfly Garden at Cinnamon Lodge spread over 10 acres presents the guests a unique opportunity to wander along the trails of garden specially created so as to cross the delightful paths of dazzling butterflies in a habitat planted with 300 specialized host plants that bloom and beckon the numerous species of Sri Lanka Butterflies. Sri Lanka being home to 243 species of butterflies, of those, 20 species being endemic to the tropical island, the butterfly garden at Cinnamon lodge takes you all to the delicate beauty of Sri Lanka Butterflies in the wild.

Experiencing nature: The resident naturalist of Cinnamon Lodge is at your service to accompany you all with Sri Lanka Holidays elephant safaris & bird watching excursions.




Elephant Corridor

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Elephant Corridor Hotel, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Elephant Corridor Hotel is located just 4 km away from the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel of Sri Lanka in a hamlet called Kimbissa. Golden Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site is 20 minutes drive away from Elephant Corridor Hotel.

Arrival arrangements to Elephant Corridor Luxury Boutique Hotel
Airport pick-up by a luxury car can be scheduled with the hotel or its agents.
The tourists arriving at CMB Colombo Bandranayake International Airport enjoy the option of directly traveling to Elephant Corridor Hotel by helicopter. hotel is equipped with a helipad. Helicopter bookings from CMB Colombo Bandaranyakae Int’l Airport to private heliport at boutique can be arranged.
Motor vehicles aren’t allowed into the boutique. The parking lot being located quite a distance away from the hotel, so that the tranquility of the hotel environment wouldn’t be disturbed, the guests are driven in a golf cart to the vast open reception area.

Wild Elephants at Elephant Corridor Hotel
None. The resident elephant is of course, a tamed one. It is unlikely to sight the elephants at the hotel in spite of its lovely name: Elephant Corridor. But then large herds of elephants can be seen in the one-day excursions to Sri Lanka Holidays Minneriya National Park and nearby Kaudulla National Park.

Elephant Corridor Hotel is scenically located between Minneriya National Park and Sigiriya. Elephant Corridor Hotel sitting pretty in 200 acres of scrubland that is open to all wild beings encapsulates everything surrounding it: nature and wildlife.. The hotel layout and design takes full advantage of the extensive land that is available and is almost a small village of its own.
The concept of the hotel is ultimate seclusion blended with unbridled luxury in sheer wilderness. The well maintained 200 acres of sprawling unfenced wilderness gardens of Elephant Corridor hotel are haven for the visitors from the wild: buffaloes, monkeys, frogs, bats, crawling monitors, butterflies and lovely peacocks and numerous birds.
The villas and the recreational facilities at Elephant Corridor Hotel are well spread out making the invaluable advantage of the extensive land setting up pathways populated with bird and butterflies and bordered by the wilderness. Though all the facilities are located in the easy walking distances, for the benefit of those who would like to avoid walking, bicycles or electro cars are provided.

Elephant corridor Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials
The grand project of Elephant Corridor Hotel designed by legendary architect Anton Jacob is the first luxury boutique hotel in Sri Lanka in March 2003. According to the owners of the hotel, not a single tree was felled during the construction of the villas and other structures. Definitely that’s a distinctly commendable achievement. The rooms are built in such a way to retain the natural surroundings to the furthest possible extent, enforces environmentally friendly practices to the best of its concept.


Architecture and interior deco
Elephant Corridor Hotel’s accommodation consists of well furnished 20 spacious villa like suits that afford panoramic views of wilderness, lake and the mountains beyond. The suits are set up with private terraces within secluded private garden of its own. On the terrace of each suite is a plunge pool that affords the guests absolute privacy.
Elephant Corridor luxury boutique hotel has been into the sheer luxury in utter wilderness. Each suit is built with hand carved granite walls, well polished concrete, Teak ceilings and Italian tiles. German fittings and Egyptian cotton compliment each and every suit.

