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Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Location of The Rock Hotel at Nuwara Eliya
Rock Hotel is located in the Sri Lanka’s prime hill country sanatorium of Sri Lanka Holidays Nuwara Eliya (altitude: 1800meters; distance from Colombo; 180km) of Central Highlands. 77 km long winding, twisting, climbing spectacular Kandy-Nuwara Eliya main motor road takes you all to the Rock Hotel for your Sri Lanka Holidays in the hill country.

Though The Rock Hotel isn’t in the city center where the Grand Hotel, Windsor Hotel, Grand Hotel, Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel, Alpine Hotel, Galway Forest Lodge, Hotel Glendower  and The Hill Club are located, the Unique View Road that leads to it [No. 60] is littered with a number of Middle Range and Budget Range hotels and guest houses: No. 15, Mount Wave Serendib Hotel; No.16 A Green Garden Hotel; No. 18, Hotel Sunhill; No. 26, Sprout Hill Bungalow; No. 81/3 Hotel Tanosa; No. 88/3, Ashley Resorts.

Rock Hotel Nuwar Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Rock Hotel Nuwar Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Setting of The Rock Hotel at Nuwara Eliya
The Rock Hotel is nestled on a steep hill of a Ceylon Tea plantation bringing in spectacular view across the valley to the forest and lovely Lake Gregory.

Lake Gregory in the vicinity of Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Lake Gregory in the vicinity of Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
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Accommodation at The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
The Rock Hotel houses 10 comfortable rooms

In room facilities The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Fireplace, TV , Large desk with chair, WiFi, Carpeted floor
Attached bathroom with separate shower cabin with overhead rain shower and hand shower, hot water, hair dryer

In house facilities The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Car parking, hotel lobby, TV lounge, smoking area, safety deposit boxes, internet access, bicycle renal
Garden, laundry service, meeting facility, business center

Rock Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Rock Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Dining at The Rock Hotel
The restaurant at the elegantly decorated The Rock Terrace opens up panaromic views of surrounding greenery and the Gregory Lake

Lobby Bar at The Rock Hotel
Lobby Bar serves high tea as well as refreshing

Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

Nightingale Karaoke Lounge at Rock– Friday night club with DJ
Nightingale Karaoke Lounge at Rock Hotel is set up with a cozy atmosphere to enjoy a Karaoke sing along, with friends and family.

Excursions [half day or one-day] off The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Sri Lanka Holidays Horton Plains UNESCO World Heritage Site, Baker’s Falls and the escarpment called “World’s End” therein.
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Nuwara Eliya Rooms

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Nuwara Eliya rooms are numerous: high range rooms, middle range rooms, budget range rooms and home stay. Yet In view of the large numbers of local tourists in April, at the peak of main hill country holiday season, Nuwara Eliya being vibrant with festivities, the rooms could hardly be secured unless  room reservations are made in advance.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya located at the foot of Pidurutalgala Kanda (Mount Pedro), the highest mountain of Sri Lanka [2555 meters] is Sri Lanka’s premier hill country health retreat. Nuwara Eliya [altitude:1800 meters] of salubrious climate, at a distance of 180km from Colombo in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka is where the finest Black tea, the world’s finest Orange Pekoe is produced: Ceylon Tea. In the city center are Windsor Hotel and the Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel was formerly the hill country residence of then governor of British Ceylon. Hotel Glendowner and Hill Club Hotel too are located on Grand Hotel road. The Victoria Park rich in birdlife, 18-hole Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, Race Course, Gregory’s Lake and Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel, a restored and renovated Victorian bungalow are all within few minutes’ walk from the city center.

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya, the main zone of Sri Lanka’s Black tea growing region, is also a major agricultural zone: vegetables [potato, radishes, turnips, cabbage, leeks etc.] usually associated with temperate Europe are extensively grown in terrace cultivations over the lower hills, while the higher hills are encompassed by seamless tea plantations. The home gardens, meadows and avenues are enriched with abundance of fruits such as alligator pear, pomegranate and made colorful with plants with blooming flowers-roses, carnations and daisies.
Nuwara Eliya, discovered in the wilderness by a party of British colonial hunters in 1819 and developed into a hill country sanatorium by Sir Edward Barnes, then governor of British Ceylon (1824-1831), with its hint of an English resort towns of the 1950s, is today an agricultural district. Though most of the foreign tourists of Sri Lanka Holidays pitch up in beach holiday resorts in the south western and southern coast, or enjoy in touring holidays with no more than a couple of days in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lankans love to vacation in Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, especially in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Diyatalwa, Ella, Hatton, Haputale, Ohiya,Talawekele each varying in character.

Nuwara Eliya is the most convenient base to make tours to the nature World Heritage Site of Sri Lanka Holidays Horton Plains National Park, 20km south of it. The open grassy montane forest is home to deer and sambur that are frequently seen grazing around. The 4 km trek across the grassland interspersed with flowing streams open up the World’s End: a sheer precipice with 900m drop, which enable, on a clear day, to see as far as the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The return trek passes the scenic Baker Falls.
Nature lovers are attracted to Galway Land situated at mere 1.5km away from the city center is a sanctuary of barking deer and small mammals. Hakgala Botanical Gardens at an elevation of 1707 meters above the sea level attracts all tourists at Nuwara Eliya.

