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  • A secret gateway to experience extreme luxury with some irresistible beauty and leisure time is to visit one of the luxury resorts in Sri Lanka. The comfort has not been compromised in any of the luxury resorts. The rooms are opulent which manages to draw many tourists with distinctive design and relaxed atmosphere which makes it just appropriate to spend some time all by yourself. The beautiful ambience that resort provide, makes it an appealing stay for anybody.

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    The resorts have been providing flawless services that will keep you at peace during your stay in the resort. The luxury resorts are close to Bandaranayke International airport making it accessible for all the tourists.

    12 Luxury Resorts in Sri Lanka that you should visit:

  • 01Cinnamon Grand Colombo

    Cinnamon Grand is one of the perfect holiday destinations in Colombo. Oozing with luxury and grandeur all around, this resort is the largest in Colombo. 

    Highlights: The resort has a whopping 501 rooms. Apart from accommodation, this resort also hosts celebrity high-profile weddings, conferences and other corporate events. 


    Location: Right in the heart of Colombo. 

    Price: Tariffs start at LKR19500 per night here. 

    Activities & Amenities: There is a bamboo walkway which leads into the excellent spa here. At this spa, guests are treated to relaxing and rejuvenating Ayurvedic and herbal massages. The resort also houses gyms, fitness centres and other outdoor recreational facilities. 

    Distance from main city: 1km from Galle Face Green & Slave Island station and 2km away from Gangaramaya Temple. 

    Food: Food, desserts, drinks and other alcoholic beverages are excellent at this resort. Guests are treated to different styles of cuisine on different days of the week.
  • 02Taj Samudra

    When it comes to a list of luxury hotels in Colombo, Taj Samudra easily occupies the first rank, because this resort/hotel is luxury, grandeur and brilliance personified.

    Highlights: True to the reputation that all Taj Group of Hotels enjoy, Taj Samudra too enjoys a lot of reputation among its guests for its international quality of services rendered. Ensure that you don’t miss out on the absurdly awesome aromatherapy sessions from Ayurveda professionals at the spas here.

    Location: Galle Face, Colombo.

    Price: Around LKR33000; however it is worth every penny as you will get to witness luxury like never before here.

    Activities & Amenities: Spas with relaxing wellness treatments, swimming pool, gym, pool tables and other recreational activities.

    Distance from main city: 2km from Gangaramaya Temple and 5km from Colombo Fort.

    Food: The international quality of food and wine at Taj Samudra is definitely ranked as one of the best in the world.
  • 03Amaya Resort, Kandy

    Settled in the pictorial scenic backdrop of Kandy overlooking Heerassagala forest and lush mountain of Hanthana, Amaya Hills is a fascinating resort that portrays a perfect amalgamation of exotic Kandyan culture and modern sumptuousness. 

    Based at a distance of 7kms from the heart of Kandy, this elegant resort has hundred guest rooms including suites which all are examples of luxurious sophistication with beautifully crafted Kandyan architecture, heritage wood carvings and breathtaking views of verdant greenery. 

    Experience the mouthwatering fusion of international and local cuisines and revitalize the senses with the excellent therapies and treatments available at Panch karma, the spa at the hotel. The hotel has special services to help in jungle trekking to Hanthana Mountain. 

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    Location: 1.8 km from Ceylon Tea Museum 

    Activities and Amenities: Table tennis Swimming Pool,Outdoor dining,Board games,Fitness center,Palm Reading 

    Price: Rs 12000 to Rs 22000 approx

  • 04Hunas Falls by Amaya

    The Hunas Falls Luxury Resort offers a perfect getaway from the hubbub of city life to experience the peace amidst the splendid nature. Overlooking the magnificent Hunas Falls, this luxury resort is a perfect blend of tranquility and opulence.

    The 28 luxury rooms and 2 themed suits of this resort face towards the dazzling view of Matale mountain range. You can enjoy the spa by the magnificent waterfall or you can go for on-site golf. Or rejuvenate yourself with the outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy the mouthwatering cuisine with eight dine-in options including restaurant, pub, destination dining and in room service.

    Location: About 26 Km away from Kandy this resort is a 3 hours drive from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

    Prices: The Deluxe Room price with bread & breakfast excluding taxes is approximately LKR 37,000. The rate for Themed Suits including bread & breakfast and excluding taxes is approximately LKR 60,000.
  • 05Taprobana Wadduwa

    Taprobana Wadduwa is a perfect luxury beach resort for those who love the sultry tropical atmosphere, golden beaches, palm tree shades and the delicious cuisine. With its spacious rooms with opulent amenities and its sea side location, this beach resort is a perfect location to spend time with your family and friends.

