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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.

98-acres-resort Sri Lanka

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


WildGrass Nature Resort

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya

Location of WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya
WildGrass Nature Resort, a jungle hideaway is located at 175 km away from Colombo in Lenawa of the Kumbukkadanwala village in the background of the forest of Sigiriya. Proudest feature in the zone of Sigiriya is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel. WildGrass Nature Resort is within 15 minutes drive from Sri Lanka Holidays Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel as well as from Golden Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Kaludiya Pokuna [Sinhala: Black Water Pond], an ancient large bathing pond enchantingly set within the all green surroundings, is 5 minutes away from this eco resort.
The location of WildGrass hotel at Sigiriya, the at the heart of Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle make it a convenient base to do excursions to the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Golden Dambulla Rock Temple.

Wild Grass Nature Resort restaurant, Sigiriya
Setting of WildGrass Nature Resort
WildGrass Nature Resort is luxurious eco-retreat set amidst the 30 acres unfenced wilderness bordering the of all green forests over the village of Kumbukkadanwala. The premises of the resort, rich in birdlife is visited by deer, rabbits and wild boar.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of WildGrass Nature Resort
WildGrass Nature Resort had adopted a nature conservation philosophy preserving the natural eco-systems of the rural area. Out of the requirements of fruits and vegetables at the resort, some are cultivated within the premises by using Organic farming methods. The shortfall is bought from the villagers of the surrounding areas.

Wild Grass Nature Resort, Sigiriya, Cultural Triangle

Architectural concept of WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya
The villas at WildGrass Nature Resort is built in Sri Lankan traditions in architecture is blended with modern day requirements of luxury living. The floor to ceiling glass windows of spacious villas are designed to afford panoramic views of the wilderness.

Wild Grass Nature Resort, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Accommodation at WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya
Accommodation at WildGrass Nature Resort is set with a 5 beautifuly designed villas equipped with modern amenities each one at least 50 feet away from others so that total privacy is secured at all times. Each villa consists of a living room with a comfortable sofa that can also be used as a day bed; dining room with a six-seater dining table; open-air terrace.

WildGrass Resort Sigiriya, Sri Lanka Holidays
One bedroom villas
One bedroom villas with floor space of 1,800 sq ft are designed for 3 guests features a living room, dining room on the ground floor. On the upper floor is air-conditioned room with en-suite bathroom

Two bed room villas
Family villas with floor space of 2,600 sq ft are designed for families consists of a luxurious master suite and an additional double bedroom which can accommodate up to four guests. Each bedroom has cable TV and en-suite bathrooms with open air hot water and cold water showers.

Wild Grass Nature Resort, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka Holidays

In-room facilities at WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels, wireless internet, IDD telephone
Minibar, tea/coffee facility
Reading material, board and card games.
Each villa is provided with two mountain bicycles to ride to dining pavilion and slso to explore the village

Activities at WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya
Bird watching, hiking along the jungle treks, fishing in the lake, meditation and yoga.

One day excursions off WildGrass Nature Resort, Sigiriya
Touring main Sri Lanka Holidays cultural attractions located within the Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle:
Golden Dambulla Rock Cave temple and Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel
Ancient city of Anuradhapura
Ancient city of Polonnaruwa and neighboring Minneriya National Park is also located nearby.


Amethyst Passikudah

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Location of Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda)
Amethyst Resort Passikudah of eastern coast of Sri Lanka is located about 28km North of Batticaloa town. It’s an approximately 5 hour drive from the Capital of Colombo.

Setting of Amethyst Resort Passikudah
Pasikudah is an absolutely stunning, exotic beach: it’s calm with no waves at all; it’s shallow allowing all to wade 30-50 meters into the sea that appears as if it’s a lagoon. The stretches of beaches are of sand exceedingly soft to the feet and dotted with palm and Palmyra trees.

Amethyst resort, Passikudah, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amethyst resort, Passikudah, Sri Lanka Holidays

The beachfront Amethyst Resort Passikudahsits prettily on the a crescent-moon shaped inlet of shallow water bay, which Google Maps refers to as one of the prettiest beaches in the world, under the cooling Kohomba (Sinhala: Margosa) trees with a lovely flowing stream bisecting the lush tropical greenery and the mangroves of the property.

Passikudah By Beach, Sri Lanka

Passikudah By Beach, Sri Lanka

Passikudah Bay beach
The reef that runs across Passikudah (Pasikuda) bay makes it one of the calmest and safest stretches of eastern coastline of Sri Lanka. Snorkeling at Passikudah (Pasikuda) bay brings in the endless joys of the marine life in view of the shallow fringing reef system that is home to lovely coral formations and schools of reef fish. Such is the beauty and importance in terms of marine life at Passikudah (Pasikuda), NARA has proposed the lovely bay of be listed as a Marine Sanctuary.