The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

Nuwara Eliya High Range Rooms in the city
Grand Hotel
Windsor Hotel
Jetwing St. Andrews, No. 10, St. Andrew’s Drive
Alpine Hotel Nuwara Eliya, No. 4, Haddon Hill Road
Galway Forest Lodge, 89, Upper Lake Road
Hotel Glendower Hotel, 5, Grand Hotel Road
The Hill Club, 29, Grand hotel Road

St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya Mid Range Hotels
Glenfall Resort, 3, Glenfall Road, Nuwara Eliya
Hotel Tanosa, 81/3, Unique View Road
The Rock, 60, Unique View Road Road

Nuwara Eliya Budget Range Hotels
Ashley Resorts, 88/3 Unique View, Nuwara Eliya
Deepaloka Rest, 308, Bambare Kale
Glenfall Inn, 33/3 Glenfall Road
Green Garden Hotel 16 A, Unique View Road
Haddon Hill Hotel, 24/3 Haddon Hill Road
Hotel Eden Hill, 1 , Badulla Road
Mount Wave Serendib Hotel, 15, Unique View Road
Sampath Rest, 8 A, Wedderburn Road, Nuwara Eliya
Sansa Holiday Resort, 62, 62km post, Kandy Road
Sprout Hill Bungalow, 26, Unique View Road
Hotel Sunhill, 18, Unique View Road
Tip Top Guest House-Holiday Bungalow, 32/2 Church Rd
Hotel Silver Falls, 23, Nanuoya Road, Windy Corner, Balck Pool, Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya High Range Rooms in the surrounding areas
Heritance Tea Factory, Kandapola
Cranford Villa, 542, Kahagolla, Diyatalawa
Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Ambewela

Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka Holidays

Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Ambewela, Sri Lanka Holidays

Cranford Villa, Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Cranford Villa, Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya Budget Range Hotels in the surrounding area
Acacia Ohiya, Ohiya
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Bentota Rooms

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bentota Beach located 64km south of Colombo is the prime bay beach resort of Sri Lanka. Though High Range Rooms, Mid Range Rooms and Budget Range Rooms are available all along the stretches of loveliest palm fringed beaches of golden sands, during the high season, the rooms are hard to come by.

Club Bentota, Bentota Beach, SrI lanka Holidays

Club Bentota, Bentota Beach, SrI Lanka Holidays

The next best options are available in the nearby beaches to the north and south of Bentota:
Aluthgama 1km to the north
Beruwala 6km to the north
Induruwa 4km to the south
Kosgoda 10km to the south
Ahungalla 12km to the south

Bentota National Holiday Resort (NHR)

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka Holidays

Some of the finest accommodation options at Bentota are located within the perimeter of the Bentota National Holiday Resort, an enchanting rendezvous of beach, lagoon and river, that spreads over an area of 100 acres. The verdant land of many hues and tones of green is sandwiched between Bentota Beach and A2 Galle – Colombo main motor road. Running through Bentota National Holiday Resort (NHR) and along the coast is Colombo-Galle southern railway line.
The southern railway line of Colombo to Galle that runs via Bentota, parallel to the A2 Colombo-Galle main motor road, has now been extended, with a design speed of 120km/h to Kataragama, the domain of God Skanda via Hambantota and Belliatta, the hometown or rather, the village of the Hero of Modern Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Colombo to Bentota

Colombo to Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Paradise Island, Bentota
The prime block of real estate at Bentota Beach, aptly called “The Paradise Island” is a couple of hundred meters long tongue of land that that stretches from south to north terminating at the spectacular site of the confluence of the Indian Ocean and River Bentara ganga also called Bentota River. Hotels named Bentota Beach, Hotel Ceysands and Club Bentota are located in this well sheltered delightful peninsula of year round tropical vegetation. In terms of the natural location sheltered from the tropical sun, these hotels are second to none other in Bentota or anywhere else in Sri Lanka.

Bentota Beach Hotel at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Bentota Beach Hotel at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Hotels located in the Paradise Island
Bentota Beach Hotel: 139 room luxury hotel [4 star]
Hotel Ceysands: 84 room luxury hotel [4 star]
Club Bentota: 146 room hotel [2 star]

Club Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Club Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Bentota Hotels immediately south of the Paradise Island, Bentota
Vivanta by Taj, Bentota: 162 room beachfront luxury hotel [4 star]
Hotel Serendib: 90 room beachfront luxury hotel [3 star]
The Surf (Formerly Lihiniya Surf Hotel, Lihiniya: Sinhala – Eagle), Bentota: 86 room beachfront luxury hotel [3 star]

Though these High Range Hotels aren’t not located in the peninsula itself, being immediately south of it, they brings great joys to the water sports lovers, the beach lovers holidaying in Sri Lanka Holidays Bentota on the south western coast that is replete with coconut palm sheltered pristine beaches: Ambalangoda, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Koggala, Mirissa (off-shore whales during November to April), Dikwella, Tangalla and Hambantota of Deep South of Sri Lanka Holidays. With the on-going projects of Magampura Mahinda Rajapakse Port, Mattala Mahinda Rajapakse Int’l Airport, 300-acre Mirijjawila dry zone botanical garden and completed Sooriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse Int’l Cricket Stadium, Hambantota has become the focal point of the development of Modern Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Sri Lanka’s first E Class highway called the Southern Lanka Express Highway [design speed is 120km/h; operational speed is 100km/h] that runs from Kottawa of Colombo district to Pinnaduwa [95km] of Galle district is scheduled to be extended to Matara [further 35km] in the year 2013 and then on to Mattala International Airport, Hambantota [further 75km] in an accelerated project.

