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Tourist Hotels

Tourist Hotels are establishments that provide paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Modern facilities provided include en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning or climate control, telephone,an alarm clock, a television, and Internet connectivity. Procedure to register a hotel is as follows;

Snack foods and drinks may be supplied in a mini-bar, and facilities for making hot drinks are generally provided. Larger hotels may provide a number of additional guest facilities such as a restaurant, a swimming pool or childcare, and have conference and social function services.

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Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotel is a term popular these days to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain/branded hotels and motels by providing personalized accommodation and services / facilities

Sometimes known as "design hotels" or "lifestyle hotels", boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York, and San Francisco. Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or inspirational manner.

Although usually considerably smaller than mainstream hotels, often ranging from 3 to 100 guest rooms, some city-centre boutique hotels may have several hundred. Boutique hotels are always individual and are therefore extremely unlikely to be found amongst the homogeneity of large chain hotel groups focusing on quiet and comfort rather than gadgetry. Guest services are often attended to by 24-hour hotel staff. Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, and the majority offer bars and lounges which may also be open to the general public. Despite this definition, the popularity of the boutique term and concept has led to some confusion about the term. Boutique hotels have typically been unique properties operated by individuals or companies with a small collection. However, their successes have prompted established multi-national hotel companies to usurp the term and/or try to establish their own brands in order to capture a market share. The concept of boutique or design hotels has spread elsewhere outside. Boutique and design hotels are becoming increasingly popular in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Tea Trails, Amangala and Vil Uyana are some of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels

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Guest Houses

A guest house is a kind of lodging. In some parts of the world a guest house is similar to a hotel or bed and breakfast. In other parts of the world guest houses are the only kind of accommodation available for visitors with no local relatives. A Guest House in Sri Lanka is an accommodation unit with 05 or more letting bedrooms.

It often caters to FITs and is prized low in comparison to hotels, primarily due to the limited facilities offered. A guest house on the other hand will have limited staff presence. Because of the limited staff presence check-in is often by appointment

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Restaurants

A restaurant prepares and serves food and drink to customers. Meals are generally served and consumed, in-house although a take-away and delivery service could also be available. Restaurants vary in appearance and offerings. A wide variety of cuisines and service models are offered.

Guests could be served by waiters or obtain their food from the counter or serve in buffet style.

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Tourism Management Companies (T M C)

A T.M.C. is a retail business, that sells travel related products and services, particularly package tours to customers, on behalf of suppliers, such as airlines, car rentals, cruise lines, hotels, railways, sightseeing tours and tour operators

In addition to dealing with ordinary tourists, most travel agencies have a separate department focused on arranging travel itineraries for business travellers. Certain travel agencies specialise in commercial and business travel. There are also travel agencies that serve as general sales agents for foreign travel companies, allowing them to have offices in countries other than where their headquarters are located.

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Home Stay Units/Bungalows/Rented Homes & Apartments

The main aim of this facility is to provide clean, comfortable & affordable supplementary accommodation to tourists. The tourist in return will have an opportunity of an engaging experience of the customs, traditions, lovely authentic cuisine & other attractions of the location, while staying with the local host.

The objectives of this scheme are to expand tourism & its related activities to the rural & to the interior areas, to support the demand created for supplementary accommodation in the urban areas, sustainable & responsible development of eco & rural tourism, provide employment & economic benefits to the local community.

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Tourist Shops

Shops that are set up for tourism purposes are permitted to sell merchandise from a fixed location, such as a department store, small stores and through post. Retailing may include subordinated services, such as delivery. Purchasers may be individuals or businesses

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Adventure Sports

With an endless variety of white sandy golden beaches, Sri Lanka offers a vibrant range of adventure sports in Sri Lanka. Azure waters with a colourful variety of marine species and unceasing spotless beaches offer ample opportunities for adventure sports in Sri Lanka. The colourful corals invite you to take the plunge into the deep waters.

You can also see several ancient wrecks, caves & fascinating reef formations while engaging in scuba diving , one of the major Sri Lanka adventure sports.

Sheltering over 90 species of freshwater fish & 21 species of crabs, Sri Lanka offers a fascinating experience of fishing, one of the major adventure sports in Sri Lanka. Several quiet bays lined up with a variety of private villas along the south coast offer you an exciting & wonderful experience with a variety of opportunities for adventure sports in Sri Lanka.

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Apartment Hotels

Sri Lanka offers a variety of accommodation including luxury & apartment hotels, lodges , self catering accommodation, youth hotels & camping. Most accommodation is provided in hotels, classified from 1 to 5 Star.

