Mount-Villa Sri Lanka

ABOUT MOUNT-VILLA

This is a typical villa located in a centralised but very quiet and convenient location, a safe neighbourhood with friendly people around. (All public areas are monitored by 24hr CCTV for further safety).There are all necessary amenities, such as rooms with en-suite baths with hot water, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, laundry facilities, drying and ironing facilities, a garden to relax, care takers who will attend to various needs to make your stay as stress free as possible. You can order most Sri Lankan food items, pasta, spaghetti, English breakfast, or just feel free to ask our cook to make any dish for you under your personal supervision.

From Mount Villa it is only 3 minutes walk to the beach, ( past the “Surf Club”, also known as The Life Saving Association of Sri Lanka) where people sell swimsuits, inflatable balls, sour mangos, cassava chips (manioc ), etc... if you need any.. The strip also hosts higher end to lower end restaurants like Loon Tao, Lavinia Breeze, Long Feng, Steamboat, Voile Blanche, Montage, etc. You can get to Colombo from Mount Lavinia by trishaw within about 15 to 25 minutes depending on your destination. Buses are available on Galle Road and you can take the train from Mount Lavinia station, in back of Buba's (or from Dehiwala ), to Colombo 6 (Wellawatta), 4 (Bambalapitiya), 3 (Kollupitiya), 2 (Slave Island ), Secretariat (Fort: opposite the Hilton and Galadari), and Colombo 1 (Fort: main station).

The main draw, of course, is the beach which is non-violent and frequented by strollers There are life guards. If you're just wading up to your hips or building sand castles, however, Mount Beach is the place. Around 6 PM it also has some amazing sunsets. If you live here or are only visiting Sri Lanka for a few days, Mount Beach is a bit of a gorgeous dip in the sea. (Caution : It is important, however, to always be careful of the Colombo seas since waves break directly on the shore and the rips might pull people out to sea. It's always wise to swim near groups and always keep a close eye on children).

MOUNT LAVINIA SRI LANKA

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, is situated a short distance from the Colombo city centre towards the south, and it is home to a population of 210,000 residents which makes Mount Lavina the largest suburb of the capital city of Sri Lanka. The town is largely a middle class and mostly residential area and famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches. It has often been a hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and most importantly Mount Lavinia has its own culture which for the most part revolves around the beach where there are at least a dozen restaurants and more places for drinking on the beach, so you can pick and choose.

Dehiwala is famous for its Zoological Garden which is one of Asia's oldest and largest. Although Zoological Garden began its operations in 1939( after the Ceylon Govt. acquired the same during the war from John Hagenbeck a German descent) it used to be a holding area for Hagenback’s animals where public was allowed. Currently it houses 72 species of Mammals, 65 species of Birds, 31 species of Reptiles, 89 species of Fish, 03 families of Amphibians and 30 species of Butterflies etc... The total number of animals varies from 2500-3000 due to breeding and free living colonies of birds.

Dehiwala is famous for its Zoological Garden which is one of Asia's oldest and largest. Although the Zoological Garden began its operations in 1939(after the Ceylon Govt. acquired it during the war from John Hagenbeck a German national) it used to be a holding area for Hagenback’s animals where the public was allowed. Currently it houses 72 species of Mammals, 65 species of Birds, 31 species of Reptiles, 89 species of Fish, 03 families of Amphibians and 30 species of Butterflies etc... The total number of animals varies from 2500-3000 due to breeding and free living colonies of birds.

Also there is a historical site situated on a short cliff on the beach of Mount Lavinia, It was built around 1805–1811 by Sir Thomas Maitland, appointed governor for Ceylon. Later when the governor's house was moved to the current President's House, Colombo the house was turned into a hotel. During World War II the hotel was used as a military hospital. Some scenes of the film The Bridge on the River Kwai were filmed at this hotel.

There are other explanations rooted in geography and the natural surroundings, when it comes to the origin of the name Mount Lavinia. The Sinhalese who lived on the coastal belt had for long named the promontory "Lihiniya Kanda" or "Lihiniyagala" meaning the hill of the sea gull or the rock of the sea gull. The local name for the town today is Galkissa - Kissa being a somewhat obsolete Sinhala word for rock. Legend takes over once again with the story of a large treasure from a shipwreck being hidden among the rocks here.

Whatever the legends, the town came into official recognition when Governor Maitland used the postal address Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon, in 1805, while writing to the British Secretary of State, Lord Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh.

Tourist Attractions

Tourist Attractions

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    Tutle conservation Sri Lanka, OTCP Since 2003 OTCP (Our Turtle Conservation Project) has been hard at work ensuring the hatching, release, preserving and protecting of one of the sea's most fascinating creatures - The Sea Turtle. As the name implies, it is a local initiative that aims to educate both locals and tourists about the importance of protecting these incredible sea dwellers, in a fun and interactive environment.
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    Sri Lanka's only national museum dedicated to the field of aviation as well as the history of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). At the museum, our primary focus is to provide unparalleled service to all our visitors towards expanding their knowledge on the field of aviation which covers both the technological aspects as well as the historical aspects.
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    The Dehiwala National Zoo, which has a remarkable collection of exotic and indigenous fauna, is one of the oldest Zoos in Asia. The Zoo in Sri Lanka is widely known as Colombo zoo all over the world.
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    At Island Scuba we want you to experience the same sense of adventure and excitement that drives us everyday. A fun and relaxed atmosphere with a personal touch and an emphasis on safety, where you feel like you are diving with friends as we guide you through our favorite wrecks and reefs.
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    The Colombo Museum as it was called at the beginning was established on 1st January 1877. It founder was Sir William Henry Gregory, the British Governor of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at the time.
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    This two storied large building reflecting the features of a 17th century Dutch Urban house was built by Thomas Van Rhee, The Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka from 1692- 1697 as his official residence.
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    The Viharamahadevi Park is a public park located in Colombo, next to the National Museum in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest and largest park of the Port of Colombo
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    What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the ‘seema malaka’ – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having being established by on
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    This imposing building is situated at the heart of Cinnamon Gardens, Sri Lanka’s ritziest neighborhood. Nowadays, the Independence Memorial Hall is mostly popular as a recreational venue for joggers, strolling couples, students from the nearby university and families looking for a refreshing reprieve from the urban mess of Colombo.
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    In the early days of the Dutch occupation of Colombo the official Church of the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch United East India Company, stood on the open space once known as the Gordon Gardens in the Fort of Colombo. It was an old Portuguese building. The Governor, the energetic Gustaaf Willem Baron Van Imhoff appealed in 1736 to the VOC authorities at Batavia (presently Djakarta) for their approval to build a new church in Colombo on the grounds that the old Church within the Fort was falling into decay, and had become dangerous for use.
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    The Pettah Market is an open market in the suburb of Pettah in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka.[1]The entrance to the Pettah Market is marked formally by a tall monument in the centre of a roundabout, known as the Khan Clock Tower which was built
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    The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera.

What We Offer & Accomodation

Located in a very quiet and convenient location with all amenities such as Rooms with ensuite Baths, Hot water, Air Conditioning, , Wi-Fi, TV, laundry facilities, drying and Ironing facilities, a garden to relax, care takers who will attend to various needs to make your stay as stress free as possible. Also feel free to ask our cook to make any dish for you under your personal supervision.

testimonial

“ The best beach that's only 1/2 away from Colombo city. There are enough eateries and hotels to select from, to dine and wine or just to stay over night. good place to spend a holiday...except that it's quite crowded on weekends and holidays.”

Birendra Gabadamudalige
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