SRI LANKA

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    Sri Lanka has been under the rule of not one but numerous influences, the Portuguese, Dutch, Arab and British. It all amalgamated into an interesting multi-cultural history and lifestyle that is why hoards of people are enchanted by Sri Lanka. The story of what once was can be seen on the streets, the architecture and even tasted in the food. But it has not diminished their true identity into something lackluster, but rather turned it into something exciting and dynamic. The country is full of variety and shows itself to be heaving with possibilities. It is above all, a resilient society that is still very Sri Lankan but pays subtle tribute to its colonial times.
    In hindsight, religion and cultural beliefs have remained steadfast and stronger than ever here. And they have produced practices that attract admirers worldwide; such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, a mystical site that is Buddhist Sri Lanka’s most precious artifact. Apart from the fervent praise of omnipotent entities, Sri Lanka’s natural beaches, mountains, forests and jungles are what leave the greatest lasting impressions. The coastline always hosts fun beach parties, water sports, snorkeling and other nautical pursuits. The most visited and the most happening areas are Colombo, Galle in the south, Kandy and Hikkaduwa. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised at the trendy bars, clubs, restaurants and overall great nightlife that have emerged out. Sri Lanka at a glance is a jumble, a tropical heap on the southern tip of India that through its wonderful order in disorder has shaped a community that has harmonized the old with the new – a 'must-do' destination for the modern nomad.

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    PARADISE ROAD THE GALLERY CAFÉ

    The Gallery Café Is Simply Fantastic, It Has Nailed 'Cool' Atmosphere Down To The Tee / The Decor Combines Black And White Cushions And Handmade Cream Leathers / The Surrounding Greenery And Twisting Branches Over The Roof And Courtyard Make The Perfect Indoor And Outdoor Setting / Beautifully Presented Food Is Always Well Cooked And Consistently Delicious / Their Menu Is International And Offers Plenty Of Choices / It’s The Best Place For Lunch And Dinner / Diners At The Gallery Café Get To Take Pleasure In Their Cocktails, Desserts And Substantial Meals / The Gallery Café Has Its Own Boutique And Changing Art Exhibitions Which Feature Different New And Established Artists

    213 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7 +94 11 2686043 , send email, view on map

     

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    PEDLAR’S INN CAFÉ

    Pedlar’s Inn Café Is The proud, First Coffee House Inside The UNESCO Heritage Site In Galle Fort / Pedlar’s Inn Café Retains A Relaxed Outlook And A Vintage Interior Full Of Character / Pedlar’s Inn Café Is Great For Brunch, Lunch Or Just A Chilled Out Coffee With A Friend / Additionally, Pedlar’s Inn Café Has A Surprise Jewelry Store Inside With A Good Array Of Gems And Handmade Goods

    Pedlar St, Galle +94 91 2 225333 , send email, view on map

     

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    BAREFOOT GARDEN CAFÉ

    The Barefoot Café Is A Ton Of Fun / Right In The Middle Of Frangipani Garden, This Tropical, Two Floor Eatery Serves The Most Delicious Fresh Lime Juice And Calamari Pasta / Their Chocolate Mousse Is Just Amazing / On Sundays, Live Jazz Wafts Through The Tropical Air And Makes For A Perfect Evening In Sri Lanka / The Barefoot Café Is Wonderful For Light Snacks Or Lunches

    704, Galle Rd, Colombo 00300 +94 11 2 589305 , view on map

     

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    PARADISE ROAD TINTAGEL

    Tintagel’s Green Backdrop And Dignified Design Will Make Visitors Feel like A Royal On A Secret Vacation / Erected In 1930 For Sri Lanka’s Politicians, The Noble Manor Was Converted Into A Deluxe 10 Suite Hotel / Praised For Its Peaceful Intimate Location And Stylish Interiors / Hotel's Rooms Are Equivalent To A Lavish Loft, With Couches As Soft As Clouds And All The Modern Amenities To Sate The Opulent Needs / All 10 Suites Are Comfortably Spacious And Have A Private Courtyard, Balcony Or Lounge / Tintagel Has A Reputation To Uphold To, And Visitors Can Be Assured That They Won’t Be Disappointed Here

