Diwali – the Festival of Lights in Sri Lanka

Diwali – the Festival of Lights in Sri Lanka

Celebrated every year around the autumn months of October and November in India, the Hindu festival of lights Diwali or Deepavali is among the most popular Hindu festivals in the world, signifying the victory of light over dark.

In Sri Lanka, Hindu temples come alive with special offering rituals – from the lighting of hundreds of small lamps to eliminate shadows from one’s house and life. It is also termed as the Festival of Lights. This festival has a sublime significance, for it symbolizes the victory of good forces over evil forces.

This year, Diwali  falls on Thursday 19th October, and is easily the most eagerly awaited festivals in Sri Lanka amongst practicing Hindu’s.

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Top 5 Reads Before you Head to Sri Lanka

Top 5 Reads Before you Head to Sri Lanka

We invited our regular blog writer, Kshanika Argent, to write a list of her Top 5 recommended reads for anyone who is planning on visiting Sri Lanka for the first time, and want to  get a really good insight into the the island and its culture, written by celebrated authors who’s home was Sri Lanka, at least for a significant time, if not indefinitely.

Running in the Family, by Michael Ondaatje:

Top 5 recommended books on Sri Lanka
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

In this family memoir, author Michael Ondaatje blurs fact and fiction to create an original portrait of a lost time and place. Ondaatje left Ceylon (which is now Sri Lanka) at the age of eleven. Almost twenty-five years later, he returned to Sri Lanka with a goal: to sort out the memories of experience and legend. The memoir is full of eccentric characters and captivating stories that will get you lost in his world. All these stories are set against the exotic landscape of a colonial empire in decline. “Running in the Family” is an important and unforgettable journey through memory to reclaim family history and self-identity.

The Village in the Jungle, by Leonard Woolf:

An older narrative of life in Ceylon, Leonard Woolf wrote this novel after seven years working as a colonial officer. The book shows his growing disillusionment with the British colonial system. It was first published back in 1913, and a majority of Woolf’s story centers on the village of Beddagana (which means, ‘the village in the jungle’, hence the title). “All jungles are evil, but no jungle is more evil than that which lay about the village of Beddagama…” he states and, “the rule of the jungle is first fear, and then hunger and thirst.”This novel is very well written, and worth reading if you are travelling to Sri Lanka.

Wave, A memoir of Life After the Tsunami, by Sonali Deraniyagala:

“Wave” is a granular, tactile working through of grief, regret and survivor’s guilt. It maintains a tight focus. Don’t arrive here looking for statistics and a journalistic overview of the tsunami. This book contains nothing about tectonic plates, the pressure per inch of water or the numbers of the dead

Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, by Shehan Karunatilaka:

Top 5 novels about Sri Lanka
Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka

The book uses cricket as a device to write about Sri Lankan society. It tells the story of an alcoholic journalist’s quest to track down a missing cricketer of the 1980s. The book was critically hailed, winning many awards. On 21 May 2012, Chinaman was announced as the regional winner for Asia of the Commonwealth Book Prize and went on to win the overall Commonwealth Book Prize announced on 8 June. It also won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and the 2008 Gratian Prize. Published to great acclaim in India and the UK, the book was one of the Waterstones 11 selected by British bookseller Waterstones as one of the top debuts of 2011 and was also shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Novel Prize.

The Road from Elephant Pass, by Nihal De Silva:

Top 5 Sri Lanka books
Road from the Elephant Pass by Nihal De Silva

An army officer’s routine assignment to pick up a female informant near Jaffna turns into a nightmare when the Tamil Tigers launch a massive attack on the camp at Elephant Pass. The two adversaries are forced to escape together through the rebel held Wanni and across the abandoned Wilpattu National Park.


