ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Vol. 41 - No 18

Hunas Falls : Read and win a vacation from Jetwing

By Sanath Weerasuriya

TV Times readers are about to get the bonanza of the year. Today we launch, ‘Jetwing - TV Times Vacation Competition’, a brand new project with Jetwing Group of Hotels together with TV Times, in which TV Times readers can win lots of weekend vacations, dinner vouchers, gift vouchers , Spa treatments and many more.

This will enable our ardent readers to win their holidays by answering simple questions. All you have to do is to read the story on a particular hotel or resort answer two simple questions given in the coupon below and post it to the address give.

All answers should be on TV Times coupons and no photo copies are valid for the competition. All entry coupons should be pasted on post cards and sent to, ‘Jetwing - TV Times Vacation Competition - 1', C/o TV Times, No 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road, Colombo 2.

The very first feature of the ‘Jetwing -TV Times Vacation Competition’ is Hunas Falls Hotel in Elkaduwa.

Read the story and answer the questions based on the article.

Send your entries to TV Times on or before October 14. The winner will get a complimentary one night fullboard stay for double at Hunas Falls.

Hunas Falls Hotel is popular and branded as one of the top honeymoon destinations in Sri Lanka. Situated in the highlands of 123 acres in Elkaduwa about 2900 feet above the sea level, Hunas Falls is indeed an ideal hideaway for newly weds.

‘The hotel is still a honeymooner's paradise. Our clientele is majority Sri Lankan based and 58% to 60% keeps all the time’ said Gemunu Srilal, the General Manager of the hotel.

Built in early seventies against the Hunasgiriya Mountain Range in the Hunasgiriya Tea Estate, the hotel is now managed by Jetwing hotels. The Hotel comprises of 28 rooms and three suites - Highlander, Katsura two on Japanese theme and one on Royal Scottish theme.

Since lately Hunas Falls is being promoted as eco friendly nature hotel, which is surrounded by a variety of habitats, grassland, woodland, streams and waterfalls. Hunas Falls Hotel is committed not only to preserving nature but also to enhance the naturalness of the environment.

‘The Hotel practices responsible environmental management that reduces, reuses and recycles the natural resources' said W. M. N. W. Bandara, the naturalist, man behind the green story of the hotel.

Hunas Falls practices HACCP ( Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) programme , which covers related areas such as preventive maintenance and monitoring of equipment, pest control, and waste management.

‘To this end sound practices of energy and water conservation, air quality and pollution management and reduction, use of environmentally friendly resources, recycling, and environmentally friendly purchasing in keeping with existing laws and regulations have been introduced. Regular awareness programmes for both staff and guests are carried out and the need for involving local communities in these efforts is recognized' he added.

Nature tours are popular amongst overseas visitors. The Hotel has introduces a few trails, tours and walks, specially designed for nature lovers.

Simpson trail, Shaheen trail, Mount Hunnasgiriya trail, twilight and night walks, tour to a tea factory, excursions to Sembuwatta rainforest, Puhuarambe rainforest tour, excursion to Meemure, Knuckles and Nitre Caves are some of the top attractions.

Simpson's Forest is a small sub-Montane forest patch in the Hunnasgiriya Mountain extending towards the Wattegama-Elkaduwa road, located at an elevation of about 1300 metres above sea level..

The other most popular trail is Shaheen trail.

Mount Shaheen is a rocky escarpment, which is the habitat of Shaheen falcon. The summit is about 3300 feet in height with a panoramic view around.

'Also we have found and have recorded 121 species of birds and out of 17 are endemic. So bird watching too is so popular' Bandara said.

Conference facilities are other attactions of the hotel.

  • Question 1: In which district is Hunas Falls Hotel situated?
  • Question 2: What is the name of the falcon in Hunas Mountain range?
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