Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

ORI­ENT HO­TEL BANDARAWEL­A

Fore­most spe­cial­ists in Adventure and Eco tours

- BY SANATH WEERASURIY­A PIX BY Shan Bandu Weeras­inghe

‘Des­ti­na­tion’ is the most sig­nif­i­cant word in the travel business. As Sri Lanka is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for trav­ellers from around the world, Bandarawel­a is one of the widely held des­ti­na­tions for hol­i­day mak­ers in Sri Lanka. With zero ar­rivals in for­eign travel sec­tor due to Covid 19 pan­demic, most of the ho­tels and re­sorts turned to do­mes­tic mar­ket to keep their home fire burn­ing. As the global tourism hit the low­est ever, most of the pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion points fetch dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to at­tract the do­mes­tic trav­ellers. Many Sri Lankan trav­ellers visit Bandarawel­a for just re­lax­ation and to en­joy the mild weather, but the chang­ing face of des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing now turned Bandarawel­a as one of the best adventure and eco­tourism based des­ti­na­tions in the Uva Prov­ince.

Set about 3800 feet above sea level, sur­rounded by high moun­tain ranges, forests, steep peaks, scenic wa­ter­falls and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites with rich farm­land and tea plan­ta­tion, Bandarawel­a a cen­trally lo­cated town with a Colo­nial touch.

Ori­ent Ho­tel in Bandarawel­a is the flag-ship ho­tel of the city, which is sit­u­ated in this salu­bri­ous set­ting close to the cen­tre of the town, now pro­motes num­ber of pop­u­lar world class ex­cur­sions, tours and treks to var­i­ous parts of Uva Prov­ince, which holds an undis­puted num­ber one sta­tus for its nat­u­ral beauty and loads of ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ori­ent Ho­tel be­ing the fore­most spe­cial­ists in Eco, Adventure and agro based Tourism in the Uva Prov­ince, of­fers world fa­mous Uda (Up­per) Diyaluma

Wa­ter Park, Lip­ton Seat, Poon­a­gala, Ampi­tikanda and Nayabedda trek and d Rawana trail with pro­fes­sional ser­vice. ‘Ori­ent Ho­tel is geared to pro­vide true pro­fes­sional ser­vices, so that leisure or adventure re­treat could the start t out from the lux­u­ri­ous of the ho­tel and to the out­door ac­ti­vates’ said Re­watha Het­tiaratchy, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Man­ager of the prop­erty.

‘We are ex­perts in Adventure Tours, Agro Tourism, Trekking, Bird watch­ing, Camp­ing, wild life park tours, Cy­cling and Moun­tain bik­ing, Moun­tain and Rock climb­ing and Na­ture Tours etc’ he added.

Chang­ing the face of tourism in Uva, Ori­ent Ho­tel plays a ma­jor role in pro­mot­ing pack­age trav­els in­volved in adventure and na­ture ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘Uda (Up­per) Diyaluma Wa­ter Park is the new­est at­trac­tion and we are at full ser­vice for trav­ellers, who like to visit there with three kilo­me­tre trek af­ter al­most 30 kms run in a four wheel drive. It is a full day ex­cur­sion and if any adventure lover wants to camp out on the top of the wa­ter basin, it is pos­si­ble with us. Only prior ar­range­ments is nec­es­sary for overnight stays’ Re­watha added,

Lip­ton's Seat in Dam­bet Dam­betenna Es­tate off Ha­putale, Pilkin Pilk­ing­ton Point at Poon­a­gala P and St St. Cather­ine' Seat in Nayabedda are top view points to see the South­ern plains from the cen­tral hills. Lip­ton Seat, with the el­e­va­tion o of about 5700 feet, is the only po point in Sri Lanka from where you can view six Dis­tricts.

Bo Bo­goda Bridge off Hali Ela, Buduru Budu­ruwa­gala an­cient mon­u­ments in it Tana­mal­wila, Dowa Rock tem­ple, Adisham monastery, Bam­barakanda, Diyaluma, Dun­hinda and Rawana wa­ter­falls are other pop­u­lar places for ‘day ex­cur­sions’. These places can be reached within one to two hours of drive and re­ally an ad­ven­tur­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hor­ton Plains (thro’ Ohiya and Non-per­riyal Es­tate in Up­per Beli­hul Oya), Yala Wild Life Sanc­tu­ary, Uda Walawe Park, Tea Plan­ta­tion in Nuwara Eliya and other area, Camp­ing at pic­turesque lo­ca­tions, Gem Mines, Sri Lanka's abo­rig­ines- the Ved­dhas at Mahiyan­gana, Moun­tain Bik­ing, Trekking and Walk­ing, Tanga­male and Ku­mana Bird Sanc­tu­ary, Lahugala Ele­phant Sanc­tu­ary, the beaches of Arugam Bay are some of the long jour­ney ex­cur­sions. These places are mainly three to four hours drive far from Bandarawel­a and re­quire an overnight stay out.

‘We have care­fully se­lected few camp­ing sites in Hor­ton Plains, Na­munukula Range, Bo­ra­landa, Uda Walawe, Bun­dala, Yala, Dam­bana, Diyaluma and in Adam’s Peak. We pro­vide camp­ing tents, sleep­ing mat­tresses, sheets, pil­lows, torches, soap and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, food and bev­er­ages, backup ser­vices and se­cu­rity too’ he ex­plained. Ori­ent Ho­tel boasts of hav­ing 50 deluxe rooms in­clud­ing three suites, ‘Rama Seetha’, ‘Par­adise’ and ‘Ori­ent’, equipped with all fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing pri­vate Jacuzzis.

Tele­vi­sion, mini bar, IDD tele­phone, tea/ cof­fee mak­ing fa­cil­ity and run­ning hot /cold wa­ter are the other ameni­ties avail­able. Karaoke Lounge bar, beer gar­den, fit­ness cen­tre, con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, laun­dry, 24-hour room ser­vice and games like bil­liards and snooker en­hance the fa­cil­i­ties added to the ho­tels recre­ation list.

Ori­ent Ho­tel is the pi­o­neer na­ture­based Ho­tel in the re­gion to pro­mote moun­taineer­ing, trekking, camp­ing, and other out­door ex­cur­sions for the hol­i­day­mak­ers Ori­ent is owned and man­aged by en­tre­pre­neur Ro­han Perera, the Chair­man of Ori­ent Group of Com­pa­nies.

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The cur­rent dis­counted room rates for Ori­ent Ho­tel range from Rs15,000/- (HBD) for deluxe rooms and Rs 18,500/- HBD for Suites.
GM Re­watha and his 'Team Ori­ent' The cur­rent dis­counted room rates for Ori­ent Ho­tel range from Rs15,000/- (HBD) for deluxe rooms and Rs 18,500/- HBD for Suites.
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