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Casa Heliconia is jungle glam Sri Lanka style, an intimate hideaway close to the Colombo Airport (25 km). Here, you can get back to nature, recline on your own private verandah or simply zone out to the noise of the jungle surrounding this hotel near Colombo. You will feel immediately relaxed as there are plenty of areas to soak in the environment and unwind. Put on a sarong or whatever makes you most comfortable, lounge around on your own private verandah or retreat to the other pavilions. Casa Heliconia has a massage area for your enjoyment, the perfect remedy after a long flight or day’s adventure. Manicured jungle surrounds striking and stylish pavilions, decorated lavishly and creatively. It's ideal for couples or a family seeking an experience in rural Sri Lanka, with the convenience of being near Colombo. Ideally located on route to the Cultural Triangle and Kandy, this eclectic and peaceful retreat is only a short distance from many historical Buddhist temples as well as local landmarks.

The unique bedrooms are based in three stylized pavilions, each having its own terrace and ample sitting and private dining areas. All interiors boast a fusion of western and asian art and antiques, creating all comforts and some eccentricity in a lush tropical setting. Offering privacy and luxury Casa Heliconia is the ideal honeymoon hotel in Sri Lanka.

DOLLS HOUSE ROOM (pictured below)

Set to one side in a quiet place in the jungle garden is the newly appointed Dolls House, composed of a large bedroom with a king sized bed, luggage room, semi outdoor bathroom, verandah and private sun lounging space. The outside spaces include the verandah with a dining space, comfy peacock chairs and a private sun lounging space.

PAGODA GOLD ROOM

The room is adorned with an eclectic variety of furniture and furnishings,  has a very large king-size bed, bedside tables and lights, and luggage space. Located near to the Pool at “Pavilion Neapolitan”, it has a substantial covered terrace decked with chaise lounge, planters’ chairs and its own dining space under a beautiful glass chandelier. En-suite bathroom and shower crafted with beautiful copper shower and basin fittings.

TEMPLE ANGKOR ROOM

The distinctive architecture in the style of Cambodia’s beautiful jungle temples, with gracious views from the front veranda of the neighbor temple’s Stupa aligned for its guests to enjoy.

The spacious bedroom features a large king-size bed, with en-suite WC and and vanity adorned with antiques, colorful fabrics and artifacts. The unique bathroom as private space just separate from the main building, a shower area crafted with beautiful copper fittings and ornamental design. Separate, traditional Sri Lankan kitchen, which includes an outdoor barbecue area where meals can be cooked on an open fire for guests’ delectation and served at their own private dining terrace.

 

For Boutique hotels in Sri Lanka - Casa Heliconia is a perfectly placed close to the capital Colombo city and airport while enjoying the charm of rural living in Sri Lanka.

WORSHIP & ARCHITECHTURE

The care with which the Uruwala Temple’s building & artifacts are maintained is touching evidence of the devotion of Sri Lanka’s Buddhists. The monks can provide enchanting details associated with the temple complex, some of whose structures are hewn from the rock.

Carved out of solid rock on three levels, Waruna Temple features buttressed walls, high overhangs & drip ledges that protect a series of ancient frescoes, now reduced to outlines. The strenuous climb to the roof of the temple is rewarded by the magnificent tropical vegetation.

The hamlet of Dedigama, the mid-12th century capital of one of the three principalities into which Sri Lanka was divided in the pre-colonial era. The village has many remains & artifacts from that time, some housed in the local museum, & most bear the stamp of Dedigama’s most illustrious son, King Parakrambahu the Great.CULTURE & HERITAGE

Enjoy the quintessential village life by taking a stroll around the surrounding Webadamulla village and meet the locals, visit the temple, and watch and learn how to make traditional clay pots or observe the methods of the labourers in the paddy fields

Dulpotha is an acre of isolated rural our land within easy reach of Casa Heliconia, where you can enjoy uninterrupted 360 degree views of paddy fields paired with a delicious picnic of local produce and a good book. Talk to the locals and get to know how it all works or simply watch and admire the rhythm of the village. Visit the local fruit and vegetable market of Meerigama and watch the traders in action whilst learning about the local fruits, vegetables and spices.

GOING LOCAL

Stop off at one of the many stalls in the “Village of Cashew Nuts (Cadjugama)” and taste the variety of flavored cashews or cadju’s as they are locally known. Chili roasted cadju are a local treat whilst raw cadjus can be used as a tropical ingredient in curries and salads or as a gift to take home. The busy little village of Wewaldeniya provides an outlet for locally made cane baskets & mats in its bazaar. Ambepussa is also a popular local halt for those with a sweet tooth searching for Thala (sesame) seed grinded with Jaggery (solid palm honey) Thalagulis which are freshly made at Jinadasa’s shop among others.

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