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Mount Lavinia

Resort Mount Lavinia is located 12 km south of Colombo. Its beaches - the most famous in Sri Lanka since the days of the British colony. For the most part, due to its proximity to the capital. Those who wish to spend a quiet day at the beach in the relative seclusion (as compared to Colombo), is exactly like it.

Governor House, built by Sir Thomas Maitland in 1805 for his mistress Lovina (hence the name of the place) is now converted into a hotel, the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel (100 Hotel Road, Colombo 094). The beach hawkers sell fresh pineapple juice and coconut, as well as local souvenirs and colorful shells.

Flow near the beach is sometimes strong enough and often changes its direction, so you should watch closely for announcements Rescue Service.

Entertainment, excursions and attractions Mount Lavinia

Not far from Mount Lavinia are National Zoological Gardens in Dehivele (Dehiwela, better known under the name Zoo Dehively) - one of the largest in Southeast Asia. Best time to visit - early in the morning, from the opening (operating time: 8: 00-18: 00). At this time, the animals in the zoo, of which there are more than 360 species, more active: wake up, wash and eat breakfast. In addition, in some parts of the zoo have applied "the concept of open space" where animals and people can walk side-by-side (such as gibbons and lions island). It also arranged the elephant show.

A few kilometers from the resort is a huge lake Bolgoda (Bolgoda Lake) - the largest in Sri Lanka, a natural reservoir of fresh water. 45 species of fish, 160 species of birds (migratory and waterfowl) is home to a very rich flora and, of course, the ubiquitous mangroves.

Where to stay: the newlyweds and loving couples - in Bentota, away from the savages and hippies - in Beruvella wishing to live close to the entertainment capital and at the same time in a quiet place - Mount Lavinia. Kalutara and Negombo to lovers of water sports, well, Colombo - those who can not imagine life without the metropolitan bustle. What to see: one of the oldest cities of the island of Ceylon Anuradhapura, "Lion's Rock 'Sigiriya, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, cave monasteries Dambulla, Dutch fort of the 17th century in Galle, a city-museum of Polonnaruwa, and the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya, also often referred to as "little England". Finally, it is worth to spend a couple of days in the vibrant and bustling capital of the country - the city of Colombo. You may also be interested in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Japan. The most popular destinations and resorts of the country: Bentota, Galle, Negombo, Kandy, Colombo.