The Emergence of Kalutara as a Luxury destination – Coastal Bliss and Elegant Accommodation

Palm fringed golden sand beaches in Kalutara

Palm fringed golden sand beaches in Kalutara | Photo by Anantara Kalutara Resort

It is no surprise that Kalutara is becoming one of the most prominent travel destinations in Sri Lanka. Kalutara offers sprawling unspoilt beaches and is located a mere 40km away from Colombo.

The Setting

Kalutara Chaityaya

Kalutara Chaityaya | Photo by Hafiz Issadeen, Flickr(CC BY-ND 2.0)

Kalutara is a very lucrative locale because it offers exotic coastal splendour as well as intriguing cultural heritage in one potent package. The coastal town’s close proximity to Colombo makes travel exponentially easier as well, not to mention cheaper.

Accommodation

one of the best Hotels in Kalutara sri lanka

A luxurious resort amidst the lagoon and Ocean. Credit : Anantara Kalutara Resort

In recent times there has been a multitude of investment going on in Kalutara, which has resulted in many providers of accommodation popping up in this region. Presently you can find some of the island’s best hotels in Kalutara. There’s also a wide range of accommodation as well, ranging from budget lodgings to luxury resorts.

The Lunuganga Estate

This famous estate is what sparked Geoffrey Bawa’s interest in architecture. Bawa became one of the most famous Sri Lankans in the world for his architectural work, and he worked on this estate for forty years after buying it from a local tax collector. This is one of the most renowned attractions in Sri Lanka and is featured on numerous blogs such as Travel Kalutara.

Richmond Castle

Although this massive Edwardian mansion might not exactly be a castle; it is truly a sight to behold. This architectural wonder was built to showcase various styles that effortlessly unite eastern and western design elements.


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Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay – An Unimaginable Wonder

The Kimberley region, situated in the northernmost corner of Western Australia is one of the most naturally beautifully places in the world, and are iconic for her Horizontal Waterfalls.
 

Talbot Bay

 

Kimberley coast - Talbot Bay - Horizontal Waterfall

Kimberley coast – Talbot Bay – Horizontal Waterfall | Photo by Ian Cochrane , Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

The waterfalls are situated within the Talbot Bay area, of the most adventurous places in the world offering a range of unforgettable activities to part-take in if you love nature, from feeding sharks to exploring incredibly environments. You can easily discover more on blogs such as The Adventure Travel Site.

 

What are the Horizontal Waterfalls?

 

Flight to Horizontal Falls

Flight to Horizontal Falls | Photo by Robyn Jay , Flickr(CC BY-SA 2.0)

Affectionately referred to as the ‘Horries’, this amazing phenomenon has been regarded as being ‘one of the greatest wonders of the natural world’, and constantly attract a wide range of visitors all year round since its considered to be one of the best adventure vacations.
 

What Makes it so Special?

 

Horizontal Falls from above

Horizontal Falls from above | Photo by Stephan Ridgway, Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

They are formed due to a gap between the McClarty Ranges with a width of 25 meters, when water builds up faster on one side a water-fall is formed. What is remarkable is that the direction of the falls switches around with each change of the tide, and leads to the formation of big whirlpools.
 

How do I Get There?

 


 
There are many ways to access Talbot Bay, such as a very scenic seaplane ride from Broome where you can see the falls from the skies. If you wish to experience them first hand, you’ll need to hire a jet-boat.

Since you’re here read along the other places to see and things to do in the land down-under. 🤠🐨
 

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Glimpse of Colombo City -Metropolis of Sri Lanka

Colombo City

Colombo City | Img. Credit: [Budhika Jayawardana Photography©]

Colombo is a fascinating city to explore. It’s a marvellous blend of Colonial buildings, historic parks, exciting museums and a bustling atmosphere offering loads of character to the tropical environs.

 

Temples Mosques and Kovils

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Beautiful Landmark in Colombo, Sri Lanka_Buddhist Temple | Img. By Lkzombie (Own work), CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Colombo is home to a multi-ethnic community; hence you will come across a number of iconic and historical buildings dedicated to the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Islamic faiths. Kovils are the worship centres for Hindus

 

Night Spots in Colombo

Colombo Skyline

Colombo Skyline | Img. By Ocsi143 (Own work), CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Colombo offers a selection of clubs, pubs, lounges, bars and casinos spread throughout the city with a concentration in the Fort area and down Galle Road and Duplication Road. Exciting new venues appear to be changing the city’s night time scene.

