Take advantage of the train from Veyangoda (providing, if you are white like us, you are ready for how a martian might feel having landed on planet earth - the curiosity is funny) and save yourself hundreds of dollars. We then paid Rs2000 for a Tuk Tuk from Veyangoda to Minuwangoda and arrived a little tired (it has to be said) at the Tamarind Tree. Despite most of the locals having no knowledge that Veyangoda or indeed Minuwangoda was anywhere near the airport, ignore this. Bandaranaike International Airport (also known as Katunayake International Airport and Colombo Bandaranaike International is on your doorstep. $8 away in a hotel arranged minibus.
The hotel itself is an oasis of calm with a good swimming pool, though does need updating slightly. Also the deep clean that one finds in many international hotels is (as throughout much of Sri lanka) absent here. The doors were greyed with fingermarks of many previous visitors.
Beware the foyer too unless you are fully armed with mozzie spray. I was bitten 7 times and that was after killing 8 of the blighters (vengeance?). The bungalows are comfortable and it was lovely to sit reading on the porch, though the missus said we were like the Clampets! The food is good, but beware the prices. The diet coke was Rs490, which is around $4 a can and that was despite a government RRP sticker stating about half the price on the can itself. Also beware what many websites offer as an amazing deal as the 1/3 normal price we were offered of $110 is actually the normal rack rate for a bungalow, so check with the hotel first.
If you're looking for a little calm before you fly then this will do the job.
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Tree Hotel Sri Lanka/Yatiyana Minuwangoda