Hikkaduwa a popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka has many hotels to stay in. Tourists visiting Sri Lanka can stay in any of the Sri Lankan hotels. Some of the colonial buildings of Sri Lanka have been transformed to hotels & there are numerous modern hotels that offer excellent accommodation facilities & numerous amenities to the guests.

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Ayurvedic Hotels

The history of Ayurveda goes back as far as 1500 B.C. Ayurveda means the science of longevity.

The architectural designs of the resort depict the ancient heritage & culture of Sri Lanka transcending different areas. The tranquility, ambiance of the resort freshens both the body & the soul of anyone entering the resort.

Ayurvedic drugs do not harm the organs of the body and do not give rise to any side effects. Ayurveda or indigenous medicine as practiced in Sri Lanka and India has drawn the interest of the West for quite sometime.

Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort

Located close to the beach at Wadduwa, a two hour drive from the airport the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Resort oozes with local charm. Themed on a local village, the resort is equipped with modern comforts of a first class hotel. Unlike many Ayurveda Resorts, Siddhalepa has many facilities & accepts children too.

Apart from the Ayurvedic menu, a wide range of international delicacies are on offer. The large garden, shady trees, wide beach, family sized rooms, glass marbled swimming pool with jacuzzi, children's pool among other facilities, offers you the possibility of spending your holiday with your family in a professionally run, exclusive Ayurveda Resort.

Hotel Tree Of Life Kandy - Ayurveda Health In A Natural Setting In The Mountains

There's a place on the hills, where tranquility reigns and nature takes the pride of place. It's called the Hotel Tree of Life - an eco - friendly hotel worthy of the name, with Ayurvedic philosophy at its core.

Situated in 64 acres of idyllic uplands, with stunning views to all points in the area, this health spa resort gains more 'devotees' and personal recommendations with every passing season.

The authentic draw of nature's tranquility is hard to resist by. The treatments may be personally designed for you covering a period of many days.

The centre offers the whole spread of treatments, including traditional steam bath, herbal sauna and aroma therapy.

Neptune Ayurveda Village

This ancient art of rejuvenation and healthy living is available at Sri Lanka's newest Ayurveda centre.

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Eco Lodges

The central idea of Eco- tourism in Sri Lanka is to be close to nature with a minimal infrastructure & to stay at Eco Lodges made from natural materials found at the place.

Just enough facilities to make life reasonably comfortable – no more. Nights in the jungle is an experience of darkness & strange sounds. When elephants pass by they are usually very silent but sometimes heard breaking branches or trumpeting. The lucky ones will hear the 'song of elephants' - herds long distance communicating with sound waves like waves. Bird lovers need no luck. 161 species are recorded in our area. A few of them are Sri Lankan Hanging Parott, Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl, Malarbar Pied Hornbill, Green Bee- eater.

Compared to the one sided romantic image of nature on a traditional jeep 'safari' a stay at an Eco Lodge involves an alternative perspective on the Sri Lanakan eco – systems & insight into today's interaction between wildlife & humans in a remote area. A range of environmental & agro tourism eco- retreats that combine natural living with tourist accommodation. A range of standards & infrastructure. Some offer yoga & ayurvedic facilities whilst others allow guests to join the local community in their organic farming. Sri Lanka has numerous national parks which are home to hundreds of elephants & the famous leopards. Populations are strong & our luxury safari campsites in the parks are the way to live close to nature & yet live & dine like kings or queens.

Be at one with Sri Lanka's nature - Adventure , wildlife , birdlife or the real veddha villages of Sri Lanka. Luxury camping in the national parks to catch the morning elephants or sunbathing leopards. Tangalle has the best beaches & sunsets on Sri Lanka & excellent diving nearby.

Arugambay is best surfing spot in Sri Lanka for summer season.

Galpitiya Sanctuary & Mineral Spa at Buttala is set amongst rocks, natural pools & waterfalls this small eco - retreat in central Sri Lanka is a paradise for solo travelers or families looking for some kind of adventure.

Yala Village at Tisssamaharama is a good centre of local interest as well as animal safaris. Visit Yala, Uda Walawe, Wilpattu National Parks & have an exclusive position deep in the national parks.

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Elephant Safari

Safari in several Sri Lankan jungles & natural parks to see elephants & their behaviour while experiencing the best of wild life & bio- diversity. Habarana , Kaudulla National Park, Sigiriya , Minneriya National Parks are the places to visit for elephant safari adventure. Have an adventure trail in Habarana jungle. Climb the rock cliff. This is an adventurous & scenic trail. You will be able to witness very picturesque places in Habarana & sometimes will encounter elephants in the jungle. Have an elephant expedition in Habarana. Explore the Sigiriya Rock. Dambulla is an ancient city that is rich with wild life , birds & elephants. Visit the cave temple & Sigiriya the world's 8th Wonder. Uda Walawe is Sri Lanka's best Park to see elephants. Situated by the Walawwe River & Udawalawe Reservoir this park is a great place for camping & safari. Established in 1972 this 308 sq. km Park has quite a lot of open parkland which makes elephant watching a wonderful and great experience.

Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka & is the home of most of the large mammals of the country including the wild elephants, wild boar, wild buffalo, leopard, bear & deer.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is world famous as the world's first elephant orphanage situated in Pinnawela. This orphanage was established in order to take care of young elephant's abandoned by their mother elephants for various reasons.

Wasgamuwa National Park situated at a great location by the Mahaweli River in Mahiyangana provides access to several national parks and is a location for bird watching.

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Safari Tours by Vehicles

Tented safari camps located within the precincts of Sri Lanka's prominent wild life parks are amongst the best in Asia. If you do not have much time in Sri Lanka to do a long exclusive wildlife tour, a one or two night safari camp experience is the right solution. For a general wildlife enthusiast a large number of species from each group ( birds / mammals / amphibians / fish / dragonflies / butterflies ) could be encountered in any of the wild life tours. Of the 102 species of mammal, pride of place goes to the magnificent elephant - the second largest terrestrial mammal surviving today. These fascinating animals can be seen with relative ease in most of the parks, in large herds of extended families as well as lone male elephants. Sri Lanka is also famous for the beautiful solitary leopard, best sighted at dawn or dusk when these adaptable predators come down from the shade of the trees to hunt. Other predatory animals which can be found in Sri Lanka include the sloth bear, golden jackle & mongoose.

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Camp Sites

In Sri Lanka we believe that the best way to experience nature is right in the heart of it.

Kalu Ganga - Canoeing Camp

An ideal place to enjoy a refreshing river bath after a day of canoeing.

Polonnaruwa Camp

At nearly 1000 years old Pollonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka' s ancient capital cities and part of the famous cultural Triangle.

Gal Oya Luxury Safari Camp

This safari camp is an ideal way to explore the wildlife of Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka.

Kumana Bird Watching Camp is located near the river bank of the Kumbukkan River. (The name comes from the massive number of Kumbuk trees in the area.) This is the best place in accommodation for bird watching.

Wasgamuwa Luxury Safari Camp at Wasgamuwa National Park, one of Sri Lanka's main eco – tourism venues, is located in the districts of Matale & Pollonnaruwa and bordered by the Mahaweli & Amban Rivers.

Wipattu Luxury Safari Camp in Wilpattu is an excellent place for observing the park's varied wildlife from the camp itself.

Yala Chalets has a breathtaking view.

Shadow Lodge in Sinharaja Rain Forest Camp (world highly bio - diversity site ) and is nominated as a World Heritage Site and both sides are covered by low mountains & crystal clear water and on the other side by tiny emerald green tea plantations.

Sinaraja Rain Forest - Morningside Luxury Camp

Morningside Estate was originally named by the colonial planters who came to grow tea there.

Bundala Safari Camp has three campsites. One is on a cliff overlooking the ocean below, and the other two are in a shady area next to the lagoon.

Sinharaja Luxury Camp located next to the reservoir, which has fabulous views of the Sigiriya Rock itself, it provides a unique base from which to explore the Rock itself.

The Safari Camp is located inside the Yala National Park and the best way to witness the leopards, elephants, bears, deers, crocodiles and many wild animals at the park.

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Spice Gardens

Today spices are grown in spice gardens of Sri Lanka for export purposes and to be used medicinally and in Sri Lankan cuisine and also as agro-tourism projects.

Cinnamon that is grown in spice gardens of Sri Lanka has been a favourite spice since the ancient times. The plant is native to spice gardens of Sri Lanka. The smell of cinnamon in spice gardens of Sri Lanka are the sweetest and most delicious.

Cardamom is popular in the Middle East and is one of the most valuable spice crops of spice gardens of Sri Lanka. Cardamom plants requires a shaded environment.

The real secret of the spice gardens of Sri Lanka is the curry leaf tree. The aroma coming from the freshly picked leaves can spice up an entire curry dish. It is a scent that can be smelled all over Sri Lanka and India.

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Spa & Wellness Centres

An aura of tranquility embraces you as you enter the precincts of an Ayurveda Health Centre. You are also advised on how to maintain your health and beauty. You are clensed, exfoliated, massaged and wrapped in a rich herbal paste of flowers, bark and leaves and rested, for juices to seep into your body and enrich your soul.