Passikudah (Pasikuda) Development Plan
Passikudah (Pasikuda), which has been in decades of torpor, is now awakening to the development plans of the tropical island of Sri Lanka. 156 acres of land have been earmarked for rapid development to provide more than 900 star class hotel rooms supported by common infrastructure as in Bentota beach of South Western Coast, the prime beach resort of Sri Lanka.

 Passikudha Beach, Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka Holidays

Passikudha Beach, Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka Holidays

Amethyst Resort Passikudah(Pasikuda) Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

Architectural concept of Amethyst Resort Passikudah(Pasikuda)
With the concept of conservation of lush tropical greenery of the land being paramount, the chalets are designed to present a rustic charm that blends into the nature of the property.

Amethyst Resort Passikudha Sri Lanka Holidays

Amethyst Resort Passikudha Sri Lanka Holidays

Accommodation at Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda)
The resort has 40 rooms in operation which comprise of 18 Sea view Chalets and Stream View Chalets. All the rooms are spacious and fully equipped with luxury amenities.
Luxury Beach cabanas
Facing the bay of Passikudah (Pasikuda) are the luxury cabanas with spectacular views of the beach. All luxury beach cabanas are set up with its own private verandah opening out to the beach. There is no better spot in Passikudha (Pasikuda) to enjoy the spectacular scene of setting sun.
Water-View cabanas
Facing the lovely stream are spacious water-view cabanas. The verandah facing the stream creates a serene setting to enjoy the soft whispers of the flowing water.
Deluxe Rooms
Deluxe Rooms at Amethyst Resort Passikudah are spectacularly sandwiched between the beach and the stream. All Deluxe Rooms are fully equipped with all amenities.
Luxury Suites
Luxury Suites brings in panoramic views of the Bay of Passikudah. Luxury rooms are spacious with ample living and relaxing space; spectacular with ample living and relaxing space; comfortable with all conceivable amenities

Amethyst Resort, Passikudha

Amethyst Resort, Passikudha

Beach Bungalow at Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda)
The two-storey beach bungalow at Amethyst Resort Passikudah nestled under the cooling Margosa (Kohomba) trees is an ideal hideaway that has picturesque views of both the ocean and stream.

The Barrel – Pub
The pub aptly named “The Barrel” alluding to the idiom “Barrel of fun” is a bar set up in Mediterranean style. The Barrel serves beer, a range of Cocktails and spirits. The barrel also serves delicious dishes of seafood in addition to the snacks to enjoy with your poison on the deck that opens up a scenic view of a fountain of water emerging from the river. The Karaoke music at The Barrel brings in entertainment to keep you in high spirits in the evening.

The “Kool” Pool Bar
The pool bar at the swimming pool set up close to the ocean is perfectly located to bring in views of the seascape to your heart’s content.

Taprobane – restaurant with seafood specialties
Taprobane – restaurant sitting pretty overlooking the stream serves a wide range of delicious dishes of seafood prepared from the catch of the day: straight from deep sea to the hands of the master-chefs.

Batticaloa Lagoon of the Eastern Coast
Batticaloa Lagoon, one of the largest coastal lagoons in Sri Lanka has several islands within it such as Puliayantheevu, Buffalo Island and Bone Island connected by a number of bridges. The largest bridge called Lady Manning Bridge, located in the Kallady is home to the famous “Singing fish of Batticaloa”. During the months of April and September on moonlit nights, the lagoon emanates a musical vibrations believed to be created by a certain species of fish. The singing is heard by way of placing an oar dipped into the water of the lagoon while floating in a boat.

Whale watching off shore Trincomalee also of the Eastern Coast
Trincomalee of Eastern coast and Mirissa and Dondre head of southern coast are hot spots of whale watching in Sri Lanka. The season for whale watching at Trincomalee is Between March to August when the whales return to Arabian Sea from their migration to Bay of Bengal in December-January. Trincomalee has high rates of sightings of for Blue Whales and Sperm Whales and even higher for Dolphins, mainly Spinner Dolphins.

Amethyst Resort Passikudah (Pasikuda) has taken its name after the gemstone called Amethyst that is found in Sri Lanka and can be bought in Colombo as well as in the world renowned city of Ratnapura (Sinhala: the city of gems). Amethyst is a healing stone: it balances and soothes the mind. The one who wear Amethyst or drink a bowl of spring water in which it was immersed (8 hours) with a teaspoon of sea salt on daily basis become aware of an increase imagination and a superior ability to visualize clearly.



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.




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.



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

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

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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Yala Village, Sri Lanka Holidays Yala Village, Sri Lanka Holidays Yala Village, Sri Lanka Holidays

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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Chaaya Village, Habarana, Sri Lanka Holidays Chaaya Village, Habarana, Sri Lanka Holidays Chaaya Village, Habarana, Sri Lanka Holidays

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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