    65, Rosmead Pl, Colombo +94 11 4 602060 , send email, view on map

     

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    CASA COLOMBO

    Casa Colombo Is A Magnificent Retro-Chic Renovation Of A Two Century Old Mansion / It Has 12 Suites And A Distinctly Sri Lankan Theme To It / The Color Schemes Are Bold And The Décor Is Fearless / Casa Colombo’s Rattan Furniture, Stained Glass And Large Open Windows Keep It Very Traditional And Classy / Everything Is Upsized, From The Large Beds, To Big Bathrooms To Suites With Enough Space / There Are Three Great Restaurants That Offer Sri Lankan And International Cuisine

    231 Galle Rd, Colombo 00400 +94 11 4 520130 , send email, view on map

     

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    ADITYA RESORT

    The Aditya Resort Really Embodies How Magical Sri Lanka Can Be / Sprawling Green Grass And Trees Carpet The Hotel’s Edges And Gradients Off Into The Sandy Private Beach / Sunloungers And Hammocks Allow Guests To Laze, Linger And Loiter Around The Salty Tropical Coast / Each Suite Is A Window Onto The Picturesque Views Of Palm Trees, Silky Waters And Mellow Sunsets, Some Have Private Pools / Aditya Feels Like A Spacious, Private Condo That Is A Marriage Of Modern And Sri Lankan Design

    719/1, Galle Road, Devenigoda, Rathgama, Galle +94 91 2 267708 , send email, view on map

     

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    THE SUN HOUSE

    The Sun House Is A Small Colonial Guest House On Top Of A Hill, Just Five Minutes Away From Galle / The 1860’s Structure Has Seven Individually-Styled Bedrooms That Each Have A Relaxed, Rustic Atmosphere / They Are Filled With Valuable Collections Of Art, Books And Furniture / Being At The Sun House Is Similar To Being In A Traditional Sri Lankan Home / The Sun House’s Exterior Is Reminiscent Of The Time Of Planters And An Era Of Simplicity

    18 Upper Dickson Road, Upper Dickson Rd, Galle +94 91 4 380275 , send email, view on map

     

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    THE DUTCH HOUSE

    The 17th Century Structure Is Based On Top Of A Hill, Encircled By Stunning Gardens And Vegetation / The Dutch House Is Sri Lanka's Best Preserved Historical Mansions, And Has Gorgeously Spacious Quarters / It Is Only A Minute’s Descent Down The Hill To The Heart Of The City / There Are Only Four Exclusive Rooms, Which Make It All The More Peaceful And Private / Loosening Up In Their Infinity Pool, Unwinding In Their English Tropical Garden Or Just Idleing Away The Day Anywhere In The Resort Are Good Options / The Dutch House Gives Sweeping Views Of The UN World Heritage-Listed Fort Of Galle

    18 Upper Dickson Rd, Galle +94 91 4 380275 , send email, view on map

     

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    AMANWELLA

    Laid Out Near Southern Sri Lanka’s Tangelle Town, Amanwella Is The Island's Luxury Eden / The 30 Suite Hotel Provides Unbelievable Beachfront Rooms With Private Plunge Pools And Terraces / The Suites Are Dotted Down A Hillside Where Views Of The Beach And Headland Are A Daily Sight / The Rooms Flaunt A Plush Décor Of Neutral Colors And Clean Lines / The Infinity Pool Juts Over The Blissful Sea, Making It The Ultimate Spot To Soak Up The Atmosphere / The Beach Not Only Offers Quiet Isolation But Valuable Nature Tours That Include The Rare Opportunity To Whale Watch

    Amanwella, Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathura, Godellawela, Tangalle +94 47 2 241333 , send email, view on map

     

