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  • It is time to find yourself amidst the usual hustle and bustle of the city, it is best to experience the Ayurveda in Sri Lanka. There is absolutely no other way than Ayurveda which not only heals your mind but your body too. You will get a chance to experience authentic Ayurveda amidst the scenic beauty of the soothing atmosphere. Find a perfect excuse to pamper yourself and be truly spoilt.

     The breath-taking view that encompasses these resorts make these place to be quite attractive for many travellers where they can spend some time to be all by yourself. Ulpotha is one such place which will let you witness the wonders which you would always wish not to leave. A perfect hide-away if you want a lovely rescue from the shackles of the city.

    10 Ayurveda in Sri Lanka that you should visit:

  • 01Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, Weligama

    Near the coastal village of Weligama, on the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka lies the wellness retreat Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort which aims at providing a fascinating balance of mind and body through ancient charismatic philosophy of Ayurveda, meditation and Yoga exercises.

    Based on a area of 15 acres filled with dense luscious medicinal plants the resort provide peace and tranquility overlooking the secluded beaches of Weligama. The rooms in the resort have contemporary design with essentials and amenities that signifies sophistication and a class of its own.

    Care gets a whole new name here with doctors, therapists and nutritionists and yoga instructors. The cuisine is carefully prepared consulting the doctor to fetch correct nutrition for the visitor.



    Highlights: Yoga and Taichi classes

    Location: Weligama, 140km south of Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Ayurveda Cooking classes and elaborate reading room.

    Price: 34699LKR to 53936LKR approx
  • 02Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala

    One of the oldest retreats of Sri Lanka, Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala proves to be an ideal answer to rejuvenate and revivify the mind, body and soul with the holistic Ayurvedic experience. A magnificient resort overlooking the ocean this brings a whole new meaning to the holidaying experience close to nature.

    There are 75 rooms all well crafted and designed with hand crafted wood and having a character of its own supported well by all necessary amenities and facilities. There are Ayurvedic health centres with full fledged staff providing Ayurvedic treatments Ayurvedic therapies after consulting Ayurvedic doctors. There is a sea water pool for relaxation and a restaurant which provides delicious and nutritious Ayurvedic food.

    Highlights: Yoga and Meditation classes

    Location: Beruwala, KT12070 Sri Lanka, about 87kms from Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Ayurveda Cooking classes, Tours, Excursions

    Price Range: 24400 LKR to 51110 LKR approx.
  • 03Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Wadduwa

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    In the backdrop of lush greenery and rippling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort, Wadduwa aims at providing a general wellness retreat which focuses on revitalising the body and the soul through the traditional Ayurvedic therapies and treatments.

    Providing a harmonious and peaceful holidaying experience the resort is an excellent option to restore health yet enjoy the lavishness and luxury of good living. The rooms are contemporarily designed with medicinal wood to provide the wellness of the same even indoors while relaxing.

    The lush tropical and scenic extravaganza gets the best with deluxe Bunglows available here. The restaurant provides an array of food from Chinese to Continental, Indian to local with all fresh vegetables and sea food. There are exclusive Ayur centre with dedicated staff to conduct the therapies

    Location: Wadduwa, 32km from Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Yoga and Meditation

    Price Range: 12000LKR to 25700LKR approx
  • 04Ayurveda Paragon Resort

    Famed being one of the best Ayurvedic health resort in Asia, Ayurveda Paragon Resort, since its inception in 1996 have been dedicatedly working towards providing natural treatment towards health and well being with the help of the doctrine of Ayurveda.

    There are exclusive mind relaxing and soothing treatments, messages and treatments that are designed to bring in wellness, regain health and provide complete regeneration. All rooms are elegantly designed with earthy tones complimented with tropical colours.

    Wish luscious greenery and cool sea breeze the rooms provide a true solace for every mind. The in house restaurant prepares Ayurvedic specialities which are good for health in every way.



