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Five things you possibly never knew were amazing about Sri Lanka

Five things you possibly never knew were amazing about Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA is small enough to provide travellers with the rare opportunity to experience anything from stunning white sandy beaches in the morning, to leopard and elephant spotting in the afternoon, and a final breathtaking view over rolling green tea plantation mountains by dusk

DSC_7754The land of smiles and hospitality provides a fantastic holiday experience for all, from high energy adventure to Ayurveda rejuvenation treatments. But did you know…?

White golden sandy beaches: Voted some of ‘The World’s best beaches’ by National Geographic with 1600km of palm-fringed coastline baked to perfection, it is the ideal destination for the perfect tan. The two monsoon winds providing rain to the two corners of the country at various periods, it makes Sri Lanka’s beach holiday a year-round prospect. At this time of year there is still plenty of sunshine on the south coast, close to Bentota for good weather, watersports and outdoor activities, where Cocoon Resort & Villas has a private beach for its guests.

Night Shot of the EntranceLuxurious Lodgings: Closest to Bentota on the southwest coast is a little known stunning village called Induruwa, which is home to luxury boutique resort Cocoon resort & villas with spa facilities for Ayurveda treatments –ancient Asian healing through unique Sri aLnkan beauty treatments to meet clients’ expectations. Over a hundred years ago, the hill in the midst of the former Cinnamon Plantation was given a name by the local inhabitants. They christened it ‘Sumanagiri’– the Silent Mount.

The Bungalow with gardenIconic landmarks: The beautiful rolling green Tea Plantation estates and hills are a wonder in themselves. ‘Lipton’s Seat’ or Adam’s Peak are worth a visit, covered in mist and a gateway to the north for Sigirya and Buddhist temples. Royal Cocoon in Nuwara Eliya is the perfect luxurious base to step back in time for a touch of ‘Colonial England’. At Royal Cocoon you can enjoy a perfectly brewed high tea, play golf at the most British looking of golf clubs, or cycle around the Tea Plantation estates.

IMG_6457Inspiring cuisine: Sri Lankan food has parallels to South Indian food, yet it remains distinctly its own form of cuisine, despite years of colonisation. Arguably, its most interesting dish is a Sri Lankan breakfast curry concoction of fish or meat with tasty string hopper dishes. Who knew curry on toast could be so good?

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Wildlife: Despite its small size, Sri Lanka boasts one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world, whether in plants or animals, and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Cocoon Resort & Villas is situated within a few minutes of a turtle hatchery, where visitors can learn about the turtles and release turtles into the ocean at night for a magical experience.

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Cocoon Resort & Villas are located in the heart of a perfectly preserved former Cinnamon plantation within a five-minute walk of serene sandy beaches in the south, and private flight or train ride to Royal Cocoon in Nuwara Eliya, tea plantations in central Sri Lanka offering stress-free tranquility and relaxation to see Sri Lanka in style.

DSC_7766Packages start from special indulgences for a 3-night package from just £398 per person or 5 nights split between Cocoon Resort & Villa and one of the two properties in Nuwara Eliya for £653 per person plus day trip to Udawalawe National Park. *Private jet transfers additional cost. Complementary airport pickup and transfer between hotels, afternoon high tea, massage (30 minutes), visit to turtle hatchery (Cocoon Resort & Villas). Flights not included. Starting prices with British Airways, London Heathrow, from £589 with one stopover, or Emirates from £529 from London Gatwick with one stopover via Dubai.

FACTFILE

Cocoon resort and Villas is located in Kaikawala, Induruwa, 65 kilometers south of the capital city of Colombo. The journey from the airport would takes approximately 2.5 hours by road and 30 minutes by sea plane transfer. The resort is situated in the village of Induruwa, neighbouring the island’s watersports capital and one of the most established tourist destinations, Bentota.

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Grand Villa

Cocoon resort & Villas in Induruwa, Bentota, is home to 26 luxury accommodations including three exclusive Grand Villas with private pools, seven luxury villas with ensuite Jacuzzis and 16 ‘Silk’ Rooms with ensuite Jacuzzis, each with a décor echoing the philosophy of freedom and opulence, designed over 8.5 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, where the meaning of affordable luxury is on another level.

Grand Villa - Living Room

Grand Villa living room

Royal Cocoon comprises seven luxury bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. It extends over an acre of land with beautifully landscaped gardens and a picturesque view of hills. Royal Cocoon and Cocoon Hills in Nuwara Eliyahome to the iconic tea plantations in the north, are the perfect choices to stay in luxury and explore Sri Lanka in further style.

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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