Elephant Corridor Hotel’s accommodation consists of well furnished 20 spacious suits richly furnished with furniture produced in Sri Lanka: Four-poster beds, couches and recliners
Other facilities: a large TV with DVD player and satellite access, hi-fi stereo system, cordless phone, extensive liquor cabinet and mini-wine cellar, an in-room safe for your possessions
Bath rooms: the en-suite bathrooms have a bath tub, a multi-jet shower and a separate toilet. Also available are kimonos and slippers.
Private terraces and private plunge pools afford the guests absolute privacy.
Deluxe suites: the deluxe suites are equipped with all of the facilities and amenities listed above.
Super Deluxe suites: more spacious than Deluxe suits and fitted with twin vanities in the en-suite bathrooms.
Romantic suites: set up with indoor plunge pool within the suite itself. Fixed onto the canopy of the bed is a mirror. A couple of TV sets within the suite round up the conveniences.
Royal suites: the much larger outdoor plunge pool, a separate dressing room within still more space than the above suites.
Presidential Villa: with no less than four bedrooms, two dining and sitting rooms complete with an eight-seater dining table; two large plunge pools with a bridge connecting the rooms, the luxurious Presidential Villa is designed for families traveling together:

Facilities at Elephant Corridor Hotel
In-house facilities
The all suits luxury hotel avail all 5 star amenities and facilities to its guests.

Communication and business facilities
Wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel
IDD accessible cordless phone
Conference room and business center are located in the central area.

Dining Facilities
Ambrosia restaurant
Bringing in stunning panoramic views surrounding plains and ancient Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel City is Elephant Corridor Hotel’s “Ambrosia” restaurant to serve an extensive menu: Sri Lankan, Eastern, Western and Fusion cuisine, à la Carte and set menus.

Fables & Tales bar
Fables & Tales bar equipped with library and pool table, serves drinks and snacks. In addition to the Fables & Tales Bar is the Jungle Bar by the swimming pool.

Leisure and wellness facilities
The large circular swimming pool, located away from the central area is luxurious. The lovely grounds that make way for walks is a trail of butterflies and birds.
Also available is a small fitness room with steam bath and sauna.

Spa treatments at “Om” Wellness Spa
The Ayurvedic and Wellness Spa called Om Wellness Spa is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily.
The spa menu includes several Ayurveda and aromatherapy relaxation therapies using herbal oils.
Om Wellness Spa is located amidst the sheer wilderness: birds never end their chirp; rustling leaves ruffled by the breeze are eternally restless while you experience absolute relaxation with your outdoor herbal bath or body massage.
The fragrant oils used in the spa are extracted from flowers, plants, roots or seed of Sri Lanka associated with Ayurvedic treatments. The guests are free to choose timings for aromatherapy body massage for their specific needs; with an array of packages for aches, stimulation, stress relief and detoxification.
The spa is an inspiration: it can set a reinvigorating tone for your emotions and heal your body. There is a range of spas to choose from at your own sweet will. Guests may even choose their own oils to be massaged with. Here is the opportunity in treat yourself with refreshing and rejuvenating therapies including Bali Coffee Scrub, Aloe and Lavender Body Wrap that would exfoliate, moisturize and soothe your body.
Treatment Packages: Aromatherapy Body Massage; Aromatherapy Body Scrub and Bath; Aromatherapy Facial; Aromatherapy Manicure & Pedicure; Tropical Body Polish; Cocooning Body Wrap; Natural Facial; Asian Massage; Ayurvedic Omness; Om Potpourri.

Sports facilities
Gym, cricket net, archery range and swimming pool

In-room facilities
Room service
Elephant Corridor Hotel do not hinder the freedom of its guests with set timings for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The flexibilities in dining options at Elephant Corridor Luxury hotel is personalized to the greatest extent.
You are encouraged to dine wherever and whenever you wish: dine in your own private suite, private garden, under a tree or the stars – wherever and whenever you wish. Also arranged are private BBQs or Breakfast in Bed.
An artist easel with painting materials and binoculars too are provided.

Wildlife and Nature specials
The friendly resident elephant is at your service to take you on a ride in the area surrounding Elephant Corridor Hotel.
The luxury boutique hotel also offers elephant care classes for nature lovers.

