GREAT ESCAPES FOR 2017

Posted - 04 Jan, 2017

ROMANCE UNDER THE STARS

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Looking to get away for some peace and quiet with your significant other? Let us guide you to some of most popular accommodation options that are ideal for Honeymoons and Anniversaries. From Ulagalla to Chena Huts or Jungle Beach to Uga Bay, wherever you choose to spend your special day, we are on hand. Choose from a variety of exotic locations with breathtaking sights that are perfect for a midnight stroll, a private candle-light dinner on the beach, or just talking until the wee hours of the morning.
Each of our resorts is opulently decked out, polished with meticulous care to detail. We have included some of the most modern comforts and amenities, to ensure your stay is not only comfortable, but also one to remember. Additionally, there is an array of excursions and dining options to enjoy and make the most of your time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
With a healthy dose of luxury, your space will be a haven for you to relax and soak in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Our staff is on hand to attend to any of your needs, whatever they may be. If you wish to experience something different every day, you can combine our resorts with a customised itinerary. Of course, we would be happy to help!
Have a look through each of our properties and see what resonates with you the best. Let us know how we can make it better for you.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

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Welcome to Wilpattu National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s most famous natural marvels. The name ‘Wilpattu’ is derived from ‘Willu-Pattu’ which in turn can be translated to ‘Land of Lakes’. The key feature of this nature reserve is the sprinkling of its many natural lakes which fill up with rainwater allowing its biodiversity to thrive. It spreads across 131, 693 hectares and can be found nestled in the North-West region of the island. Though it is a long journey from Colombo, it is more easily accessible from areas such as Anuradhapura. With around 60 tanks found in Wilpattu, this makes it not only one of Sri Lanka’s oldest, but also largest national parks.
Despite it being the island’s largest national park, it tends to have a very low density of visitors even during peak season. Unlike most other parks that are frequently visited throughout the year such as Yala, there is less commotion and disturbance making it the ideal setting for spotting an elusive leopard or two. After Yala, Wilpattu is hailed to be the next best spot for leopard watching. The dense, dry environment gives the park an expansive feeling and evokes a sense of wilderness. You should bear in mind though, that these two facts means that the animals themselves are generally wary and quick on their feet so you need to be on high alert.
Wilpattu is teeming with a plethora of wildlife, with approximately 30 different species of mammals including endangered species. You will come across include sloth bears, elephants, water buffalos and spotted deer. Elephants in particular are Sri Lanka’s pride and joy and they are revered, respected creatures with a major cultural significance. They are dwindling in numbers however, and conservation efforts are under way to try and rectify the issue. It is also a bird-lover’s paradise, since the place is swarming with these winged-creatures of all shapes, sizes and colours. In fact, Wilpattu is a very popular spot for field study and research; many professors, researchers and academics visit the park regularly for their work. It was however closed for some time during the peak of the war, due to major security concerns. Even now, only 25% of the park can be visited as the rest is heavily shrouded in dense foliage making it tough to explore. Though the park can be visited anytime of the year, the months of February- October are considered to be the best.
Jeep safaris are the most common way to take in Wilpattu along with some trekking. As Ulagalla is just an hour’s drive away from the park, you will not spend a lot of time travelling leaving you to explore more. Please remember that the park should be respected for what it is and you should not disturb or aggravate the animals in any way. Wear clothing that is dulled-down and earthy, so you can blend in easily with the environment. Do not make sudden movements or deliberate noises as you will easily disturb the peace and quiet. Respect the animals and their home as you are in their territory. After all, as we tell our guests, we are merely visitors and not at liberty to disrupt their home. Speak to us to find out more!

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