Tourist arrives to double at Arugam Bay

 Arugam Bay popularly known and called as ‘Tourists Paradise’ is now being frequented by tourists from various parts of the world. An increased number of Tourists are expected to visit the area in year 2017.

The Arugam Bay in the Pottuvil Division in the Ampara District is also turning out to be a popular health resort attracting both foreign and local tourists.

The beach isn’t the only attraction in the area. The countryside of the village of Arugam Bay brings about loveliest sceneries that span over mangrove, jungle, lagoon, river, rice fields and dunes.

The area also reputed for its rich cultural heritage and famous religious places like Mudu Maha Vihara, Magul Maha Vihara, Kudumbigala archaeological sites and Aukenda Temples. They also come to watch birds at the Kumuna National Park and visit sand dunes.

The surfing season in Arugam Bay starts in April and ends in October. During the season the wind is predominantly offshore. Two kilometers inland from Arugam Bay is scenic Pottuvil Lagoon. Pottuvil Lagoon tour a local fisherman is another joy at Arugam Bay.

The season for Dolphin viewing at Arugam Bay beach is the period of April to October that falls within the high season of Arugam Bay.

12 km south of Arugam Bay is Panama, the last inhabited village that precedes the Yala East National Park. Panama that stays somewhat inland yet intersects with lagoons is rich in bird life.

20 km south of Panama is the village of Okanda that has a popular surfing spot.

The Village is home to a famous shrine located at the point God skanda is believed to have landed on the island.

Kumuna Bird Sanctuary, fed by a channel from the River Kumbukkan Oya is the focal point of Yala East National Park.

About 20 km into the park is Kumuna reservoir of which mangroves host a wide array of aquatic birds where many nest in May and June.

A few kilometers inland from Okanda lay the Kudumbigala forest hermitage. About 15 km inland from Arugam Bay, (on Siyambalanduwa – Pottuvil road) the main road passes through the scenic Lahugala Park draws a population of about 150 elephants during July and August.

Just east of Lahugala lies a cluster of ruins of the ancient Buddhist temple called Magul Maha Vihara build by King Dhatusena.

All these makes the location a a major draw for tourists.

Source : http://dailynews.lk/2017/03/23/business/111274/tourist-arrives-double-arugam-bay

River cruise on the Mahaweli: A Cinnamon Citadel experience

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 The guests of Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy are now welcome to embark on a boat ride along Sri Lanka’s longest river, the Mahaweli, to further enrich this idyllic escape from the mundane. The tranquil nature of the stunning environment that surrounds the hotel flows through the entire experience, both within the confines of the hotel and the lush green landscape.

The smooth lull of the boat on Mahaweli waters, is no ordinary boat ride; guests will travel with expert naturalists attached to Cinnamon Nature Trails, the eco-tourism and excursions arm of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, further enhancing the excursion via the flashes of colour and the melodious chirps of the endemic bird life.

Sashaying through the Mahaweli, guests will spot an array of wetland birds, the long-legged Herons, the family oriented Cranes and the brightly coloured Kingfishers. Amphibians and reptiles too lurk in and around the banks of the river, exposing visitors to an almost utopian-like co-existence of diverse species.

The dense bio-diversity in the vicinity enables guests the ability to spot bird-life and wildlife even while dining at the main restaurant of the hotel -Panorama, which opens out to the breathtaking view of the Mahaweli and the surrounding mountain range. A dip in the pool, surrounded by natural landscapes, will further envelop guests into the magical healing properties that nature offers in abundance. While all guests who visit Cinnamon Citadel Kandy thrive on the scenic beauty of Kandy and the pure bliss that a Zen atmosphere brings, the expert naturalists of Cinnamon Nature Trails are well equipped to cater to avid bird watching and nature enthusiasts. With the skillful guidance of the naturalists, visitors may venture out of the hotel premises and walk through the forests, trek on the Knuckles mountain range, climb the Adams Peak and camp on the Horton Plains.

All experts necessary for professional level bird watching are available in-house. Guests are therefore welcome to take Cinnamon Nature Trails up on the offer of stepping out of the hotel and into the wetland forests to explore the vibrant birdlife that flutter about. Expert naturalists will ensure that they spot as many birds as the visitor’s time will allow. Passionate bird watchers are recommended to spend 10 to 15 days in order to see all 30 endemic bird species and most of the 169 migrant birds among the 490 bird species in existence in the country. Sri Lanka, being a tropical country is blessed with a year round birding season and is the ideal destination for ardent bird watchers any time of the year.

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy offers guests a relaxing getaway on one of the country’s most culturally rich regions. The hotel is best known for its amazing views from any part of its premises. Located just 15-20 minutes from the town, visitors can explore much more than the excursions within the vicinity as the hotel is situated inconvenient proximity to gain access to the Peradeniya botanical gardens, the Temple of the Tooth relic or the Udawatte Kele sanctuary to mention a few.

