The Resort

Ranweli’s architecture blends with the unique and rich natural environment. The serene and idyllic location has been fully utilized in the layout of the land, featuring indigenous flora and fauna,and borders the wide sandy beach on one side, and the river on the other.

The land was originally a coconut plantation surrounded by wetlands mainly mangroves. In conceptualizing Ranweli, the architects used the spacing of the rows of the coconut trees (known as the coconut grid by Agriculturists) as the discipline for the design. The bungalows, central areas and facilities were built by removing the minimum number of coconut trees. For each bungalow constructed, only one tree was removed and the tree trunks were used to construct the pillars.

The connecting walkways open out into beautifully tended palm gardens leading to the heart of the resort. Architecturally and aesthetically the construction and furnishing of the village blends western standards of comfort and with the traditions of indigenous Sri Lankan culture.

Bird Watching

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Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant avifauna. There are 226 resident birds, 133 migrants, 90 vagrants and 33 endemics (26 definite and 7 proposed).

Ranweli is located in a coast wetland estuary and this contributes to a large diversity of over 130 species of birds. Bird watching on the river and mangroves by boat is offered as a special facility to our guests. A three-hour tour has been developed with the assistance of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL), an affiliate of Bird Life International (an international bird conservation organization).

Key Facts
  • Accompanied by an expert ornithologist
  • Duration: 3 hours, commencing at 07:00hrs. (Breakfast during tour)
  • Rates: US$ 30 per person; minimum 2 persons per tour
  • Reservations in advance at the reception
Common Birds of Ranweli

Nature Walk

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Our trained naturalist will guide you along the Ranweli nature trail, where selected shrubs and trees are described. You can also view 17 floral species, of which one is on display daily at our "flower of the day" exhibition. A list of trees and shrubs, totaling 80 varieties, is available to our guests. Detailed interpretation programmes are also available on selected flora and fauna.

This relaxing two hour walk in our extensive 9 hectare (22 acre) garden, also includes a pass through our boardwalk where the mangroves and their ecosystem can be observed from a higher elevation. The site contains a very rich mangrove forest of Rhizophora spp, a true mangrove. The rare and protected Nypa fruticans, the only palm that grows naturally in water, is also found along the river bordering Ranweli.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Duration: 2 hours, commencing at 10:00hrs
  • Rates: US$ 15 per person
  • Reservation in advance with reception

Cycling

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Two exciting tours on bicycles through the lush countryside is available. These provide an opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and view historical sites including many local Catholic churches and Buddhist temples. The guests will be accompanied by a member of the staff and will have an opportunity to interact with the local community in the villages. A route map with the descriptions of the sites will be provided to participants.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by a Ranweli guide
  • Tour 1: 16 kms/2 hr duration - US$ 10 per person; minimum 2 persons
  • Tour 2: 26 kms/4 hr duration - US$ 15 per person , minimum 2 persons
  • Cycle Hires: Half day - US$ 05 per person, Full day: US$ 08 per person
  • Reservation in advance with reception

River Cuise

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Glide along the waterways by canoe or motor boat in the environs of Ranweli and explore the unique ecosystem around the mangroves. Discover the numerous indigenous aquatic and terrestrial plants and enjoy a green wonderland of breathtaking beauty.

Observe water monitors (Varanus salvator) swimming lazily in the waterways or sunbathing on the branch of a tree and a variety of butterflies and dragonflies.

This fascinating and tranquil tour is provided from half an hour onwards. Alternatively you can choose to take a canoe and explore the waterways yourself.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Duration: 2 hours, commencing at 10:00hrs
  • Rates: US$ 15 per person
  • Reservation in advance with reception
Rates are subject to change without notice

Craft Demonstrations

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Ranweli is closely linked to our local village and the villagers often enjoy meeting the guests and sharing information about their traditional lifestyles, handicrafts and customs. Demonstrations of traditional Sri Lankan handicrafts and industries are offered. These are offered complimentary to our guests in order to enhance the cultural experience.

