Jaffna

Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. With a population of 88,138, Jaffna is Sri Lanka's 12th largest city. Jaffna city was established as a colonial administrative center by the Portuguese colonials in 1621. Jaffna's suburb, Nallur served as the capital of the four centuries-long medieval Jaffna Kingdom. The city is surrounded by Jaffna Lagoon to its west and south, Kokkuvil and Thirunelveli to the north, and Nallurto the east. Jaffna peninsula is made of limestone as it was submerged under sea during the Miocene period.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of 'Willus' (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30km west Anuradhapura and located 26km north of Puttalam. The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread through out Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard(Panthera pardus kotiya) population.

Anuradhapura

The Anuradhapura Kingdom, named forits capital city , was the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka. Founded by King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC, the kingdom's authority extended throughout the country, although several independent areas emerged from time to time, which grew more numerous towards the end of the kingdom. The city also had some of the most complex irrigation systems of the ancient world. Most of the great reservoir tanks still survive today, and some many be the oldest surviving reservoirs in the world. The oldest surviving paintings of the Anuradhapura period are the Sigiriya frescoes.

Trincomalee

Trincomalee, one of the finest natural deep-water harbors in the world is located 257km north-east of Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka.The name comes from Trikona/likoona(triangle) and malai(hill or rock in Tamil). The rock on the promontory is like a triangle or the hill surrounding the place form a triangle. Trincomalee(Trinco) appeals to tourists primarily as the gateway to the fine Uppuveli and Nilaveli beaches. Possibly the site of historic Gokana in the Mahavamsa(Great Chronicle), the town itself is mildly attractive and is situated around several picturesque bays and rocky peninsulas.

Passekudah

Passekudah, adorned with coconut palms, is the ideal stretch for windsurfing and water skiing. It has a pristine reef system that is about to be designated a Marine Sanctuary. A great destination for water sport enthusiasts and sun worshippers.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijaya bahu the first, who defeated the Cholai invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Polonnaruwa is the second largest city inthe North Central Province, but it is known as one of the cleanest and more beautiful cities in the country. The green environment, amazing ancient constructions and the Parakrama Samudraya(a huge lake built in 1200), and attractive tourist hotels and hospitable people, attract tourists from all over the world.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya is located in the Central Province, in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. The site of the 'Lion Mountain' was visited from the 6th century AD, by passionate admirers.The frescoes of Sigiriya inaugurated a pictorial style which endured over many centuries. The poems inscribed on the rock by certain of these admirers, and known as the , 'Sigiri graffiti' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language, and thus show the considerable influence exerted by the abandoned city of Kassapa I on both literature and thought.

Kandy

Kandy is known as the 'Hill Capital', the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka under whose patronage the indigenous culture flourished for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage site, particularly famous for the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a famous pilgrimage site. Commonly known as the Dalada Maligawa, the temple is believed to house the left canine tooth retrieved from the Buddha's funeral pyre. It is regarded as a symbolic representation of the living Buddha. Worshiping at the temple is believed to improve one's karma immeasurably and the shrine receives a constant flow of worshipers and tourists alike.

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya was founded by Sir Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile around 1825. It soon became a retreat for British civil servants seeking to escape from the heat of the plains. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club & the Post Office. NuwaraEliya, known as 'Little England', now attracts visitors from all over the world for its picturesque landscape and cool climate.

HORTON PLAINS

Horton Plains was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and because of its biodiversity value, was elevated to a National Park in 1988. The Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, which lies to the west, is contiguous with the Park. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. Horton Plains contains the most extensive area of cloud forest still existing in Sri Lanka. Horton Plains National Park, along with the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and Knuckles Mountain Range comprises the Central Highlands World Heritage Site.

ADAM'S PEAK

There is probably no mountain anywhere more famous than Sri Pada-Adam's Peak (7362ft/2250m) for non-mountain reasons than this. It is sacred to three religions; to Buddhists the human-foot-shaped hollow on the pinnacle boulder marks one of the personal appearances of the Buddha; the Muslims believe that the depression marks Adam's expiation of his disobedience by standing there for an age on one foot; to the Hindus, by whom the Peak has been venerated for millennia, its name is Sivan AdiPadham, for it is the Creative Dance of the god Siva that the 'print' calls to remembrance. Whichever legend you may believe, this beautiful place has been a pilgrimage centre for over a thousand years.

Kitulgala

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala. Also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream, visitors can experience a thrilling adventure in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids.

