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  • Have you ever experienced luxury at its peak? If not then you can try some of the best Sri Lanka resorts. The resort provides you with an opportunity to be surrounded with the best scenic views which is well complemented with impeccable services and fine dining. The resorts are located quite closer to the port.

    Every resort has their in-house restaurant which provides an opportunity to try some traditional Sri Lankan cuisine at an affordable price range. The resort also let you absorb yourself in good book with a built in library, hobby that you might have been neglecting for years.

    Here are some of the resorts you can visit in Srilanka:

  • 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.
  • 02Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo

    Mount Lavinia Hotel was once a palace in 1806. Today, much of the colonial style of the place is kept intact, thanks to the excellent management of the hotel authorities. 

    Highlights: One of the best 5-star heritage hotels in Colombo. 

    Location: Dehiwala, Colombo. 

    Price: Approximately LKR28000. 



    Activities & Amenities: This is a five star luxury beach resort. Hence, the services, food, beverages, recreational facilities, rooms, interiors and overall ambience are absolutely top-class. When you are done with touring around the place, you can get mental and physical rejuvenation from the resort’s spa and beauty parlour. Alternatively, you could also chill around in the resort’s pool. 

    This resort offers unlimited entertainment for guests of all age groups. 

    Distance from main city: 4 minute-walk from railway station of Mount Lavinia and 4km from the National Zoological Gardens. 

    Food: Seafood is the speciality of this resort as all the 3 restaurants here churn up lip-smacking local and international cuisine styles. 

  • 03Ranveli Beach Resort, Colombo

    This resort overlooks the beautiful and expansive Laccadive Sea. The overall ambience is absolutely relaxing and hence this beachfront guesthouse is a great holiday destination for guests of all age groups.

    Highlights: A major highlight of this place is that the beach is just about one km away. The place is also one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations, as couples love to take a cosy stroll along the beach during the evening hours.

    Location: De Seram Road, Colombo.

    Price: Around LKR6500.

    Activities & Amenities: Open air restaurant, free Wi-Fi, courtyard pool, excellent gardens, separate kitchens and many more.

    Distance from main city: 4km from National Zoological Gardens and 12km from the famous Gangaramaya Temple.

    Food: The restaurant at this resort serves all kinds of international cuisine and the bar houses excellent choices of local and international quality of drinks.
  • 04Taj 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.
  • 05Amaya 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

  • 06Thilanka Resort and Spa, Kandy

    In Srilanka’s cultural triangle, Thilanka Resort and Spa is based in the heritage city of Dumbulla and is considered as a paradise destination simply for its exotic arrangements and scenic backdrop of verdant greenery, hilly regions widespread Mango orchards, rice fields and cascading Dumbulla River.

    Rightly referred as The Garden of Pleasures, the resort has chic and sophisticated villas each having 4 deluxe rooms designed to elevate the rich culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. It provides a perfect gateway from the busy schedules of urban life and provides a lazy retreat and revitalization to the soul and the spirit with its exuberant ambience and pampering facilities like the versatile therapies at the spa.



    Location: Dumbulla Activities and

    Amenities: Table tennis, Swimming Pool, Outdoor Dining, Board Games, Fitness Center, Cycling, Horse Riding, Fishing, Volleyball.

    Price: Rs 6000 to Rs 15000 approx.
  • 07Hilton Colombo

    Leave the stress out and indulge in extreme luxury with the Colombo’s Hilton Hotel. The perfect sea view out of the window will make you feel happy. Location: It is 45 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport.



    Highlights: You can get a chance to dine in one of the finest seven restaurants and will allow you to cook meals as per your specifications

    Food: Don’t forget to try the delicious meals from the Curry Leaf Restaurant.

    Activities: The hotel also has an in –house gym, pool and tennis court. You will get access to free wi-fi and free refreshments too. There is free parking too which comes along with it.

    Location: It is 5 min away from Colombo. The hotel has executive, deluxe, guest rooms and suites.

