Descriptions of Sri Lanka are very often picture post card like – pretty sandy beaches, mountains hidden in clouds, waterfalls around every corner, tea plantations and lines of breezy palm trees. Very rightfully so. Tourism to this idyllic island in the south Indian Ocean has been a regular feature for a while, but somehow Sri Lanka has remained on the sidelines of the tourist map. Perfect for bargain hunters who like the idea of a little bit of jungle trekking punctuated by fish curry feasts – while staying in low cost 5 star luxury on the beach. Take for example the Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana, which is right in the centre of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.
The suites here offer stunning views of the tropical Habarana Lake – you could turn the experience up a notch by seating yourself in your private jacuzzi as the on call butler serves you champagne. Competing for your attention outside of your affordable 5 star air conditioned luxury is the surrounding countryside – dotted with temples, monasteries and stupas – which give you an insight into Sri Lanka’s Buddhist culture. Don’t wish to leave the comfort of your low cost luxury deal? Step out to visit only two of the most famous places on the island – the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and the Sri Dhalada Maligawa in Kandy