HATTON : TEA TRAILS

Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Chateaux resort, comprises four luxurious colonial era tea planters' bungalows, connected by walking trails through stunningly beautiful Ceylon tea gardens. Tea Trails is the world's first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metres in Sri Lanka's panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands. Each of the four bungalows is different. Summerville with an air of a country cottage, Castlereagh with an eclectic style of its own, the high colonial Tientsin, one of the first planter's residences to be built in Ceylon and the more modern Norwood; abounding with 50's character. 21 exquisite rooms and suites in all. Built between 1888 and 1950, the bungalows offer a taste of gracious living thanks to butler service & period furnishings, accompanied by gourmet meals.

RATNAPURA

Sitting near the centre of a number of richly watered valleys between Adam's Peak and Sinharaja Forest Reserve, busy Ratnapura('City of Gems' in Sanskrit) is famous as a trade hub for the area's ancient wealth of gemstones. It is the centre of a long-established industry of precious stone mining including rubies, sapphires, and other gems. Apart from gem mining, the city is known for rice and fruit cultivations. Large plantations of tea and rubber surround the city. Tea grown in this region is called low-country tea.

SINHARAJA FOREST

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserveanda World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Sinharaja Adaviya i.e. forest, therefore lies embedded in the national consciousness of the Sri Lanka people and occupies a special position of importance. Legend also claims that the forest was royal territory belonging to the ancient Kings (rajas) of the country and in some early colonial records the forest is referred to as the 'Rajasinghe Forest'.

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, UdaWalawe is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savanna reserves of Africa. The park's 30, 821 hectares centre on the large UdaWalawe Reservoir, fed by the Walawe Ganga. Udawalawe is an important habitat for Sri Lankan elephants, which are relatively easy to see in its open habitats. Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the Udawalawe reservoir, with a herd of about 250 believed to be permanently resident.

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is a lovely moon-shaped curl of soft sand and is a popular surfing destination The village is packed with beachfront guest houses with many restaurants and the bay hosts a large fleet of fishing boats operating off the beach. Beyond surfing there are many things tourists can enjoy : a Lagoon tour, bird watching, the Kudumbigala monastery and many ancient archaeological sites.

KUMANA NATIONAL Park

The Park is renowned for its birdlife, particularly large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The most significant feature is the 'Kumana Villu' - a 200 hectare natural swamp lake. Regular sightings include pelicans, white ibis, egrets and painted storks.

YALA NATIONAL PARK

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to fresh water and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.

KATARAGAMA

Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. People from South India also come there to worship. The town has the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragamadevio. Although Kataragama was a small village in medieval times, today it is a fast-developing township surrounded by jungle in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka. It houses the ancient Kiri Vehera Buddhist stupa. The town has a venerable history dating back to the last centuries BCE. It was the seat of government of many Sinhalese kings during the days of Rohana kingdom. Since the 1950s the city has undergone many improvements with successive governments investing in public transportation, medical facilities, and business development and hotel services. It adjoins the popular Yala National Park.

WELIGAMA: CAPE WELIGAMA

Cape Weligama is a luxury 40 key resort under development, situated on Sri Lanka's south coast. Perched dramatically a top a vertiginous palm-studded headland, this exciting new development sits within 12 acres of landscaped gardens and enjoys striking 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean and cove-sprinkled Weligama coastline. Conceived by the internationally renowned Bunnag Architects from Thailand, Cape Weligama seamlessly blends Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage with contemporary design. Instead of offering the archetypal hotel experience, clusters of standalone villas and high standards of personalised service emphasise the residential aspect of a stay. 'Nothing lies between the ocean off Ceylon's south coast and the vast frozen mass of the Antarctic.' - Count de Mauny.

Galle

Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the south western tip of Sri Lanka, 119km from Colombo. Galle is the administrative capital of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the district capital of Galle District. Galle provides an outstanding example of an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The most salient feature is the use of European models adapted by local manpower to the geological, climatic, historical, and cultural conditions of Sri Lanka. Built by the Dutch beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort occupies most of the promontory that forms the older part of Galle. Described by the notoriously hard-to-please Paul Theroux as being 'garlanded with red hibiscus and smelling of the palm-scented ocean, ' the Fort is an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back through the centuries.

