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   Lion's Gate Bed and Breakfast   


Lion's Gate Bed and Breakfast


16/2 Gemunu Mawatha
Subuthipura
Colombo
Sri Lanka
Established In:  2003
Renovated In:  2004
Phone: +94 (0)112885959 Contact:  Gunasiri SAMARASINGHE
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Single Occupant Rate Is: $50
Double Occupant Rate Is: $30 per person
Additional Occupant Rate Is: $20
Accepted Payments: PayPal
Deposit Amount Requested: 25%
Minimum Stay Is: 3 days
Check In Time Is: Flexible
Check Out Time Is: Flexible
Cancellation Policy: 3 days cancellation for full refund.

Designed to offer a relaxing atmosphere in Colombo, this quality bed and breakfast is the perfect getaway.

Located in a quiet neighborhood, Lion's Gate offers travelers peace and quiet within minutes of metropolitan Colombo.

Whether enjoying a cup of tea served on the verandah or a refreshing dip in the pool you will find Lion's Gate the perfect location.

It is only just minutes away from Colombo's newest country club and Golf course, "Waters Edge". Our full time resident chef has experience in preparing both Sri Lankan as well as European style meals.

Additional services such as transportation can be arranged by special request. Contact us for details.

Accommodations:

There are three distinctively decorated guest rooms, each with its own private bath. All rooms feature air conditioning and a television for your comfort.

Meals:

Meals are prepared on site for a nominal fee. Your menu options include both traditional Sri Lankan fare as well as European style meals.

On-Site Amenities:

Air conditioning, telephone, television, swimming pool, beautifully landscaped garden, laundry facilities, iron, sundeck.

About Sri Lanka:

Tea Culture in Sri Lanka:

Being one of the largest producers of tea in the world, Sri Lankans drink a lot of tea. Many Sri Lankans drink at least three cups a day. Sri Lanka is also one of the best tea producing countries in the World and the Royal Family of the United Kingdom has been known to drink Ceylon tea. Tea is served whenever a guest comes to a house, it is served at festivals and gatherings. It is served almost anywhere in Sri Lanka.

Religion in Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka's culture also revolves around religion. The Buddhist community of Sri Lanka observe Poya Days, once per month according to the Lunar calendar. The Hindus and Muslims also observe their own holidays. Sri Lankans are very religious because the history of the island has been involved with religion numerous times. There are many Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and many mosques, Hindu temples and churches all across the island. The religious preference of an area could be determined by the number of religious institutions in the area. The north and the east of the island has many mosques and Hindu temples because a large Tamil and Muslim population resides in those areas. Many churches could be found along the southern coast line because many living in those areas are Roman Catholic or Christian. The interior of the island is mostly the Buddhist population and there are many Buddhists residing in all parts of the island because they are the largest religious group in Sri Lanka.

Sports Culture in Sri Lanka:

Sports plays a very big part in Sri Lankan culture. Sri Lanka's main sport is Cricket. Every child in Sri Lanka knows how to play cricket, and there are many cricket fields scattered across the island for children and adults to play the sport. The biggest pastime of the Sri Lankan population, after cricket, is watching the Sri Lankan National Team playing cricket. It is common for businesses to shut down when very big matches are televised. This was the case in 1996 when the Sri Lankan team beat Australia in the finals to win the Cricket World Cup. The whole country shut down as though there were a curfew imposed upon the whole island.

Music of Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka is an island off the southern coast of India. Its population is mostly Sinhalese, as well as minorities of Tamils, Burghers and the last remnants of the Veddas, the forest dwelling aborigines of Sri Lanka.

The two single biggest influences on Sri Lankan music are from Buddhism and Portuguese colonizers. Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka after the Buddha's visit in 300 BC, while the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, bringing with them cantiga ballads, ukuleles and guitars, along with African slaves, who further diversified the musical roots of the island. These slaves were called kaffrinha, and their dance music was called baila. Traditional Sri Lankan music includes the hypnotic Kandyan drums - drumming was and is very much a part and parcel of music in both Buddhist and Hindu temples in Sri Lanka. There are sometimes even banners saying "Ichiro! Ichiro!"

Cuisine of Sri Lanka:

The cuisine of Sri Lanka draws influence from that of India, as well as colonists and foreign traders. Rice, which is usually consumed daily, can be found at any special occasion, while spicy curries are favourite dishes for dinner and lunch. A very popular alcoholic drink is toddy, made from palm tree sap. Rice and curry refers to a range of Sri Lankan dishes. Sri Lankans also eat Hoppers which can be found anywhere in Sri Lanka. Many Sri Lankans eat short eats as a snack which is a variety of hamburgers, hot dogs, Chinese rolls, patties and pastries.