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

Bentota Hotels located south of the Bentota Beach
Saman Villas: 26 room luxury boutique hotel located on a headland 3km south of Bentota beach

Saman Villas at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Saman Villas at Bentota, Sri Lanka Holidays

Bentota Hotels Inland
Hotel Bentota Village: 16 room hotel, few minutes’ walk to Bentota Beach, 2 star
Hotel Susantha’s: 17 room hotel, few minutes’ walk to Bentota Beach, 1 star
Villa Bentota (formerly Mohotti Walauwa): 15 room hotel [High range Boutique Hotel]
Lunuganga: 6 room boutique hotel on the banks of Lake Dedduwa, 5km inland from Bentota beach
Nisala Arana: 6 room hotel 3km inland from Bentota beach
Sakura Villa Bentota: 5 room hotel 4km inland from Benota Beach 3.5KM
Shangri Lanka Villa Boutique Guest House: 5 suite hotel, few minutes’ walk to Bentota Beach
Villa Sri Pali: 5 room guest house, 5-minutes’ drive from Bentota Beach

Aluthgama Beach hotels north of Bentota Beach
Lanka Princess Hotel, Alutgama: 105 room hotel near the beach budget range
Riverdale Eco Resort, Moragolla, Aluthgama: 10 room villa on the banks of Bentara River at Bentota

Beruwala Beach Hotels north of Bentota beach
Eden Resort and Spa, Kaluwamodera, Beruwala:158 room beachfront hotel [4 star]
Heritance Ayurveda Mahagedara (formerly Neptune Ayurveda Village), Moragalla, Beruwala: 64 room hotel [3 star]
Taparosa Footprints, Moragalla, Beruwala: 58 room beachfront hotel [3 star ]
The Palms, Moragalla, Beruwala; 100 room beach front hotel [3 star ]
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Moragolla, Aluthgama: 75 room beachfront hotel [1 star]
Hotel Sumadai, Beruwala; 19 room hotel on the bank of Sillia Lake [3 star]
Ypsylon Tourist Resort offers beachfront accommodation in Beruwela’s tourist site. [2 star]
Roy Villa Beach Hotel is 20 meters from Bentota Beach [2 star]
Lanka Princess Hotel: 111 room hotel close to the beach, budget range
Hotel Nilwala, Kaluwamodara, Beruwela:10 room villa on the banks of Bentara River at Bentota

Bentota Hotels at Induruwa Beach 6km south of Bentota Beach
Oasey Beach Hotel, Galboda, Induruwa: 14 room beachfront hotel [3 star]
Induruwa Beach Resort, Kaikawala, Induruwa: 84 room beachfront hotel [3 star]
Emerald Bay, Induruwa, 50 room beachfront hotel [3 star]
Sign of Life Resort Athuruwella Induruwa: 8 room beachfront Ayurvedic retreat [2 star]
Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Induruwa: 10 room beachfront hotel
Royal Beach Resort, Induruwa: 15 room beachfront hotel
Sea Rock Villa, Induruwa: 5 suit beachfront villa
Shunyata Villa, Induruwa: 5 room beachfront hotel
Hotels at Kosgoda Beach 10km south of Bentota
Ayurveda Kuma Villa, Talgahapitiya Road, Kosgoda: 4 room beachfront Ayurvedic retreat
Kosgoda Beach Resort, 2, Nape, Kosgoda: 42 room beachfront hotel
Hotels at Ahungalla Beach 12km south of Bentota
Heriance Ahungalle: 152 room beachfront luxury hotel [4 star]

Sri Lanka Hotels at Balapitiya Beach 14km south of Bentota
Niroga in Maduganga Villa, Samagi Mawatha, Mahalduwa, Balapitiya: 5 room villa in the island of River Madu Ganga
[River Maduganga affords opportunities for boat safaris in River Madu Ganga, rambling around the18 islets rich with birdlife lined with mangroves]
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Colombo Rooms

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Colombo Rooms of Riolta Sri Lanka Hotel Guide is a guide to the whole range of rooms available in Sri Lanka Holidays in Colombo: star class hotels of international standing, mid range hotels, budget hotel and home stay.
To begin your Sri Lanka Holidays, there is no better location than the capital city of  Sri Lanka, Colombo.
Here are the main reasons:
(a) Beginning your Sri Lanka Holidays in Colombo is gives all of you a kick start. Colombo affords the opportunity to witness the modern murals at Kaleniya Royal Temple. The famous murals depict the major milestones of Sinhalese Buddhist civilization of Sri Lanka. The murals build up a brief pictorial narrative of the unbroken chronicled history of Sri Lanka since 543 BC. Kaleniya Buddhist Temple is a mini encyclopedic springboard to the exploration of the historical, cultural and archeological destinations of Sri Lanka Holidays.
(b) Colombo is the main airport, main harbor, commercial center, emporium and heart of main metropolitan district also called Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Colombo is the city to arrange your Sri Lanka Holidays, should a holiday package hadn’t been already bought prior to the arrival at  CMB Colombo Bandaranayake Airport at Katnuayake, Negombo, 37km north of the heart of Colombo,
(c) Colombo offers the best chance to buy your equipment, medication, clothes that you may have forgotten pack up. Since Sri Lanka is an underdeveloped country, buying even regular stuff available in developed countries could turn out to be a time killer.
(d) Colombo is the main hub of transportation of Sri Lanka Holidays: the most important main roads (designated with the initial A followed by a number) spoke out of Colombo. For eg. A1 is Colombo-Kandy  road; A2 is Colombo-Galle southern coastal road; A3 is Colombo-Puttalama coastal road. A map of Sri Lanka can be bought on arrival at CMB Colombo Bandaranayake Airport at Katnuayake, Negombo airport.
Colombo Rooms: Hotels, Guest Houses, Rest Houses and Home stay.

Colombo has a fair share of accommodation options. The heart of Colombo city called Fort is numbered Colombo 1. Other suburbs are numbered from 2 to 15.
The other suburbs located within the district of Colombo aren’t numbered. For example, Mount Lavina located mere 10km south of  Colombo nor Moratuwa 15 km south of Colombo along the main A3 Galle Road are numbered though those are densely populated main cities of the Colombo district.