“Unnervingly Picturesque”: Living Heritage Koslanda – A Review

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“Unnervingly Picturesque”: Living Heritage Koslanda – A Review

Travel journalist, Steve Hogarty, stays with us at Living Heritage Koslanda and has close encounters with Sri Lankan wildlife, discovers the delights of jack-fruit curry and experiences local hospitality of local villages during a Full Moon Day

“My route joined the dots between five boutique hotels: The Kandy House, Living Heritage Koslanda, The Last House, Kahanda Kanda on Koggala Lake and the Fort Bazaar Hotel, in the predominantly Muslim fort town of Galle.

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“A spectacular oasis and unnervingly picturesque”

For a hibernating hotelier, there are worse places to be exiled. Besides, after decades of uncertainty those fortunes are finally changing, tourists are returning and business is invigorated. New small hotels are opening that cater to the luxury, eco-minded traveller rather than the gap year backpacker. The focus on classy and low-impact boutiques is partly driven by tourism regulations restricting the number of high-rise hotels built along the protected coastline, in an effort to keep Sri Lanka from jamming up with chains and turning into Thailand 2.0.

The jagged road to the quiet refinement of Living Heritage Koslanda gives the impression that they don’t actually want any visitors, and the reward for arriving intact is a spectacular oasis which, considering its location amid some already quite dramatic surroundings, feels a bit like over-egging the pudding. This is the kind of place that’s so unnervingly picturesque you find yourself speaking in hushed tones, as though a single loud noise could bring it all crashing down and catapult you back to Heathrow Terminal 5.

Wild elephants wander between the villas at dawn, silent and looming like the ghosts of friendly grey houses, and monkeys – who smash roof tiles and are considered a scourge even more heinous than wild puppies – arrive in rowdy gangs to strip the fruit trees long before they’re ripe. On our first morning we walked through the forest to a pool beneath a waterfall, where we stripped off and swam in the cold water, like soon-to-be-murdered teenagers in a horror film. I avoided decapitation by chainsaw, but I was briefly menaced by a cow on the way back.

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Chef Lasantha, our “hotshot 21-year-old chef who is claimed to be something of an undiscovered culinary prodigy”

The food is exceptional everywhere, but especially here at Living Heritage, where it’s prepared by a hotshot 21-year-old chef who is claimed to be something of an undiscovered culinary prodigy. His food certainly bore the notion out. My diet consisted mainly of aubergine and cashew curries with rice, and egg hoppers (a basket-shaped pancake with an eggy surprise inside) and dosa for breakfast. Breadfruit, beetroot and jackfruit all featured heavily too. Relatively hard to come by in the UK, a fresh jackfruit is liable to fall out of a tree and bludgeon you to death at any time and almost everywhere you go in Sri Lanka. It’s the stuff vegetarians keep insisting is indistinguishable from pulled pork when cooked (it isn’t), and it is delicious.

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Enjoying delicious Sri Lankan cuisine and egg hoppers

The following day we rode bikes through paddy fields, the hot and sticky air about as wet as it can be without turning into actual liquid. It was Poson, the national full moon holiday celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of Buddhism on the island, and so everywhere we went tiny children would flag us down to give us free snacks. Poson is essentially the absolute opposite of Halloween. Villages set up roadside food stalls called dansala where anyone can come and eat whatever they like.”

The full article originally appeared in City A.M. on September 14th, 2017


Sri Lanka Breadfruit Curry: The Living Heritage Koslanda Kitchen Recipe Series

Sri Lanka Breadfruit Curry: The Living Heritage Koslanda Kitchen Recipe Series

Del (Breadfruit) Curry

This unique and flavorsome vegetarian-friendly curry is loved by Sri Lankans and a popular local delicacy. Imagine potato-like texture, only silky and melt-in-your mouth good! Serve with steamed rice, this mild and creamy curry brings perfect balance to a spicy meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Small Bread fruit (cut into square or wedge sized pieces)
  • 1 Medium Onion (sliced)
  • 3 Clove Garlic (sliced)
  • 2 Medium Green chillies (chopped)
  • 5 Small Curry leaves
  • 2 Piece Pandan leaves
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Curry powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 Stick Cinnamon
  • 2 Medium Dried chili (break in to pieces)
  • 1 Cup Coconut milk (thick)
  • 1 Cup Water (or more)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (or more)
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
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Breadfruit Curry prepared in the traditional way over a clay wood fire

Method:

Place breadfruit into a large saucepan and add coconut milk and water in to the saucepan. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, curry powder, cinnamon stick, half of the onion, two garlic cloves, curry leaves, salt and green chilli in to the sauce pan. Mix all well together.