    Prices: the prices start from $ 138 and can go upto $ 265
  • 08Casa Colombo

    What would be better than providing you luxuries within minutes? The Casa Colombo is one of the finest boutique hotel built in a 200 year old mansion is a place to be. The floors are beautifully carpeted with Indian and Italian mosaic floors.

    Location
    : It is located in Bambalapitiya and is well connected with Colombo’s business district. The best thing about the rooms of this hotel is that each and every room is different from the other. It is one of the most impressive boutique which is hard to find anywhere else in Sri Lanka.

    Food
    : You can try some delicious cuisine with the authentic Sri Lankan Mild Curry Prawn Bisque

    Activities
    : You can finally absorb yourself in some good books with a well stacked library, 24 hour room service and a free accessible wi-fi. The boutique also offers different spa facilities which will keep you rejuvenated

    Prices
    : 450 USD
  • 09Earl's Regency, Kandy

    Image Credit : Anuradha Dissanyake - Flickr
    Royalty at its peak! Earl’s Regency will take you back to one of the most exotic monarchy of the Sri Lankan times. You never get a better 5 star treatment than this. Some of the luxurious rooms have Jacuzzi while the basic amenities are available in every room.

    It has housed some of the best restaurants with some amazing dining options. If you are looking for themed dine in you should go for Far Pavilion and if you are a hard core Indian at heart, don’t forget to relish the curries served at the Royal spice Indian restaurant.

    Image Credits : Jaina - Flickr

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    Highlights: You can visit the Temple of Tooth Relic which has the tooth of Lord Buddha.

    Activities: You shouldn’t miss the chance to see the sacred walls of Dalada Maligawa.

    Food: Don’t forget to try kiribath or milk rice in breakfast

    Prices: A minimum of USD 123.

    Location: Tennekumbura, Sri Lanka.
  • 10Cinnamon 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.
  • 11Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, Kandy

    Rested on the Knuckles Mountain range with a spectacular view of chirping birds, beautiful mountains and lush green valleys and not to forget, the tea plantations. Feed your stomach with organically grown food which are grown in their gardens.



    Food: All the food preparation are done by the chef in the Ayurvedha style which makes it even more sumptuous.

    Activities: You can even rejuvenate you soul at the spa and yoga centres.

    Location: Madolkele – Habaragala road, Sri Lanka. Activities: A massive library and a free internet access, an English styled Lounge and Bar, live in quarters for drivers and onsite parking too is available

     Price: USD 199.
  • 12Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya

    Sink yourself in extreme luxury! Visit Langdale by Amaya. You will see greenery all around and you can absorb extreme serenity and calmness. The grace with which the property is built will leave you absolutely speechless. You can explore the town of Radalla or may be a plunge into our lovely swimming pool. The staff will help you in crafting a memorable experience around Nuwara Eliya.



    Activities: You can also enjoy sightseeing at the tea plantations. You can avail some of the complimentary activities such as Bird watching, Wi-fi access and temperature controlled outdoor pool. Location: 2 and a half hours from Colombo

    Highlights: The have created experiences for different kinds of travellers such as Romantic Travellers, Adventurous Travellers and Indulgent Travellers too

    Food: The restaurant offers Chinese, Japenese, French and Italian cuisine too.

    Price: Minimum price is 213 USD and can go upto 274 USD
  • 13Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya

    Live the way Britishers once used to live, entre into Jetwing St. Andrew’s which was earlier a country house. You will be totally swayed with the mesmerizing beauty of being surrounded with mountains which are covered with mist.

    It is located in Nuwara Eliya which is blessed with a cooler climate making it an ideal place to stay for all the colonial rulers. You can also enjoy several activities such as golf, fishing or hiking through Horton Plains.



    Activities: You can play snooker in this hotel which has an old and antique snooker table.

    Highlights: The hotel has a snooker room which has 117 year old table which is considered to be one of the oldest in Sri Lanka.