Colombo Hotels, Sri Lanka Holidays

Colombo Hotels, Sri Lanka Holidays

A- Hilton Colombo; B- Cinnamon Grand; C- Hilton Colombo Residence; D- Cinnamon Lakeside;  E- Taj Hotel;  F- Galadari Hotel

Colombo 1 to 15 are:
1 Fort; 2 Slave Island and Union Place; 3 Kollupitiya; 4 Bambalapitiya; 5 Havelock Town and Kirilapone; 6 Wellawatte and Pamankada; 7 Cinnamon Gardens; 8 Borella;
9 Dematagoda; 10 Maradana and Panchikawatte; 11 Pettah; 12 Hultsdorf; 13 Kotahena and Bloemendhal; 14 Grandpass; 15 Mutwal, Modera, Mattakkuliya and Madampitiya.

Locating High Range Rooms, Mid Range Rooms, Budget Range Hotels in Colombo 1 to Colombo 15 would cause no hassle at all since located in the close proximity to the heart of Colombo. Should you prefer a rest at the beach in Colombo, locating Mount Lavina Rooms Beach side Hotels and Guest Houses in Mount Lavinia, 12km South of Fort isn’t bound to cause difficulties either since all hotels therein are clustered together in and around the leafy and sheltered avenues.
However locating High Range Rooms, Mid Range Rooms, Budget Range Hotels in the suburbs of Colombo would need some local help.

Coordinates: 6°56?04?N 79°50?34?E
Province Western Province ; District :Colombo District
Time zone: Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+05:30)

Hilton  Colombo, Fort, Sri Lanka Holidays

Hilton Colombo, Fort, Sri Lanka Holidays

High Range Rooms in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) Sri Lanka Holidays
Ceylon Continental Hotel, 48, Janadahipathi Mawatha, Fort (Colombo 01)
Cinnamon Grand hotel, 77, Galle Road, Kolulupitiya (Colombo 03)
Cinnamon Lake, 115, Sir Chittampalam A Gardiner Mw., Slave Island (Colombo 02)
Galadari Hotel, 64, Lotus Road, Fort
Galle Face Hotel, 2, Galle Road, Kollupitiya
Hilton Colombo, 2, Sri Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mw., Slave Island
Ramada Colombo, 30, Sir Mohamed Macan Marker Mw., Galle Face
Taj Samudra Hotel, 25 Galle Face Center Road, Kolulupitiya

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka Holidays

Mid Range Rooms in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) Sri Lanka Holidays
Global Towers Hotel, 11, Station Avenue, Wellawatta (Colombo 6)
Grand Oriental Hotel (Taprobane), 2, York Street, Fort
Janaki Hotel, 43, Fife Road, Havelock Town (Colombo 5)
Hotel Sapphire, 371, Galle Road, Wellawatta
Indra Regent Hotel, 383, R. A. De Mel Mw., Kolulupitiya
Renuka City Hotel & Hotel Renuka, 328, Galle Road, Kolulupitiya
Sea View Hotel, 15, Sea View Avenue, Kolulupitiya
Hotel Omega Inn, 324, Galle Road, Wellawatta

Budget Range rooms in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) Sri Lanka Holidays
Hotel Western, 35, Frankfurt Place, Bambalapitiya

Home stay in Colombo (Colombo 1 to Colombo 15) in Sri Lanka Holidays
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Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Location of Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya is located in Nuwara Eliya, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, at a distance of 180k from Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Holidays Nuwara Eliya is a health resort of salubrious climate located 1800 meters above the sea-level.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka

Reaching Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya by road
Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya can be reached from Colombo by Colombo-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya main road. The road from Colombo to Kandy takes along varying landscape of greenery of all hues and tones: coconut plantation, rubber plantation and paddy fields interspersed with luxurious vegetation of the wet zone of  Sri Lanka. The road running from Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands to Nuwara Eliya is exceptionally exhilarating: it’s winding, climbing, twisting over and above the Ceylon tea plantations and terrain studded with rocks, hills, rivers, streams and waterfalls.
Driving distance: the distance from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya via Kandy is 180km
Driving time: the drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya via Kandy takes about six hours.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka. Holidays

Reaching Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya by train
Though Nuwara Eliya isn’t connected by the railway line, the city of Nanu Oya 9km south of Nuwara Eliya is connected by the main highland railway line. The rail road is even more spectacular than the motor road: the path is cut around the mountains, drilled trough the hills and bridged over the rivers. From Kandy to the terminal point of Badulla are seamless tea plantations. Such are the elevations on which the Highland Railway Line was laid, it reveals views that wouldn’t be seen on the motorable road. The two diesel powered locomotive trains called Udarata Menika (Sinhala: Highland belle) and Podi Menike (Little belle) are run daily from Colombo to Badulla passing Nanu Oya as well as the highland attractions of Hatton, Haputale, Diyatalawa and Bandarawela and Ella.

Reaching Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya by air
Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya can be reached by air; Sri Lankan Air taxi fly from Colombo (check-in Gangaramaya Temple close to Micro Cars) to Gregory’s Lake (check-in at Governor’s chalet former boat house) at Nuwara Eliya

The setting of Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya is located in the heart of the city. Then again, the city of Nuwara Eliya being nestled at the foot of the Mount Pedro or Pidurutalagala Kanda, the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliyain its setting itself is nature-oriented. Furthermore the expansive garden of the property is all flowers all year around. Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands are always in good form, smiling with flowers nourished by the salubrious climate and swayed by the breeze.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

The architectural concept of Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliyahas still retained the colonial architecture it inherited since the time building was the hill country residence of Sir Edward Barnes, the British Colonial Governor (1824-1831) in Ceylon. The new wing of the hotel too was built in the traditions of Victorian architecture.

Grand Hotel Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays

Grand Hotel Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays

Accommodation at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya consists of 156 rooms: Standard and Deluxe Rooms and three Presidential Suites. Some of the rooms open out to the landscaped garden.
Period furniture from the British Colonial era in Sri Lanka furnishes the rooms of the Governor’s Wings: twin or double beds, couches and chairs.
Though the rooms of the golf wing aren’t furnished with such antiquity, those too retain the colonial grandeur of the era. The golf wing overlooks the scenic Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.
While most of the rooms have its own fire place all rooms are fitted with ceiling fans, The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with baths and hot water showers.