Source :http://dailynews.lk/2017/03/23/features/111238/river-cruise-mahaweli-cinnamon-citadel-experience

Agent FAM Tour of Eden Viaggi – Italy

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Eden Viaggi a leading tour operator in Italy together with Aitken Spence Travels Ltd. has organised a FAM Trip for Italian leading travel agents to visit Sri Lanka. They will be visiting the Cultural Triangle, Kandy, East Coast and the West Coast. These travel agents will gain firsthand information about the product on offer and the tourism potential in Sri Lanka during their visit. On their return they will promote Sri Lanka as a destination aggressively.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/605178/Agent-FAM-Tour-of-Eden-Viaggi-%E2%80%93-Italy

Sail Lanka’s launches new ‘Massage Cruise’

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DFT-11-6To celebrate the festive season ahead, Sail Lanka, the pioneer in Sri Lanka yachting and coastal cruises is launching an exciting new package, ‘The Massage Cruise,’ on one of its 53-foot catamarans.

This new offering of an once-in-a-lifetime romantic private sailing experience includes Ayurveda masseurs on-board to attend to their guests and is geared at couples but can be arranged for larger parties. For those looking to pamper themselves, their partners or friends, this is the ultimate relaxing one-of-a-kind escape.

To make the season truly memorable, this exclusive massage cruise is now available on the South Coast from Jungle Beach in Unawatuna and will continue through the Sinhalese New Year till the end of April with a special 20% discount. This special cruise and massage promotion will also be available on the East Coast, from May onwards.

The cruise package includes a welcome drink and a meal, whilst the captain and crew ensure guests are comfortable. This is followed by a one-hour massage, full body, head, face or reflexology by two professionally trained Ayurveda therapists working simultaneously on two state-of-the-art massage beds in the cosy comforts of the privatized covered deck with views of the shore and water.

The massage session creates a uniquely soothing and rejuvenating, holistic mind-body experience combining the best of what Sri Lanka has to offer in terms of traditional, Ayurveda massage and the magical, scenic settings of Jungle Beach Bay gently swayed by the rhythm of the waves.

Thereafter, the boat will set sail towards the Japanese Peace Pagoda and Unawatuna Bay, as the guests relax and enjoy the sunset with breath-taking views of the scenic Galle Fort and Lighthouse. Once the boat drops anchor a freshly cooked fish BBQ dinner will be served in the soothing ambiance of the tranquillity of this idyllic, exclusive and romantic bay.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/604731/Sail-Lanka-s-launches-new–Massage-Cruise-

Experience ‘Little England’ with Cocoon

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Widely known for its production of tea and the chilly climate, the city of Nuwara Eliya has certainly secured a special place in the hearts of many local and international tourists. Located in the hill country and often referred to as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya overlooks acres of picturesque mountains and buildings from the British era that leaves a hint of the colonial influence on the city. The city tends to mimic an old English country town making it a nostalgic getaway for European tourists. However in more recent times the influx of tourists has become truly global with visitors from around the world escaping the warm summer heat.

The city usually welcomes the most amounts of tourists during the month of April as locals from all over the country also flock to the hill country to enjoy school vacations and the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The month of April in the hill country is also known for the blooming of exotic flowers, horse-racing, motor races and many more fun activities.

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In order to cater to the growing tourist demand, Nuwara Eliya is home to a number of hotels and boutique properties. Two of the most prominent are owned by the Cocoon Resorts group. Taking in to consideration the discerning needs of both local and international visitors Cocoon Hills and Royal Cocoon are both beautiful boutique style bungalows that have been restored to their former glory from the bygone era of the British planters.

Cocoon Hills consists of a main bungalow comprising of four bedrooms, a large living area along with a dining area that can accommodate about eight people. The hotel also consists of a family suite comprising of two bedrooms, a separate entrance, a living room and dining area. Each room at Cocoon Hills is equipped with heaters, double beds, hot water, telephone connection, internet, bathrooms and a separate television in the living room. The boutique bungalow hotel also offers an American breakfast spread for their guests aside from their A-la-carte menu that serves both local and international favourites.

The larger of the two hotels, Royal Cocoon is located near the famous Victoria Park Botanical Gardens in the midst of acres and acres of luscious greenery and picturesque views of hills. The boutique bungalow hotel consists of seven bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and boasts modern facilities such as satellite/cable TV, heaters and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant at the hotel provides all day dining on an A-la-carte menu.

With exceptional hospitality that is truly Sri Lankan, Cocoon Hills and Royal Cocoon invites all holiday-makers to make reservations early to avoid the room rush as April approaches.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/604466/Experience–Little-England–with-Cocoon

 

Whale-watching aboard Captain Jade, an unforgettable experience

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03Whale watching off the southern coast of Sri Lanka has become popular over the past few years and it’s often an unforgettable experience for visitors, giving them the chance of seeing the beauty of nature at close quarters.