Excursions to the surrounding area
Numerous nature trails within the gardens of Elephant Corridor Hotel and surroundings afford the opportunities for exploration accompanied by the resident naturalist at the hotel.
Among the set excursions are elephant back riding, bird watching and horse riding. Bicycles too available for those who would like to explore the surroundings by themselves.

One-day Excursions
Elephant Corridor Hotel is ideally situated to make excursions to all surrounding tourist attractions, cultural as well as wildlife in the making the best of time and motion economy. While those interested in cultural sites find the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel City and Golden Dambulla Rock Cave Temple and Aluvihare temple at Matale and Kalawewa ancient rainwater reservoir, within easy reach, the wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers could immerse themselves in bird watching, nature walks, elephant rides and some adventurous tours to the local Minneriya, Kaudulla National Park, the Ritigala Mountain wildlife reserve and ancient monastery, Pidurangala Rock Cave Temple, National Namal Uyana Park, and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

Alternative option to Elephant Corridor Hotel in accommodation: Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya.



Jetwing Vil Uyana

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Jetwing Vil Uyana‘s Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: Jetwing Youth Development Project (JYDP) 2006 This project won the PATA Grand Award 2007 for Training and Education Link to the hotel web site still to be provided.

Riolta Remarks by bunpeiris: The stupendous eco-oriented achievement of a hotel spread over 24 acres, consists of a wetland system of paddy fields, marshes & waterways reintroduced by a developer with tremendous pioneering spirit, imagination & daring. It is almost a shot at nature man made. Jetwing Vil Uyana experience encapsulates the consummate combination of the irrigation heritage & natural wonders of the island nation. The poperty in the extensive dry zone flat lands of the tropical island of Sri Lanka is immediately to the west of UNESCO World Heritage Site Lion Rock Citadel Sigiriya. “Jetwing Vil Uyana” meaning “garden of ponds” in Sinhalese is envisaged as a natural extension of ancient Sinhalese Irrigation by ancient Sinhalese kings who developed the ancient island of Sri Lanka.


Location : Located 169 km from Colombo & 153 km from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Katunayake, with a view of Lion Rock Citadel Sigiriya, one of the seven UNESCO World heritage Sites of Sri Lanka Holidays.

Setting: Back to the nature to the hilt.

Luxurious Accommodation at Sri Lanka Holidays Jetwing Vil Uyana is in the form of 25 individual dwellings on stilts situated in three distinct habitats – water, paddy field and forest. These huge, luxurious dwellings, connected by wooden walkways, have timber flooring, ceilings of rattan and bamboo, and sloping roofs thatched with coconut palm. Furnished with luxurious king size beds, each dwelling has a private outdoor deck with scenic views and an outdoor dining area. Some have plunge pools on the deck and even private swimming pools. The bathrooms are spacious and elegantly designed with a large sunken bathtub and rain showers. Other facilities include a/c, IDD telephone, mini bar, 29” flat screen TV and satellite channels, coffee/tea making facilities, Bose DVD/CD Home Entertainment system, electronic safe, and even your own sarong, pair of reed slippers and umbrella.

a) Water dwellings: The three water dwellings (each 1,240 sq. ft) are built over a waterway filled with lotuses. Each has a timber decks that juts out over the water providing a picturesque view of the numerous water birds that inhabits the area. A separate dining deck over looking the water provides for dining under the stars.

b) Paddy field dwellings: These six dwellings (each 1,240 sq. ft) are built over paddy fields and have small plunge pools on the deck. The village farmers harvest the paddy fields during the season providing a special insight into paddy cultivation.

c) Marsh dwellings: Six dwellings (each 1,240 sq ft.) are situated over the marsh area. Two have plunge pools on the decks.

d) Forest dwellings: Bordering the wilderness at Jetwing Vil Uyana are the ten luxurious Forestdwellings (each 2,110 sq. ft.). Each of these two story villas has a 22 ft x 10 ft. private swimming pool. The ground floor consists of an open cemented lounge area with plush floor cushions overlooking the swimming pool and the scenic views beyond, an indoor courtyard, and elegant en suite toilet with bath tub and rain water shower. A large spectacular bedroom with an attached toilet with a w/c, and private balcony, occupies the second floor.