Programmes

  • Basket and mat weaving
  • Cadjan weaving
  • Pottery demonstration
  • Rope making from Coir fibre
  • Toddy tapping
  • Preparation of treacle, jaggery and vinegar from the sap of a palm flower
  • Sri Lankan cookery
  • Programme on the medicinal value of herbal drinks

Butterfly Tour

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We organize guided tours in the surroundings of the hotel where you can observe over 50 species of butterflies.

You may also have the opportunity to witness the entire life cycle of the butterfly.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Reservation in advance with reception

Nature Tours

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Anaivilundawa
Wildlife Sanctuary and International RAMSAR Site

Anaivilundawa, located only one hour from Ranweli, is a man made wetland constructed in the 12th Century AD and is located on the western migratory bird route. This is a sanctuary with prolific bird life in beautiful surroundings. The vegetation of the site consists of a scenic forest in the low country dry zone and in addition to birds, mammals such as mouse deer, hare, mongoose, squirrels, wild cats (such as civets), wild boar and fruit bats and reptiles and amphibians like land monitors, water monitors, lizards, geckoes, skinks, and tortoises can be sighted.

There are over 100 species of birds at this site. However, of special interest are species such as Spoonbills, Ibises, Darters, Harriers, species of Bee-eaters, and the Jungle Fowl an endemic species which is the national bird of Sri Lanka that are not found in the Ranweli environs.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Air-conditioned car or mini van
  • A picnic breakfast is included
  • Rate US$ 75 per person; minimum 2 persons

Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve
1 or 2 days tour can be arranged on special request to Sinharaja, Sri Lanka's premier undisturbed stretch of rainforest.

Please inquire for rates from the Reception.

Special Archaeological Tours

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Panduwasnuwara & Yapahuwa

This 1 day tour will take you to Panduwasnuwara one of the ancient Royal Capitals of Sri Lanka which is only an hours drive from Ranweli. This sprawling 50 acre moated and walled 'sleeping city, some of it still unexcavated, was an expertly planned and well laid out metropolis with a stately palace, royal audience hall, store houses, granaries, monastic complexes, shrines, bath houses, toilets and ponds. Beautifully proportioned platforms, terraces, pavements and doorways enhance its architecture. Handsome stone sculptures and carvings adorn it and rock inscriptions record events at the time.

After your visit to Panduwasnuwara you will be taken to Yapahuwa: a citadel built on a huge rock boulder in the style of the 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress. Well defended with double ramparts and moats, Yapahuwa holds many attractions for sightseers which include the remains of the King's Palace, Royal audience hall and other stately structures such as shrines and baths.

Key Facts

  • English speaking guide, air-conditioned car or mini van.
  • US$ 125 per person – minimum 2 persons

Wilpattu Tour

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Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka and among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard(Panthera pardus kotiya) population.It is located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka and lies within the North-central & North-western providences. The area of the parks is 131693 ha.The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) has nearly sixty lakes(Willu) and tanks spread throughout.

There are many types of vegetation to be found in Wilpattu; Littoral vegetation, including Salt grass and low scrub monsoon forest with tall emergents, such as Palu (Manilkara hexandra),Satin (Chloroxylon swietenia), Milla (Vitex altissima), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Ebony (Disopyros ebenum) etc.

31 species of mammals have been identified within Wilpattu national park.The Elephant , Sloth bear,Leopard, Water Buffalo, Sambhur, Spotted Dears, Mongoose are some of residents.

Wilpattu National Parks is located 150 km (approximately) north of Ranweli Holiday Villge.

Key Facts

  • Rates: 200 US $ per person minimum 2 persons
  • Reservation one day in advance with reception, Guest relation or Visitor Center

Kalpitiya Tour

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Dolphin watching

Kalpitiya in the North Western coast of Sri Lanka is famous for its Dolphin watching. The ideal time for this is between November to March as it's a migration stop for both Dolphins and Wales. It's one of the best places to see ever smiling and singing Dolphins. If you are at the right place at the right time the Dolphins in Kalpitiya will give a show in their hundreds and perhaps even in their thousands.

During the season there is a 98% chance of spotting Sperm Whales and Blue Whales as their migration path is just off the shores.

Kalpitiya is just over 2 hours drive from Ranweli Holiday Village.