Cook over a medium heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Transfer the breadfruit curry to another bowl and set aside. Meanwhile heat oil in a fryingpan and add mustard seeds – when the seeds start to pop add cumin seeds, the other half of the chopped onion, one chopped garlic, three curry leaves, pandan leaves and dried chilli pieces in to the  frying pan and fry it until onions are light brown for about three minutes, stirring occasionally, making sure the spice mix doesn’t burn.

Now add the breadfruit and coconut curry in to the pan with the onions and spices and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve warm.


Living Heritage Koslanda: Family Friendly, Boutique Luxury, in the Heart of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

Living Heritage Koslanda: Family Friendly, Boutique Luxury, in the Heart of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

A REVIEW BY TRAVELYNN FAMILY TRAVEL BLOG:  

Picture the scene: you’ve been travelling as a family for a few weeks, having the time of your lives experiencing all that Sri Lanka has to offer. You’re happy but perhaps a little weary, head full of memories but in need of some time to pause. Family travel has its challenges so, every now and then, you need to head somewhere slightly off the tourist trail for a chance to recharge and savour a little bit of luxury. You’ve all deserved it.

Living Heritage Koslanda view

Living Heritage Koslanda (LHK) is one of those picture perfect resorts you sometimes see in glossy magazines at doctor’s surgeries; you look at the pictures longingly but fold the magazine away, assuming it’s for someone else, perhaps someone with more money and less children. But therein lies the magic of LHK – it’s an affordable slice of luxury perfectly suited to families. This beautiful resort, crafted with great care and sensitivity out of eighty acres of pristine Sri Lankan jungle, may be tucked away from the country’s well-known tourist sights but has enough activities, fun and friendly staff to make it the highlight of your holiday.

Arriving to Living Heritage Koslanda

The mood is set as soon as you arrive, the unmarked entrance to the resort is down a dusty, bouncy track which immediately builds up a feeling of getting away from it all. Our tuk-tuk driver edged along the road, unsure if we were going the right way but Google Maps (and the general sense of excitement) guided us along. A slow walk down the path led us to Mr Carrim, the smiling, happy General Manager who would look after us so well over the next few days.

Living Heritage Koslanda Mr Carrim

The Accommodation

The over-riding feeling of LHK is that of tranquility and being close to nature. Cloud-covered hills frame the horizon, vast spaces of lawn invite the children to play and the only tweets come from the birds nestled in the trees.

Living Heritage Koslanda plunge pool

This is enhanced even further by the extraordinarily stylish suites (four in total) which sit on a small hill overlooking the rolling hills in the distance. Each luxury villa, sympathetically designed to fit the magical setting, comes equipped with an outdoor seating area, outdoor plunge pool and shower, en-suite bathroom, spacious open air living area centred around an ornamental light-well and an elegant double bedroom boasting high A-frame beams (with extra beds available for the children). Locally-sourced antique furniture provide a homely feel, including a small table and chairs for the kids, plus all the practicalities you will need; fridge, kettle and TV (with a choice of kids’ DVDs).