    It has 16 Deluxe Allure Rooms, 8 Superior Iconic Rooms and 3 Shimmer Suites to experience experience the ultimate luxuries of life. If needed, you can have your own personal butler throughout your stay. For mouthwatering cuisine, it has 5 dine in options including restaurant, pub and in room dining. It also has a pool, gym and spa.



    Location: Located in Wadduwa on the central province of the island, this luxury resort is only 45 minutes away from Colombo.

    Prices: The price range is including bed & breakfast and excluding taxes are from LKR 25,000 to LKR 45,000.
  • 06The Theva Residency

    A beautiful, romantic, tranquil and luxury getaway resort, The Theva Residency offers the world class luxury amenities and experience. Located along the undulated hills of Hantana range, it provides the magnificent view of the surrounding misty peaks.

    The rooms available are a penthouse, three suites, three Superior Mountain Rooms, four Superior Grand Rooms and four Deluxe Rooms. Experience the unmatched luxury with the classy blend of contemporary and traditional interior.

    The resort includes in house spa, swimming pool and a lounge to play games or read. The hotel also offers indulgence for the nature lovers with little excursions like bird watching and trekking. Whether it is in room dining or open air dining, the resort offers best in class gourmet cuisines.



    Location: Located only 2 Km away from Kandy town.

    Prices: The price of the rooms including bed and breakfast and excluding taxes ranges from LKR 18,000 to LKR 45,000.
  • 07Tamarind Hill Galle

    Tamarind Hill hotel gives an unmatchable experience of luxury in its historical setting and colonial architecture. This luxury hotel is a perfect blend of serenity, opulence, elegance and history, all in the backdrop of splendid natural beauty.

    This twelve room hotel has classy colonial features that exude sophistication with a blend of modern ingredients. The rooms are divided in Crayford rooms, the Admiral Suits and Captain Suits, all with sophisticated services. You can also have your own butler if you wish.

    Enjoy the delicacies with freshly acquired ingredients and local spices in the restaurant. Rejuvenate yourself in the Spa. You can also go for a River Safari, water sports, whale-watching and fishing around the Tamarind Hill resort.



    Location: Located at Dadella the hotel is a 10 minutes tuk tuk drive from Galle Fort and 3.5 hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport.

    Prices: The price is starting from LKR21000 - LKR 30,000 approximately.
  • 08Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

    A river flowing against mountains blanketed in mist is a common sight witnessed in paintings. The painting comes to life if ever you have seen the Cinnamon Citadel Kandy. Almost everything about this place will bring you a step closer to Mother Nature. You will also get a chance to see the Kandyan paintings which will surely take you back to the ancient times. Every room offers a breath-taking view which you simply can’t miss.

     



    Activities: Apart from just offering the basic amenities this four star hotel comes with spa and recreational activities too. The cuisines range from the authentic Sri Lankan to International, Asian and Continental. It is located in the Hill country, overlooking the Mahaweli river.

    Location: It is fifteen minutes away from Kandy town.

    Prices: 182 USD.

    Food: Although the hotel serves almost every kind of cuisine especially the buffet.
  • 09Lavanga Resort & Spa

    Make your leisure time even more delightful and your romantic excursions even lovely with Lavanga Resort. The best holiday escapes which will leave you truly relaxed and rejuvenated. The perfect amalgamation of luxurious hotel with warm hospitality makes it an ideal pick for a perfect stay in Sri Lanka.

    The Spa services which the hotel provides will leave you stress free allowing you to leave all your worries at bay.

     



    Prices: The prices can range from a minimum of Rs. 3978

    Highlights: You can indulge in diving and fishing which can keep you occupied for a whole day.

    Food: You can try Sri Lankan, European and Chinese cuisine.

    Location: It is an 2 hour drive from Bandaranaike.

    Activities: You can go for beach bike riding or can even go for river Kayaking.
  • 10Coral Sands Hotel, Hikkaduwa

    A stay which is not only heavenly but is also filled with adventurous activities. Welcome to Coral Sands Hotel which come with a majestic view of sunset.