Key Facts

  • Rates: 180 US $ per person minimum 2 persons
  • Reservation one day in advance with reception, Guest relation or Visitor Center

Restaurant and Bars

Ranweli's restaurant, offers a delicious buffet and a' la carte Sri Lankan and International cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available on request and in all buffets.

In addition to the main restaurant, a pavilion bar by the swimming pool, constructed with eco-friendly and biodegradable material, provides snacks and beverages. This is a favourite spot among the guests to enjoy the ambiance and sunset. Also a small fruit stall called the "Palathuru Masse" located next to the main bar, serves fresh fruit juices and herbal drinks of medicinal value.

Whenever possible fresh produce is procured from the local community. We also have our own organic vegetable plots.



Unique Dining Experience Ferry Dinner

This romantic ferry cruise with special dinner is served on a beautifully decorated ferry. The ferry will glide along the scenic river bordering the resort with a personal butler, a chef and a ferryman in attendance to meet all your dining needs. The Guests can select any one of the three specially designed menus. The menus offer a five course dinner with a choice of seafood or Sri Lankan/Eastern dishes or meat, as the main course.

Tea and coffee will be served at the end of the meal. A bottle of sparkling wine is served to complement the dinner.

Sports Facilities

In order to preserve the tranquility and ambiance of the property, Ranweli offers only soft-impact sports and games facilities to our guests.

Indoor

Squash, Darts, Carrom, Chess, Pool Billiards and Table Tennis

Outdoor

Beach Volleyball, Boccia, Cycling

Water Sports

Canoeing, Paddle boating, River Cruises, Fishing

Shops

Souvenir Shop (Nature & Hands Gallery)

Selected hand-crafted, eco friendly products, herbal cosmetics, wall hangings, hand bags, purses made of reed ware & rush as well as many other artifacts made of local material by our craftsmen using skills passed down the generations for centuries are available at the souvenir shop.

Jewellery Shops

A selection of precious and semi-precious stone jewellery by Colombo Gem Crafts and Sangems & Jewellery www.sangems.com

Evening Entertainment

We offer live entertainment daily. They include:
  • Cultural show / Sri Lankan Dance
  • Live band
  • Calypso band
  • Magic show
  • Oriental band

Ayurveda

Ranweli's idyllic location provides tranquility and serenity amidst an expanse of land covering over 22 acres and featuring indigenous flora, offering excellent stimulation while soothing your senses and cleansing your body and mind. An Ayurvedic centre was opened at Ranweli in June 2004 in order to offer guests authentic Ayurvedic health treatments using medicinal herbs. A qualified Ayurvedic doctor with many years of experience is in charge of the centre. Ranweli also offers Yoga facilities by special arrangement.

More Ayurveda & Yoga

Other Facilities

Other Facilities At Ranweli

  • Beachfront pool
  • Seminar and conference facilities
  • Internet Café, FAX and IDD
  • facilities

The Resort

Ranweli’s architecture blends with the unique and rich natural environment. The serene and idyllic location has been fully utilized in the layout of the land, featuring indigenous flora and fauna,and borders the wide sandy beach on one side, and the river on the other.

The land was originally a coconut plantation surrounded by wetlands mainly mangroves. In conceptualizing Ranweli, the architects used the spacing of the rows of the coconut trees (known as the coconut grid by Agriculturists) as the discipline for the design. The bungalows, central areas and facilities were built by removing the minimum number of coconut trees. For each bungalow constructed, only one tree was removed and the tree trunks were used to construct the pillars.

The connecting walkways open out into beautifully tended palm gardens leading to the heart of the resort. Architecturally and aesthetically the construction and furnishing of the village blends western standards of comfort and with the traditions of indigenous Sri Lankan culture.

Bird Watching

birdWatchingBanner

Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant avifauna. There are 226 resident birds, 133 migrants, 90 vagrants and 33 endemics (26 definite and 7 proposed).

Ranweli is located in a coast wetland estuary and this contributes to a large diversity of over 130 species of birds. Bird watching on the river and mangroves by boat is offered as a special facility to our guests. A three-hour tour has been developed with the assistance of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL), an affiliate of Bird Life International (an international bird conservation organization).