We must also give a special mention here to the magic of the bedroom. We had our very first over-sleep in four years (gasp!). It must have been the combination of soft beds, pitch dark room and complete silence that led both us parents to wake naturally at 7:25am, whilst our boys were still fast asleep (6am is the norm). For this reason alone, LHK deserves a gold star in our book, the rooms were the most comfortable we’ve slept in. Perhaps it was the fresh jungle air as well…

But once the boys finally woke, what we all absolutely appreciated was all the vast, open space on our doorstep to just be free…

Living Heritage Koslanda, open space

How to keep the kids entertained

So you’ve hopefully got the impression that it’s a place to relax, to get away from it all and generally chill out. You might be wondering how that works with children; won’t they get bored in a place so remote and relaxed? The answer to that is a resounding no. Aside from the enjoyment of running around and taking in the fresh air, we also filled our time with:

Swimming in the Waterfall – a 45 minute hike (for our 2 and 3 year old, shorter for older kids) along a path through the jungle leads you to a fantastic private waterfall. It was easily one of the highlights of our entire trip to Sri Lanka. It’s not the easiest of hikes with two small children and we probably found it at the very upper end of our capability levels but, my oh my, was it worth the effort. Scrambling over the last few boulders to be greeted by the roar of that stunning waterfall is a memory we’ll never forget. We found a couple of comfy rocks, splashed around, took turns showering under the falls, had a pebble throwing competition and generally appreciated the magic of the location. It’s all within the resort’s boundaries so you’ll have the place to yourselves. We advise wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes and long trousers for the hike (there are a few leeches, particularly in the rainy season), pack some light-weight towels, water and snacks, and some reef-sandles for the kids to wear in the water. Mr Carrim also provides you with a mobile phone to call ahead with your lunch order when you’re on your way back! This is the life.

Living Heritage Koslanda, Waterfall

Marshmallows on the campfire – the crackling sound of burning logs greeted us as we descended from the dining area down to the lawn after dinner. Mr Carrim had a roaring campfire going, plus a dozen tasty marshmallows. Under a clear star-filled night sky we huddled together and toasted the marshmallows with the boys – such a happy memory which the boys adored.

Living Heritage Koslanda, marshmallows

Croquet on the lawn – it’s such a chilled out place that croquet seems to fit perfectly. The little ones might not know the rules but that doesn’t stop the fun.

Living Heritage Koslanda - croquet

Looking for animals – being in the wilderness provides the opportunity to find so many animals. The boys found monkeys, frogs, geckos and even a couple of cows to meet.

Living Heritage Koslanda - cow

Swimming in the incredible infinity pool – there are so many luxurious touches at LHK, things that you would only get to experience in other parts of the world if you paid ten-times the amount, but the best of the bunch must be the infinity pool overlooking the rice paddies and rolling hills. The kids might not notice the incredible setting though as they jump, splash and dive their way around the shallow end. If there are more perfect family experiences than this in the world, we’re yet to find them. Bliss.

Living Heritage Koslanda - infinity pool

There is also a great list of activities for kids on LHK’s website.

The Food

As you’d expect, the food at LHK is of an equally high standard to the rest of the resort. We had the best Sri Lankan food of our trip on the first night, followed by the best chicken and mashed potato since leaving the UK on night two. There were great choices for the boys as well; pancakes, fresh bread and fruit for breakfast, sandwiches and chips for lunch and pasta, followed by ice-cream, for dinner – all served in a magical outdoor dining area under the stars.

Living Heritage Koslanda, Restaurant

So would we recommend LHK to other families?
You can probably guess the answer. So much of family travel is about hectic fun that it pays sometimes to slow down a moment and take a breath. Many boutique resorts are often focused at romantic honeymooners, but LHK is that rare thing – a beautiful, luxurious resort which welcomes families and, more importantly, understands them and their needs. Whether it’s the marshmallows or the infinity pool, the kid-friendly food or the lovely Mr Carrim (who the kids were still asking for a week later), we were made to feel so welcome and had the best family time we can remember. Pay them a visit as well, treat yourself and we’re sure you’ll leave with the same incredible memories.

Find out more and book online at koslanda.com. We suggest staying at least three nights.

Living Heritage Koslanda, steps

Getting there

There are quite a few options for reaching the resort, depending on where you’re coming from and what your budget is. Private AC taxis can be arranged from Colombo (or indeed anywhere), you can drive straight from Ella (a popular tourist town about an hour up the road), or (as we did) take the breathtakingly scenic train journey from Ella to Haputale (one hour, Rs160) and then take a tuk-tuk (Rs2000, 50 minutes) down to the resort.

