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CENTRAL SRI LANKA
The central region of Sri Lanka is a scenic mountainous region with emerald green rainforests, tea plantations and it's many UNESCO World Heritage sites, from the ruins in Anuradhpura built over a 1000 year ago in the north to the "Little England" of Nuwara Eliya in the south.
Dambulla - A busy town due to it's location as the major vegetable distribution for Sri Lanka, it is the area surrounding Dambulla, such as the largest rose quartz moutain in South Asia. The most famous attraction is the Dambulla cave temple complex, the largest and most well preserved in all of Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of five major caves filled with over 150 spectacular Buddha statues, beautiful cave paintings and murals, making this a spiritual sanctuary and an important hoy place.
Anuradhpura - One of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka and the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site lies on the banks of the Malvathu River is famous for its well preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. The ruins consist of three classes of buildings. The dagobas, bell shaped masses of masonary over 340 metre in circumference. The monastic buildings are found in the shape of the raised stone platforms, foundations and stone pillars. The pokunas, bathing tanks or tanks for supplying drinking water are scattered through the jungle.
Sigiriya - Some consider it the 8th wonder of the world, this ancient stone fortress rises 200 metres above the surrounding landscape of moats, water gardens and cave shrines. Sigiriya (meaning "lion rock") is accessed by passageways cut into the rock face flanked by a pair of colossal lion's paws. This staircase leads to the flat topped summit and the palace gardens of King Kashyapa who selected this location as his capital in the fifth century. The surviving frescoes and paintings date back to the original construction of the royal palace making the climb to the top well worth the effort
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Cinnamon Lodge Habarana (P) - Set on 27 acres of gardens and forest next to a beautiful lake, offering chalet type rooms, making for an relaxed and tranquil stay. With easy access to all the major sights around Dambulla, Anuradhpura & Sigiriya, makes this an ideal base to explore the region. With it's large outdoor pool, wellness spa, wide range of dining options and outdoor activities all designed to take advantage of the natural surroundings, guests will be able to truly experience Sri Lankan hospitality
Heritance Kandalama (I) - The hotel is designed by Sri Lanka's most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa in his famed tropical modernism. Set in the cliffside, with views over Kandalama Lake, seems part of the surrounding forrest with the majority of the building covered in vines, making it an Instagram favourite. The resort features 3 pools, each taking advantage of the unique natural landscape and enviroments, from the infinity edge pool overlooking the lake or the pool located to catch the last light of the sun, great for an afternoon swim.
Kandy - The city lies in the hills of Kandy plateau, with the surrounding hillsides covered in tropical forrest and tea plantations, especially beautiful when the morning mists cling to the hills. One of the country's most significant cultural and religious centres, home to the country's most holy relic, a tooth of a Buddha. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is one of the holiest places in Sri Lanka and an important pilgrimage destination that Buddhisits believe to worship here will improve their karmic lot. The golden roofed temple is the main building, but the complex has a series of smaller temples, shrines and meseums. Beside the temple is Kandy Lake, constructed by the last king of Sri Lanka and a great place to take a stroll, with the nicest area being that around the temple.
Top Selling Hotels -
OZO Kandy (V) - With stunning views over the surrounding mountains of Kandy and it's great location, within walking distance to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake, the hotel is ideally located for a stay in Kandy. After a day of sightseeing guests can enjoy the rooftop pool & lounge, before enjoying a restful night's sleep in the OZO signature rooms designed to create a sleep sanctuary
Earl's Regency (P) - Located just outside the centre of Kandy this hotel offers large open spaces, more in line with a resort than a hotel. With large rooms all with balconies and a wide variety including interconnecting, this property is ideal for families, with it's child facilities including seperate kids pool & playground and dedicated children's dining or couples wanting a stay out of the huslte & bustle of the ciity. This property boasts a variety of dining options including local Sri Lankan delicacies.
Nuwara Eliya - Due to it's year round cool climate this town became the "Little England" of Sri Lanka, as English and Scottish pioneers settled here and giving it a sense of a country village, with colonial bungalows, Tudor style hotels, hedgerows and English style gardens. While many of the places you visit in Sri Lanka are reflective of the ancient cultural and religious heritage of the country, Nuwara Eliya is a look into the country's colonial history, like high tea at the Grand Hotel or for the active traveller they can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the nearby national parks, waterfalls and tea plantations.
Top Selling Hotels -
Jetwing St Andrews (V) - This restored 19th century Georgian style country mansion features the old world charm that Nuwara Eliya is famous for. Rooms have a mix of traditional and modern elements to create a welcoming space remeniscient of a country home. The charming old world heritage is continued throughout the propety from the fine dining restaurant, the bar designed in the style of a traditional British pub and the snooker room with it's antique 117 year old table.
Heritance Tea Factory (I) - The former tea factory is now the home to a luxuirous hotel with a colonial style of dark mahoanyand polished brass. Rooms have a sense of warmth with their large windows offering views of the surrounding tea plantation and hills. Clients will be well catered for in the Spa with their wide range of treatments and therapeutic sessions or experience one of the many ways tea has had an influence in this part of Sri Lanka from learning how to pick tea, traditional tea making, tea tastings or indulge the senses with a high tea.