Nawalakanda holiday bungalow:
Where modern comforts blend with old world charm
RESORT: Nawalakanda Holiday Bungalow, a colonial style
planter‚Äôs bungalow, has been built in the midst of a lush tea and
cinnamon plantation in Elpitiya.
The bungalow is just 16 km away from Ambalangoda on the Elpitiya road
and 3 km from Elpitiya.
It lies just 3 km away from the Colombo-Matara new express highway.
The bungalow has five spacious bedrooms beautifully furnished, with
attached bathrooms with hot/cold water, a/c and a 24-hour room service.
The bungalow is geared to cater to family groups. It can accommodate
16 visitors comfortably.
The beautiful summer hut just outside the bungalow is perfect for
morning tea sessions or an evening drink. A unique feature at the
bungalow is the beautiful natural swimming pool.
Nawalakanda tea estate on which the bungalow stands, was an extent of
over 3,000 acres during the British era.
Athukorala Group has changed
the entire style of the bungalow.
Director, Athukorala Group, Anura Athukorala, the owner of the estate
said that with its modern touch, Nawalakanda bungalow has opened its
doors to the Sri Lankan leisure sector.
The experienced caretaker, Sumith Perera said that the bungalow is
sold as one unit, and it mainly caters to family vacations.
The bungalow is generally given to small family groups who want to
spend their outing as a family. The bungalow is ideal for weekend
outings for busy executives and their families, Perera said.
The bungalow is a honeymooner‚Äôs paradise due to its beautiful
location and pleasant environment. The children‚Äôs park at the bungalow
is ideal for daytime cricket matches.
The cuisine at the bungalow is another unique feature. It offers the
very best in Sri Lankan and western food. Most of the vegetables used
for cooking are fresh from the garden of the bungalow.
Trekking to nearby ancient temples, tea estates or rubber estates,
bird watching, cycling, a picnic to a stream would be an ideal choice to
enjoy the day.
The bungalow can be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elephant tournament attracts over 600 foreigners
JUMBO FAIR: While creating an exhilarating, competitive and
fun atmosphere for over 600 of foreign spectators and players and
raising awareness of the plight of the Asian Domestic Elephants,
SriLankan Airlines (SLA) sponsored the sixth Annual Ceylon Elephant Polo
Association (CEPA) tournament which was concluded at the magnificent
historical ramparts of Fort of Galle last week.
Picture by Sulochana Gamage
The event comprising eight international teams including 50 foreign
players and two local teams such as Sri Lanka Army and Police were
worked off at the Southern sea side town of Galle with influx of
The CEPA has organised this tournament for the sixth consecutive year
and has been able to raise over Rs. 1.5 million, which will be
channelled towards the millennium Elephant Foundation which takes care
of destitute elephants.
The mighty Taprobane Tuskers was proudly sponsored by SriLankan
Airlines this year. There was stiff competition on the field. Tickle and
Ivories became the champion while Capitol Pachyderms was the runner-up.
Other international teams have also taken part at the Kings Cup
Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand and at the World Elephant Polo
Championships in Nepal.
SLA‚Äôs CEO Peter Hill said it is indeed very encouraging to see this
annual tournament growing in both size and stature as each year passes.
‚ÄúWe at SriLankan Airlines is extremely pleased to have the
opportunity of supporting such a unique sporting spectacle, which
promises to enthral both overseas visitors and local residents alike,‚ÄĚ
CEPA‚Äôs President, Geoffrey Dobbs said this was the biggest tournament
with eight teams playing from all over the world.
‚ÄúNot only will the event attract international tourists but also the
local community who have supported the event enormously. The event is
something that the coastline of Sri Lanka needs after being affected by
the December 26 tsunami in 2004. I see this as a great way to assist
tourism getting back on its feet‚ÄĚ, he said.
CEPA is a strong campaigner for elephant conservation and in
particular promoting the welfare of the Sri Lankan elephant. Ever since
1900, the plight of the Sri Lankan elephant has been desperate.
Civil war, poaching and the rapid destruction of natural habitat have
resulted in a catastrophic reduction in the elephant population from
over 200,000 to just 5,000 today of which 150 are domesticated. The Sri
Lankan elephants are in danger of extinction.
With the insatiable demand for land, elephants have been forced into
smaller areas, hunted for their tusks and there are real possibilities
that they will become extinct by the next century.
He said events like Elephant Polo increase people‚Äôs awareness of
these wonderful beasts and hopefully call for the demand of the elephant
to be allowed to live as well. CEPA prides itself in the care of its
elephants used for Polo working closely with the Elephant Conservation
Project in Thailand and the Millennium Foundation in Sri Lanka ensuring
the elephants are treated humanely, receive regular medical attention
and are well fed.
He said during the 2007 tournament CEPA will be holding a number of
events to raise money for the plight of the elephant. In the last
tournament CEPA successfully raised over US$ 5000 for the Sri Lankan
Saruketha: Eco-friendly restaurant
RESORT: Built at the centre of a land of lush green
vegetation, Saruketha is an eco-friendly tourist resort that has earned
a name and fame as an ideal venue for picnics and family outings.
Equipped with traditional local facilities, it offers a variety of
Western and Eastern dishes and an endless choice of beverages to the
Saruketha, which began operation in February 2002, is managed by two
young, but experienced hoteliers, Savid Jamieson and Sanath
Panditharatne. It is an ideal tourist resort for a unique holiday
experience in Kurunegala.