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A Journey to the Waterfall at Living Heritage Koslanda

A Journey to the Waterfall at Living Heritage Koslanda

The Ellawalla River meanders its way through the eighty acres of jungle that protectively bounds Living Heritage Koslanda. A walk to one of its waterfalls, smaller than the nearby Diyaluma Falls but no less majestic, is an absolute must-do during your stay at this beautiful boutique hotel in the Sri Lanka Hill Country.

Safe under the guidance of Wasantha, who knows the area intimately, you make your way along narrow, winding paths – beneath creeper tendrils, over vast root systems, whilst shaded by giant mango and avocado trees. Occasionally, you may see prints stamped into the jungle floor: the remnants of an elephant’s night walk, as the protected forest preserves the ancient elephant corridor that these beautiful creatures have been using for time immemorial. Wasantha reveals that leopards too travel through the undergrowth once dusk falls over the valley. (more…)


Romantic Boutique Hotel with a Spectacular Infinity Pool in the Mountains

Romantic Boutique Hotel with a Spectacular Infinity Pool in the Mountains

We recently hosted German Travel Blogger and Photographer @MoniquedeCaro who’s travel blog, Beautiful-Places, features reviews of Romantic Resorts and Ideal Honeymoon Retreats. This write up in German, will be followed latterly by the English translation, meanwhile our German followers can enjoy this great write up:

Romantisches Boutique-Hotel mit spektakulärem Infinity-Pool in den Bergen

Dieses kleine Boutique-Hotel ist ein echter Geheimtipp im Herzen von Sri Lanka. Es liegt zwischen den südlichen Bergen des zentralen Sri Lankas und ist umgeben von malerischen Teeplantagen, Pfeffer-Plantagen und Wasserfällen. Es ist der perfekter Zwischenstopp auf dem Weg von Nuwera Eliya nach Yala.

Von der Straße aus war es kaum zu entdecken. Unser Fahrer musste sich erstmal durchfragen, um es zu finden. Dort angekommen, wurden wir herzlich vom Manager Carrim empfangen. Man fühlt sich hier auch nicht wie in einem Hotel, sondern eher als wäre man Gast in einem privaten Zuhause.

Das Hotel ist im typisch sri-lankischem Design gebaut und gestaltet worden. Die wunderschöne Architektur stammt übrigens vom Filmemacher Manik Sandrasagra in Zusammenarbeit mit dem renommierten sri-lankischen Architekten Channa Daswatte.

Auf dem 80 Hektar großen Grundstück gibt es sogar eine eigene Pfefferplantage und dient auch als Elefantenkorridor – von Juni bis August wandern die Dickhäuter über das Grundstück.

Infinity-Pool

Das absolute Highlight ist der tolle Infinity-Pool! Von hier hat man einen atemberaubenden Blick auf die umliegenden Berge und Teefelder. 

Um den Pool zu erreichen muss man zwar erstmal einen kleinen Hügel hinauf, aber es lohnt sich absolut!

Per Handy kann man sich die Cocktails sogar nach oben bestellen.

At the heart of Sri Lanka with the Soul of Sri Lanka

Zimmer

Dieses kleine Hotel hat 4 romantische und rustikale Suiten. Drei Suiten liegen im Haupthaus direkt beim Restaurant und eine weitere Suite befindet sich in einem kleinen Cottage in der Nähe vom Pool.

Luxury Villa Suites

Die 3 Luxury Villa Suites haben eine Gemeinschaftsveranda, einen eigenen Innenhof und sind mit Antiquitäten, Outdoor-Whirlpools, Bad und offenen Duschen ausgestattet.

Pepper Garden Cottage Suite

Wir wohnten abseits im kleinen steinernen Cottage mit eigenem Garten- und Erholungspavillon. Dieses Zimmer liegt etwas abseits – hat dafür aber viel Privatsphäre.