Almost all prescriptions used in curing are produced by raw materials found naturally and no artificial substances are used. These would come from the roots, stems, barks, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits & nuts of many a plant. From the animals: milk, honey, pearls, musk, shells and from earth: iron, gold, silver & copper are used.

A tourist is initiated to this great form of medication through Ayurvedic Health Centres, Health Spa's and Wellness Centres they frequent while on tour in our island. Most of the treatment practiced in these centers are based on Ayurveda and in some centres Japanese, Chinese & Thai methods of therapy as well as Aromatheraphy are used.

Treatment is always administered under the guidance of an Ayurvedic medical practitioner or experts in spa method treatment. Combining the Ayurvedic form of medicine gives you not only relaxation of the mind and body, but will also treat the organs of the body to function properly through the administration of drugs using natural ingredients in relieving deep seated diseases as well as maintaining your good health.

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Heritage Hotels

Sri Lanka has a wonderful diverse and cultural heritage. Heritage Hotel aside from providing plush accommodations & modern facilities, we are also close to the historic sites, allowing you to explore notable landmarks with ease. It has breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding sthupas and the sparkling waters of the Tissaweva Lake out front. Centrally located in the exotic city of Anuradhapura, Heritage Hotel is away from several of Sri Lanka's famous historical sites & landmarks. It is a place where you can go and see the guard stone at Thuparama, Ruwanveli Seya, Aukana Buddha, Mihintale & Jethawana Monastery.

Heritage Hotels are a few of the best hotels in Sri Lanka that offer good accommodation facilities to the guests. Sri Lanka has recently claimed a large number of tourists owing to its natural beauty, its flora & fauna. The heritage hotels in Sri Lanka would take us back to the past and give us a glimpse of the colonial era that has left traces of it in the art & architecture and culture of Sri Lanka.

Some of the notable heritage hotels in Sri Lanka include the Grand Oriental, Galle Face Hotel & Mount Lavinia Hotel. These hotels stand for its artistic architecture.

Mount Lavinia Hotel is one of the best heritage hotels in Sri Lanka that was built to commemorate the forbidden love of a mestizo dancer & the Governor General. The hotel is exemplary of colonial heritage. There are grand corridors that seem to whisper its past history. The hotel overlooks the sea & is close to the major tourist attractions at the location.

The Heritage Nuwara Eliya is yet another of the famous heritage hotels in Sri Lanka. It is said to be the friendliest of all the Sri Lankan hotels. The hotel preaches of eco – tourism & there are many facilities that make the stay of the guests very comfortable. There are 20 rooms in this stately mansion that are furnished with elegant furniture and also offer modern facilities to the guests. This heritage hotel in Sri Lanka is close to the city center and also the Victoria Park. It is easily accessible & hence one of the most frequented of heritage hotels in Sri Lanka.

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House Boats

Houseboat operations would be a successful tourist attraction in the inland water bodies including rivers, lakes & lagoons of Sri Lanka. The boats are made of wood with inboard engines. The modern houseboats have all the comforts of a 4-5 star hotel that include well furnished bedrooms, comfortable living rooms, dining area & an upper deck providing seating facilities for 100 guests.

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Tourism related Boat/Vessel Operators

Whale watching can be seen on the south & the east coasts of Sri Lanka and the industry is growing. During winter & summer, sperm whales cross the southern tip of the island, migrating to the warmer waters of southeast asia. So do Pygmy blue whales where many of them can be seen at Dondra point in Sri Lanka. You can access it through the Mirissa Harbour or Weligama Harbour. Whale watching tours are arranged by many companies in Sri Lanka.

The sea of Mirissa is the place where you can see blue whales & a few types of dolphins while you visit Sri Lanka.

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Sea Cruise/Luxury Boat Operators

Cruising or diving safaris on live - aboard luxury yachts & boats are available.

The boats will be powered by engines smaller than 15 horsepower.

Boat services will be operated and restaurants at newly built Kotmale, Polgolla, Victoria, Randenigala, Ulhitiya, Maduru Oya, Bowatenne and the Udawalawe Reservoirs.

In addition Kandalama, Kala, Chandrika, and Iranmadu Reservoirs which are so-called 'Tanks' dating back from Sri Lanka's ancient irrigation related settlements were also opened for leisure activities.

Zegrahm would give adventure travelers the chance to explore Sri Lanka's lush tropical forests, white-sand beaches and rich bio-diversity, as well as cultural sights including a stopover in the hill capital of Kandy.

Passengers will visit 1000-year-old cultural sites including the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka; and the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the tooth of the Lord Budda encased in a gold casket. These expeditions both overnight in the village of Habarana.

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