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    AMANGALLA

    Amangalla Is In The Center Of A UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sri Lanka’s Historic Galle Fort / The Building Was Created During The Dutch Colonial Era / Amangalla Has Cleverly Personified This Colonial Style In The Resort Through Antiques, Rattan Furniture, Polished Hardwood Floors And Rich Mahoganies / The Rooms Have High Ceilings, Painted In Spotless Eggshell, And Feature Large Windows That Offers Views Of The Garden, Fort Or Harbor / The Resort Is Breathtaking With Chandeliers, Airy Verandahs And A Unique Swimming Pool / It Is Enclosed By A Stone Wall, Thick Palms And Is Neatly Lined With Cool Sun Loungers

    10 Church St, Galle +94 91 2 233388 , send email, view on map

     

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    SATORI VILLA

    Satori Is A Stress-Free Zone Where Peace And Nature Flourishes / The Luxury Private Villas Rise Above The Jungles Of Galle, With The Gorgeous Backdrop Of Vibrant Trees, Tropical Flowers And Sparkling Bodies Of Water / Suite Windows Open Onto A Panorama Of Lush Landscapes, Paddy Fields, And Sporadic Sightings Of Monkeys, Colorful Birds And Other Wildlife / The Infinity Pool, Beach And Verandah Are Just Steps Away / The Villas Are Incredibly Sumptuous, Big Enough To Accommodate Six To Eight Persons And Still Be Spacious / Satori Is Sri Lanka’s Hidden Paradise Where Staff Ensure The Royal Treatment For All Guests

    Galle +94 91 2 250308 , send email, view on map

     

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    CAPE WELIGAMA RESORT

    Certainly One Of The Most Exclusive And Smart Address Of Sri Lanka / The Staff Are Detail-Oriented, The View Is Magnificent And The Rooms Are Fabulous / The Stroll To Merissa To Savour Local Seafood On The Beach Must Be Made / Cape Weligama Is A Very Good Choice To Observe Whales Because The Observation Cruise Is Only 10 Minutes Approximately From The Hotel / Numerous Activities Are Free And Some Have A Nominal Price (Including Surfing Lessons, Boat Trips With Pedals, Snorkelling ..)

    Weligama +94 11 7 745700 , send email, view on map

     

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    LIVING HERITAGE KOSLANDA

    This Is A Magnificent Site In The Middle Of Luxuriant, Peaceful Vegetation, 50 Minutes From Haputale / The View Of The Infinity-Edge Pool Which Overhangs The Valley Is A Pleasure / More Impressive Are The Falls Of Dilayuma Which Are Located In The Property Of The Hotel / A Magical Moment Is Viewing The Sunrise, The Lipton Seat And Roaming In The Middle Of Tea Plantations

    Egodawatte Estate, Naulla, Koslanda 90190 +94 55 4 927975 , send email, view on map

     

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    KALUNDEWA RETREAT

    Kalundewa Retreat Is A Luxurious Hotel Little Away From Roamed, In The Middle Of Rice Fields And Agricultural Crops, Where The Landscape Is Mesmerising And Fauna Abounds / Here It Is Also Possible To Take Lessons In Local Cuisine / From Here A Visit To The Famous Golden Temple In Dambulla Is Recommended

    Kalundewa Road, Dambulu Oya Dambulla. Dambulla 21100 +94 77 520 5475 , send email, view on map

     

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    THE KANDY HOUSE

    The Kandy House Is A Sweet Home Away From Home In Sri Lanka And A Cool Oasis / It Is Positioned Right In The Thick Of Sri Lanka’s Nicest Destinations, Hidden Away In A Serene Location Where Guests Can Bask In Total Privacy And Rest From The Dizzying Sri Lanka Hubbub / Kandy’s Rooms Are Named After Indigenous Butterflies; The Nine Rooms Are Decorated Individually But Possess A Blend Of Sri Lankan Antiques And The Latest Modern Facilities / The Infinity Pool Is Gorgeous; Trees And Grass Shield It But Allow Guests To Peek Into The Nearby Rice Paddy Fields / The Kandy House’s Catering Is Delicious; A Fusion Of European And Sri Lankan Cuisine

    Amunugama Waluwa, Gunnepana, Kandy 20270 +94 81 4 921394 , send email, view on map

     