Grand Hotel, Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka.

Grand Hotel, Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka.

Facilities at All Rooms
Air Conditioning, Bathroom, Bathroom amenities, Bathroom with Bathtub / Shower, Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite Television, Color TV, Telephone and High speed Internet access
In-room safe
Mini Bar and Refrigerator

Grand-Hotel,-Nuwara-Eliya,-Sri-Lanka Holidays

Grand-Hotel, Nuwara-Eliya

Facilities Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Dining facilities
Barnes’s Hall, the expansive main restaurant built with hardwood floors and a fireplace at one end is the main restaurant of the hotel. It serves an extensive array of gourmet cuisine from the west and the east in buffet style. Show kitchen makes your breakfast or lunch or dinner ready with your selection of dishes.

The Supper Club serves a la carte meals. The bar and lounge area bring in scenic views.
The Coffee shop by the side of a hearth serves light snacks.
The popular Indian restaurant called Curry Pot serves an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Business facilities: Business centre and Business services and conference facilities for up to 200 guests
Indoor sports facilities: the Billiards Room has three Billiards tables of international size and standards. Located next to Billiard Room is the wood-paneled bar with a nearby fireplace.
Recreational Facilities: Sauna, Shopping arcade, Massage
Wellness at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya: a health centre and sauna and massage palour
Outdoor sports: Lawn tennis and golf at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club located next door.

Excursions off Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Golf at the 123 year old Nuwara Eliya Golf Club landscaped with testing greens and tight fairways.
Fishing and boating on Lake Gregory at Nuwara Eliya
A guided tour around a Tea estate and Factory to learn firsthand on the production process of Ceylon Tea of Sri Lanka, the finest tea in the world.
Nuwara Eliya Victoria Park with is a joy to the birders as well as to the ornithologists. Himalayan migratory birds such as the Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Thrush Indian Pitta, and the Indian Blue Robin are seen all over the gardens.

An excursion to the Highland plateau of Sri Lanka Holidays Horton’s Plains, a UNESCO World Heritage site located at an altitude of 2100m located 28km south of Nuwara Eliya reveals landscape and greenery that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Deer and Sambur can often be seen grazing around in the grassy plains. At the end of a 5km track is an escarpment with a drop of 900 meters aptly “World’s End” which on a clear day would bring in the sight of southern coast of Sri Lanka Holidays.


 

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Nilaveli Beach Hotel

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Location of Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee
Nilaveli (Nilavali) Beach Hotel is located on the pristine bay beach of Nilaveli, 6km north of the North-Eastern Coastal city of Trincomalee at a distance of 275km from Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Nilavali Beach Hotel is a 40-minute drive from Trincomalee Natural Harbour. The distance from CMB Bandaranaike International Airport to Nilavali Beach Hotel is 255.
Nilaveli Beach Hotel is set within the sights and 10 minutes boat ride from Pigeon Island, the breeding ground for migrating birds at Sri Lanka Holidays Trincomalee.

The ideal season to visit Sri Lanka Holidays Nilaveli Beach and Sri Lanka Holidays Uppuveli beach located 16km further north is the period of April to October.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Holidays

Setting of Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee
Nilaveli Beach Hotel is a beachfront hotel set up in the pristine beach of shallow waters at Nilaveli.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel Sri Lanka, Nilaveli, Trincomalee

Nilaveli Beach Hotel Sri Lanka, Nilaveli, Trincomalee

Accommodation at Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee
Nilaveli Beach Hotel’s rooms, spacious yet cosy, serene ambiance yet with breathtaking views, take second to none of the hotels in the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka.
All 23 standard rooms and 22 deluxe rooms are equipped with hot water, A/C and fan and mini-fridge. The deluxe rooms consist with the additional features of cable TV, DVD player, and safety locker.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Nilaveli, 16km south of Uppuveli Beach

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Nilaveli, 16km south of Uppuveli Beach

Dining at Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee
Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee serves a whole wide range of seafood of the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The early morning catch brings in the lobster, crab, cuttlefish and tiger prawns into eh hands of master-chef.
The main restaurant serves a delectable mix of western and Eastern cuisine.
The Fine Dining Restaurant, Poolside restaurant and spacious air conditioned Lounge Bar cater well to all the epicurean demands of the guests: the air conditioned main restaurant serves a delectable mix of western and Eastern cuisine; Poolside restaurant serves an a la carte menu, light snacks and seafood specials – and an array of cocktails of course.
The spacious and air conditioned Lounge Bar as well as the sunny beach bar where the sea breeze sweep in are ideal restaurants to enjoy your liquid refreshments.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Sri Lanka Holidays

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Facilities at Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Trincomalee
Cable TV, internet and IDD phones
Full-fledged Business Center
Conference facilities for up to 35 persons for a truly relaxing working holiday.
A range of services from currency exchange, laundry to 24 hour reception and room service
Gymnasium
A large swimming pool
gift boutique to shop for the perfect souvenir.
Travel counter will also arrange local tours, diving, snorkeling and boating expeditions.

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Trincomalee, North-Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nilaveli Beach Hotel, Trincomalee, North-Eastern Coast, Sri Lanka

Excursions off Nilaveli Beach Hotel,Trincomalee
Off-shore Whale Watching – 01 Hour ( During February to October ) at Trincomalee
The loveliest little rocky islet Pigeon Island of shallow water beach: swimming, diving and snorkeling

Pigeon Island, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Holidays

Pigeon Island, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Holidays

Thiriyaya Ancient Buddhist Temple (first Temple in Sri Lanka) 35 km from the resort towards to Pullmudai
Velgam Vihara – Ancient Buddhist seat of learning with ruins
Kokilai [ kokku Vila] Bird Watching lagoon tour
Muttur Tour by ferry [launch] trip starts from the natural harbor
Koneshwara legendry Hindu temple and the Dutch fort Fredrick
The 7 hot springs of Kanniya with mythical healing properties


 

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Pigeon Island Beach Resort

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Location of Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Pigeon Island Beach Resort is located off Nilaveli beach north-east of Sri Lanka Holidays Trincomalee on the east coast of  Sri Lanka. Distance from Trincomalee to Pigeon Island Beach Resort is 15 kilometers.