    Food: The breakfast caters to some of the best Sri Lankan cuisine

    Prices: Minimum of 208 USD

    Location:4 and a half hours from Colombo
  • 14The Waterfall Resort, Nuwara Eliya

    The waterfall resort is built to preserve the environment and being surrounded with the tea plantations it comes with its own natural beauty and charm. The resort has housed some 43 villas which makes the property looks extremely massive.

    With the resort like this, you will always be soaked in some favourite pastime such as keeping yourself busy in the tea factory, witnessing the natural spring or may be going in for an adventurous mountain trek.



    Highlights: Natural spring and bird’s eye view of St. Clair’s waterfall which goes through the town of Talawakele. You can also make your trip extremely romantic with a perfect dine. The resort also provides butler and shuttle services

    Prices: Rs.6723- Rs.7809

    Location: Devon Estate, Sri Lanka.
  • 15Heritance 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
  • 16Lavanga 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.
  • 17Citrus Resort

    Have you ever found yourself being surrounded with beaches, countryside and the hippy nightlife of the place. Just sit back plug into some good music and get into the mood of celebrating.

    If you are looking for some fun filled water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.

    You can also enjoy a wonderful calm and serene boat rides which will be just perfect for all the water lovers. You can simply soak yourself in a sea view bar in some good drinks.



    Activities: Whale and Dolphin watching, Stilt Fishing in Ahangamaand Kanneliya rainforest is something which will make your stay even more exciting.

    Location: Galle Road, Sri Lanka.

    Food: The restaurant Lemon Fish displays an authentic menu of ‘Hikkup’ and ‘Rotis’ which will be a real treat to your taste buds.

    Prices: The prices may vary as per the season but it is ideally around USD$85.
  • 18Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon

    Dance your legs to the trance music of Hika Tranz which is housed in the centre of the beach life. If you love to spend some good time with yourself, you can just sit by the beach side and enjoy the loud roars of the waves crashing against the shore.

    The walls all around are filled with paintings and outrageous illustrations of art which will lighten up your mood and will take you to a different world altogether.

    The charming southern experience will let you sneak into the rainforest and historical sites to have a memorable experience.



    Location: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

    Food: If you are a sea food lover, you can stimulate your senses at the restaurant ‘The Crab’

    Activities: Rejuvenate your senses with some relaxing Spa treatments.

    Prices: 245$USD for 2 persons.
  • 19Coral 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
  • 20Jetwing Blue, Negombo

    Luxury is re-defined with Jetwing Blue! The beach hotel experience was never this amazing before. The warm hospitable staff just adds to the experience.

    The view that the place provides is simply unimaginable. It has an array of palm trees which makes the place look even more beautiful.



    Highlights: Beach dining is an amazing experience which lets you enjoy the delectable cuisine and that too at the ocean’s edge. The beach front allows you rest your sand under your feet to make the dining experience quite exclusive.

    Location: Ethukale, Porutota, Negombo, Sri Lanka, it is just 12 km from the main airport. The hotel also offers a child care centre.

    Prices: 202 USD. Food: To have the best experience you can order a beach BBQ or romantic SPA dinner.

    Activities: You can avail a relaxing Spa or can just take a plunge into the beautiful swimming pool.
  • 21The - All Suite Hotel, Negombo

    Unwind yourself into a massive space of ‘All Suite Hotel’ which is located on the Negombo beach. Just loosen up a little bit by diving into the Negombo beach or else you can also slip into a Jacuzzi allowing you to relax your senses.

    Deep blue seas and the perfect sunsets is something which will hold you back whenever you intend to leave the place.


    Food: The hotel has two restaurants, the popular TheVu which serves the very special fusion food and is prepared by a renowned chef of the place Chef Koluu

    Location: It is just ten minutes away from the airport which makes it easier for you to reach.

    Activities: You will be delighted to check out our gym centers.

    Prices: $175 for 2 person.
  • 22Rani Beach Resort, Negombo

    The resort never fails to catch the traveller’s eye as it is located in the prime location of Negombo beach. It allows you to give an experience of living in luxurious independent suites. All the suites are spacious enough for you to have a king size feeling.

