The Green Paradise Resort location The Green Paradise Resort is located in Dambulla, home to Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Attraction of Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya [Sinhala: Golden Dambulla Rock Cave Temple], a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dambulla, the central location and a transportation hub of Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle is located 148km from Colombo in Wewe Bandi Rata [Sinhala: land of the man-made irrigation reservoirs] or the north-central plains of Sri Lanka.
Reaching The Green Paradise Resort, Dambulla
The Green Paradise Resort can be reached from Colombo first by taking A1 main road and then continuing on A6 main motor road.
Setting of The Green Paradise Resort, Dambulla The Green Paradise Resort is set amidst the lush vegetation of the agricultural zone of Dambulla. All 67 eco-oriented villas of The Green Paradise Resort are ensconced in the verdant gardens.
Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of The Green Paradise Resort : to be edited.
Type of the Hotel & Star rating of The Green Paradise Resort : an eco-oriented hotel that offers accommodation in the form of villas.
Accommodation at The Green Paradise Resort Green Paradise Resort features 17 Cozy Deluxe rooms (35 sqm), 40 Superior Duplex rooms (90 sqm) and 10 Garden Suites (120 sqm).
Superior Duplex rooms that accommodate up to 4 persons are perfect for families or guest are furnished with queen size bed, teak furniture’s, shower with private bathroom, TV, air conditioning, safe box, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities and private veranda.
Garden Suites that accommodate up to 4 persons are semi detached units consisting of 2 suites per unit, all with interconnecting doors are ideal for large families or groups who wish to have their own private space.
the rooms features king size bed, wooden flooring, teak furniture’s, shower with private bathroom, TV, air conditioning, safe box, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, outdoor Jacuzzi and a large private veranda for private dining and relaxation.
Facilities at The Green Paradise Resort
Swimming Pool with Bar, kids pool, jacuzzi, Spa Centre, Gym,
Shopping arcade, Wi-fi and internet connectivity
Sports area to play cricket and soccer
Dining: restaurans and bars
Orchid Restaurant , the main restaurant, set up with elegant dining tables, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with aselection of choice international dishes. Theme nights are held on selected days of the week.
The Salt & Pepper Restaurant, a fine dining restaurant serves snacks and light meals.
Pizzeria Al Forno by the poolside serves pizza.
Blue Elephant Bar serves a range of cocktails. The night entertainment includes light music programs, weekly fashion show and traditional cultural shows.
Excursions off The Green Paradise Resort
The central location of Dambulla, a Sri Lanka Holidays transportation hub makes it easier for the Sri Lanka Holidays tourists to visit most of the surrounding Sri Lanka Holidays attractions Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel located 10km north-east of The Green Paradise Resort
Ibbankatuwa Ancient burial ground 17km south-west of The Green Paradise Resort Dambulla Rock Cave Temple 13km south-west of The Green Paradise Resort Kandalama ancient irrigation reservoir 5km west of The Green Paradise Resort
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 is located in the village of Habarana 173km away from Colombo.
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.
Location 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.
Setting 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.
Accommodation 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
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.
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.
Gym, cricket net, archery range and swimming pool
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‘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.
Location Tissa Wewa Rest House is located at Anuradhapura206km from Colomboin the north central dry plains of Sri Lanka.
Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura
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.