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The tropical Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka has  some of the finest beaches in Asia. With resorts like Hikkaduwa it became known as a cheap long haul tropical beach holiday destination. Many foreign couples married at hotels (See Sri Lanka Weddings Co Uk) on the beaches of Sri Lanka. The 5 star Eden Resort Spa on Beruwela Beach and Bentota Beach Hotel remain popular for South Coast beach weddings.  Recently, Sri Lanka has moved up-market with new lap of luxury suite boutique hotels amongst the most luxurious in Asia, some with private plunge pools. Older historic hotels like Amangalla in the Galle Dutch Fort; the finest preserved colonial fort in Asia, have been refurbished. The Sri Lanka Hotels Guide Com offers independent reviews of 38 luxury Sri Lanka hotels, both private and owned by Sri Lankan hotel groups like Connaissance de Ceylan
 
Beaches aside, the unique attractions of the island of Sri Lanka, however, are located in the interior. Within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka are the 2000 year historic ancient cities of Anuradhapura, the famous Sigiriya rock fortress with the rock frescos, the rock temple at Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and other world heritage archaeological sites. Here  you discover a living ancient Buddhist culture. Less well known but equally fascinating uncrowded sites like Ritigala are shown in Undiscovered Sri Lanka.  Also in the interior is Kandy the hill capital with the tea country tea estates  as the nucleus of Sri Lanka Tea Tourism.

 

Use this site to plan your visit to Sri Lanka to both beaches, (including the re-opened East Coast at Trincomalee ) and the island interior. For a decade Sri Lanka has been a second home to our UK directors, who annually for 4 months escape the British winter to this sun drenched paradise tropical island. Our recommendations are based on personal experience. In our 24 Sri Lankan travel sites, listed below left, our policy is to feature  only destinations and hotels which have been personally visited and stayed at overnight by our London resident directors. Our hotel reviews are fiercely independent All our recommendations are based on personal experience. Except for aerial photos, all the images used on the site have  been taken during these travels and are as another tourist would have taken them. We show you the Sri Lanka of beaches, of the ancient wonders of the Cultural Triangle in the interior as well as Kandy and the tea growing estates of the hill country as we have seen it. We offer European visitors a UK based Travel web publishing business with intimate knowledge of the country which is our second home. So from the lap of luxury Ocean Villa Suites of the luxury South Coast Hotels to the 2000 year old ancient kingdoms of the Cultural Triangle we, a British travel business, ask you to come and share our Sri Lanka with us. . 

 
 

 

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HOTELS GUIDE

FORTRESS - GALLE
Here fashioned in the style of a fortress, rising next to the seaside, is a luxury beach hotel on a long expanse of deserted golden sand beach. The resort walls enclose exquisitely appointed rooms, lofts and residences. With verdant gardens , treatment spa, a freeflow swimming pool, wine cellar and more


VIL UYANA - SIGIRIYA

 

Just 3 miles from Sigiriya Rock Fortress; UNESCO world heritage site VIL UYANA; a luxurious boutique hotel lies in an unusual siting across a paddy field. Absolute luxury in the forest dwellings with private swimming pools. More

ADITYA GALLE
Whilst Aditiya is small and intimate with only 12 suites, these with a private plunge pool are amongst the largest and most lavishly appointed on the island. Here is unrestrained luxury in an environment of total privacy. More

 

LODGE - HABARANA

 

The ancient cities inspired the unique architectural concept of the Lodge in Habarana about 4 hours drive from Colombo.  Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, it is ideally sited for visits to the world heritage sites of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and not least the 2000 year old Undiscovered Sri Lanka Ritigala Monastry are all under 2 hours driving distance  Accommodation is in dispersed chalets.
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The 5 star Eden Resort & Spa on the magnificent Beruwela beach in Sri Lanka offers deluxe accommodation in its Penthouse Suites and Paradise Deluxe Rooms. See our dedicated website on Eden Resort Spa. Pamper yourself with barbeques under the stars on warm tropical nights, All for sheer luxury by the golden sands of Beruwela Beach.
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HUNAS FALLS - KANDY

 

