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Let me kick start the thread with some good eco-friendly tourism resorts.

Kandalama

Architect Geoffrey Bawa.

The booming Sri Lankan tourism industry required the construction of Hotels especially near the heritage rock site of Sigiriya in Central Sri Lanka. The company had an option on a site at Sigiriya not far from the foot of the ancient rock where King Kasyapa had made his fortress in the fifth century, and early in 1991 a party of directors travelled with Bawa to inspect it. Bawa rejected the site out of hand but suggested that the directors should look at 'a beautiful tank a short way away to the south-west' that would serve them better. For Bawa the original site lacked any sense of surprise or drama - the Sigiriya Rock was simply there,'in your face'. What he wanted was a site that would offer mystery and suspense: visitors would be forced to make a long trek through the jungle to arrive at the edge of a tank, across which they would finally see Sigiriya in the distance.

The architecture is stark and understated, emphasizing the idea that this is not a building to look at, but a building to look from, like a giant belvedere. If they really try, guests can escape onto terra firma, though neither the architect nor the management ever intended that they should do so. They are marooned in a huge ocean liner with decks above and cabins below that has come to rest like Noah's Ark on some faraway mountain side. The only obvious contact with the ground is at entrance level, where the lounge opens towards the main swimming pool, which seems to hang like a shelf on the edge of the cliff.































Vil Uyana


Right near the doorsteps of Sigiriya in Central Sri Lanka.

The remit for the architect was to construct a privately owned wetland nature reserve, out of bare land. A wild refuge for otters, crocodiles and dragonflies. Perhaps even for a thirsty elephant or monkey, when the seasonal drought follows the monsoons. Oh… and some dwellings for discerning tourists, who would want the ultimate chill out, but without sacrificing creature comforts.

The end result is one of the most spectacular tourism developments in the world. A matrix of wetland and organic paddy studded with luxurious dwellings and an island spa, in the culturally rich north central plains. Plunge pools, butler service, village trails to explore, inspiring companionship from naturalists, the lifestyle decisions are yours to take.








































more to come..
 

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Lunuganga

Bentota, south west coast of Sri Lanka

Quite simply, a breathtakingly beautiful place. Its gardens are like a suite of serene outdoor rooms amid the wider wilderness of Sri Lanka, its plantation house ‘a civilised outpost on the edge of the known world’. The late Geoffrey Bawa, renowned architect and designer of Sri Lanka’s Houses of Parliament, spent 40 years transforming this abandoned rubber estate on the island’s west coast into a tropical idyll, with elegant Italianate gardens, courtyards, pools, walkways, pavilions – and inspirational views over the lake and jungle. It was his consummate legacy, the place he dreamed of retiring to.







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very beautiful! I like how remote the resort looks like, far away from the hustling and bustling of the city.
 

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beautiful resorts :):)
 

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I posted these before but hey... Here they are again!

Colombo:









Pinnuwela Elephant orphanage









Washing in the river



Bathtime for 80 elephants



Wrestling on the riverbank



Moi. Looking a bit 'off'... malaria tablets, hangovers and long car journeys don't mix



Shperherding the elephants back to the orphanage



Kandy: Botanical gardens





Roosting Fruitbats





Looking across the ancient capital of Kandy... Its a beautiful city set amidst soaring forested mountains and arranged around an artifical lake created by one of the old Kings of Kandy



Cultural show: A selection of dance and song from around the island









All rise for the National Anthem...



Fireating / walking









Temple of the Tooth, kandy... This contains one of Buddha's teeth:













View from the hotel in Kandy (The Citadel)... The men are dredging for building sand



Hindu Temple, Matale



Dambullah... The garish modern entrance to the Golden temple



Saggy-titted monkey en route to the temple



...And a lizard!



The temples; they are about a 100m climb up the hill behind the entrance... created in natural underhangs below the outcrop, hundreds of Buddha statues are crammed into the caves with every available surface of rock intricately painted... Magnificent!





One of the several caverns... giving an idea of the scale





The caverns are enclosed by these buildings; access is gained through them



Itchy face



Family portrait



The big statue at the entrance



Minneriya National Park... Home to herds of hundreds of wild Asiatic elephants

Painted Storks



A new arrival



Eagle



More storks



Lots of arses



More elephants... Some buffalo in the background



Another baby, and a rare tusked Asian Elephant... Only 6% of Males and no Females are tusked (unlike the African)



Sigirya: One of Sri Lanka's most famous cultural monuments. A 200m granite monolith rising above the plains surrounded by the ruins of an ancient city and crowned with the 1,600 year old King's palace



The water gardens at the base... When it rains the 1,600 year old decorative fountains still work!



The first few of 1,200 steps to the summit



...Further up...



Halfway up, in an underhang on the rock face, are these exquisite paintings 1,600 years old





They depict some of the King's concubines, imported from around the world... Africa:



...And India (left) and Mongolia (right)



Near the summit now... These lion's paws were once part of a whole lion's head and paws, you walked towards the palace on the summit through the mouth!





Even at the top there were monkeys running around oblivious to the 200m drop below



Don't look down!



Polonnaruwa... A complex of numerous ruined temples and stupas in another former capital





















Bad posture!



A giant brick stupa



















I hope you enjoyed the quick tour... Sri lanka is a beautiful and fascinating country, I'd like to go back and see more of it.
 

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nice :) that frescoes are amazing, the beauty of this country is there tradition, ladscape and people, not only spas, thanks to share :eek:kay:
 
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