 

Fine Dining

Dining at Mandarina Colombo

Dining at Mandarina Colombo | Img. Credit: [Mandarina Colombo]

Colombo is a haven for those who love fine dining. If great ambience, world-class service and amazing spreads tickle your senses, Colombo is a treat for you. There is a plethora of hotel restaurants in Colombo spread out over the city such as the On the Eleventh by Mandarina Colombo.

 

Beachscape

Sunset_at_Galle_Face_Colombo

Sunset at Galle Face Colombo | Img. By Mayooresan (Own work), CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The beach is a predominant sight along the coastal roads of Colombo. But the most famous and best place to chill out at is the Mount Lavinia Beach. This suburb is located about 20 minutes from the city centre and is a prelude to the allures of down south Sri Lanka.

 

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Travel to an uncharted heaven on earth known as “Seychelles” – The islands of Eden.

Beau Vallon Bay

            Photo by © Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino

Have you ever dreamed of paradise? What did it usually look like? If white, soft, sandy beaches with shimmering turquoise waters are usually what comes to your mind, guess what?! Seychelles is the perfect definition of paradise on Earth. If you’re looking for a beautiful hotel in Seychelles to check in to during your stay, options such as Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino will definitely cater to your definition of paradise, by providing luxury accommodation and a range of ultimate comforts! With gold and bronze sunsets and diamond studded skies, Seychelles is what day dreams are basically made of. Once you set foot on this precious treasure trove, prepare your senses for a whirlwind of emotions, adventure and romance as every bit of the island seeps to your bone and leaves you completely breathless.

The powder white beaches are usually just outside many popular hotels and resorts, as giving their guests direct and easy access to the beach is one of their main selling points. Conservation of the island’s fauna is taken in to high consideration here as they treasure their wildlife and all endemic species.

Seychelles has been continuously praise for being the ideal holiday and honeymoon destination thanks to its pristine beaches, nature reserves and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are two main island types; the inner islands that surround the principal islands of La digue, Mahe and Praslin are complete with thick untouched forests and flawless beaches while the outer islands are a collection of coral islands, with Al dabra being the largest. A majority of the population inhabits the inner islands of the Seychelles while the outer islands are the hidden treasures and immaculate worlds.

Those who visit the Seychelles are usually given a fair bit of advice – after you visit once, you will always feel an inherent longing and a strong desire to visit again. This desire will often leave you feeling empty until you set foot on the island’s pristine beaches again.

 

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Why Maldives should be your next vacation getaway- sun and fun in a tropical archipelago

The Maldivian archipelago is truly a paradise on earth and is one of the world’s premier tourist hubs. It is an all year round destination and thousands throng the Maldives annually. Resorts have their own islands but there is accommodation for the not so up market budgets too. Standards at a Maldives island hotel are high and if you are seeking beauty, luxury and peace then Adaaran Select Meedhupparu With calm Indian Ocean waters and a magical underwater world the Maldives are ideal for snorkeling and diving.There are many dive sites with most of them being drift dives.

 

The Ari Ari Atoll has many dive sites while Fotteyo Kandu in Vaavu Atoll and Okobe Thila in North Male Atoll are good too. House reefs are good for snorkeling. The underwater world in the Maldives is magical and mysterious. There are several ecosystems including vibrant coral reefs and puffer, and lion fish, manta rays, barracuda, sharks, wrasse and nudibranchs are among the many species inhabiting the Maldivian underwater kingdom. A ride in a glass bottom boat will give you great views of this underwater world or dining at an underwater restaurant. All other forms water sports can be indulged in the Maldives. Relax on sun kissed beaches and watch spectacular sunrises and sunsets. To get an insight into Maldives visit an inhabited island and the southernmost atoll Addu (Seenu) is a good place for this. Dolphin and whale watching can be done here too. Try a traditional Dhoni ride. The Maldives is a child friendly place with most resorts having children’s and teen’s clubs.

