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Mount Lavinia

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Mount Lavinia is a suburb located towards the south of Colombo and is famous for its "Golden Mile" of beach and Mount Lavinia Hotel. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy during your quick business trip to Colombo or during your visit to Sri Lanka.The mount beach is a shallow beach, loved by everybody who would like to lie in the sun, relax or take a dip when it gets too hot.


There are many cheap hotels, cabanas and restaurants on the beach where you can enjoy local or foreign dishes of your choice and listen to music and if you’re in a mood to party, you can always find a beach party during the weekends. To the sailors of the 19th century, Mount Lavinia stood out like the silhouette of a pregnant wench along the Southern coastline.

This is one of the loveliest beach areas close to any metropolis in the world, being a mere 8 miles from the heart of the city of Colombo.To get there, drive south along Galle Road from Colombo Fort and turn right to Hotel Road half a mile past the Mount Lavinia cemetery. The focal point of Mount Lavinia is the Mount Lavinia Hotel, though there are others like the Mount Royal Beach Hotel which was built in the 1970s. Mount Lavinia Hotel was built in 1810 as a private residence by a fun-loving British Governor who constructed secret passages in the building. Some of these have been discovered in the kitchens, but unfortunately, are not open to the public. Apparently, a Rodiya caste  girl who worked for the Governor fell in love with him. When the Governor was leaving, he asked the Rodiya girl what she wanted from him. Much to his surprise, she did not ask for the house which he was willing to give her. Instead, she asked for official permission to wear a cloth about the waist, a mark of status normally denied to Rodiya caste. The Governor gave his consent with an official gazette notification and the house was sold and turned into a hotel.

On the beach there are little bathing huts which can be hired for the day. Lie in the sun and relax, take a dip when it gets too hot and enjoy the sights and sounds. There are pineapple and coconut vendors who sell drinks to quench your thirst, while others sell beads and shells.

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