Guests are encouraged to venture out of the hotel, sometime during their stay, and enjoy the diversity that Sri Lanka is famous for. The listing below is but a small sample of interesting places in close proximity to the hotel that you should see.
Developed over a period of fifteen years by Bevis Bawa, a well known Sri Lankan artist, and the elder brother of famed architect, Geoffrey Bawa, the garden is aesthetically laid out on five acres of land and is noted for its lush vegetation. The wide variety of tropical trees, plants and sculptures that dot the garden is a true representation of all the energies that Bevis put into Brief.
Bevis Bawa passed away in 1992 but the Brief garden continues to be maintained in just the way it was envisioned to be. Well worth the trip if you are a nature lover.
Buddhist Temple, Kande Viharaya
The Kande Viharaya temple has a long history, dating back to 1734 and continues to this day to be an important link in the Buddhist cultural and religious activities of Sri Lanka. Observe devotees dressed in white as they flock the temple grounds daily.
Please check with the hotel reception on the best time of day to visit and appropriate dress code.
Club Inter Sport
This Sports centre is operated and managed by Club Inter Sport of Switzerland. Facilities include tennis, squash, archery, wind surfing, jet skiing and a whole host of other sporting activities for your enjoyment.
Located in the coastal town of Galle, this ancient Dutch Fort has now been declared a ‘World Heritage’ site. After the capture of the town of Galle from the Portuguese in 1640, the Dutch East India Co. (VOC) began constructing fortifications that covers approximately eighty- seven acres of land.
Interesting sites within the ramparts of the fort include the original gateway, traditional Dutch buildings, the light house, the first maritime museum of Sri Lanka and a Dutch church built in 1752.
A day trip to the Galle Dutch Fort is an experience in itself and well worth the time.
For those guests interested in finding out how a typical fish market operates in Sri Lanka… Witness how the night’s catch is auctioned off to retail sellers. Active from 5.30 am to 8.00 am daily, except on Poya days.
A word of caution that noise levels can be deafening…
Kanneliya, covering an extent of 10,140 hectares, is a forest complex located in southern Sri Lanka which was designated as an important biosphere reserve in 2004 by UNESCO. Next to the Sinharaja rain forest, Kanneliya is acknowledged as the only remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka.
Identified as one of the richest areas in terms of flora, in the whole of South Asia, the forest reserve is located approximately 35 Kilometers northwest of the city of Galle. Kanneliya is a must visit for nature lovers.
The Lunuganga estate was the beautifully landscaped country home of the famed Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Lunuganga, with its rare flora, is a real treat for nature lovers.
The garden is open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm daily with an entrance fee payable at the gate. A guided tour is also available on request. Prior bookings are recommended and can be arranged by the hotel reception.
Maduganga River Safari
Cruise through the mangroves and a host of little islands along a river resplendent with natural beauty. Boat rides and lagoon fishing can be easily arranged for your enjoyment.
The Maduganga wetland is considered to be one of the last remaining tracts of pristine mangrove forests in Sri Lanka and nature lovers should set aside some time for a visit.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
The Sinharaja forest reserve covers several different provinces and districts in the country and is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot. The forest reserve gained international significance after having been designated a biosphere reserve and world heritage site by the UNESCO organization.
The reserve stretches approximately twenty-two kilometers from east to west and seven kilometers from north to south. Despite its compact size, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is abundant in endemic species that includes insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and trees.
Please contact the hotel reception for more details on arranging a visit.
Turtle Conservation Project
Watch turtles in their natural habitat…you may even get to see turtles laying eggs in the evening hours. The Turtle Conservation Project is the only place where turtles are not held in captivity and therefore we strongly recommend that you visit this location instead of other hatcheries.
Located only twenty minutes away from the hotel, a day’s notice is required for a visit. Set a date to see the five species of turtles found in Sri Lanka and the survival threats that turtles face.
- Mermaid is located in close proximity to the historically significant town of Kalutar
- Dive into Sri Lankan waters and explore historic sunken shipwrecks
- Enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing in nearby Bentota
- Shop in Bentota and pick up souvenirs