HIKKADUWA

Hikkaduwa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka located in the Southern Province, about 17km north-west of Galle. Hikkaduwa has long been among the most popular of Sri Lanka's beach spots. Its proximity to the capital (98km from the Fort) helps - many people come here direct from the airport to start their classic Asian beach holiday.

COLOMBO

Colombo is the largest city and the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte suburb or the parliament capital of Sri Lanka. The city of Colombo offers historical monuments, colonial architecture, festivals and events, beaches, fine dining, and shopping.The history of the city itself dates to the 5th century. Due to its prime location on the western coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo grew as a seaport for trade between Asia and the West. It was used by the Moors, Romans, Arabs, Persians, and Chinese ships for the island's much sought after cinnamon and gems. It is said that the name Colombo was first introduced by the Portuguese in 1505 and is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhalese name 'Kolonthota' (port on the river Kelani) or 'Kola-amba-thota' (harbor with leafy mango trees).

Negombo

AIRPORT & NEGOMBO The airport is a 15 minute drive north of Colombo and is near the town of Negombo, one of the first to be taken by the Portuguese, who converted many of the locals and the area remains a stronghold of Christian Sri Lanka, as borne out by the imposing churches. Much of the town's economy revolves around tourism, although fishing also remains vitally important, with the unusual fishing boats, known as oruwas, distinctive catamarans fashioned from a hollowed-out trunk attached to an massive sail. Hundreds of these small vessels remain in use even today, and make an unforgettable sight when the fleet returns to shore.

Known as Ceylon until 1972, Sri Lanka means "resplendent land" in Sanskrit - resplendent as in gorgeous, magnificent. Dilmah Tea formed Resplendent Ceylon to create and manage a collection of small, luxury resorts offering a unique "trail" across Sri Lanka. They offer the upscale traveller a range of experiences linked to Sri Lanka's history & culture. Tea Trails was our maiden venture; Cape Weligama will be our second. Four more unique resorts are under development.

Ceylon Tea Trails

Tea Trails

Tea Trails is the world's first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metresin Sri Lanka's panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands.The four bungalows vary in size from 4 to 6 rooms & suites; 21 in all. Each bungalow is unique - lakeside Castlereagh & Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views and Tientsin, the most traditional colonial.

This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you prefer to unwind, observe life on a working tea estate while being pampered by your butler, enjoy a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool. Or explore the lush tea fields & visit a century old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea. At Tea Trails, we promise you an unforgettable holiday that will rejuvenate your spirit in the heart of the magical world of Ceylon tea.

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama

Cape Weligama, in southern Sri Lanka, is home to a gorgeous collection of 40 freestanding villas and suites. Infinite 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean are celebrated from every curvaceous corner of this meticulously landscaped 12-acre luxury resort, perched on a 36m cliff top. Innovative wining and dining venues hug the lofty cape and are complemented by a spectacular crescent-shaped infinity pool seamlessly merging with the ocean.

"Nothing lies between the ocean off Ceylon's south coast and the vast frozen mass of the Antarctic." - Count de Mauny

Resplendent Ceylon Pvt Ltd.
46/38 Nawam Mawatha,
Colombo 2,
Sri Lanka
Telephone: +94 11 774 5700

Ceylon Tea Trails

Tea Trails

Tea Trails is the world's first tea bungalow resort, perched at an altitude of 1250 metresin Sri Lanka's panoramic Ceylon tea region, bordering the World Heritage Central Highlands.The four bungalows vary in size from 4 to 6 rooms & suites; 21 in all. Each bungalow is unique - lakeside Castlereagh & Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views and Tientsin, the most traditional colonial.

This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you prefer to unwind, observe life on a working tea estate while being pampered by your butler, enjoy a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool. Or explore the lush tea fields & visit a century old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea. At Tea Trails, we promise you an unforgettable holiday that will rejuvenate your spirit in the heart of the magical world of Ceylon tea.

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CAPE Weligama

CAPE Weligama

Cape Weligama, in southern Sri Lanka, is home to a gorgeous collection of 40 freestanding villas and suites. Infinite 270-degree panoramas of the Indian Ocean are celebrated from every curvaceous corner of this meticulously landscaped 12-acre luxury resort, perched on a 36m cliff top. Innovative wining and dining venues hug the lofty cape and are complemented by a spectacular crescent-shaped infinity pool seamlessly merging with the ocean.

"Nothing lies between the ocean off Ceylon's south coast and the vast frozen mass of the Antarctic." - Count de Mauny Visit Site

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Telephone: +94 11 774 5700


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