    It also allows you to try some of the thrilling and adventurous water sports which will be an experience in itself. You can also relax by the poolside with absolutely nothing but good music.



    Food: You can put an end to the growling sound of your stomach with an amazing sea food.

    Location: 20 minutes from Bandaranaike.

    Activities: Catamaran ride which will make you feel truly special.

    Prices: Rs.7127
  • 23The Fortress, Koggala

    A boutique resort which not only has a spectacular view of the deep blue ocean but at the same time comes with lush green palm trees. In the resort you will find hints of both Dutch and Portuguese influences which gives the resort an amazing look.

    Each and every room of the resort comes with its own independent either courtyards or balconies. Al the rooms are equipped with 7ft by 7ft king size beds which makes you stay extremely luxurious.



    Food: The garden view is not to be missed and offers you food from different varieties starting from the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to wood fried Pizzas

    Activities: The resort also comes with special spa centres and Ayurveda therapies which will leave you all the more relaxed

    Location: Habaraduwa, Koggala.

    Prices: USD$325 for 2 person.
  • 24The Long Beach Resort, Koggala

    The view of the Long Beach Resort will leave you jaw drop. The massive stretch of the clean, blue waters will definitely have a soothing feeling. Take a walk by the beach and we are sure that you will realize that life isn’t that bad, it is really beautiful.

    You will find yourself with just the sand, sun and surf leaving you and your soul with complete solitude. The interesting names of the rooms makes your stay even more delightful such as 172 sea view and 28 non sea view.

    After all sitting by the serene and calm waters will give you some good introspection about your inner soul.

    Location: Matara Road, Koggala.



    Activities: You can check out the Galle Fort which is an important tourist attraction.

    Prices: USD98.

    Food: The restaurant ‘Azure’ offers you a mouth-watering a la carte.
  • 25Amangalla, Galle

    Suiting you upscale taste is Amangalla which is built during the historic times in the year 1684. The whole architecture of the place speaks for itself especially the gardens which are beautifully manicured and are preserved properly from the historic times.

    The rooms are also well equipped with antique furnishings which will give you a feeling of royalty by your side.



    Highlights: Handunugoda tea plantations, whale watching are some of the exciting things you can do in the place.

    Activities: Apart from the usual you can also visit the age old Dutch church which is stilly beautifully intact.

    Location: 10 Church Street Fort, Galle.

    Food: The chef keep experimenting with the Sri Lankan delicacies to serve you the best.

    Prices: Starting from 400 USD and can go upto 1250 USD
  • 26Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa, Unawatuna

    Treat yourself with extreme luxury where you will witness the contemporary Dutch architecture. Sip fresh coconut water and indulge in the harmonious surrounding of blue waters, it will be truly relaxing. The tranquillity of the beach side setting is so absorbing that you will relaxed.

    If you are too stressed out, you can treat yourself with some good Ayurveda therapies. Food: You can try some good seafood which can be paired up with Thambapanni leisure cuisine which is finger licking goo.

     



    Activities: You can try some amazing water sports like snorkelling and diving both of which are truly exciting. You can also wander to the Dutch Fort which too will be an experience in itself.

    Location: Unawatuna Appartments, Galle, Sri Lanka.

    Prices:$218
  • 27CoCo Bay Unawatuna

    A view which is worth a watch is the CoCo Bay Unawatuna which is carefully guarded by the turquoise blue water. The holiday in the bay will leave you with an unforgettable experience. It will be heavenly paradise which will leave speechless.

    The magnificent view of the Galle Fort amidst the lush palm trees which will be an amazing sightseeing opportunity. You can never be tired and bored in the company of crabs and monkeys which always keep you happy



    Food: Unawatuna is one of the finest fishing village and serves one of the delicious seafood too.

    Location: The place is 108 km south of Colombo.

    Prices: 285USD.