It also should be noted that much of Sri Lanka's urban areas now are filled with many American fast food corporations, such as McDonald's. Although many, especially elders and those who stubbornly stick to their cultural cuisine, reject this, many of the younger generation have started to take a liking to this new American cuisine.

Sri Lankan Firsts:

  • First country in the world to have established a dedicated hospital (Mihintale, 4th century BC)
  • The world's first recorded wildlife sanctuary was at Mihintale. It was established by King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC.
  • Oldest country in the World within its present borders (the island of Sri Lanka existed as an independent sovereign country as far back as the 4th century BC)
  • First female monarch in an Asian country, Queen Anula (47–42 BC)
  • First country in the World to have a female prime minister (Sirimavo Bandaranaike, July 21, 1960)
  • Longest period of continuous multi-party democracy by a non-western country (1931–present)
  • World's leading exporter of tea; Ceylon tea is famed to be one of the best teas in the world.
  • World's leading exporter of cinnamon; exported to Egypt as early as 1400 BC
  • First country in South Asia to start radio broadcasting with Radio Ceylon — celebrated 80 years in Broadcasting on December 16, 2005
  • First country in Asia to fly the Airbus A340

Miscellaneous Facts About Sri Lanka:

  • The Nil Manel, (Nympheae Stelleta), has been the national flower of Sri Lanka from 1986. The national tree of Sri Lanka is Na (Mesua ferrea)
  • Seven properties of Sri Lanka have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, namely, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (1982), the ancient city of Sigiriya (1982), the golden Temple of Dambulla (1991), the old town of Galle and its fortifications (1988), the sacred city of Anuradhapura (1982), the sacred city of Kandy (1988) and the Sinharaja forest reserve (1988)
  • The world's oldest documented tree, and first generation of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment - the Sri Maha Bodhi - still grows in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
  • The Buddhist scriptures were first committed to writing at Aluvihare in Sri Lanka.
  • The chronology of early India depends upon that of the Mahawansa, the Sri Lankan Historical Record.
  • Winner of the 1996 Cricket World Cup
  • Sri Lanka is recognised with the popular slogan The Pearl of the Indian Ocean
  • Several names have been used in ancient times to describe Sri Lanka. In Ptolemy's map (127–151 AD) Sri Lanka was depicted as Taprobana. One of the seamen of Alexander the Great used the name Sinhala Dvipa. The name Serendib was used by the Arab navigators in the 6th and 7th centuries. This was further contracted to Ceilão by the Portuguese, Ceylan by the Dutch and Ceylon by the British.

Provinces of Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka is divided into 8 provinces for the purposes of local governance. Each province is administered by a directly elected Provincial Council. The provinces are:

Central:

The Central Province of Sri Lanka consists primarily of mountainous terrain. Both the hill capital Kandy and the city of Nuwara Eliya are located within the Central Province as well as Sri Pada. The province produces much of the famous Ceylon tea, planted by the British in the 1860's after a devastating disease killed all the coffee plantations in the province. Central Province attracts many tourists, with hill station towns such as Kandy, Gampola, Hatton and Nuwara Eliya.

The historic Matale town, and the Sigiriya rock is also in the Central Province.

Though three successive European powers invaded Sri Lanka during the 16th to the 19th century, the Central Province maintained its independence until the early 19th century when the British finally managed to conqueror Kandy.

The province has an area of 5,674 km²,and a population of 2,421,148. Some major towns include Kandy, Gampola (24,730), Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela. The population is a mixture of Sinhalese, Tamil and the Moors. Many tea plantation workers are Indian Tamils, brought over to Sri Lanka by the British in the 19th century.

The climate is cool, and many areas about 1500 metres often have chilly nights. The western slopes are very wet, some places having almost 7000 mm of rain per year. The eastern slopes are parts of the mid-dry zone as it is receiving rain only from North-Eastern monsoon. The Temperatures range from 24ºC at Kandy to just 16ºC in Nuwara Eliya, which is located 1,889 m above sea level. The highest mountains in Sri Lanka are located in the Central Province. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with deep valleys cutting into it. The two main mountain regions are the central massif and the Knuckles range to the east of Kandy.

North Central:

North Central Province is a province of Sri Lanka. Its capital is Anuradhapura. The province is economically rather backward and not densely populated, as the land tends to be dry tropical woodlands.

North Eastern:

The North Eastern Province of Sri Lanka is the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka into a single province.

Trincomalee is the capital of the NEP and the location of the Provincial Government and Provincial Departments. Trincomalee is an anglicized version of Thirukonamalai. Thiru = Holy; Kona = East; Malai = Hill. Kona is derived from the 1st century word kuna.

The ancient people who lived in this province are called 'Nagas'. It is a derivative of the word Pali word Nagina-hira = Rising Side or East. Nagar Kovil, Naga Patnam, and Nagaland are similar names arising from these root words.