Facilities: Jetwing Vil Uyana has several dining options including two restaurant areas: Sulang café, surrounded by water, and Apsara fine dining restaurant with magnificent views of Sri Lanka Holidays Lion Rock Citadel Sigiriya. Other dining options include Spa dining at the Island Spa, Signature dining on the deck within the privacy of your own dwelling, Cellar dining at Vil Uyana’s excellently-stocked wine cellar, and outdoor dining at the Kamatha by the paddy fields, where a typical village rice and curry meal is offered on a banana leaf. Sinhalese rice and curries and international cuisine is on offer. A special vegetarian menu is also available. Jetwing Vil Uyana’s tranquil library is filled with numerous titles including books on Sri Lanka and had the most relaxing situation, with a lotus-filled pond on one side and a waterway on the other.

The Island Spa & Wellness Center consists of a fully-equipped A/C gym surrounded by water, a yoga pavilion, and a wellness center headed by an Ayurvedic Physician. Aromatherapy and Ayurveda herbal oils are used for the wide array of relaxing during your stay at Sri Lanka Holidays Jetwing Vil Uyana.



Jetwing Kurulubedda

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Jetwing Kururlubedda

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: To be edited.

Location: Jetwing Kurulubedda is located 116 km from Colombo at Mahamodara, Galle.
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Setting: Back to the nature. Then again, not any other nature, but Sri Lanka Holidays nature, that would never cease to amaze you all. A serene boat ride of ten minutes in a short waterway off river Gingganga takes you all to the luxury boutique hotel on a quiet village patch off the river, secluded deep inside a spread of mangroves.

Accommodation: In 3 acres of land are the two luxury private dwellings built on stilts consist of bedroom suite, a spacious plunge pool & large terrace with relaxed seating arrangement. Sri Lanka Holidays Jetwing Kurulubedda is a luxury eco-retreat extension of Sri Lanka Holidays Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel & Spa at Galle.

Ambience: no nonsense, though the dwellings are luxurious, you are right in a village. You can have a bath at the well as if you are a humble peasant. You can enjoy a traditional village by the lagoon drink of Kirala, a mangrove tree botanically identifies as Sonneratia caseolaris at the dining pavilion overlooking the paddy fields & marshy lands. A ramp from the dwellings takes you to the sprawling lawn at the edge of the river. All these are among the bounty of bird life of Sri Lanka Holidays. Kurulubedda means the Woods of the birds in Sinhalese.


Boulder Garden

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Boulder Gardens, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Boulder Gardens, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Boulder Gardens, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Boulder Gardens, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: To be edited.

Location: Sri Lanka Holidays Boulder Garden is located 198km from Colombo at Kalawana of south west region of Sri Lanka close to Ratnapura, the City of Gems.

Riolta Remarks by bunpeiris: Sri Lanka Holidays Boulder Garden is a modern day interpretation of twist, turn & rock of ancient Sri Lanka’s tradition of building onto the Rock caves. But then again, in ancient Sri Lanka, while it had been temples that were built into the rock caves, during your Sri Lanka Holidays in the modern Sri Lanka, it is eco-nature holiday resorts that are built into the rock caves & boulders. Boulder Garden built into the rocks, onto the rocks & sheltered by the rocks is a nature based secluded evergreen sanctuary of a hotel, an oasis of tranquility with its distinctive features. It is another one of those unique nature master hotels of Sri Lanka Holidays.

Setting: Back to the nature. Located at a foot of a hill overlooking a tea estate with exotic tropic surroundings including paddy fields on the fringes of Kalawana village, the Boulder Garden is the gateway resort to Lion king (Sinharaja) Tropical Rain Forest, a Sri Lanka Holidays World Heritage Site.

