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Enjoy traditions at luxury ‘Sorowwa’

By Sanath Weerasuriya, Pix by Nilan Maligaspe

Habarana is located with convenient access to the UNESCO listed world heritage sites such as Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy. Surrounded by a number of nature sanctuaries, home to thousands of colorful (migrating) birds and wild elephants, Sorowwa is the ideal location for cultural and natural excursions as well as indulgence in the beauty of nature and serenity.
‘Sorowwa Resort and Spa’ is the latest attraction of the cultural hub.

‘This is actually the best location for all wildlife lovers and the top wildlife Sanctuaries are situated just half hours drive away. Minneriya, Kaudulla, Huruluwewa and Ritigala is at very close proximity’ said Dr. M. Nawaz Jiffrey, the proprietor of the ‘Sorowwa Resort and Spa’.

Dr. Nawaz, a professional medical practitioner, attached to the Gampola Hospital, has a dream from his childhood days. That is to become a top hotelier one day.

‘Though I have qualified in medicine, I worked towards this goal and finally achieved’ he said. ‘Sorowwa Resort & Spa’ is built on the exact spot where Royalty of yore had their preferred pleasure garden and weva in Habarana.

The original ‘sorowwa’ of Habarana Weva is still in tact and the hotel is built on the same land by the Weva close to sorowwa.

‘This is the main reason I have called this place ‘Sorowwa’. As a born nature lover and cultured man, I always respect our Sri Lankan traditional values. This same thing I have introduced in to the system of the hotel too’ Dr Nawaz explained.

‘Sorowwa’ has 23 rooms including 14 deluxe, 6 super deluxe, one VIP room and two disable rooms at the ground level. This is the only place I have come across with disable room facilities and catering to disabled people. Apart from the usual hospitality service, Sorowwa offers a step further in serving disabled persons as the same way as normal people.

‘In this place of sheer tranquility, an exalted level of personalized hospitality is all yours. From the moment you arrive to be greeted by our staff with a warm smile coming straight from their heart, you will begin to feel that you have finally arrived at that place you have always dreamed of, so, . . . abandon your self unto blissful comfort, total relaxation and peace’ he added.

In keeping with the old traditions of the area, ‘Sorowwa’ offers traditional Sri Lankan cuisine along with all the other global dishes at the main restaurant ‘Keketiya’. Rooftop is ‘Balungala’ and ‘Ganganatha’ is the pool bar.

‘This is a family resort and we serve according to family choice. An exotic spread of succulent eastern and western dishes by Chef Bandara are the speciality of ‘Keketiya’ said Chaminda Amerasinghe, the Manager of the place.

Dr. Nawaz Jiffrey

‘Sorowwa’ is within easy reach of so many magnificent spots of exciting wild life, historically and culturally rich sites for which Sri Lanka is famous for. Sigiriya (1/2 hour drive), Minneriya (15 minutes drive), Ritigala (1/2 hour drive), Dambulla ( 1/2 hour drive), Polonnaruwa 45 minutes drive), Anuradhapura (45 minutes drive), Trincomalee (1 1/2 hour drive), Pasi Kuda (1 1/2 hour drive) and Knuckles is about 2 1/2 hour drive are some of the top attractions and sites close to the Resort.
Sorowwa has a special promotion during the Avurudu season.

‘Who ever books four rooms at one reservation will get three hour free safari ride in Minneriya, Kaudulla or Huruluoya according to their choice’ said Roshan, who handles the Front Office work of the Resort. According to Dr. Jiffrey, New Year festival is well be observed in the hotel and guests do not have to worry about missing anything during their holiday.

‘Yeah, we are going to observe all the traditions related to Avurudu and nobody will miss anything’ he said. Honeymooners too are assured of a most memorable stay which they would enjoy new life together - Adding more buzz to it are; Majestic elephant rides and exciting wild-life excursions.

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