    Activities: You can visit the largest Blue Whale Colony. If you want more the hotel beach also is an ideal place for surfers and golf lovers.
  • 28Uga Bay Hotel, Passikudah

    Exclusivity at its peak! This luxury beach resort is will take your breath away. It has some 46 spacious rooms and suites which overlooks the view of the Pasikuda Bay. The Mediterranean and tropical architecture is truly a show stealer.

    The privacy which this resort provides makes it the most chosen resorts for the Honeymoon couples. The underground Spa is truly miraculous as it renders your body completely relaxed. This beach is the most ideal location to spot Trevally Jack and Grouper fish



    Activities: You can visit the giant Buddha statue at Polonnaruwa.  You can either simply roll in the sand or may be engage yourself in water sports like Snorkelling

    Location: Kalkudah, Sri Lanka.

    Prices: $113.

    Food: You can try some real Asian and Sri Lankan Cuisine
  • 29Anilana 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.
  • 30Serene Pavilions, Wadduwa

    A perfect indulgence into luxury and natural beauty will definitely get you spoilt. The sumptuous pavilions and the breath-taking view both are something which one would not like to miss. It has two variety of pavilions, namely garden pavilions and ocean pavilions which are world class living space.

    The proximity to the Indian Ocean makes this place look even more beautiful. You can also enjoy some fresh fish from the local fishermen.
     



    Food: You can gorge red snapper, small snapper, sprats and tuna which is one of Wadduwa best catch.

    Activities: The natural beauty of Sri Lanka, makes it an ideal place for Golfing, Cricket. It has a luxurious swimming pool which makes you stay even more comfortable.

    Location: One and a half hour from Colombo  

    Prices
    : Starting from US$132.
  • 31Reef Villa & Spa, Wadduwa

    There are majestic looking palm trees overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Reef Villa is a colonial styled and high end resort which features some of the most beautiful and antique furniture which is hard to find anywhere else. The resort some beautiful looking suites such as the Lily Pond Suite, Plantation House Suite and Ocean Suite which makes your stay really comfortable.

    Each suite is different from the other and each villa overlooks either a small lily pond or green plantation or even the mighty ocean to make you feel that you are no less than a prince or princess for them.


    Location: Samanthara road, Wadduwa

    Food: You can try some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine along with some good wine.

    Prices: US$525.

    Activities: You can check some plantation houses along with Spa facilities.
  • 32Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla

    Sitting in Heritance Kandalama will make you feel that life is truly beautiful. It showcases a view which is even impossible for you to imagine in your dreams. A hotel which is tightly grabbed by Sigiriya rock forest in its arms and the mighty sea on the other end.

    No wonder, the relentless beauty that it manifests is one of the reason why this place is the eighth wonder of the world. The local ingredients are used by the chef in their cuisine to come up with a wide variety of dishes.



    Food
    : Don’t forget to try Thilapi, which is a kind of fish from Kandalama and is baked in lotus leaf with sarana leaves. Commonly this dish is eaten with Karapincha and tomato coulis.

    Prices: USD184.

    Location: It is 4 hour from Colombo.

    Activities: You can go to Minnery National Park for some excursion.
  • 33Cinnamon 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.
  • 34Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura

    The most arresting thing about the hotel of Anuradhapura is its 150 year mansion which never fails to catch the attention of the most of its tourists. Most of the energy is sourced from solar farms. It has 20 luxurious villas which is culturally and historically enriched to ensure that customers have a box full of memories to share with their friends.



    Activities: Don’t miss the opportunity to visit The Sri Mahabodhi Tree, under which Buddha got enlightenment or the Abhayagiri Monastery.
     
    Location
    : Thirappane, Anuradhapura.

    Prices
    : Approximately USD 386.

    Food: You get to eat eastern and western cuisine along with some authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • 3598 Acres Resort, Ella

    This resort is truly spectacular as it stands on a 98 acre tea estate and hence the name. The unique property of this resort is that all the impressive chalets are prepared from recyclable substances. The railway sleepers are used in the making of the walls and the thatched roofs are made up of ‘Illuk’ which gives a natural look to the place.