 
Male, the capital of Maldives has many attractions. The fish market, the National Museum, Hukuru Miskiiy, the oldest Maldivian Mosque made of coral stone and the Grand Friday Mosque of white marble with a golden dome are among the premier sites here. Maldivian cuisine has to be tasted to be believed. Three main components in it are tuna, coconut and rice. Many spices and vegetables are also used. Mashuni is a blend of tuna, coconut and chilli while Garudhiya is a tuna based soup.

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You might want to brush-up on these beforehand your visit to Dubai – A few Essentials to know before your Dubai Vacation

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Dubai has become one of the most famous cities in the world. This is by far due to the lavish lifestyles of the locals which has become a world-wide topic of conversation. If you’re seeking a luxury retreat to this city there are many choices of accommodation, and Palm Jumeirah hotels are some of the most sought after, with examples like Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.

The first thing you should explore about Dubai, is the unique culture. The best way to do this is by taking some time off from blazing through the many Dubai malls, and explore a souq. These are traditional open air marketplaces popular in the Arab world, where you can find everything from exotic fragrances to silverware. There’s even a particularly breathtaking souq that is exclusively dedicated to the sale of gold and/or items predominantly involving gold.

Next is the food. Due to the incredible amalgamation of cultures, there are so many different kinds of food to be experienced, from various classifications of restaurants to road-side eateries in the form of shacks and carts. The Bur Dubai area is easily the heart of the city’s food scene.

When it comes to travelling, Dubai offers a very convenient transportation infrastructure. Travelling by taxi is quite affordable, but there are many more exciting options available such as the metro and water-buses. These latter methods are definitely going to provide a more adventurous experience.

Dubai is a global city and is not as liberal as people might lead you to believe. Aquatic parks, beaches and even hotel pools have no issues with women wearing bikinis, since the city has very normal standards when it comes to clothing. Kissing in public however can land you in some trouble though, so it is best to avoid public displays of affection.

If you’re going to embark on a trip to Dubai, be sure to keep the above mentioned points handy.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the Last Remaining Undisturbed Evergreen Forest in Sri Lanka – The Paradise Isle’s Only Surviving Rainforest

Often regarded among Sri Lanka’s top wildlife sanctuaries, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is no ordinary tourist hotspot in the main island nation. There are many excellent places to stay around Sinharaja Rain Forest. Hotels such as Rainforest Ecolodge and many others are packed during peak season due to the popularity of this last remaining tropical rainforest in the paradise isle. Occupying the south-western region of the country the forest reserve is home to nearly half of endemic species in the country including insects, amphibians, butterflies and rare mammals. An impressive 60% of the plant life in the area is also known to be indigenous to the island.

Spread out across a vast area of nearly 8864 hectares the landscapes of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve are placed at a varying altitude which ranges from 300m above sea level to 1170m. Safari enthusiasts heading to the sanctuary hope to catch a glimpse of the many endemic mammals occupying the leafy confines of the rainforest. In addition to elephants, leopards and purple-faced Langurs are among the most coveted sights for visitors exploring the reserve’s many nature trails. A virtual haven for bird watching enthusiasts as well, some of the endemic winged beauties that call the area home include the Sri Lankan blue magpie, Sri Lankan wood pigeon, broad-billed rollers and white-headed starlings to name a few. Hiking fans can also climb up the three peaks contained within the parkland named Mulawella, Sinhagala and Pinipitigala and enjoy the views.

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is unfortunately the only evergreen rainforest in the country but the area’s pristine environment and breathtaking beauty remains a draw for conservationists and tourists alike. Recognized as a world heritage site, the area was also declared a Biosphere Reserve by none other than UNESCO in the late 1980’s. The national park whose name literally translated to Lion Kingdom has been preserved due to efforts by the local authorities and conservationists alike that prevented the illegal logging which was destroying the bio-diversity of the area as well as infringing on the habitats of its inhabitant wildlife species in decades past.

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Manila Nightlife – Everything is Better When The Sun Goes Down!