Pigeon island  at Trincomalee, North Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka

Pigeon island at Trincomalee, North Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka

Reaching Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Pigeon Island Beach Resort can be reached from Colombo Bandaranayake Int’l Airport at Katunayake, Negombo in a five and a half hour drive: the distance is 272km
Pigeon Island Beach Resort can also be reached by air from Colombo: Colombo to Trincomalee domestic airport and then 20 minutes drive to the resort.

Pigean Island Resort , Sri Lanka

Pigean Island Resort , Sri Lanka

Setting of Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Pigeon Island Beach Resort is a beachfront hotel located on one of the finest beaches in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of setting of Pigeon Island Beach Resort
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The beach at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
The beach at Pigeon Island Beach Resortluxury boutique hotel is a secluded stretch of beach in Nilaveli. The sand is soft and white. Here and there the white sand is patterned with mineral-rich black sand rarely seen in the other beaches of Sri Lanka.

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Pigeon Island Resort , Niaveli, Trincomalee

Pigeon Island: swimming, diving and snorkeling

Pigeon Island, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Pigeon Island, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Pigeon Island Beach Resort has taken its name after the little rocky islet called Sri Lanka Holidays  “Pigeon Island” off the Nilaveli beach. Encrusted with strikingly beautiful coral reefs with shoals of brightly colored fish, Pigeon Island is blessed with wide stretches of sand and miles of clear shallow waters. Pigeon Island off  Nilaveli beach, Trincomalee is the breeding grounds of colonies of Blue Rock Pigeons.
Pigeon Island Beach Resort
arranges boat trips to Pigeon Island Beach Resort.

Pigeon Island Resort, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Pigeon Island Resort, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Accommodation at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Deluxe Rooms
Deluxe Rooms at Pigeon Island Beach Resort numbering to thirty are all comfortable and large with en-suite bathrooms: they bring in sun and breeze. Walls are immaculately white washed and the rooms are tastefully furnished. All rooms are provided with satellite TV, a mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities.
Suites
The four well-appointed suites at Pigeon Island Beach Resortequipped with every modern amenity are luxurious. The doors open up to the serene beach of silver sands bringing in breeze and sun.

Pigeon Island Resort, Sri Lanka Holidays

Pigeon Island Resort, Sri Lanka Holidays

Dining at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Pigeon Island Beach Resort serves a blend of Contemporary and Classic, Eastern and Western cuisine accompanied with specialized Seafood dishes. The Bar serves myriads of specially selected labels of wines and other spirits together with number of cocktails.

Facilities at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Fully equipped business center: Indoor / outdoor games; Theme nights; Romantic candlelit beach dinners; Child care services upon request; Gymnasium; Swimming pool with children’s section; Beach & pool beds.
Kids Zone that entertains the kids and make room for their fun: play room, Reading corner and a secure outdoor playground.

Pigeaon Island Resort, Trincomalee

Pigeon Island Resort, Trincomalee

Wellness at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Yoga centre
Spa and Fitness centre: the Ayurvedic Spa at Pigeon Island Beach Resort is staffed by qualified masseurs to offer a range of Ayurvedic therapies as well as the massages to that rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Pigeon Island Beach Resort rises to the occasion
Pigeon Island Beach Resort takes great pleasure in arranging all inclusive wedding packages and honeymoon packages at the paradise like Nilaveli tropical beach of Sri Lanka Holidays.

Water sports at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Boating trips on the beach and lagoon
Wind surfing on the beach

Pigeon Island Resort Lagoon-trip

Pigeon Island Resort Lagoon-trip

Diving at Pigeon Island Beach Resort: All Dives are accompanied by PADI Professionals
For Certified Diver at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Single Dive (with equipment); Single Dive (tank weight and boat only); Two tanks Dive (with equipment); Two Dive (tank weight and boat only); 10 Dive package (with equipment); 10 Dive package (tank weight and boat only)
Experience Programs at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Bubble Maker, Diver for children (min 8 years); Discover Scuba; Discover Scuba Diving; PADI Open Water referral (4 Open Water Dives); PADI Scuba Diver; PADI Open Water Dive Course; Scuba Review (Skill Circuit)
Advanced Diving at Pigeon Island Beach Resort
PADI Advanced Open Water Course; Emergency First Response; PADI Rescue Diver; PADI Dive Master
Specialty Courses at Pigeon Island Beach Resort:
Deep Diver (4 Dives); Wreck Diver (4 Dives); Night Diver (3 Dives); Underwater Photography (2 Dives); Underwater Naturalist (2 Dives)
Adventure Dives with Instructor at Pigeon Island Beach Resort:
Night Dive, Deep Dive, Photography etc (per dive)

Pigeon Island Trip, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Holidays

Pigeon Island Trip, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Holidays

Excursions off Pigeon Island Beach Resort
Thiriyaya Buddhist Temple (first temple in Sri Lanka): 35 km
Velgam Vihara – ancient Buddhist seat of learning with ruins
Kokilai (Kokku Vila) bird watching lagoon tour
Muttur tour by ferry – trip starts from the natural harbor
Koneshwara – legendary Hindu temple and the Dutch fort Fredrick
The seven hot springs of Kanniya with mythical healing properties
Off-shore whale watching (February through October): 1 hour


 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


 

 

 

 

 


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Sri Lanka Holidays 2012

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Sri Lanka Holidays 2012: part 1
Sri Lanka Holidays, the Touring Holidays in Sri Lanka (the inbound tour operations into Sri Lanka) has been surging since the dawn of new era in 2009. The tourist traffic FTAs (Foreign Tourist Arrivals) rose from 447,890 in the year 2009 to 654,476 in the year 2010. The forecast for year 2011 is 780,000.

