State-of-the-art Hotel School for Ruhuna
SLR 400 mln project underway in Koggala :
KOGGALA: The Ruhuna-Austria University, a Sri Lankan Rupee 400
million project of the Southern Provincial Council is under construction
in Koggala, Galle.
The building is sited in front of the famous 'Madolduwa' Lake with
its serene and picturesque environment, which for years have inspired
writers and fascinated both locals and foreigners.
SP Governor Kingsley T. Wickramaratne in conversation with the
architect of the engineering services of the SPC at the bank of
the picturesque Madolduwa lake. Chairman of the State Mortgage and
Investment Bank Chaminda Weerakkody, Shiromi Wasakorale and Luxmi
Raganathan of Hemas Travels are also in the picture.
The proposed university is the successful outcome of a partnership
agreement that was arranged with the prestigious Salzburg School of
Tourism and Hotel Management during a recent visit to Austria by the
Governor of the Southern Province Kingsley T. Wickramaratne.
"Over 70 percent of the tourist hotels in the country are located in
the Southern Province and hence we decided to build this institute here
in order to give a professional training for those employed in the
hospitality industry," Governor of the Southern Province Kingsley T.
He said the Salzburg institute of Tourism and Hotel Management in
Austria will invest three to four million Euros to establish the
management of the hotel school, the curriculum, to install software and
hardware for the virtual kitchen, catering and virtual travel office.
"Initially short-term diploma courses will be offered for those
employed in the industry. Discussions are underway with the University
Grants Commission to conduct Degree and Masters courses with provision
for students to complete the final year at the Salzburg University in
Austria at a discounted fee," Governor Wickramaratne said.
Prof. Mag Leonard Wondel, Head of the University of Tourism and Hotel
Management and Prof. Andrea Monsberger are coordinators for the Hotel
School in Koggala.
Prof. Monsberger will be assigned resident Dean of Ruhuna-Austria
University of Tourism and Hotel Management.
The SPC will have a lease agreement for 60 years under a BOI scheme.
Operations of the Koggala Institute will be on a profit sharing basis.
In October this year a delegation headed by Prof. Wondel and Prof.
Monsberger will visit the southern province to carry out detailed plans
with the Chief Minister of the SPC and his delegation.
Work between the Salzburg Institute and the SPC are coordinated by
the ambassador in Austria Aruni Wijewardane.
HATTON: Built on a mist clad mountain in Hatton, surrounded by
lush tea plantations and waterfalls, The Peak Rest is an ideal family
The hotel has 14 well-appointed guest rooms with all facilities and
is the first tourist hotel at the entrance to Hatton on the Colombo-Nuwara
The main attraction is Adam's Peak, which is only a 30-minute drive
from the hotel. The plus point at Peak Rest is that the Colombo-Badulla
railway line (referred as the Main Line) lies very close to the hotel
and at night guests get a panoramic view of the lit-up trains.
The restaurant at Peak Rest serves delicious Western, Eastern,
Chinese and Sri Lankan cuisine.
The hotel offers safaris for tourists to visit Nuwara Eliya, Adam's
Peak and the beautiful Devon and St. Clair waterfalls, which are close
to the hotel.
"The hotel is an ideal spot for a family outing and company picnics
for which special packages are offered," Managing Director of the hotel
K. Sugumar said.
Sugumar is also the Managing Director of the Tea Garden Hotel Complex
Watawala and the Talawakelle Rest House. B. Balasurendra Kumar is the
Manager of the Peak Rest.
Due to its romantic settings and cool climate the Peak Rest has
become an ideal spot for honeymooners. Peak Rest is available on e-mail