Key Facts
  • Accompanied by an expert ornithologist
  • Duration: 3 hours, commencing at 07:00hrs. (Breakfast during tour)
  • Rates: US$ 30 per person; minimum 2 persons per tour
  • Reservations in advance at the reception
Common Birds of Ranweli

Nature Walk

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Our trained naturalist will guide you along the Ranweli nature trail, where selected shrubs and trees are described. You can also view 17 floral species, of which one is on display daily at our "flower of the day" exhibition. A list of trees and shrubs, totaling 80 varieties, is available to our guests. Detailed interpretation programmes are also available on selected flora and fauna.

This relaxing two hour walk in our extensive 9 hectare (22 acre) garden, also includes a pass through our boardwalk where the mangroves and their ecosystem can be observed from a higher elevation. The site contains a very rich mangrove forest of Rhizophora spp, a true mangrove. The rare and protected Nypa fruticans, the only palm that grows naturally in water, is also found along the river bordering Ranweli.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Duration: 2 hours, commencing at 10:00hrs
  • Rates: US$ 15 per person
  • Reservation in advance with reception

Cycling

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Two exciting tours on bicycles through the lush countryside is available. These provide an opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and view historical sites including many local Catholic churches and Buddhist temples. The guests will be accompanied by a member of the staff and will have an opportunity to interact with the local community in the villages. A route map with the descriptions of the sites will be provided to participants.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by a Ranweli guide
  • Tour 1: 16 kms/2 hr duration - US$ 10 per person; minimum 2 persons
  • Tour 2: 26 kms/4 hr duration - US$ 15 per person , minimum 2 persons
  • Cycle Hires: Half day - US$ 05 per person, Full day: US$ 08 per person
  • Reservation in advance with reception

River Cuise

riverCruiseBanner

Glide along the waterways by canoe or motor boat in the environs of Ranweli and explore the unique ecosystem around the mangroves. Discover the numerous indigenous aquatic and terrestrial plants and enjoy a green wonderland of breathtaking beauty.

Observe water monitors (Varanus salvator) swimming lazily in the waterways or sunbathing on the branch of a tree and a variety of butterflies and dragonflies.

This fascinating and tranquil tour is provided from half an hour onwards. Alternatively you can choose to take a canoe and explore the waterways yourself.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Duration: 2 hours, commencing at 10:00hrs
  • Rates: US$ 15 per person
  • Reservation in advance with reception
Rates are subject to change without notice

Craft Demonstrations

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Ranweli is closely linked to our local village and the villagers often enjoy meeting the guests and sharing information about their traditional lifestyles, handicrafts and customs. Demonstrations of traditional Sri Lankan handicrafts and industries are offered. These are offered complimentary to our guests in order to enhance the cultural experience.

Programmes

  • Basket and mat weaving
  • Cadjan weaving
  • Pottery demonstration
  • Rope making from Coir fibre
  • Toddy tapping
  • Preparation of treacle, jaggery and vinegar from the sap of a palm flower
  • Sri Lankan cookery
  • Programme on the medicinal value of herbal drinks

Butterfly Tour

butterflyWatchingBanner

We organize guided tours in the surroundings of the hotel where you can observe over 50 species of butterflies.

You may also have the opportunity to witness the entire life cycle of the butterfly.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Reservation in advance with reception

Nature Tours

natureToursBanner

Anaivilundawa
Wildlife Sanctuary and International RAMSAR Site

Anaivilundawa, located only one hour from Ranweli, is a man made wetland constructed in the 12th Century AD and is located on the western migratory bird route. This is a sanctuary with prolific bird life in beautiful surroundings. The vegetation of the site consists of a scenic forest in the low country dry zone and in addition to birds, mammals such as mouse deer, hare, mongoose, squirrels, wild cats (such as civets), wild boar and fruit bats and reptiles and amphibians like land monitors, water monitors, lizards, geckoes, skinks, and tortoises can be sighted.

There are over 100 species of birds at this site. However, of special interest are species such as Spoonbills, Ibises, Darters, Harriers, species of Bee-eaters, and the Jungle Fowl an endemic species which is the national bird of Sri Lanka that are not found in the Ranweli environs.