Es sind noch 2 weitere Zimmer in Planung – im Zelt-Pavillon-Stil! Das klingt aufregend!

Restaurant

Im urigen Restaurant – einem offenen Holz-Pavillon mit pagodenähnlichen Dach – ist es abends mit dem gedimmten Licht besonders romantisch. Mit den tollen antiken Möbeln und den Steinwänden ist es einfach nur mega gemütlich!

Serviert wird ein köstliches sri-lankisches Essen mit Currys, Reis und viel Gemüse. Alles wird frisch auf dem traditionellen Holzofen gekocht.

Honeymoon & Wedding

Honeymoon-Special
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Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Experiences at Living Heritage Koslanda

Wedding-Package (ab USD 350)
An diesem idyllischen Fleckchen kann man auch romantisch heiraten!
Weitere Infos: Your Wedding and Honeymoon in the mountains at Koslanda

Ausflugs-Tipps

Wanderung zum Wasserfall
Der idyllische Weg durch den Dschungel und durch „Gottes Wald“ zum Wasserfall ist ein absolutes Muss. Wer möchte, kann 
dort sogar baden. Auf dem Weg dorthin sollte man sich allerdings vor den Unmengen an Blutegeln in acht nehmen! Es werden einem dafür aber auch Schuhe mit Schutz bis zu den Knien bereitgestellt. Und man kann sie mit Salzwasser auch leicht wieder abbekommen.

Buduruwagalas – buddhistische Felsenreliefs, der höchste ist 16m hoch
Teefabrik besuchen und Teefelder besichtigen
Kataragama, heilige Stadt, deren Tempel von vier Glaubensrichtungen verehrt wird
Safari im Nationalpark Udawalawe 

Hier gibt es viel zu entdecken – oder man verbringt den Tag einfach gemütlich am Pool!

Fazit

Dieser Ort ist Entspannung pur – Balsam für Augen und Seele! Hier kann man sich einfach nur wohlfühlen – alles ist super gemütlich und um die wenigen Gäste wird sich liebevoll gekümmert. Zum Abschied gabs sogar frischgepflückte Blumen! Wir waren hier leider nur eine Nacht – definitiv zu kurz!

Zimmer: 4 Suiten
Flugdauer: ab 12 Stunden Flug von Deutschland (via Dubai) nach Colombo
Transfer: 210 km vom Colombo Airport entfernt; der nächste Bahnhof (Haputale) ist 29 km entfernt – hier kann man sich dann von einem Fahrer vom Hotel abholen lassen
Check-in/Check-out: 14 Uhr/11 Uhr
Temp. Luft: 8 – 27,8 Grad
Temp. Wassser: 27 – 29 Grad
Malaria: malariafrei
Impfungen: empfohlen wird Tetanus, Diphterie, Hepatitis A, Masern
Beste Reisezeit: Mitte Mai – Ende September: Osten- und Nordosten der Insel; Oktober – Mitte April: West- und Südwestküste; Januar bis März: Bergland
Zeitverschiebung: 5,5 Stunden
Preis: ab 250 EUR/Nacht (inkl. Frühstück)
Besonderheiten: toller Pool, wunderschöne Landschaft, leckeres Essen in einem supergemütlichen Restaurant

 

View the Full Article at Beautiful-Places.de Travel Blog
Perfekt für: Paare, Naturliebhaber, Romantiker, Honeymooner


Explore Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – Review of Living Heritage Koslanda

Explore Sri Lanka’s Hill Country – Review of Living Heritage Koslanda

Sri Lanka, an island south of India in the Indian Ocean, is famed for its diverse landscapes, where rich rainforests sit alongside arid plains, with highlands and sandy beaches, ancient Buddhist ruins and Tea Plantations aplenty. A peaceful way of life can be found here and the boutique hotel of Living Heritage Koslanda is the perfect place to connect with this wonderful country and perhaps, reconnect with yourself too.