While there are numerous whale watching expeditions available along the southern coast, the newest entrant to the fray has something unique to offer which makes it an experience of a lifetime by way of residential facilities combined with exploration of the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

The new whale watching experience comes with the newest addition to the fleet of Sail Lanka Charters, the first chartering company in the country with more than 10 boats in operation around the island.

The 52-feet catamaran named Jade is the first boat that offers residential cruises with four cabins, each with their private bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen with a professional chef. The double-deck boat offers a wide variety of cruises to make almost every wish come true.

The Cruise Southern Experience consists of two nights and three day from December to April; one cabin for one night costs $ 350 which would go up to $ 750 depending on the requirements.

The Jaffna Cruise costs $ 7,850 and it would cost $ 3,300 for three nights/four days. These are all inclusive prices which include accommodation, meals and all other services.

This two night cruise allows guests to discover the various points of interest of the southern cost of Sri Lanka. They will experience a true yachting experience in the most beautiful bays of the tropical south of the island. A young, well-trained and dedicated crew comprising Sri Lankan youth will lead guests with pleasure through this amazing experience.

On day one we embarked on board the Captain Jade catamaran at 4 p.m. in Mirissa just in time to catch the breathtaking sunset. The boat was then anchored in the quiet bay of Weligama while a dinner of fresh fish and seafood was served under the stars.

On day two, before dawn the crew set sail into the open sea to reach the whales. At 7 a.m., we were treated to the sight of the magnificent cetaceans after which we enjoyed a full breakfast with a lot of seafood, tropical fruits and exquisitely blended Ceylon Tea.

After the whale watching session, at noon the catamaran arrived in the splendid Bay of Galle where lunch was served. After lunch we swam and snorkelled at Jungle Beach. Dinner was served on board in the calm Bay of Galle.

On day three, after an invigorating breakfast, the Captain Jade headed towards Weligama and we were back on shore by mid-afternoon after a hearty lunch.

Jade was launched in December 2015 and it’s designed for one to seven day cruises. Jade is also available for day cruises from their regular bases.

The Jade 52 is designed to accommodate up to eight guests plus one captain, one chef and one crew member for cruises of up to 10 days. There are four comfortable cabins with private bathrooms.

In terms of common spaces, the living room is outside and the fully-equipped kitchen has all the facilities for the chef to prepare five-star meals at sea. Sun beds are available almost everywhere on the boat. The trampoline is the perfect place to have a rest while sailing. A shaded area is available around the table.

On the second deck the view is stunning and it’s the best place to observe whales and dolphins and to admire the sunset .The swimming platform in the back is at the perfect height to go slowly into the sea and to go out easily with the swimming ladder.

Safety is a top priority for Sail Lanka Charter. The safety standards applied are the same as in Europe, including insurance policy, certification of crew, and all safety equipment. Life jackets are also provided for all passengers. At least one certified lifeguard is always on board.

The boat is equipped with a rigid inflatable boat with outboard engine and a certified inflatable life raft in case an emergency. A first aid kit is on board in case of injuries or small accidents. Jade has a set of fire extinguishers on the deck and in the hulls. The engine room has specific CO2 extinguishers. A safety briefing is given by the captain at the beginning of all cruises.

Guests could contact Sail Lanka Charter through the website http://sail-lanka-charter.com/.0405060708

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/603983/Whale-watching-aboard-Captain-Jade–an-unforgettable-experience

Welikala Holdings invests Rs. 1 b in Arie Lagoon


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Welikala Holdings Ltd. will soon open their 55 roomed four-star deluxe property, Arie Lagoon in the scenic fishing village Thalahena, Negombo. Built on five and a half acres of beautifully landscaped lagoon front gardens with an investment in excess of Rs. 1 billion, the property offers high quality facilities and comforts one requires to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body like never before.

This unique water front property has four different types of tastefully designed and decorated spacious accommodation which include five suites, states Lakshman Welikala, Chairman of the property. Conveniently located in close proximity to the Colombo Airport, the property is also a 30 minute drive from Colombo on the express way.

Arie Lagoon also consists of two swimming pools one of which is with an infinity edge, conference/banquet hall which could accommodate 300 guests, an exclusive wine lounge, two specialty restaurants, wellness spa, gymnasium etc. Having direct access to both sea and lagoon on either side will undoubtedly give added advantage to the property. “Our primary objective is to offer our valued guests a distinctly different and unique experience and to feel they have got more than value for their money, after all that is what genuine and warm Sri Lankan hospitality is all about,” he further added.

Source : http://www.ft.lk/article/603646/Welikala-Holdings-invests-Rs–1-b-in-Arie-Lagoon