    Highlights: Cultural events at the hotel

    Location: 1002 Matara Road, Talpe, Sri Lanka, around 135 km from Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Shopping around the hotel premises, exquisite products from clothing to jewellery.
  • 05Dalmanuta Gardens, Bentota

    An excellent Ayurvedic wellness resort which focuses on providing first class Ayurvedic treatment in relation to weight loss, detox purification, Pancha Karma and other curative treatments and massages. Based in Dharga town, close to Ventura beach at about 15 mins away from Aluthgama town, this resort remains encircled with lush vegetation of herbal medicinal plants.

    The spacious bungalows are excellently designed with modern facilities and a private veranda and own private garden. There pool area decorated with palm and Jam trees. Overlooking the cascading Bentota River, the restaurant provides all kinds of cuisine from countries across the continents. And if the visitor is having Ayurvedic treatment then specific cuisine in consult with the Ayurvedic doctor will be provided to him.

    Highlights: Free boat service From Dalmanuta to beach

    Location: Bentota Sri Lanka, 100km from Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Meditation classes, Beach tour

    Price: 9300 LKR to 23235LKR approx
  • 06Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara Beruwela

    Located near the sun kissed beaches of Beruwala, Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara,is a speciality hotel dedicated in providing Ayurvedic wellness through a tranquil and harmonious environment. It aims to combat stress and provide rejuvenation and relaxation and experience the healing effects of traditional Ayurvedic treatment.

    The rooms are divided into all categories but the basic adornment and facilities remains in line of providing a sophisticated and peaceful calmness within the room area. The hotel provides all kinds of amenities and facilities along with excellent scenic beauty that treats the eyes every time one sees outside.

    The cuisine of the hotel includes all kinds of dishes across border and keeping the heath factor in mind they bring in healthy options without compromising the taste.



    Highlights: Professionally qualified therapists and doctors providing treatment

    Location: Beruwala Sri Lanka, 86km from Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Excursions

    Price: 52890LKR to 100880LKR approx
  • 07Nature Lanka Ayurveda Resort, Tangalle

    Located in midst of lush greenery for over 7 acres Nature Lanka Ayurveda Resort, gains easy access to Tangalle beach. The main focus of the resort is to provide its guest with best holidaying experience with proper relaxation and revitalization of the spirit.

    The rooms of the resort are excellently designed with earth tones and well matched wooden furniture’s. The ambience of the rooms primarily focuses on gaining a soothing effect to the mind and bear peacefulness which provides a lot of relaxation to every visitor.

    The beautiful scenario either from the room or the pool area is undoubtedly eye arresting and captivating. The cuisine is delicious with availability of both western dishes as well as traditional Ayurvedic meals.



    Highlights: Yoga and Meditation classes

    Location: Tangalle Sri Lanka, 198km from Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Excursions, Beach tour

    Price: 10595LKR to 24400LKR approx
  • 08Ayurveda Shunyata Villa

    Located in one of the pristine environments, the secluded beaches of Induruwa, Ayurvedic Shunyata Villa is an exclusive Resort approved by the Department of Ayurveda and the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority. The resort aims at providing the best Ayurvedic wellness in support of experienced and qualified Ayurvedic doctors and therapists.

    The experience is often described as magical and sense of home for the visitors. The rooms are well decorated and have a theme of its own. They are not overly adorned but has the basic amenities to live well. The food of the resort is simply delicious with availability of a wide range of dishes from different cuisine style. There is availability of Ayurvedic dishes too for the ones who are prescribed.



    Highlights: Yoga classes

    Location: South west coast, 65 km south of Colombo

    Activities and Amenities: Beach tour and Swimming

    Price: 19360LKR to 28970LKR approx
  • 09Plantation Villa - Ayurveda Retreat, Kalutara

    Encircled with dense plantation Plantation Villa- Ayurveda Retreat is a blissful experience that promises to sooth the traces of stress and help in achieving the personal health goal with the traditional treatment of Ayurveda. There are experienced practitioners of the doctrine and all help in providing relaxation of mind and soul.