Hunas Falls Hotel, in the highland interior close to Kandy; the hill capital. enjoys one of the most scenic hotel settings in Sri Lanka, high in the hills near Elkaduwa,  The breathtakingly beautiful Hunas Falls and the artificial lake created around it forms the backdrop to the hotel. Accommodation is in 2 theme suites, a Royal Suite and Deluxe Rooms.
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Lighthouse Hotel
A member of the small luxury hotels of the world, Lighthouse Hotel on the outskirts of the Galle Dutch fort and inspired by the same has been visited by us 7 times in the last decade, the last being December 2008. See our dedicated site on Lighthouse Hotel

Elephant Corridor Hotel

Stunning views of the Sigiriya Rock in the background, Elephant Corridor offers 22 suites all with private plunge pools including The Romantic Suite with pool in room

CORAL GARDENS HOTEL

We focus mainly on the new generation of lap of luxury hotels but have not forgotten Coral Gardens in Hikkaduwa with the coral reef

 

 

 

 

 
 
Royal and sacred cities of the Cultural Triangle, colonial forts like Galle, temple caves and virgin forests – with no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites declared and listed by UNESCO, Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s richest treasure troves of both natural and man-made wonders.
Six of these marvels span some 2,500 years of history – from the sacred city of Anuradhapura and the cave temples of Dambulla, to the magnificent temples and palaces of the royal city of Kandy.
 


Sri Lanka lies just 27 kms off the southern tip of India. The only international airport is in Katunayake, 38 kms from Colombo (red) which is the commercial capital. The main tourist areas are The South Coast (light blue) with some of the finest beaches in Asia. The fascinating attractions are in the island interior, The Cultural Triangle of world heritage sites of the ancient kingdoms; (yellow) Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonaruwa and Anuradhapura as well as The Hill Country (green) where Kandy is the Hill Capital. There are the national parks such as Yala on the South East Coast. You can also now visit the East Coast at Trincomalee.

We list a range of tours and travel options in Sri Lanka to enable you to combine visits to various areas of interest in the island, rather than just the beaches alone. Air tours of Sri Lanka using sea planes of the Sri Lanka Air Taxi service and Deccan Aviation,  whilst expensive, offer the ultimate in luxury travel and open up undiscovered Sri Lanka . Enjoy the beauty of Ceylon or Ceylan from the air without the inconvenience of air traffic.

 


A feature of Sri Lanka has been the growth of lap of luxury five star and boutique hotels, many of which our London office directors have visited in 2007 - 2009. These compare in luxury to the finest hotel resorts in Asia.

 

Sri Lanka attracts European couples who can marry here on some of the finest beaches in Asia, with all year round summer, or in the jungle interior in the background of the ancient cities and Royal Kingdoms, staying at luxurious hotels for a fraction of the comparable cost in the UK. See Sri Lanka Weddings Co UK

 

In Sri Lanka over 70% of the population are Buddhist and the country abounds with Buddhist temples and the monuments of ancient kingdoms. This is a deeply religious Buddhist country. Numerous minority religions, including Hinduism, Islam and Christianity also flourish here.

 

All our recommendations are based on personal experience and visits. We offer the UK visitor the best of both worlds; a UK Head Office, which is fully ATOL bonded and a local ground handling operation with intimate knowledge of the country. Whilst we concentrate on the luxury top end of the market, with our purchasing power in Sri Lanka we offer some of the best value rates at luxury hotels. So from the Ocean Villa Suites of the South Coast to the 2000 year old ancient kingdoms of the Cultural Triangle come and share our Sri Lanka with us.

 

 

 

SIGIRIYA - ROCK FORTRESS - CULTURAL TRIANGLE
Considered the "Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World", the massif of the Sigiriya Rock soars upwards from the surrounding plains. Sigiriya was an impregnable rock fortress with a man made lake with a 8 mile dam and a series of moats. Water control and retaining systems display one of the ancient world's most sophisticated hydraulic technologies. See the best preserved city center in Asia from the first millennium on the rock top.
 