     



    Activities
    : If you find historical artifacts to be quite intriguing then you can surely find some ruins here. You can go for a cycling expedition, waterfalls and temples. You can also explore the beautiful tea gardens which can make your experience even more memorable.

    Prices: Rs 9397 for two person.

    Food
    : Tea soups and sauces are a specialty of the place.

    Location
    : It is 5 to 6 hours from Colombo.
  • 36Amanwella, Tangalle

    It is a perfect hideaway for everybody who wants to escape from the ordinary city life. The place has remained unexplored for a long time and is rich in flora and fauna. You can also get a chance to be a part of village of Palapotta which comes with an age old pottery heritage. The pottery are inspired with many terracotta designs which will give you a unique experience.



    Activities: It is the best place for surfing, snorkeling, whale watching and fishing. This place has also kept hidden some of the natural treasures like many renowned wildlife sanctuary.

    Location: Boddhi Mawatha Wella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka.

    Prices: EUR 1101.58 per night
     
    Food: You can taste the locally grown produce which you would surely relish
  • 37Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chilaw

    You will witness infinite pleasure with the cool waters of the ocean which is juxtaposed against the mangrove fringed lagoon. The charming waters can pep up your romance and make you feel both seductive and secluded.

    The unique experience that we provide will surely make your heart skip a beat. The Chilaw lagoon provides a perfect backdrop which will give you a calm and peaceful retreat.

    Activities: Wilpattu National Park where you see sloth bear and elephants which will make your experience even more exciting. You can visit several popular church to showcase the culturally rich heritage.

    Location
    : Pasikudah, Sri Lanka.
     
    Food
    : Both local and international cuisines are available.

    Prices
    : Rs 8765 for 2 person
  • 38Weligama Bay Resort, Weligama

    This resort is quite peacefully housed on the sandy beach in the southern tip of the island. You can enjoy the calm and serenity of Taprobane where the dream house of French Count de Maunay was built where the writer Arthur C.Clark made his home.

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    Activities: You can stroll through the cinnamon or tea plantations. You can explore Sinharaja Rain Forest. Whale watching and dolphin watching during the months of November till April. Scuba diving is also an amazing water sports which will keep you occupied and happy.

    Location
    : Weligama Bay resort, Matara Road.

    Prices
    : Rs 8494 for 2 persons.

    Food
    : Enjoy Sri Lankan Curries along with other seafood items.
  • 39Jungle Beach Resort, Kuchchaveli

    Plants and trees are artfully included in the hotel’s design giving a natural and wonderful look to the Jungle Beach Resort. The view of the lagoon which is completely immersed in the jungle. You can also enjoy the song of the bird chirping and giving a whole new perspective to your living. You can watch the beautiful waterfalls which will make your experience totally unforgettable.



    Activities: Snorkeling with reef fish, diving with whales and jet skiing. You can also witness the hot spring of Kannya which has a beautiful legend attached to it. Lover’s Leap is also a place which one should see.

    Location: Trincomalee, Srilanka.

    Food: The food is made up of fresh and organic produce which makes it an ideal delight.

    Prices: Rs 9173 for 2 person.
  • 40Club Palm Bay, Marawila

    Just take a stroll to the local fishing village on the northwest coast of Sri Lanka. The simplicity and charm has kept the place from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lush green tropical greenery just adds to its beauty.

    You can simply roll in the sand and relax while the faint ray of the sun falls on you. The feeling is truly beautiful because you are just miles away from the cares of the city.

    Highlights: Munneswaram Temple is located in the Club Palm Bay which has its close relation with the age old Indian epic of Ramayana. The Dutch Fort which is 45 minutes away from the Club Palm Bay will still show you strong influence of the Dutch.

    Location: Thalaiwila Wella Road, Marawila, Sri Lanka.

    Prices: Rs 7570 per person

    Activities: You can enjoy indoor activities like Table Tennis, Basket Ball, Badminton and Squash Court.