    The accommodation incidentally is a house of village chief which has been designed with modern amenities and facilities to suit the needs of the visitors. The food here is prepared keeping in mind the nutritional value and serving those which are rich in vitamins and minerals. A schedule of the daily activities are provided here and one has to follow the regime to attain complete wellness.



    Highlights: Wellness program for acute Illness

    Location: Kalutara, Sri Lanka

    Activities and Amenities: Knowledge on local culture, tree plantation

    Price: 11905LKR to 24670LKR approx
  • 10Ulpotha Yoga Holidays

    Rightly stated as Paradise Village, Ulpotha offers beauty, harmony, tranquillity and luxurious simplicity which is unmatched with any places prevalent in Sri Lanka. In fact it posses to be nothing more than a pleasent folly where a person can enjoy some peaceful calm days healing the mind and providing solace to the body. On the 22 acre organic firm in the heart of Sri Lanka there are simple yet comfortable houses amidst dense greenery and beautiful flower arrangements.

    There are exclusive yoga classes by eminent Yoga teachers from the world along with Ayurvedic healing therapies given by experienced professionals. The cuisine is undoubtedly fresh as ever it could be and prepared keeping in mind to retain the nutritious value of the same



    Highlights: Walk through nature and bird watching

    Location: Close to Kandy, Sri Lanka

    Activities and Amenities: 2 week Yoga course, Ayurvedic treatments

    Price: 25655LKR to 35633LKR approx

Attractions

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Galle Face Green Beach

Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.



Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

Highlights:
 The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

Timings:
This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.
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Bentota Beach

An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.



Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo
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Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.



Location:
 With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR
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Hikkaduwa Beach

Even a 90 year old will feel young as he steps onto the beach of Hikkaduwa,98 kms from Colombo. The charm of the hippy mood will get into your blood, making you feel completely carefree. You will find predominantly young and independent travellers walking on the beach.

This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.



Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.
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Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.



Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.
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Dickwella Beach

Plunge into the waters and leave all your worries at bay. The Dickwella beach is primarily dominated by reefs, headland and sand bars which makes it the most appropriate place for swimming. Situated at a distance of 220 kms from colombo, Dickwella beach has housed the largest seated Buddha statue. This has made it the most visited place for all the Buddhist worshippers. The ideal time to visit this place is May, June and July when festivities are in the air and the residents are busy celebrating festivals of Wesak, Poson and Esala. Particulary this place has many temples on its way which gives it a religious bent. The Dickwella beach is an ideal place for many swimmers as it is an extremely safe and calm beach.



Highlights: Wewurukannala Vihara which has 50 m high seated Buddha. You can also spot the eye arresting hall of horrors where you can see models of both demons and sinners being severely punished by dipping in hot waters.
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Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.

  

Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

Highlights:
 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.

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National Museum

If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.



Location:
 The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

Highlights:
 The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

Timings:
The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.
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Kandy View Point

The mesmerizing view point is located on the Rajapihilla Mawatha and is ranked 5th out of 105 tourist attractions in Kandy. The place is located near the Kandy Lake and is enclosed in breathtaking landscapes of mountains and meadows. From the city, you have to take the Rajapihilla Mawatha Route, after which a 1 km steep climb will guide you to the view point. You can also hire a tuk-tuk to reach the top.The panoramic view that you would get to see is worth the pain of the ascent. The entire Kandy town lies ahead of your eye, and from the top, you can also spot the Kandy lake and Dalada Maligawa.



Highlights
: Panoramic view of the city, souvenir shops, art galleries

Location: Rajapihilla Mawatha, Kandy

Timings: Anytime during the day.

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Viharamahadevi Park

Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here.

Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place.



Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo.

Timings: This Park is open all through the year.

Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.
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Old City Hall

This is definitely a place that will interest any architecture or history lover. Constructed over two centuries ago, the Old City Hall is one of the brilliant architectural marvels from the bygone British era. The months of January, February, March, November and December are the best when it comes to visiting Colombo. The entry price is free of cost.


 
Locati
on: The hall can be found on Main Street in Colombo amidst various famous tourist spots.

Highlights
: There are a few attendants working in the hall, who will gladly take you around the building, provided you tip them a reasonable amount of money. The hall is literally a treasure island that contains old government equipment, transport machinery and other council chambers that were present during the earlier times.

Timings: The place is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ll days of the week except Sundays.
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Dutch Period Museum

During the period between 1656 and 1796, Dutch rulers ruled over Sri Lanka. The Dutch Museum which tourists get to watch today was once the official residing place of Thomas Van Rhee, the former Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka.

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Location
: The place is located at Prince Street in the city

Highlights
: The museum contains two floors and it houses around 3000 personal collections of Dutch rulers who reigned over the place. This place was converted into a public museum during 1977, thanks to the able support rendered by the Government of Netherlands.

Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.
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Old Dutch Hospital

This building is one of those areas that have preserved their charm for quite a few centuries now. Constructed during 1681, this building crossed many stages before getting converted into a shopping complex that it is today.

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Location
: This shopping arcade is located in the Galle Fort area, at Hospital Street.

Highlights
: This is the most ancient building in Colombo Fort and was set up with the main purpose of providing medical assistance to people working for Dutch East India Company. Do not miss to visit Odels, one of the most decent joints selling high-quality souvenirs and clothes. If you are interested in shopping and eating good food, you have to visit this area as it lined with lots of cafés and eating joints.


Timings
: It is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days of the week. 

Price
: Entry to this place is not chargeable.
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MGM Colombo

Replete with the usual casino and other table games, MGM Colombo is quite a famous gaming joint in the city. It is smaller than Bally’s or Bellagio; however, it is quite famous among its guests for the services and hospitality that it offers. While the regular players occupy the ground floor, the first floor is taken by players looking for privacy.

Highlights: There is a dedicated floor for VIPs here as well. Music bands and cultural dance performances from international artists are performed every day at this joint. 


Location: In the remote outskirts of Colombo.

Special features: The cuisine is a mix of Asian and international in order to cater to the taste buds of foreign nationals who come here in plenty. Some of the table games that are highly popular here are Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Mini Flush and Texas Hold’em. The minimum stakes at this casino are highly affordable. 

Timings: Open 24/7.

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The Ritz Club

Ritz Club is the largest casino in Sri Lanka.

Highlights: There are totally 16 table games (6 baccarat, 6 black jack and 4 roulette tables) at this place.

Location: Galle Face Terrace.



Special features: The casino witnesses a healthy mix of local and foreign tourists. The choice of games that this casino houses and the customer service of the place is highly lauded by people who come here regularly. Entry is free into the Ritz Club Casino. During the evening hours, this place is occupied by a diverse mix of people who engage in their regular banter with complementary food and beverages. It is one of those of places that provide you the much-needed rejuvenation after a hard day’s work at office. The ambience of the club goes up several notches higher, thanks to its highly courteous staff.

Timings: 24/7
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Take a Walk around Kandy Lake

One of the greatest attraction and a must do for the visitors of the hill country, Kandy, is to take a walking tour around Kandy Lake which dominates the heavenly location with its cascading beauty. A silent stroll especially during the sunset time, enjoying the sounds of nature is a splendid way of coming close to Mother Earth and devouring the blissfulness. Being based next to Temple of the Tooth this is an artificial lake built in 1807 by the Royal King of Sri Lanka.

The whole walk is around 2.1 mile and consists of enchanting scenic splendor covered with several rest zones where one can sit and enjoy the harmony and serene beauty of the Temple and the lake. In the midst of the lake there is a small island with palm trees making the lake look more eye arresting.

 

 Location: Heart of the city, Kandy

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