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Tourist Visa to Sri Lanka
However with the scheduled withdrawal of tourist visa on arrival w.e.f 1st January 2012 at Colombo BIA (Bandaranayke Int’l Airport: IATA: CMB), some tour operators in Sri Lanka have estimated a drop of 30%-40% of the tourist traffic in 2012. However it is believed that the Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka saw the urgent need to balance facilitation and regulation with respect of tourist traffic into Sri Lanka.
Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) System takes its rightful place with the beginning of the year 2012. www.eta.gov.lk
“Following several discussions with stakeholders in the tourism sector, this is the most practical solution which we came up to facilitate tourists arriving in Sri Lanka,”
Sri Lanka Tourist Board chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa.

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The ETA is a web-based system that grants a person permission to travel to Sri Lanka. According to Chulananda Perera, the controller of Immigration and Emigration, ETA isn’t a visa itself, but, an approval for travel. The visa will be stamped on the passport in arrival in Sri Lanka, but the passenger will have to log in ahead, and have the authorization. The only exceptions are set out to the nationals of Maldives and Singapore. Since both of these countries grant Sri Lankans tourist visa on arrival in their countries the exceptions at Colombo are merely reciprocal.

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Main features of Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) System
(a) Application of Visa on-line
(b) Acceptance of processing fee (USD50) by credit card online
(c) Release of authorization to travel (bar coded) on-line within 24 hours
(c) Issuance of a computer printout at the visors end
(d) Acceptance of Travel Authorization on arrival so that visa could be stamped at the airport.

Facilities on Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) System
(a) It is not necessary for the Airlines boarding the tourists to be concerned of ETA.
(b) The application can be made by the visitor online, a third party (a friend or a relative) on behalf of the visitor or by a registered travel agent.
(c) Although the ETA is for travelers on brief visits, the permit could be extended up to six months.

Emergency travel to Sri Lanka without prior approval
An ETA issuing counter has been installed at the airport in Sri Lanka for the benefit of those who have visited Sri Lanka in a rush. Welcome to Sri Lanka.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) System and National Security of Sri Lanka
Though the authorities haven’t admitted it, the implementation of on-line visa points to the direction of National security: for a country which has just ridden of a plague that had been sapping its life blood for three long decades, no concern could ever supersede as that of National Security. Visa on arrival, though boost Sri Lanka Holidays, the inbound tourism in Sri Lanka, also makes the island nation vulnerable to the excursions by western journalists with vested interests masquerading as tourists, drug traffickers, gold smugglers and assorted international criminals. Furthermore, ETA would enable to the authorities to minimize overstay and malpractices by some of those who have visited Sri Lanka on tourist visas.

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Tourist Visa Fees 2012
Indeed the tour operators aren’t amused with the system of visa on-arrival. Still more Sri Lanka Holidays tour operators are disappointed over the higher level of visa fees: with USD 50 per head, for a family of 4, would incur an additional cost of USD 200. Though the additional cost put upon the tourists could be detrimental to the tourist traffic into Sri Lanka, the government is quick to point out the charges are on par with the rest of the world.

National Security of Sri Lanka and Construction of roads over Wilpattu National Park
This isn’t the fist instance that the authorities have stayed away from admitting the concern of National Security. When two roads projects (a coastal road and an interior road) over the Wilpattu National Park were built, the authorities termed those as development of Sri Lanka’s largest National Park, Wilpattu National Park (131,694 ha). Indeed the National Parks are conserved and never developed is a notion known even to the schoolboys

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The construction of an interior road that cut across 35km from the southern boundary at Illuvankulam to Pukulam on the northern boundary of the Wilpattu National Park is called Development of A32 highway. However, as the wildlife conservationists of Sri Lanka have pointed out, the A32 is well north of Wilpattu connecting Mannar to the northern peninsula of Jaffna. Indeed the construction of the road is an abrasive conversion of a colonial era jungle track that had been encroached by the jungle for over a century now.
Moreover, though the coastline of the island of Sri Lanka spreads about 1700km, National Parks possess no more than mere 7% of it: Wilpattu (35km); Bundala (20km); Ruhuna Yala (70km). The coastal road, even wider than the interior road is right along the beach from south to the north of park that turns inland at Kudramalai.
However, building a coastal road along the stretch of the beach and securing same that once served as a base for the smugglers, so that such activities wouldn’t take place once again, could hardly be challenged. The interior road seemed to have built for water-tight support to Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the military guarding the coastal road: all possible leaks would be corked.

ETA and possible reduction of low-yield tourists into Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s cultural attractions such as Lion Rock Sigiriya Citadel, Golden Dambulla Rock Temple, ruins and restored monuments in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa (all of these are UNESCO World heritage Sites), could in time, become unfortunate victims of the ravages of mass tourism into Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s national priority ought to be the protection of our national treasures as well as our land.
It is possible ETA could lead to a reduction of low yield tourists into Sri Lanka. As the Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera at the AGM of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) on 29th July 2011 pointed out there is no point in drawing tourists who are not capable of spending even as much as the local tourists.

Local Tourists and Sri Lanka Tour Operators
For long decades, Sri Lanka Hotels have failed to table concessionary rates to the local tourists while Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese Buddhists are lured into pilgrimage in India (Dambadiva Vandana: Buddhist Circuit in India) by the outbound tour operators based in Sri Lanka.
Some of those so called Sinhalese Buddhist pilgrims who tour the Buddhist Circuit in India haven’t even visited our own Buddhist circuit (Solosmastana: Sinhala- sixteen sacred Buddhist attractions) in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s tour operators could do much better to promote local tourism among the local tourists in the year 2012.

