On arrival at Colombo airport we were shown to our waiting driver who then drove us for nearly 4 hours to the Sigiriya village hotel. After a long flight the journey to the hotel felt like it was never going to end and the final 1.5 hours the roads were very uneven and bumpy. If you have never been to Sri Lanka before, be warned the driving over there has a lot to be desired our driver seemed to be very impatient blaring his horn nearly every 5 mins or so it seemed, but this is just the way they drive. The hotel on arrival was very nice very open plan and the rooms/bungalows were scattered around the grounds in little village plots ours was called the Paddy Field Plot, room 123. It was very spacious likes others have said the walls in the shower room could have done with a lick of paint but i wasnt there to admire the paint work it was just a bed for the night and somewhere to wash, so was perfectly adaquate. The food was amazing and the view of the rock from the resturant and pool area was lovely. We went with Mercury direct for a 7 day tour and this was our first hotel. After breakfast on the first morning we visited Anuradhapura, the first capital of the island . we went to see the sacred Boo Tree, world famous Samadhi Buddha, the remains of the Brazen Palace and rock carvings.Day 2 - after breakfast we went to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka and then went to see the ruins of the Royal Palace, Lotus Bath and Polonnaruwa Statue and visited the Gal Vihare which hasd splendid statues of the Buddha carved out of rock. Day 3 - After breakfast we went to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a World Heritage site dating from the 5th century AD, If you can manage to climb to the top it is well worth it for the amazing view. Just take your time its not to bad honest! At the start of the climb there are a number of willing helpers (for a few rupees) that will assist you to climb ( i think they would get in the way personally, but some people did use them) In the afternoon we visited Dambulla Rock Temple again it is a World Heritage Site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples which includes over 2000sq metres of painted walls. There is quite a lot of steps up to the cave so be warned if its hot make sure you have something to drink with you. Day 4 -After breakfast, we went to Matale and visited a Spice Garden and a Batik factory to experience the variety of spices and the batik paintings, then we were transferred to our next hotel Mahaweli Reach hotel. You will need to go to that hotel to read the rest of our hotel report (if your interested).
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the traditional ways of Sri Lankan life, we have conceptualised and grouped our 120 rooms into 06 clusters, namely Kingfisher, Paddy Field, Temple, Avurudhu (New Year), Ganga Addara (River bank) and King's Arbour. In an evergreen ambience, where the air is purer and rich-soil is sprinkled with beautiful blossoms, our conceptualised 120 rooms are awaiting to accommodate you as a lucky lodger, stimulating your senses to a novel existence. ... more less
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