Mount Lavinia Hotels
The hotel retains its British colonial atmosphere and it is a simple pleasure just to sit on the...more
36 College Avenue, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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51-52 de Saram Road, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
Good for: Families
Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
52 De Saram Road, Mount Lavinia, LK
Mount Lavinia Restaurants
During our visit to Mount Lavinia in March 2014, we stopped off at the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel for drinks on the outdoor terrace.
This imposing whitewashed hotel is perched on a headland, looking out along the public beach in one direction and the hotel's private beach in the other.
As we approached, I felt that the hotel had the same sort of colonial grandeur as Raffles Hotel in Singapore. As we passed through the main entrance, past the central water feature and well tended flower beds, I half expected to be turned away by the security staff (perhaps for being underdressed or for not being a famous celebrity?). They happily waved us through with barely a second glance.
We made our way through reception, up a flight of stairs and through the Governor's Restaurant, emerging on the outdoor terrace, bathed in sunshine and with a large swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. It was a great setting.
It was a hot afternoon and, as much as we'd have liked to sit in the sun, looking out to sea, common sense got the better of us and we retreated to a shaded table on the other side of the pool. We still had a great view, across the pool and out over the ocean, but we weren't going to get sunburnt! We watched as small squirrels darted around the pool area, occasionally making their way inside to nibble on some leftover food on one of the restaurant's tables.
The drinks were reasonably priced for a hotel of this standing. Sri Lankan beers were 400 Rs (just under £2.00) and imported beers (Corona, Sol, Kirin, San Miguel, Tsingtao, Heineken, Peroni, Budvar...) were between 450 Rs and 550 Rs (£2.25 and £2.75). Soft drinks were 150 Rs (£0.75) and there was a selection of hot and cold teas, coffees, spirits and cocktails.
We decided to lay off the alcohol and go for something more refreshing. We both chose from the "Lime Specialities" section of the menu. I had a "Lemongrass Lime Crush" (250 Rs / £1.25) and Emma had a "Ginger Lime Crush" (250 Rs / £1.25). Both were served ice cold and really quenched our thirsts.
After finishing our drinks, we made our way through the hotel grounds and enjoyed a stroll along the private beach – a vast expanse of sand, with barely anybody in sight.
Mount Lavinia Hotel – a great setting for drinks overlooking the Indian Ocean!
Mount Lavinia Transportation
During our visit to Colombo in March 2014 we were keen to make a visit to the beach suburb of Mount Lavinia.
We were also keen to take a ride on the local trains – the journey would surely be a memorable experience!
The staff at our hotel (Casa Colombo) recommended that we catch a train from the local station, Bambalapitiya, to Mount Lavinia. It would be a fairly short trip (around 20 minutes) and would cost next to nothing. We'd get to mix with the locals and experience the thrills of a train journey down the scenic coastal line.
Unfortunately, the timetable didn't fit in with our plans. We arrived at Bambalapitiya station at around 1:00pm and there was no train to Mount Lavinia until 2:20pm. We therefore travelled to Mount Lavinia by tuk tuk instead....but we made sure that we undertook the return journey to Colombo by train.
As soon as we arrived at Mount Lavinia station we purchased tickets for a ride to Colombo Fort station. The tickets cost a mere 15 Rs (£0.07) each.
The train would leave Mount Lavinia at 2:58pm, giving us enough time for a walk along the beach and a cool drink at the impressive Mount Lavinia Hotel.
The train departed from platform 4 at Mount Lavinia station. It was very punctual – leaving bang on time.
As we had expected, the train was extremely crowded and we found ourselves standing up for the duration of the journey. The doors of the train were wide open, some people were sitting with their legs hanging out of the train. The open doors gave us a much needed breeze on the stiflingly hot train and also allowed us to soak in the wonderful views of the coast as we made our way, fairly slowly, towards Colombo Fort.
A blind busker walked up and down the carriage singing and banging a drum. At one stop a man got on with a tray of fresh pineapple that he was trying to sell to passengers. We were attracting some curious stares from our fellow passengers. It was an exhilarating ride!
The journey from Mount Lavinia to Colombo Fort took around 25 minutes and included stops at various other stations en route, including Dehiwala, Wellawatta, Bambalapitiya and Kollupitiya.
When we disembarked at Colombo Fort it was busy and chaotic; we expected no less from Colombo's main railway hub. We battled our way through the crowds to the exit where a ticket inspector took our, hitherto unrequired, tickets from us and allowed us to exit the station.
An exciting and scenic train ride along the coast between Mount Lavinia and Colombo...and it only costs 15 Rupees per person!
During our short stay in Colombo in March 2014 we were keen to pay a visit to the beach suburb of Mount Lavinia.
We had intended to make this short journey by train. The staff at our hotel had indicated that there were regular trains from Bambalapitiya railway station, making the journey to Mount Lavinia in a little over 20 minutes.
We walked to Bambalapitiya station and found it largely deserted. A quick scan of the timetable showed that no train was departing for over an hour. It was around 1:00pm and the next train to Mount Lavinia was scheduled to depart at 2:20pm.
We decided to travel there by tuk tuk instead. We had no trouble finding a tuk tuk driver to take us to Mount Lavinia – there were several parked up outside the railway station.
Being careful to choose a tuk tuk that had a working meter, we jumped in and began the journey south.
Despite the heavy traffic in Colombo, the tuk tuk journey took a similar amount of time to that of the expected train journey. It took 22 minutes to travel from Bambalapitiya station to Mount Lavinia train station.
The tuk tuk fare was 542 Rs (£2.70).
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