The capital of Philippines, Manila, is one of the most bustling cities in Southeast Asia. With popular attractions such as the San Sebastian Church, Fort Santiago, the Malacanang Palace, and plenty of other shopping and leisure attractions, the city of Manila is a great tourist destination. One of the popular locales that make up Metro Manila is Makati, and a great hotel with restaurants in Makati is the stylish and chic Berjaya Makati Hotel which makes an ideal base from which to set out on your night time adventures.

There are many great things about Manila, but one of the features of Manila that is absolutely epic is its nightlife. The nightlife of Manila offers you everything. Be it nightclubs, bars, lounges, or late night comedy clubs; Manila offers it all. Therefore, everything actually is a whole lot better when the sun goes down in Manila!

For the party animals who want to dance the night away to some of the hottest tunes, Manila is home to many amazing nightclubs. Clubs such as Valkyrie, Chaos, The Pool Club at the Palace, Black Market, Haze, Revel, and Republiq, are known to be the best in Manila which throw wild parties and have DJs spinning the latest jams. If you want something a little bit more laidback, you should check out the many bars and pubs in Manila. There are many bars and pubs along the major streets, so you can just duck into any one and enjoy a drink and chill out. But is you want an exclusive bar experience then you must head over to Prive at the Bonifacio Global City. There are also several chilled out lounges such as the ultra mellow The Collective and Quezon City. With such a diverse range of nightlife activities to choose from, you can be assured that night-time is sure to be fun in Manila!

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Spencer House – London’s Finest Surviving 18th Century Mansion

The Spencer House is the ancestral home of late Princess Diana. Even though the family hasn’t lived in this London residence 1926, it is still considered a significant place with links to the family. After a ten-year refurbishment, the Spencer House is currently open to the public for guided tours as well as for special events.

When you are in London, a tour at Spencer House should be something that is added to your list of must-dos. Even though it may not be as popular as the Buckingham Palace or St. James Palace, it is still an amazing piece of architecture with valuable historical information. For those who prefer a London Boutique Hotel for accommodation, must try The Halkin by COMO, London that is located on a quiet residential street that is close to the heart of the British capital.

The mansion, which was built between 1756 and 1766 for the first Earl was much, lived in and enjoyed by its original inhabitants. There are eight staterooms each of which is decorated tastefully. Once the house was abandoned during World War II, there were different tenants who took over. The Ladies’ Army and Navy Club, Christies, the British Oxygen Company and the Economist Intelligence Unit all rented the property during the latter half of the 20th century. Today part of the building occupies offices and visitors are able to tour many of the house’s rooms in their original glory. On selected days visitors can’t take a stroll around the recently restored grounds with their stunning views of Green Park.

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Bali Spas and Massage – Experience blissful pampering with a signature Balinese massage in Bali

Bali is one of the most preferred and popular tourist destinations in Asia with stunning locations and tourist attractions that are breathtakingly beautiful. Ideally placed with the most beautiful beaches known around the world, Bali is excellent for unwinding and relaxing. Among the many excellent luxury Bali beach resorts that provide super accommodation, Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is well renowned for its superiority in first class hospitality service and spa treatments.

One of the main features to help you get totally pampered and rejuvenated is the spa therapies found in all forms across Bali. They offer absolute balance for the mind, body and spirit with much needed serenity and peace. Travellers to Bali end up indulging in hours of blissful treatment in spas being massaged, scrubbed, perfumed, bathed and pampered. The spa therapies can be experienced outdoors on the beach, in a garden or inside stylish and beautifully designed surroundings. You can expect total attention on your well-being during these heavenly happy hours spent in the spa. Bali is famous for its Balinese massage originated from Bali itself which is a very popular therapy around the world. The Balinese massage techniques of stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure provide a result of an all-over feeling of calmness which can be considered the perfect holiday treat. Bali is full of excellent spas providing absolute pampering experiences to have you totally relaxed, revitalised and rejuvenated. Most of them are genuine in the services they offer than others.

Bali is known for its spas that offer a wide range of treatments and therapies with a diverse range of standard and customised treatment packages to address all your needs. They can vary from a one hour relaxation body treatment to a weeklong holistic rejuvenation package that would transform you to a brand new entity with new vigour and vitality at the end of it.

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