The Mahaweli River ends in Eastern Province. It is a derivative of similar river suffixes like wezi, weri, vari, and vazhi. In several languages it means water, way, and rain. Similar river names are Zambwezi, Mahafali, Kaveri and Godavari.

North Western:

North Western Province, or "Wayamba" as it is known in Sri Lanka. The districts of Kurunegala and Puttalam formulate Wayamba. Its capital is Kurunegala, which has a population of over 28,000. The province is known mainly for its numerous coconut plantations. Other main towns in this province are Chilaw (24,000) and Puttalam (45,000), which are both small fishing towns. The majority of the population of Wayamba province is of Sinhalese ethnicity. There is also is a Tamil-speaking Muslim minority around Puttalam. Fishing and prawn farming are some other main industries, alongside coconut and rubber plantations. The province has an area of 7,888 km², and a population of 2 million.

Southern:

The Southern Province of Sri Lanka is a small geographic area consisting of the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. The region is economically backward compared to the Western province, where the capital Colombo is situated. Subsistence farming and fishing is the main source of income for the vast majority of the people of this region.

The more educated people of the province have been slowly migrating to Colombo, which has hindered industrial development of the region.

Important landmarks of the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of the Yala and Uda Walawe National Parks, the holy city of Kataragama, and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. (Although Galle is an ancient city, almost nothing survives from before the Portuguese invasion.) During the Portuguese period there were two famous Sinhalese poets called Andare who was from Dickwella and Gajaman Nona who was from Denipitiya in Matara District, composing poems on common man.

Uva:

Uva is Sri Lanka's second least populated province, with just over 1 million people, created in 1896. It consists of two districts: Badulla and Monaragala. The provincial capital is Badulla. Uva is borderd by the Eastern, Southern and Central provinces. Its major tourist attractions are Dunhinda Falls, Diyaluma Falls, Rawana Falls, the Yala National Park (lying partly in the Southern and Eastern Provinces) and Gal Oya National Park (lying partly in the Eastern Province). The Gal Oya Hills and the Central Mountains are the main uplands, while the Mahaweli (Sinhalese: great-sandy) and Menik (Sinhalese: gemstone) rivers and the huge Senanayake Samudraya and Maduru Oya Reservoirs are the major waterways.

Uva province's symbolic mountain is Namunukula which stands tallest among the mountain range surrounding the Badulla town. One can get spectacular views of Welimada basin, Katharagama and Hambantota beach from Namunukula peak on a clear day. The views of sun rise and sun set are magnificent too.

Haputale mountain range has its tallest, mount Kirigalpottha. Haputale-Beragala gap gives a splendid view of the Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces on a clear day.

The provincial history records a 1818 uprising against the British colonial government which had been controlling the formally independent Udarata (Sinhalese: Up-Country), of which Uva was a province. The uprising was led by Keppetipola Dissawe - a leader that the Sinhalese celebrate even today - who was sent initially by the British Government to stop the uprising. The rebels captured Matale and Kandy before Keppetipola fell ill and was captured - and beheaded by the British. His skull was abnormal - as it was wider than usual - and was sent to Britain for testing. It was returned to Sri Lanka after independence, and now rests in the Kandiyan Museum.

Sabaragamuwa:

Sabaragamuwa is a province of Sri Lanka, and contains two main cities: Ratnapura and Kegalle. Sabaragamuwa University is in Belihuloya. It is named after its former indigenous inhabitants, namely the Sabara, an indic term for hunter gatherer tribes, a term seldom used in ancient Sri Lanka.

At an elevation of approximately 500 feet above sea level, Ratnapura is the provincial capital of Sabargamuwa. It is 60 miles (100 km) from the main coastal city of Colombo.

Western:

Western Province is the most densely populated province of Sri Lanka. It is home to the legislative capital Sri Jayawardenapura as well to Colombo, the nation's administrative and business center.

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Web Page:  Yes

 

Languages Spoken:  English

 

Types of Breakfasts:   Traditional Sri Lankan and European style

Special Meals Available:  Yes

 

Room Types:  Rooms

 

Private Bathrooms:  Yes

Handicap Accessible:  No

Smoking:  No

Consumption of Alcohol:  Yes

Children:  Yes

Pets:  No

 

Amenities/Features:  Pool, Kitchen, Satellite TV, TV, Phone, Sundeck, Garden, Fridge, Alarm Clock, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Radio

 

Nearby Activities:  Bicycling, Hiking, Golfing, Fishing, Bird Watching, Sight Seeing, Museums

 

Suitable For:  Pleasure, Relaxation, Business, Family, Cultural Experience

 

Near To:  Beach, Ocean, Nature & Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries

 

Open:  All Year

 

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