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    SAMUDRA HOUSE

    Designed By One Of The Architects Of The Prime Minister Of Sri Lanka, Jatayatillaka Sumangala / The Samudra House Hotel Is Situated At The Edge Of The Beach, And Is The Ideal Location To Relax And To Take Advantage Of Their Culinary Delights / From This Base, The Small Atypical Museum Of Ariyapala Mask Museum Can Be Reached On Foot

    Samudra Beach 1164/1 Galle Matara Road Habaraduwa +94 77 4617 2700 , send email, view on map

     

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    LUNUGANGA COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

    The Site Is A Charming, Very Quiet Place Where Silence Is King / For A Romantic Stay, The Hotel Is Close To The Beach Of Bentota, Where The Sand Is White And The Water Is Turquoise Blue / For Those Keen On Architecture Or Beautiful Gardens, It's Recommended To Visit The Garden Of Lunuganga, A Place Where Sri Lanka With An English Touch Is Found

    Lunuganga Estate Dedduwa Bentota +94 77 3308602 , send email, view on map

     

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    TRAPROBANE ISLAND

    The Privately Owned Land On The Indian Ocean Is Isolated And Very Private / A Neo-Palladian Mansion At Taprobane Serves As A Temporary Abode / There Are Only Five En-Suite Bedrooms, Which Are Spacious And Have Access To Balconies, Verandahs, Gardens And The Infinity Pool / At Taprobane, Guests Will Have Their Own Private Chef, Who Is Adept In Making Seafood And Asian Dishes, As Well As Lip-Smacking Sri Lankan Curries / At Taprobane One Can Savour Drinks While Looking Out Over The Indian Ocean And Feel Like The Royals, Presidents, And Aristocrats That Have Enjoyed Taprobane / Paul Bowles, Who Is Great Inspiration For MONTROI Lived Here And Sold The Island After Four Years

    Taprobane Island, Weligama +94 91 4380275 , send email, view on map

     

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    HOTEL TRI

    The Location Of The Hotel Tri Is Just Incredible / Situated On A Hill Around The Lake Koggala With A Breathtaking View - Especially Enjoyed On Its Top Floor Terrace / For Cinnamon Aficionados, The Cinnamon Experience In Ahangama Is A Must Do, Where A Local Cinnamon Farmer Will Explain The Procedure Of Growing, Harvesting And Selling

    Koggala Lake, Aladuwa Watte, Pelassa, Thitthagalle, Ahangama 80650 +94 777 708 177 , send email, view on map

     

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    MAYA TANGALLE VILLA

    Having Been Restored, The Maya Tangalle Villa Has Become A Haven Of Peace And It's Located Only Eight Kilometers From Tangalle / The Rooms Are Spacious And Have Breathtaking Views / Booking A Safari From Beliatta Or Discovering The Waterfalls Of The Same City Are Good Options

    The Old House, Tangalle +94 47 5 679026 , send email, view on map

     

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    THE ARK

    In Retrospect ‘The Ark’ Is A Contemporary Style Elevated Estate Villa (By Architect Narein Perera) Nestled On A Raised Terrain Of A 40 Acre Estate In Mathugama / Its Unique And Elevated Location Allows A Breathtaking View Of The Estate, The Valley Below And Hills Beyond, Leaving The Guest In Lush Green Seclusion / This Is Not A Typical Touristic Place, And While It Is In The Middle Of Nowhere, It Is Not Very Expensive / The Hotel Swimming Pool Should Be Put To Good Use During A Stay

    Matugama, Kopiwatta Junction - Uthumgama Road, 12127 +94 77 342 8940 , send email, view on map

     

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    THE FRANGIPANI TREE

    "Frangipani Tree" Is A Haven Of Peace Endowed With An Excellent Chef / Besides The Extraordinary View, It's Not Uncommon To Find Sea Turtles Wandering On The Beach / With Elegant Architecture, This Is In Thalpe Next To Galle And Is Very Accessible In Terms Of Pricing / Numerous Activities Such As Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Deep Sea Fishing, Whale And Dolphin Watching, Hot Ballooning Mean Guests Can Be As Busy As They Choose

    812 Matara Road, Unawatuna, LK 80600 +94 91 228 3711 , send email, view on map

     

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