|Sunday, 5 May 2002|
Nuwarawewa Resthouse great way to discover Lanka's historical treasures
by Beverley Jansz
One hundred and twenty miles away from the city of Colombo lie the remains of a former capital of Sri Lanka's distant past, the ruined city of Anuradhapura.
Once the very heart of the country's artistic and political heritage, Anuradhapura's ruins are awe inspiring reminders of a mighty civilisation that flourished for 1,500 years.
Royal palaces, pleasure gardens, monasteries, audience chambers, bridges, legacies of engineers and architects long dead, spread over 16 square miles of park and village and field. More treasures are even now being unearthed under UNESCO Cultural Triangle sponsorship.
Amidst the stillness of Anuradhapura, is the Nuwarawewa Resthouse, perched on the edge of the largest irrigation reservoir Nuwarawewa built in the first century BC. The resthouse is ideal for tourists to discover Anuradhapura's historical treasures, while enjoying modern facilities of a star class resthouse. Nuwarawewa Resthouse began operations in April 1966. Nuwarawewa offers 70 air-conditioned guest rooms including family rooms with garden loungers set out invitingly on the open verandas. A special feature is that tourists get a panoramic view of the Nuwarawewa lake from the balcony.Guests rooms are equipped with all modern facilities that a star class hotel offers. The resthouse also has a lounge, dining room, a restaurant known for its delicious Sri Lankan and Western buffets.
It has a large outdoor swimming pool, bar, conference facilities, room service, play space for children and doctor on call.
It has become popular for resident conferences and workshops. Nestled on the 'bund' of the ancient city reservoir, the Resthouse offers tourists a magnificent view of the lake and Mihintale, the sacred mountain, while seated on the pool terrace, under a star studded sky.
The energetic manager Nuam M. Khalid is working round the clock to make tourists, both foreign and Sri Lankan, 'feel at home' away from home in Anuradhapura.
'Hospitality' is undoubtedly the key word for the Manager and every employee, judging from the friendly and courteous service and homely ambience at the resthouse. 'From the time guests enter the resthouse and until the time they leave, we treat them as VIPs, be it a Sri Lankan or foreign tourist, manager Khalid said.
Nuwarawewa Resthouse is managed by Quickshaws Ltd., Colombo-5.
Produced by Lake House