 
 

ANURADHAPURA
Sri Lanka's first capital, founded in the 5th century B.C. is situated 206 km. from Colombo. Attractions to see are:- The Sacred Bo Tree, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanaramaya, Brazen Palace, Thuparama Dagaba, Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna and Mirisawati Dagaba. Do not miss Mihintale 10 kms from Anuradhapura

 
 
 
POLONNARUWA
Polonnaruwa is second in importance as royal city only to Anuradhapura. In the 11th Century the capital was moved here from Anuradhapura, as it was hoped that such an inaccessible area would be better protected from the raids from South India. As a result Polonnaruwa became a splendid kingdom and capital. More recently, HM Queen Elizabeth in her visit to Ceylon stayed at the Polonnaruwa Rest House in the Queen's Suite.
 
   
   
TEMPLE OF TOOTH - KANDY
The Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha a tooth, it is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times, it's believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort.
 
   
 
DAMBULLA
It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. Although there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area, major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life. Stay at Amaya Lake
 
 
 
ADAMS PEAK
Sri Pada is the term, derived from Sanskrit, used by the Sinhalese people in a religious context. This name is also understood in Pāli, and may be translated roughly as "the sacred foot". It refers to the footprint-shaped mark at the summit, which is believed by Buddhists to be that of the Buddha. Other traditions assert that it is the footprint of Adam, left by his first entrance into the world.
 
   
   
GALLE DUTCH FORT
Galle Fort is the finest and most intact fortified city build by the former European colonial powers in Asia. The narrow streets of Galle Fort are lined with Dutch merchant villas, pillared verandas, carved doors and windows. British and Dutch period offices are still in use. This is a living world heritage city with residents walking the 300 year old ramparts at sunset.  Strolling along the high rampart walls you will see the Old Dutch and English churches, the Governor's house, the massive VOC warehouses, the Square of Courts, the elegant pillared facade of the old Dutch hospital, the Portuguese Black Fort, the lighthouse, the Clock Tower and much more.
 
   
   
SOUTH COAST BEACHES
The most beautiful, wide and sandy beaches like Beruwela can be found in South Coast of Sri Lanka with many hotels.  The South Coast has pockets of wide beaches Nov - April and lagoons for safe all year round swimming but generally the South coast suffers with the seasons and many beaches narrow off April - October. However, it does boast the best snorkelling reefs in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna.
 
   

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BEACH OR JUNGLE WEDDINGS

Recently, Sri Lanka has moved up-market with a new generation of lap of luxury suite boutique beach hotels of character, some with private plunge pools.

 

See our totally independent reviews of 38 hotels in the Sri Lanka Hotels Guide. These reviews are fiercely independent and objective. Every hotel reviewed has been personally visited. including the most expensive hotel in Sri Lanka - Amanwella, with Ocean Suites with private pool.

Sri Lanka has hundreds of rivers and small streams that originate from the hills and offer excellent water sports facilities. Some of the rivers such as Kelani River in Kitulgala, southwest of Kandy , are very popular among tourists for rafting purposes as well as boasting Hollywood stardom as the backdrop to the film Bridge over the River Kwai. Popular sites for canoeing are the Kalu Ganga ( Black River ) and the Kelani Ganga.

When visiting Sri Lanka, even on a beach holiday, take island tours to discover the Buddhist culture behind the 2000 year old ancient cities in the interior.

 

Popular for its tropical beaches, the unique attractions of the island are located in the interior. Within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka are the historic ancient cities and world. Also see Undiscovered Sri Lanka for many less well known but equally fascinating sites like Ritigale

Marry overseas in Sri Lanka; an exotic tropical wedding destination with the romantic Indian Ocean Beruwela beach setting you have in your dreams

 

Choose between a traditional Buddhist religious poruwa or civil ceremony, drummers and dancers from the wide choice of luxury hotel inclusive wedding packages at the Eden Resort Spa or Bentota Beach Hotel.

 
 
 

In Accordance with our Company Policy of "Inspect before Recommending", Most of the Sri Lanka hotels featured on this website and The Sri Lanka Hotels Guide have been personally visited and stayed at by the UK Directors Shailesh Adalja The images used on this site have mostly been taken by ourselves during our Sri Lankan hotel reviews visits.

 
     
 

 

 

 

 
 
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