    If you want a little introspection you can just stand silently in balcony and enjoy the music of life. The hotel keeps you preoccupied with cocktails at the bar and other themed entertainment.



    Food: Sea food and Lobsters can be ordered on a private deck with a fine dining experience. The restaurant comes with an amazing look of the ocean by its side.

    Activities: One of the best and renowned surfing beach is just a kilometre away. And if you want to just relieve yourself from stress you can enjoy a free foot massage at the Ayurveda centre which will definitely soothe your senses.

    Prices: USD$143 for 2 person.

    Location: Approximately 2 hours from Colombo
  • 11Anilana Pasikuda, Passikudah

    If you haven’t seen a paradise yet then you might not have seen Anilana Pasikuda. A touch of rare uniqueness and stylishly designed resorts is truly spectacular. The best part of this resort is the seclusion and extreme privacy provided to the customers.

    Each and every visitor to the resort is personally taken care of to ensure that he leaves with one of the most amazing experiences. If you are thoroughly tired you can relax your body at one of the spa centres using some of our local products which will recharge you completely

     



    Prices: US$132.

    Food: The restaurant offers Sri Lankan and international favourite cuisine starting from some salads to soups and the finest desserts too.

    Location: Approximately 6 hours from Colombo

    Activities: You can enjoy deep sea fishing or can get on to the thrilling experience of a Cataraman ride with Topas which is a 48ft Cataraman.
  • 12Cinnamon Wild Yala, Yala

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a resort just next to a wildlife sanctuary. It is like living close to nature. You will find grey lemurs and the sound of the elephants in the background which will make you stay even more exciting.

    The wilderness of the hotel will make your heart skip a beat. Our superb interiors will not let you leave the place.



    Activities: You can hop onto a safari which will be even more thrilling and adventurous, the naturalist from the nature trails will make you a totally different side of wildlife. Bird Watching is another beautiful activity which can keep you busy all the time.

    Location: Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha.

    Prices: Rooms start from 197 USD.

    Food: At Cinnamon Wild you can try A-LA-CARTE meal.
  • 13The Kingsbury

    Kingsbury is one of the remarkable five-star accommodations in the city. It gives an absolute view of the Indian Ocean and almost all its rooms have balconies that open to let in the cool sea breeze in.

    Highlights: During 2015, this hotel was named as the “Best Luxury Business Hotel”. Within a short span of time, Kingsbury has managed to build a loyal customer base, thanks to its excellent service and hospitality.

    Location: Heart of Colombo city.



    Price: Approximately LKR24000.

    Activities & Amenities: Free Wi-Fi connectivity, swimming pool, gyms, kids play zone, baby sitters, sky lounges to view sunsets in their full glory, fitness centres and other recreational amenities.

    Distance from main city: 2km away from the famous Galle Face Green and Beira Lake.

    Food: Resort employs international chefs who cook authentic global dishes fresh throughout the day here.
  • 14Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya

    Wouldn’t it be nice to pluck your own tea leaves and make your own tea, this is what the Heritance Tea Factory offers you. The experience of an original true factory being converted into a hotel is truly magical. The Kenmare Restaurant is worth a watch, it is a place which was formerly used to shift and grade tea.



    Highlights: The Flowerdew suite was constructed and was named after the planter who had once founded the Hethersett estate and is located in one of the highest elevated area, thereby giving you a spectacular view.

    Location: It is 163 km from Colombo.

    Activities: You can go for natural trek and tea tasting.Food: You can try your hands on some good Dutch cuisine Breudher which is a Dutch Christmas Cake, you can’t miss their steamed dessert watalappam and several rice dishes.

    Prices: USD 228
  • 15Paradise Road The Villa Bentota

    A beach side boutique hotel that features individually designed suites and rooms is the Paradise Road- The Villa Bentota. Covered with colorful tropical gardens, it offers access to free Wi-Fi and 2 outdoor pools. The rooms of the villa have a unique and lavish layout, décor, and style.

    The amenities of the suites include tea making and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV. Some rooms also have attached terrace or balcony to provide an alluring garden or ocean view. It is a 1.5 hour drive away from Colombo and it is 55 km from Galle and 6 km from Mahainduruwa Railway Station.

    The a la carte menu of The Villa Café offers the visitors to relish a fusion of delicious dishes. Meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of the guests’ rooms provided.



    Location: Bentota

    Activities and Amenities: Fishing, Diving, Free private parking facility

    Average price of rooms: 11,619-23,035

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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