Unforgettable memories of Palm Garden Village Hotel
Palm Garden Village Hotel. Pix by Sudam Gunasinghe.
The Palm Garden Village Hotel in Anuradhapura, in operation for 10
years, has pioneered the hospitality industry and has earned a
reputation for unforgettable memories.
Creating a unique and consistent hospitality experience, the Palm
Garden Village Hotel which is six kilometres away from the sacred City
of Anuradhapura (Puttalam Road) offers fascinating excursions to eight
sacred places in Anuradhapura, the jungle, beautiful lotus lakes and the
Vilpattu Sanctuary, the country's largest natural park.
The hotel was purposely built in its strategic position in the centre
of Sri Lanka to arouse emotions when visiting the cultural triangle,
monumental area comprising the three most ancient capitals. The Palm
Garden Village is the ideal place to relax in the midst of nature, with
safaris and bullock cart rides for bird watching.
Over 50 luxury rooms and elegant restaurants of contrasting textures,
materials and earthly colours, sipping a thirst quencher in an
unexpected pub at the bank of the jungle tank, where architecture and
nature blend comfortably to please the eye and the senses are novel
experiences for guests.
The hotel complex which covers 50-acres is flanked by the
Kahapathwila Tank on one side and by thick jungle, on the other.
The proprietor and Managing Director Balaguruge Chandrasiri said "it
was a neglected bare land when we came here with the project 12 or 13
years ago. No one believed that an abandoned chena could be transformed
into a three star hotel. My Italian born wife and I myself had that
dream and we made it a reality. It was really a tiresome and hard job
but it was interesting to see that our dream was being realised."
He outlined how the bare land was transformed into a paradise. "We
uprooted some giant trees from somewhere and replanted them again.
There were only two or three trees here when we purchased the land",
Chandrasiri said. In appreciation of their effort, they also received an
award at a special Presidential Environment Awards Ceremony three years
The restaurant overlooks the pool and on certain evenings the
stillness is pleasantly broken by the incredibly haunting but plaintive
tones of various birds adding its sweet contribution to a leisurely
meal. The staff is attentive and efficient. They are provided with
expert training from chefs and other resource personnel from Italy and
The quality of food both Eastern and Western, specially the Italian
foods is excellent and internationally recognised for its high standard.
This is the only place where you can experience the real taste of the
Don't miss a lunch or dinner at the `Hermitage'. The restaurant built
on the bank of the Kahapathwila tank blends with nature and the guests
could see wild elephants and other animals who come for water.
The next attraction is the fully equipped Ayurvedic centre which
gives you a real refreshment with a steam or herbal bath, facial and
foot or head massages. The Hotel's General Manager Lal Abeysekara said
that an internationally acclaimed spa will come into operation by mid
2007, as part of one of Sri Lanka's largest spa complexes. The fully
equipped Gymnasium, banquet hall, games room, shops and tennis courts
are the other attractions.
The Pool Bar provides cool and refreshing thirst quenchers to those
after a swim.
Guests at the Palm Garden Village always have the comfortable feeling
of being 'looked after'. From check in, to check out and at every meal,
in every outlet eyes light up with a smile, that leaves one with the
realisation of all the grandeur and magnificence of Palm Garden Village.