Posts Tagged ‘Excursions’

Elamulla Eco Bungalow an Unmatched Hideout

Elamulla is a remote location on the Northern slop of the Piduruthalagala Mountain range in the Nuwara Eliya District bordering the mysteriously beautiful Mandaram Nuwara. As the name reveals, Mandaram Nuwara, the gloomiest spot in Sri Lanka covered by the tallest mountain ranges and the forest shadows, is probably one of the best locations for adventurous excursions like trekking in trails mostly lush with a full range of flora and fauna to resemble a complete biodiversity on offer.

Definitely out of the popular and recognised tourism zones, ‘Elamulla Ecological Bungalow’ is situated in the middle of the serene settings of one of Sri Lanka’s largest organic farmlands in Elamulla with a picturesque Piduruthalagala mountain range as back drop. ‘Elamulla retreat is one of the most unique properties nature had gifted and probably the most unexplored destination Sri Lanka could offer.

‘Elamulla Ecological Bungalow’ is nearly 65 kms away from Kandy and just two kms from Mandaram Nuwara on Rikillagaskada Padiyapalella road. Mandaram Nuwara is an exclusively unique location within close proximity to the resort which is a definite plus point in elaborating the value of the location.

‘Elamulla Ecological Bungalow’, which was opened just two months ago after the renovation, offers five luxury rooms, overlooking the splendour of Elamulla Water fall and the virgin forest surrounded by the estate.

‘This bungalow is well over 80 years old and it has been refurbished and transformed into a modern luxury retreat, now available to indulge the Lanka’s latest unspoilt location’ said Janaka Dodanwala, Manager of the property.

Especially, the retreat is an unmatched hideout from the rest of the world for a total relaxation and yet with the basic luxuries one could possibly expect from a small luxury resort.

The property is an authentic granite structured colonial bungalow with five bed rooms out of which two sets of rooms are inter-connecting and one is an exclusive individual unit, thus offering three accommodation units.

The Elamulla Bungalow is comprised with a private pool in the back yard and with a wooden fired chimney together with a spectacular garden which spans over the mountain range to create a unique tranquillity for an exclusive colonial retreat.

‘The visitors can now experience an unforgettable holiday by participating in various activities apart from absolute relaxing. We have two water falls and a natural pond for total private bathing and three to two hour trek cross the estate to Habaragala Forest’ Janaka explained.

The guests too can join the field work at the organic farming and gain hands on experience and observation of organic cultivation practices at the 17 acre garden and farm.

The garden and the farm with authentic organic farming for fruits, vegetables and herbs will make an unique combination with the bungalow to have its own farms to provide the fruit and vegetable requirement of the resort.

‘The sumptuous Sri Lankan food served at the bungalow, is authentically organic

and exclusively from our own gardens. Apart from that our paddy field are now on production with ancient rice varieties such as ‘heenati’, ‘suvandal’, ‘pachchaperumal’, ‘olu’ to name a few’ said Sampath Senanayake, Director General Manager –Operations of the Bio Food (Pvt.) Limited, the owning company of the Bungalow.

‘Like other hotels and resorts, we do not have any set times for meals. Breakfast, lunch or dinner will be served at times requested by our guests. It is lazy living at Elamulla’ Janaka said.

Bird watching and jungle safaris can be arranged on request. Wild bore, leopards, wild frogs, braking deer and varieties of birds can be encountered at this unrefined nature.

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Best spas in Sri Lanka

Planning a trip down to Sri Lanka for the World T20 2012? We think you might fancy a little unwinding from the yelling, screaming and cheering for your favourite team now and then.

Enter: The best spas in Sri Lanka. We traverse the tear shaped island to find you the top spas in Colombo, Pallekele and Hambantota, so you can plan a vacation – from cricket match to healthy glowing bliss. So get your pen and paper ready. It’s time to plan that ultimate trip where you can chill out, relax and take a break as you soak in the World T20 Sri Lankan cricket fever.

Best spas in Sri Lanka
Best spas in Sri Lanka (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
Angsana City Club & Spa Crescat City
If you are looking for Ayurveda treatment, this is the place to hit. It pampers all your needs from head to toe. It is a unisex spa, hence there are different kinds of pampering catering to his and her needs. The prices are in USD.

Besides body treatments, Angsana Spa also boasts of body massages like Hawaiian techniques, yoga sessions, Thai and Swedish massage techniques.

Siddhalepa Spa Colombo
For five star Ayurvedic treatment step into Siddhalepa Spa Colombo. They will attend to every need to utter most care and attention. And the best part is that it is situated in the heart of Colombo.

Their signature treatments include Piccichil, Navarakhiz and Urovasthi amidst exotic treatments.

Jaal Spa
Step into luxurious Jaal Spa and revive your senses after a cricket match. Designed for luxury, this spa has interesting and relaxing interiors that sets you in the mood to attain Zen.

Though it’s a salon too, it caters to rejuvenating your skin and bring out the radiance in you. It is recommended that you make an appointment.

The Sanctuary SPA
If you and your better half would like a romantic day in Colombo away from the bustling city, head to The Sanctuary SPA. You can avail of facilities like Jacuzzi, natural outdoor pools, rose petal baths, and steam room.

Sigiriya Village
A three star hotel that caters to your basic spa treatments. After the match you can head back to your hotel and head to this spa without stepping out of the premises.

It is a popular place in Sigiriya, while there you can visit Dambulla Cave Temple.

Azmaara Spas
Azmaara Spas boast of well trained therapists from the University of Indonesia. This Maldives inspired spa, sticks to the quality demanded by the International Spa Association (ISPA) – USA.

Earl’s Regency Hotel
This hotel is situated near Kandy railway station and is 9.8 kms away from Pallekele. But this five star hotel takes pride in its facilities and a proximity to various sites. Earl’s Regency Hotel has a well facilitated spa at your disposal.

Kandy View Hotel
It may be little further away from the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, but it is a great hotel if you are on a budget and still want to experience the luxury and pampering of a five star hotel. Relax your vocal chords and calm your senses at the hotel’s spa. The added bonus is the picturesque town of Kandy.

Shangri – La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa
At this spa you can jump from the lap of luxury and into the comfort and relaxation of Shangri – La’s CHI spa. It promises to take care of your beauty needs and health. It offers a dive center, a kids’ club, a 30-metre lap pool plus additional freeform pool and two tennis courts. It seems like a great way to calm your nerves after a blood pumping cricket match.

The Oasis Ayurveda Beach Hotel
Get away from the maddening cricket crowd and immerse yourself in the warmth and welcoming hands of the Oasis Ayurveda Beach Hotel. They have a doctor on board to cater to your specific aches and pains.

Since the Hambantota sea is a force to reckon with, the hotel has a swimming pool to splash around.

Elephant Reach Hotel
Relax your senses amidst nature, that’s what Elephant Reach Hotel will offer you. It may be 30 kms away from Hambantota, but spoil yourself with the nature at your door step. The Elephant Reach Hotel caters to yoga and spiritual needs, but they also have wide range of activities like excursions, boat rides, night safaris, diving, etc.