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‘Indra Manel’:Family resort by the river

By Sanath Weerasuriya, Pix by Nilan Maligaspe

Beautiful Victoria Reservoir in Digana is fed by Hulu Ganga is one of the best and the most beautiful locations in the hills. Northern edge of the Reservoir bordering the Kandy - Mahiyangana main road in Oruthota, Balagalla, and Teldeniya attracts the eyes of every passenger passes by. The flow from Hulu Ganga wrapped with the waters of Victoria creates best scenic beauty of the project, making difficult for tourists and nature lovers to avoid.

Up in the hill off Oruthota Bridge, nestled Hotel Indra Manel, which has a bird’s eye view of the waters of Hulu Ganga feeding Victoria Reservoir.

Hotel Indra Manel located in the Huluganga Estate off Oruthota, in Teldeniya is just 18 Kilometres away from Kandy town.

Hotel Indra Manel, a popular family destination, has 23 A/C and non A/C rooms including outside main structure cabanas with all modern facilities.

Built in 1998, the hotel is popularly known as a family resort and a wedding venue. ‘Apart from our holiday clientele, weddings are on top priority. Mainly because of the location, cuisine and the service’ said W. M. Sumanasiri, the Manager of the place.

The best attraction of the Hotel is the natural bathing basin of Hulu Ganga, which is bordering the hotel’s 65 acre land.

‘We have our regular guests from all over the country, who wants visit with their families to have a relaxed weekend. The top attraction is natural and safe bathing off our big play ground by the river’ he added.
Swimming pool with kid’s section, children’s park, specialized restaurant, over looking the mountain range and pool terrace are some of the special features of the resort.

Manager Sumanasiri

‘Our specialty is village cuisine and we have some of the specialized dishes from the area. That doesn’t mean we do not cater other items. From popular Sri Lankan dishes to Chinese, Indian, Western specialties or even Thai and Malay cuisine are on our cards. We do the catering according to the requirement’ explained Sumanasiri.

Hotel Indra Manel is centrally located for excursions and is an ideal stopover for adventure travellers.

The major attraction is Victoria Golf Links, which is just ten minutes drive from the hotel. Victoria Reservoir, Meemure, Knuckles range, Mahiyangana and Dambana, ancient Rangala and Kaikawala cultural sites are some of the popular destinations.

‘Our main hall can accommodate nearly 250- 300 pax for functions and for bigger functions, we extend the area to pool terrace to accommodate more guests’ he added.

Hotel Indra Manel is a much sought after location by cinema and television directors for movies and teledramas.

Movie ‘Leader’, teldramas such as ‘Tharu Paba’, ‘Sathsanda Kirana’ and current Derana series ‘Aadaraneeya Poornima’ were filmed at the locations at Hotel Indra Manel premises.For more details call 081 2375205

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