Architecture: The main entrance of the resort is located in an open cave. 2 out of 10 suits are quite literary rock caves. Then again the bar is another rock cave. Such is the design the rocks are allowed to intrude into some of the bathrooms while the resort is equipped with all modern amenities such as swimming pool, telephones, air conditioning, mini bars & Jacuzzis.

Ambience: Winding steps of stone leads to 10 suites set up in 4 rising tiers. The deep corridors with rock walls, grilled windows with massive timber beams and mirror-polished cement floors combine to create a medieval ambience.

Accommodation: Spread over 15 acres, the evergreen secluded hideaway of all suite luxury boutique resort is well sheltered by gigantic overhanging boulders. All suits provide private balconies and terraces for you to enjoy the magnificent evergreen tropical surroundings of Sri Lanka Holidays Boulder garden.


Yala Village

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Riolta Remarks by bunpeiris: Sri Lanka Holidays Yala Village, a luxurious star-class jungle resort immerses you in the wilderness and unleashes wildlife but prevents you from the wide beach of silver sands.

Location: Sri Lanka Holidays Yala village is located 250km from Colombo at Kirinda in Deep South of tropical island of Sri Lanka. The resort in wilderness is just 10 kilometers from the town of Kirinda & 22 kilometers from Tissamaharama, an ancient city of the kingdom of Ruhuna.

Setting: Right in the wilderness with a lagoon, then again the beachfront of pristine sandy beach but with wild waves & underwater currents. Make do & be content with the hotel swimming pool & that’s at once a plea & order. Ten acres of scenic wilderness blending evergreen forest and typical Sri Lanka dry zone vegetation of the eco-friendly property consists of an observation deck giving bird’s eye view of the Sri Lanka’s most famous national park that borders the hotel: Sri Lanka Holidays Ruhuna Yala National Park.

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Wildlife at close quarters at the Yala Village: Just outside your luxury chalet you would view the roaming wild elephants or illusive leopard sunning on a nearby rocky outcrop or a grazing deer in the panoramic landscape teeming with birdlife.

Accommodation: 61 fully air-conditioned individual luxury chalets with private verandas spread over 10 acres of wilderness provides you absolute privacy. All chalets are equipped with satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities & mini-bar.

Restaurant: The elevated open-air sheltered restaurant set in nature serves you freshly prepared western & traditional Sinhalese cuisine.

Activities: Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching & Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna of Sri Lanka.

Nearby Attractions: Bundala Bird Sanctuary, Kalamitiya Bird Sanctuary and  Kataragama.



Chaaya Village

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: To be edited.

A PATA Gold Award Winner and a Kuoni Green Planet Award Winner for the year 2007-2008

Location:  Chaaya Village is located at the tranquil small town of Habarana 176 km away from Colombo. Habarana is at once an elephant village & a green tourist hub with a chain of fine back to the nature lodges & resorts conveniently situated within easy accessible distance to Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel, Polonnaruwa & Minneriya National Park.

Setting: On the banks of Habarana lake, the property is absolutley lovely tranquil natural surroundings of 27 acres of all green garden of sun & shade teeming with bird-life & roaming monkeys.

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Architecture: traditional native fashion low roof thatched village cottages in harmony with the nature.

Accommodation: Sri Lanka Holidays Chaaya Village in Habarana offers 108 lovely spacious and comfortable well furnished & air-conditioned cottages spread out in clusters that blends well with the nature. The 2 suites Kingfisher Lodge and Eagle Lodge provide luxury accommodation option.

El Hena Restaurant: On one side the large open-air restaurant is Pool, garden and lake. On the otherside is show kitchen of busy chefs preparing western & eastern dishes.

Ritigala Pauwwa Bar serves up signature cocktails, local and imported spirits, liqueurs and fresh fruit juices. at the open lounge bar overlooking the Pool.

Panthaliya Coffee Shop next to the bar serves up delectable snacks and hot drinks for you to enjoy the view of the pool, the garden and the lake beyond that.

Experiencing nature: Elephant safaris, mountain trekking, jeep safaris, cycling & bird watching.

Among other accommodation options close to Chaaya Village, Habrana is Sri Lanka Holidays Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana.


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