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Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2010

Recognition of Excellence


Sagara Palihawadana, Chairman/Managing Director of Mandara Hotels & Resorts and Rosen Tours is a front liner in the Tourism and Travel Industry in Sri Lanka.

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Kataragama the sacred pilgrim point


The sacred pilgrim point of Kataragama literally translates to ‘The Faraway Abode’ and is a pilgrimage town sacred to the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. The general vicinity of Kataragama has yielded evidence of human habitation at least 125,000 years ago and has also functioned as the capital of a number of ancient kingdoms.

Kirinda Light House and the Temple


The quaint fishing village of Kirinda offers stunning pristine beaches, picturesque views and a rich history. The Kirinda lighthouse is one of the main attractions in the village, as well as the Kirinda temple which was built in memory of the Queen of Kavan Tissa (Queen Viharamaha Devi), who ruled the Southern region from his capital Magama.

 

Yala National Park


Designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, Yala was named a National Park in 1938. The park is home to 44 species of mammals and 215 species of birds, including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. Yala National Park also has one of the highest leopard densities in the world, making it one of the best places to observe and photograph leopards in the wild. 

Kumana Wetland Sanctuary


Kumana National Park is well known for its massive bird population, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. It is one of Sri Lanka’s principal bird sanctuaries and is located within the Yala National Park. Thousands of aquatic birds can be seen in the mangrove swamps of Kumana throughout the year, particularly in the period between October and April, and is paradise for all birdwatchers. The Kumana area is also part of an ancient civilization which dates back to the 3rd century BC.

Other Attractions


  • Excursions to camping sites at wildlife sanctuaries could be arranged by the hotel.
  • Excursions to Arugam Bay (destination of International Surfing Competitions) en-route visiting the Lahugala Nature Reserve renowned for its elephant gatherings.
  • Excursions to the ancient sites of Buduruwagala and Sithulpawwa. Buduruwagala reflects distinct Mahayana influence which prevailed in the region between the 3rd and 9th century AD.
  • Excursion to Maligawila, situated 17 kilometers off the main Kataragama–Buttala Road from the Kumbukkan Oya junction.