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Explore nature and wild at Sigiriya from ‘Grand Holiday Resort’

By Sanath Weerasuriya, Pix by Nilan Maligaspe

Sigiriya is one of the popular travel destinations in Sri Lanka. Apart from the ‘eighth wonder’ of the world, Sigiriya is a significant place in cultural, historical and archeological aspects.

Sigiriya as village being the central spot in the Cultural Triangle, travellers from all over come to visit the wonders of ancient Sri Lanka. The Grand Tourist Holiday Resort in Galakotuwa, Kimbissa is a well known hotel situated close to the Sigiriya rock. It is a popular place for adventure travellers and visitors coming for Ayurveda treatments.

Build on a scrub jungle land of two acres, the resort is just one and half years old. It has twelve clean spacious A/C and non A/C rooms and a well equipped Ayurveda Spa. ‘This is a popular place for family outings too or company trips with excursions on the cards. Most of the foreigners use this hotel as a base for explore the area’ explained Douglas Sebastian, the Assistant Manager of the ‘Grand’.

The well appointed guest rooms offer all modern facilities including hot/cold water, air conditioning, mosquito net and room service. It also has a TV area and cosy lobby area for quiet relaxation. A peaceful garden surrounds the rooms, where you can sit and listen to various sounds of the birds or the chants of the nearby Buddhist temple.

The restaurant serves A’la’carte menus, delicious Western, Eastern, Chinese and Sri Lankan cuisine, prepared by an experienced chef. ‘We are specialized in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and always prepare according to the choice of the guests. What our guests want is our concern and we always try to satisfy their needs. Also we promote authentic dishes from the area such as fresh water fish, home grown vegetables and village cuisine’ he said.

‘Also we do not have any fixed meal time. Any time is meal time, if a guests wants to have a meal’ he added. Sigiriya Rock, Pidurangal, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Wildlife Park, Kaudulla National Park, Ritigala are popular destinations among the visitors to The Grand Tourist Holiday Resort.

‘These are some of the interesting places can be reached within 30 - 45 minutes drive and Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee are within the range of two to three hours drive.

The fullboard rate at the Grand Tourist Holiday Resort ranges from Rs.1900/- per person to Rs. 3500/- per double. The Grand Tourist Holiday Resort has become more popular destination among nature lovers and guests seeking Ayurveda treatment due to its natural and undisturbed atmosphere. For more details contact Grand Tourist Holiday Resort at Sigiriya Road, Galakotuwa, Pothana, Kimbissa

Tel:066 5670136, 0662286166 or 077 861150

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