Situated in the fifth largest province in Sri Lanka on the
Dambulla-Kurunegala highway, just two hours drive from the Bandaranaike
International Airport, and the bustling city of Colombo, it is a shining
star among the tourist resorts in the island, as it provides beauty in
diversity, supreme comfort and convenience of the holidaymakers.
Occupying an exotic site in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, along
a green belt of paddy fields, where several recky outcrops of the
emerging central hills mark a distinctive geological feature of
Kurunegala, Saruketha provides scenic splendour at its best to the
‚ÄúWe offer garden fresh vegetable sand fruits from the ‚ÄėSaruketha‚Äô
land on which the restaurant stands‚ÄĚ Managing partner, Director,
Saruketha, Sanath Panditharatna said.
The Sunday lunch buffet with a wide spread of delicious Western,
Eastern, and Sri Lankan cuisine, has become extremely popular not only
among foreign tourists but also Sri Lankans touring the Cultural,
Triangle, Panditharatna said.
‚ÄėInfinity Menu‚Äô at Echo
NEW MENU: The new Infinity Menu, offering the ultimate Italian food
experience every Wednesday night is the latest rage at Echo, Cinnamon
Grand Colombo‚Äôs Italian restaurant.
A creation of Master Chef Giuseppe, the menu, probably the first of
its kind in the country, encompassing an endless array of delectable
cuisine including an antipasti buffet, sumptuous main dishes and
delightful desserts, reflecting the diversity of Italian cooking.
The cuisine is served tapas style with the option open to patrons to
select their preferences or even order everything on the menu at just
It also has something more important: the most terrific combination
of dishes, distinguished by first rate ingredients coupled with Chef
Giuseppe‚Äôs superior cooking, that offers Italy‚Äôs best.
The menu includes Giuseppe‚Äôs own creations as well as all time
Italian favourites - soft Egg Noodles from the North, Spaghetti from the
South, Risotto typical of Milan, Tortellini from Bologna .... and much
more. All this complete with some of the best Italian wines at a special
Starters range from cold cuts, salads, mini pizzas and calzone to
grilled baby calamari and zucchini, rice pears with saffron, ham and
mozzarella and much more.
The main dishes too will leave even the most discerning Italian food
lover with a choice unlimited - form Sicilian style sardine, Ossobuco on
saffron risotto to fettuccine with crab and tomato sauce or even the
tempting grilled salmon with pesto.
The desserts too offer several tempting sweet indulgences with the
mini tiramisu, which literally means ‚Äėpick-me-up‚Äô being as irresistible
as its name.
Whatever your preference the Infinity Menu is an ideal way to savour
Italian cuisine at its best.
Malaysian Food Festival at Galadari Hotel
FESTIVAL:The Galadari Hotel in association with the Malaysian
Embassy in Sri Lanka, Malaysian Airlines and Malaysian Tourist Board has
organized a Malaysian Food and Cultural Festival from February 27 to
March 7 at the hotel‚Äôs Coffee Shop.
The hotel is due to take a festive air with colourful Malaysian
decorations brought down from Malaysia for this Food Promotion. ‚ÄúIstana
Buday‚ÄĚ the traditional Malaysian Cultural and Dance Troupe will be
performed in the center lobby.
Malaysian Chefs Mohd Jusoh Bin Zakaria and Perrin Prosper Raj who
will be flown down by Malaysian Airlines, will add authenticity to the
food and the chefs of the Galadari Hotel who will provide their
The Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan will grace the
The Malaysian Food and Cultural Festival is an annual event and a
very popular and successful Food Festival at the Galadari Hotel. The
Dinner buffet will comprise over 100 dishes from salads, soups, main
dishes to desserts.
Vegetarian Friday at Global Towers
NEW MENU: Beginning March Global Towers Hotel, Colombo 6 has
come out with a new concept of providing special vegetarian menus every
A wide range of speciality vegetarian food hand-picked and prepared
under the personal attention of Executive
Executive Chef Patrick Phillips
Chef Patrick Phillips, who counts many years in the food and
beverage sector in the hospitality industry here and abroad, will be
laid out in clay pots in authentic Sri Lankan style.
Carefully selected garden-fresh vegetables will be used for exquisite
dishes such as Vegetable Biriyani, Curd Rice and from Poriyal to Sundal,
and Rasam to Payasam are just to name a few. Guests will be provided
with banana leaves to enjoy their meals.
‚ÄúThis will certainly be a very popular buffet for everyone in the
area who will be looking forward for a friendly get-together on
Fridays,‚ÄĚ said Residence Manager of Global Towers Mano Perera.
Galway makes new appointments
NEW FACES: Veteran hotelier Lalith Wickrmasinghe Rajapakse has
been appointed as Group General Manager (Marketing) of Galway Hotel
Management Service, (Pvt) Ltd while Dharma Shantha Amarakoon has been
appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Hemantha Weeraratne Perera has been appointed Financial Controller,
Anthony Winston Daniels as Marketing Advisor, and Kaneshan Prasath as
Galway Hotel Management Services (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneer in Sri Lanka‚Äôs
hospitality industry, owns and manages Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya
and Glaway Miridiya Lodge, Anuradhapura, two Star Classes hotels.
The latest addition to the Galway Group is the Galway Beach and Spa,
formerly known as Villa Riviera Hotel, Beruwala.