Rock Villa strikes gold at Tourism Awards Ceremony

Rock Villa by Taru Villas, a 170-year-old Sri Lankan wallawwa set on a two-acre coconut grove bordering the Indian Ocean off Bentota, was recently named the Best Boutique Villa at the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards held in December.

With an offering of 6 rooms varying from Deluxe to Suites, Rock Villa oozes class and timeless character at every turn, creating a haven for guests. Rooms and common areas are decorated with Dutch-period antiques and soothing soft furnishings, blending a calm and inviting aura to the villa. The property also boasts direct beach access over a single track railway line at the end of the garden, so it’s worth keeping an eye if you do travel with kids.…

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Taste of Jaffna: my top 5 Jaffna restaurants in Colombo

 
Food plays a huge role in Sri Lanka, whether it’s the traditional rice and curry or the evening favourite short eats, the streets of Colombo are teeming with various cuisines. While on a walk around the city, you’re bound to come across a Chinese restaurant (with a Sri Lankan twist to it), a ‘bath kade’, which translates to rice shop, among other eateries in almost every corner, and every once in while you’ll see a restaurant that serves Jaffna styled food. “What is Jaffna?”, I hear you ask. Hold on to your fish and chips, things are about to get spicy.…

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A week in Colombo

 
by Aadil Fawme
 
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Tuk Tuk Tour
Explore Colombo in the most authentic way possible – by three-wheeler, or ‘tuk tuk’ as they are dubbed by the locals. Whiz through the busy streets and get the full impression of Colombo’s multicultural society, caught somewhere between past and present, and discover some of the city’s best kept secrets.
 
Cricket Club Cafe – Colombo’s iconic sports bar, offering Western dishes and a laidback atmosphere.
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Taste of Sri Lanka: the best hotels for foodies

 
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Sri Lankan cuisine is very distinctive, an exotic blend of tastes and aromas enriched by ethnic diversity and centuries of interaction with outside settlers, including the European colonial powers. From rice and curry – a meal with a deceptively simple name that incorporates seven separate dishes, from curries to sambols – to the ever-popular string hoppers served hawker-style on the streets, something to please everyone can be found here.
 
Sri Lanka has long been known for its spices, which Sri Lankan people use liberally in their dishes. Visit a spice garden and see how some of them are grown and processed, including clove, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and pepper – and other favourites such as chocolate and vanilla.…

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