Are you planning to explore the cultural gems of North Central Sri Lanka? And I am pretty sure if you are then you will be looking for a comfortable pad from where you can explore exotic destinations such as Sigriya, Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Minneriya National Park among many others.
As you know, I explored these cultural hotspots on my recent holiday to Sri Lanka. During this holiday, the luxurious base from where I explored all of North-Central Sri Lanka was the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana. This luxurious property tucked amidst lush green vegetation and surrounded by water bodies was my perfect home for 4 days and 5 nights during which I got to explore Sigriya, Pidurangala, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Mihinthale, Minneriya National Park, Habarana Lake and an authentic Sri Lankan countryside experience.
This detailed review of the property and my overall experience should help you get a good idea while planning your North-Central Sri Lankan holiday.
Fantastic Access to all the Hot Spots
Be it 30 minutes to Pidurangala rock, 45 minutes to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigriya, 90 minutes to the caves of Dambulla, 2 hours to the ruins of Anuradhapura or an hour to a rich wildlife experience in Minneriya National Park, the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana gave me the ideal base to explore all of the top attractions in the region without worrying about packing, unpacking and shifting hotels.
This proximity to luxury comes in super useful after a tiring day of climbing and exploring in the bright sun and humid conditions. After all, the hotel swimming pool, the spa or simply just your comfortable hotel room is right there to help you recuperate quickly from your active day trip.
Having your own mode of transportation will come in handy. If not, the hotel can arrange transportation services for you.
Oodles of Luxury and Lovely Service
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a five star hotel that has a traditional décor and feel to it. Its signature experience is it being situated in the middle of a pristine forest where you get to wake up to the sound of birds singing and see langurs and flying squirrels during the day either from your balcony or during your walk inside the property.
Whether you are staying in their villas or bungalows, each one of the them is located on top of a pedestal that is similar to that of South Indian Hindu temples. And the rooms come with all the modern amenities and luxuries that fits the bill of a luxury hotel property.
The property has 2 gorgeous swimming pools that offer the precise break that you need after a tiring excursion to all the tourist attractions. The spa, the massage parlor and the bar are just icing on the cake.
The staff of the hotel are a lovely bunch who are always keen to make your stay comfortable. Personally, I had a fantastic experience with their kitchen staff and their naturalists who dazzled me with their knowledge during the bird watching walks and countryside trips.
Yummy Local Food
For me, a holiday is not complete without a traditional food experience. At Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, I was transported to heaven with every meal. Their assortment of traditional curries, fruits, spices and dishes in addition to an international menu was possibly the best gift anyone could offer to a foodie like me. If you have a specific dish or creation in mind, do share it with the chef and/or the restaurant staff and I am pretty sure that they will prepare that for you. I certainly did and I had an absolutely delicious time.
Their Ice Cream is a Must Experience
If I remember right, I tried 34 flavors of ice cream in less than 60 minutes. But, these are not your stereotype ice cream flavors. Rather, the flavors that I tasted included curry leaves, cinnamon, chilly, durian, mango and so many more. I did not like all of them, but some of them certainly did blow my mind…in a good way of course. These off beat ice cream flavors are the specialty of the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana and hence it is something that you must try out. I am pretty sure that you will leave a richer person after the ice cream experience. Don’t blame me if you get a sugar rush though.
Fast Internet Almost Everywhere
As a travel blogger, I always look for fast connectivity. The Cinnamon Lodge Habarana did certainly take care of my needs in that department.
Whether you are a family with kids, a group of kids or a couple, the Cinnamon Lodge Habarana is a great luxury base to enjoy your rich North-Central Sri Lankan holiday. I certainly had an amazing time with them and would love to stay there on my next Sri Lankan holiday.