    Food: The restaurant has a special feature by the name of Alfresco dining which gives you a chance to dine with your beloved by the pool or lagoon and relish the taste of some of the finest cuisine.

Resorts in Srilanka

Attractions

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Whale Watching Spot

Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.


Location:  Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.

Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.

Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.

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Nine Arches Bridge

The Nine Arches Bridge is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Sri Lanka and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. There is an interesting story behind this bridge. When the British stopped the construction of this bridge mid-way due to lack of steel during World War 1, the locals constructed it using stone and bricks. 

The bridge has stood strong without a single piece of steel since then. The setting of the bridge is extremely charming and is amongst the most popular tourist places in Ella. It is located inside a dense forest near a quaint little village with tea plantations surrounding it. Watching the old world trains pass through this bridge is a sight most loved by the tourists. 


Location: Between Ella and Damodara Station

Timings: The bridge is approachable all day around. However, early morning sunrise is the best time to visit. 

Price: There is no entry fee.

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Ravana Falls

Sri Lanka is abundant with the legends of Ramayana. So much so that even the natural landscapes have compelling stories associated with them. The Ravana Falls and the nearby caves are said to be some of the places where the demon god Ravana hid. These legends and the striking landscape of this Ella attraction pulls many travellers to them. 

The waterfall is around 82 ft. in height and is layered in three tiers. The third tier is approachable after a sharp rock climb and rewards with some amazing views of the dense greens and the rocky landscape. 


Location: A 23, Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary, Ella

Timings: March- June, December- February

Price: There is no entry fee

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Secret Beach

The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.

Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.


Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.

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Ravana's Cave

Ravana’s Cave is a place of the legends and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. As per Hindu mythology, it is said that Ravana had hidden Sita in this cave after kidnapping her. Legends apart, the natural scenic beauty of this cave, located at a height of around 4,500 ft.) attracts hikers and adventure seekers from all over the world. 

This caving activity is exciting, as one has to climb around 1,000 steps to reach the huge cave. Travellers love to spend time in the cool dark interiors of the cave and amidst the dense greenery. 


Location: Bandarawela- Wellawaya Road, Ella

Timings: Best time to visit is early morning or evening to escape the heat. The caves are open all year round. 

Price: LKR 150, INR 58

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Mirissa Beach

If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.

Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.

Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.

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Ella Rock

Ella Rock is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ella amongst the most interesting places to visit in Ella. A three-hour easy trek will take you further into the luxuriantly dense forested countryside of Ella attractions. During the trek up till the rock, you will see beautiful tea plantations and get a chance to interact with the tea planters. 

Once atop the rock, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the morning sun rising from behind the lush hills. You will get a bird’s eye view of the scenic valleys rolling for miles. Travellers love to spend some quiet time in peace atop the rock in this popular tourist place in Ella.


Location: Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela highway, Ella

Timings: The best time for this hike is early morning around 5:30 am

Price: LKR 3,800, INR 1,500

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Parrot Rock Bridge

Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.

It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.

Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.

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Ceylon Tea Factory

Ceylon Tea Factory is actually a restaurant, which has been named this way so as to intrigue and educates travellers about the tea making heritage of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of the country, and not only Ella. Here, you can taste traditional Sri Lankan curries & hot rice, along with international cuisines and drinks. 

The restaurant also has a tea bar that makes hundreds of varieties of teas. Gluten-free meals are also available here. 


Location: no. 4, Passara Road, Ella

Timings: Every day 11:00 am- 10:00 pm

Price: A meal for two costs around LKR 2,290, INR 900.

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Little Adam's Peak

Due to its natural landscape, Ella has many quaint and rustic hiking trails. Little Adam’s Peak is one such popular trail that should not be missed. It is a short 50-60 minutes trek that takes you through the world famous tea plantations of the region. The greenery is a respite to the eyes and the intoxicating fragrance of the tea leaves further adds to the experience. 

Once you reach the top of the Little Adam’s Peak, you will see a Buddha statue backdropped against the mountains. 