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Sri Lanka Holidays and Direct Foreign Investments
According to the Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera [ at AGM of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, 29th July 2011 ] 14 sites have been earmarked for Direct Foreign Investments on Sri Lanka Holidays, the inbound tourism to Sri Lanka. These sites would be allocated for golf courses, water parks, marinas, entertainment studios, light aircraft services and sea planes, convention and exhibition centers, gaming cities, race courses, theme parks, shopping malls, adventure sports, boat manufacturing and boat hiring and taxi services.

ETA and so-called Ramayana Trail tourists (low-yield) into Sri Lanka
Since ETA administration fees upon the tourists visitors from member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) could be much lower (most possibly USD6) than the standard fee of USD 50 per person and then again a third party (a friend or a relative) or the registered travel agent may apply for ETA on behalf of its clients, it is highly unlikely Sri Lanka would see a reduction of low-yield Indian tourists on controversial Ramayana Trail, a hoax.

Ramayana and Mahabharata are Hindu epic poems, true treasures of the cultural heritage of the mankind. Yet Neither Mahabharta or Ramayana have no place and in the history of Sri Lanka.
“It is not our job to verify historical accuracies but to encourage tourism, which is what we are doing by promoting the Ramayana Trail” said the promoter of Ramayana Trail. That’s a mouthful from the horse’s mouth itself and it spilled the beans and the carrot. bunpeiris

On 7th July 2010 Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka at Mahaweli Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka shed light on the hoax and enlightened the public: Professor Tissa Kariayawasam, Prof, Oliver Abeynaike, Dr. Hema Goonatilake, Dr. Nihal Perera, Dr. Malni Dias and Venrable Hegoda Vipassi delivered speeches on “Ramayana Circuit”, “The factual pre-history of Sri Lanka”, ‘Distortions of archeological evidence” and “My travails in refuting the Ramayana Trail”.
To be continued: Sri Lanka Holidays 2012: part 2 bunpeiris

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Hotel Ceysands

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Hotel Ceysands, the sands of Ceylon, true to its name is right on the sands of the Beach. And the beach is no other than the prime resort beach of Sri Lanka: Bentota. Then again, the thin strip of lush ever greenland where Hotel Ceysands sits is the prime real estate of Bentota: at the very tip of the Bentota peninsula called Paradise Island.

The pristine golden sands of Bentota Beach watches the waters of River Bentara of Bentota in a swift quick-sand like motion yields, with no fuss at all, to the mighty Indian Ocean. The tiny Paradise Island is tropical to the every grain of sand at the beach of Bentota. The shaded and sheltered tongue of the peninsula resplendent in all shades and tones of greens has the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean hell bent in the romance: the sea, the sea goes on surfing, rolling, lapping at the beach courting the River Bentara. The river, river, she never tires: flows and flows and flows for ever to meet her lover.
The sands of Bentota: this is where the eternal romance burns in its high intensity tropical flame.  Hot and humid; breeze and shelter; river and ocean; the Palm trees and Tamarind trees; the stars and the moon; you and she. bunpeiris

The official front access to the Hotel Ceysands from Aluthgama (the beach village immediately south of Bentota Bridge) is by way of catamaran like duel hulled-non keeled, decorated and sheltered paddle boat- you could perhaps call it a ferry. The ferry takes you to Hotel Ceysands.
The rear entrance to the Hotel Ceysands can be made by a land route from the southern end of the peninsula at Bentota.

Bentota Delta

Bentota Delta

Hotel Ceysands location
Hotel Ceysands is located at 64km south of Colombo, at the beach of Bentota of the south-western coastal belt of Sri Lanka.

Hotel Ceysands Arrival by Lagoon

Hotel Ceysands Arrival by Lagoon

Bentota is the most popular beach resort in Sri Lanka is well supported by the infrastructure of the Bentota National Holiday Resort. Bentota is one of those beaches where you could enjoy at the beach as well as in the lagoon and the river: water skiing, wind surfing and various water related activities to suit the adventurous traveler on the beach as well as in the Bentota lagoon. Bentota River also affords the opportunity for river boat cruises.

Hotel Ceysands Lobby

Hotel Ceysands Lobby

Hotel Ceysands Excursions
Water sports, PADI & CMAS courses, Bentota river boat ride, Brief Garden, Turtle hatcheries. Please refer to Bentota. http://www.mysrilankaholidays.com/bentota.html
Visiting VOC Galle Dutch Fort at Galle and Hikkaduwa Bay Beach protected by coral reef.

Hotel Ceysands setting: beach front and lagoon bound

Hotel Ceysands Accommodation

Hotel Ceysands offers a total of 104 air-conditioned rooms: 84 regular rooms and 20 superior guest rooms. All 104 rooms are provided with modern facilities and amenities include a balcony or terrace, hot/cold water, shower, and a telephone

Hotel Ceysands Facilities

Hotel Ceysands features a spacious Restaurant that serves sea-food specialties, exotic Sri Lankan cuisine, barbecues, buffets as well as delicious Chinese and various Eastern Dishes.

The two bars at Hotel Ceysands serve an exquisite range of wines, spirits, beers, fruit juices and other alcoholic beverages. The coffee shop is an ideal choice for you to relax and have snacks.
Among the recreational activities are a swimming pool with a children’s pool, tennis court, fashion and magic shows, a calypso band, beach and pool parties, beach barbecues and theme nights.

The services at Hotel Ceysands suit you all well: a shopping arcade with various batiks, jewelry, silk and local handicrafts currency exchange counter, herbal massages, laundry service, room service, conference facilities and Direct Dialing Services.

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