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Sri Lanka is one-of-a-kind destination where you will discover an inspiring cultural heritage at ancient sites; savour exquisite cuisine and explore green tea plantations, rain-forested peaks and Buddhist temples. And then there are the beaches that ring this amazing island.

Located on Bentota peninsula Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka enjoys a superb location with the Bentota River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, ensuring dreamy views from most areas of the resort. The resort is accessed by a short boat ride across the lagoon from a departure point a few minutes to Aluthgama station, and river and ocean boat trips are a major attraction. 

Colombo and Colombo Bendaranaike International Airport are respectively 60 and 100 kilometres away from the resort.

Tourist Attractions

Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park dates back to 1938 when it was designated a nature reserve; an area of riverine forests and grasslands. This is one of few protected areas where large herds of elephants can be seen and also one of the most important bird areas in Sri Lanka. Sudu Kanda or White Mountain is the highest point, at 470 metres. In addition to the abundance of wildlife, the park has many archaeological remains, including ancient water tanks and irrigation canals, and the site of a former battleground. The park is situated 225 kilometres away from Colombo.

Maduru Oya National Park

Established in 1983, Maduru Oya National Park is both a nature sanctuary and a catchment area for five large reservoirs. A community of Vedda people, the indigenous ethnic group of Sri Lanka, live within the park boundary at Henanigala. Many ancient sites and earthworks are located within the park, and ruins of Buddhist shrines, temples, dagobas, statues and hermitages are to be found at several sites. The landscape is distinctive because of its highly weathered rock outcrops and ridges, and there are a long range of rocky mountains in the southwest of the park, which is 288 kilometres northeast of Colombo.


A busy commercial city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings, Colombo has a large harbour and was known to the ancient traders of two thousand and more years ago. The city was made capital of the island when Sri Lanka became part of the British Empire in 1815, and this status was retained upon independence in 1948. When the country’s administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte in 1978, Colombo was designated as the commercial capital. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to arrive, in 1505. Famous landmarks include the Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, Mount Lavinia Beach, and the National Museum.

Madu River Safaris

The Madu Ganga is a river that flows through an enormous area of wetlands before entering the Indian Ocean. Dotted with islands where fishermen work in traditional ways and villagers engage in cottage industries such as producing peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil. This is also an area for studying nature and ecosystems, and for boating, camping and fishing. Taking an organised safari is the ideal way to explore this fascinating region, with overnight stays in a tent on an uninhabited island being perfect for experiencing the Madu Ganga.


Dambulla cave temple is a World Heritage Site. The rock towers 160 metres over the surrounding plains, and there are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and murals relating to the Lord Buddha and his life. The temple complex dates back to the 1st century BC, and in 1938 the setting was embellished with arched colonnades and gabled entrances. Prehistoric people lived in these caves before the Buddha era, and there are burial sites with human skeletons around 2700 years old.