Location: Ella- Passara Road, Ella 90090

Timings: The best time for the hike is at sunrise or the sunset. The peak is approachable all year around.

Price: There is no entry fee. 

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Coconut Tree Hill

One of the unique and unusual places to visit in Mirissa is Coconut Tree Hill. Located at the end of Mirissa beach, this place is completely covered with palm trees.

It is one of those attractions in Mirissa, which are great for taking pictures of all the tall beautiful palms overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy a well-deserved coconut at this place to add an extra memorable element to your journey.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: No entry cost.

Best Time to Visit: Being in the proximity of the main beach; it is recommended to reach this place early in the morning or before sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: You can reach this place by taking a short walk from Mirissa beach. It will take 10-15 minutes approximately walking along the beach to reach this beautiful spot.

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Dhowa rock temple

Sri Lanks is known around the world for its tranquil and peaceful spiritual destinations, and the Dhowa Rock Temple is one of the best Ella attractions. Said to be around 2,000 years old, this temple is famous for its huge 39 ft. unfinished statue of Buddha. The rock art and murals in this temple are amazing sights. 

You might run into some monks here who will be more than happy to tell you stories about the Temple. Surrounded by lush greenery, the temple transports the visitors into a peaceful trance. 


Location: Bandarawela- Ella Road

Timings: 8:00- 5:00 pm

Price: There is no entry fee, but you can leave a donation at the temple

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Weligambay Beach

It is a relatively smaller beach alternative if you want to avoid the crowd. It is quieter, serene and a great place for surfing beginners. At times fishing boats outnumber the tourists, especially in low season.

In addition to being a top surfing destination, this beach is also an excellent place for Instagram lovers. You can also take a few photographs with iconic stilt fishermen, a practice rooted back to World War II.


Location: Weligambay Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: It is an amazing place to have breakfast or lunch with your friends and family.

Distance from Mirissa: Weligambay beach is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Mirissa so you can always take a tuk-tuk to your destination. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes.

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Mahamevnawa Monastery

The Mahamevnawa Monastery is one of the most important and revered Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka founded by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero and is amongst the top places to visit in Ella. This monastery serves as an educational institution for young people and adults who want to be ordained as monks. 

Sri Lankan artists have adorned the Monastery with striking carvings, murals, and painting. Here, you can not only talk freely to the monks but also take personalised meditation lectures from them. Listening to the reverberating Buddhist hymns amidst the peaceful environs is a tranquil experience. 


Location: Bandarawela, Ella

Timings: 8:00 am- 9:00 pm every day of the week

Price: There is no entry fee

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Matara Beach

Mirissa is just a small town of Matara district so without a shred of doubt Matara beach comes amongst the popular beaches of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy long walks by the shore, taking surfing lessons, and beachcombing at this wonderful place.

Furthermore, if you are not into the mood of taking a walk or any surfing lessons, you can simply read your favourite novel gazing at the ocean in between. And post that, you can take a bath in the sea water if the tide is not so strong.


Location: Matara, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: Just like other beaches; try to get there early in the morning or before sunset as it gets crowded in the afternoon. Moreover, do not visit it on the weekend because being a major town in the country, it can get heavily crowded on weekends.

Distance from Mirissa: Being a major district of Sri Lanka, it is well connected to every major city and town in Sri Lanka. From Mirissa you can take a tuk-tuk which will not take more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful beach.
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Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory

This place is a must-visit for the lovers of tea and is amongst the top tourist places in Ella! Sri Lanka is famous the world over for its amazing Ceylon tea. Halpewatte Tea Factory invites tourists to come inside their premise and see how their favourite tea is made- right from plucking the tea leaves, processing till final packaging. 

This is the largest tea factor in the Uva region. After the tour, you can also have a cup of tea in their tea shop and take teas home. The factory is located at a beautiful vantage point with scenic views of the hills and valleys. 


Location: Badulla Road, Hela halpem Ella

Timings: Every day 8:00 am- 5:00 pm 

Price: Adults LKR 763, INR 300, Children LKR 381, INR 150

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