Location

Living Heritage Koslanda is set in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country on its own 80 Acre estate with beautiful tea plantations beyond. You can fly direct from London to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, in just over 10 hours with Sri Lankan Airlines. The hotel is then just a 5-hour drive from the airport, transfers can be arranged by the hotel if you wish, which takes one thing off your to do list!

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Absolute best stays in SRI LANKA

Absolute best stays in SRI LANKA

EASTERN HILLS – LIVING HERITAGE KOSLANDA: A Travel Blog Review by Lara Kamnik @Your_Passport

Set in the heart of Sri Lanka with 80 Acres of pristine forest, nature trails, river and waterfalls Living Heritage Koslanda is a complete peace oasis offering unlimited opportunities for immersing yourself in nature. We were charmed (understating) by the sounds of nature from the moment we stepped out of our car. Walking through the jungle path to reach the hotel – it was just after the rain storm making it very humid but so serene and mystical that we could never forget it. Tranquil surroundings give this hotel a very romantic and intimate feel. We got a perfect chance to self-reflect and recharge here, it is also by far best spot for meditation or yoga, nestled amongst the jungle with beautiful sounds and smells.

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Explore the 80 Acres of Pristine Forest at Living Heritage Koslanda

The hotel owns one of the most amazing infinity pools in all of Sri Lanka and it sits right above the paddy fields. It is also blessed with an amazing private waterfall and natural pool, plus the 3rd highest waterfall of Sri Lanka Diyaluma is only short 10 minutes’ drive away. Koslanda also organises some of the best trips – make sure you visit the hidden beauty of Poonagalla Estate, very unspoiled and authentic with zero tourists!

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There’s plenty of time for play and chill out time at the Resort

And then we get to the accommodation. We had our own private courtyard, a long veranda and a tropical garden with rain shower and jacuzzi. Showering by moonlight? You got us here! Interiors were exquisitely arranged in heritage style, we got fresh flowery on the bed and towels every night which made this stay a very unique. Welcoming service (thank you again, Carrim) and dining here was nothing but spectacular. Fresh and tasty and very much in line with the Sri Lankan cuisine. Secret tip? *Don’t skip the pumpkin soup and heavenly lemon mint cheesecake(s) – Uroš and I would go back to Sri Lanka only for this dessert! Oh, and they said farewell with a flower bouquet. How thoughtful is that!

Original and Full Article appears on Your Passport’s Travel Blog 

Follow Lara on Instagram @Your_Passport and Uros @Your_Passage

 


Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Experiences at Living Heritage Koslanda

Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Experiences at Living Heritage Koslanda

If you are in the process of putting together your perfect honeymoon, why not look at Sri Lanka – a perfect honeymoon destination, with more romantic boutique hotels than you could possibly imagine, an ideal mix of culture, history, stunning scenery and beaches a-plenty.

Here we’ve selected our Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon treats you should’t miss out on during your stay with us:

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Romantic Treats at our boutique resort in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

1.Watch the sunset over the hills and paddy fields down by our unforgettable infinity pool with a complimentary champagne cocktail

2. Pinch yourself as you enjoy a romantic picnic lunch at our private waterfall followed by a dip in its natural pool beneath the  jungle canopy, surrounded by the sound of chattering monkeys, and the song of birds and hum of butterflies. There’s not many couples who can claim to have stayed somewhere where they have access to their very own waterfall! It really doesn’t get more special than this .

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Enjoy romantic candlelit dinners, secluded picnics by our waterfall and champagne cocktails at sunset

3. Celebrate with a private dining experience either on your suite veranda , down at the pool or in the gardens at night. Candlelit with floral decorations and a sumptuous menu of your choice .

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It’s impossible not to find a quiet, romantic setting here

4. Private flower petal jacuzzi under the stars with champagne in your own private tropical garden courtyard bathroom

5. Visit a local temple where we can arrange for a priest to conduct a special blessing and puja to celebrate your union