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The Top 5 Things to Do near Mount Lavinia Beach – The Beach and nothing but the beach!

The story of Mount Lavinia is one for the historical romance lovers! The story goes back to Sir Thomas Maitland, the Governor of Ceylon during British rule, who is 1806, fell in love with a girl named Lavinia. Ever since the story was brought into light the region was named after the girl. Here are 5 things you could do during your time here.


The Mount Lavinia Hotel

One cannot experience Mount Lavinia without staying at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, which is arguably one of the best Colombo Beach Hotels. Given that it is technically a suburb of Colombo, there is no difficulty in transportation at all. The history of the hotel ties back to the Maitland Lavinia love story as the Governor constructed the mansion just so he could be close to his love. He even named it after her as the "Mount Lavinia House". The love story had a tragic ending as he was recalled to England in 1811 and he never really came back.


The Ayurvedic Spas

Mount Lavinia is home to the island's best Ayurvedic Spas. The Rankema Spa, housed in Mount Lavinia hotel itself, and other spas like the Anarva Ayurvedic Spa, the Chathur Ayurvedic Spa and many more. With experienced masseuses, they will help you feel reborn after a session!


The Beach

One cannot go to Mount Lavinia and refrain from visiting the beach for which it is most famous! Located just outside the city, it had many offerings for local as well as international clientele and is a relaxed place where you can take long romantic walks. Or, if you're planning your wedding, the Mount Lavinia beach is also a top destination wedding location in the world! You can recreate the magic of the love of Thomas Maitland and Lavinia, his ill-fated lover!


Tuk Rentals!

Ever had a dream of driving a tuk-tuk? A common sight in Asia, not available necessarily in Europe or America? Well, Mount Lavinia is home to the island's only tuk-tuk rental company, where you can rent tuk-tuks for your stay and travel in it, instead of trying to find a cab or hiring bikes!


Island Scuba

Offering you more than 20 years of experience, with experienced instructors, Island Scuba is a place you can visit if you're looking to explore the waters of Sri Lanka, and maybe take some underwater photos as well! If you have a passion for deep sea diving and marine conservation, stop by Island Scuba!!


Bonus! - Turtle Conservation

For all you nature lovers and marine life enthusiasts, The Turtle Conservation Center was set up as a part of a project to save dying and threatened marine life. It houses many species of turtles and is dedicated to releasing them back to the sea after they have been healed and taken care of. Stop by, patronize and donate!

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