Key Facts

  • Accompanied by an expert naturalist
  • Air-conditioned car or mini van
  • A picnic breakfast is included
  • Rate US$ 75 per person; minimum 2 persons

Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve
1 or 2 days tour can be arranged on special request to Sinharaja, Sri Lanka's premier undisturbed stretch of rainforest.

Please inquire for rates from the Reception.

Special Archaeological Tours

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Panduwasnuwara & Yapahuwa

This 1 day tour will take you to Panduwasnuwara one of the ancient Royal Capitals of Sri Lanka which is only an hours drive from Ranweli. This sprawling 50 acre moated and walled 'sleeping city, some of it still unexcavated, was an expertly planned and well laid out metropolis with a stately palace, royal audience hall, store houses, granaries, monastic complexes, shrines, bath houses, toilets and ponds. Beautifully proportioned platforms, terraces, pavements and doorways enhance its architecture. Handsome stone sculptures and carvings adorn it and rock inscriptions record events at the time.

After your visit to Panduwasnuwara you will be taken to Yapahuwa: a citadel built on a huge rock boulder in the style of the 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress. Well defended with double ramparts and moats, Yapahuwa holds many attractions for sightseers which include the remains of the King's Palace, Royal audience hall and other stately structures such as shrines and baths.

Key Facts

  • English speaking guide, air-conditioned car or mini van.
  • US$ 125 per person – minimum 2 persons

Wilpattu Tour

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Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka and among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard(Panthera pardus kotiya) population.It is located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka and lies within the North-central & North-western providences. The area of the parks is 131693 ha.The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) has nearly sixty lakes(Willu) and tanks spread throughout.

There are many types of vegetation to be found in Wilpattu; Littoral vegetation, including Salt grass and low scrub monsoon forest with tall emergents, such as Palu (Manilkara hexandra),Satin (Chloroxylon swietenia), Milla (Vitex altissima), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Ebony (Disopyros ebenum) etc.

31 species of mammals have been identified within Wilpattu national park.The Elephant , Sloth bear,Leopard, Water Buffalo, Sambhur, Spotted Dears, Mongoose are some of residents.

Wilpattu National Parks is located 150 km (approximately) north of Ranweli Holiday Villge.

Key Facts

  • Rates: 200 US $ per person minimum 2 persons
  • Reservation one day in advance with reception, Guest relation or Visitor Center

Kalpitiya Tour

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Dolphin watching

Kalpitiya in the North Western coast of Sri Lanka is famous for its Dolphin watching. The ideal time for this is between November to March as it's a migration stop for both Dolphins and Wales. It's one of the best places to see ever smiling and singing Dolphins. If you are at the right place at the right time the Dolphins in Kalpitiya will give a show in their hundreds and perhaps even in their thousands.

During the season there is a 98% chance of spotting Sperm Whales and Blue Whales as their migration path is just off the shores.

Kalpitiya is just over 2 hours drive from Ranweli Holiday Village.

Key Facts

  • Rates: 180 US $ per person minimum 2 persons
  • Reservation one day in advance with reception, Guest relation or Visitor Center

Restaurant and Bars

Ranweli's restaurant, offers a delicious buffet and a' la carte Sri Lankan and International cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available on request and in all buffets.

In addition to the main restaurant, a pavilion bar by the swimming pool, constructed with eco-friendly and biodegradable material, provides snacks and beverages. This is a favourite spot among the guests to enjoy the ambiance and sunset. Also a small fruit stall called the "Palathuru Masse" located next to the main bar, serves fresh fruit juices and herbal drinks of medicinal value.

Whenever possible fresh produce is procured from the local community. We also have our own organic vegetable plots.



Unique Dining Experience Ferry Dinner

This romantic ferry cruise with special dinner is served on a beautifully decorated ferry. The ferry will glide along the scenic river bordering the resort with a personal butler, a chef and a ferryman in attendance to meet all your dining needs. The Guests can select any one of the three specially designed menus. The menus offer a five course dinner with a choice of seafood or Sri Lankan/Eastern dishes or meat, as the main course.

Tea and coffee will be served at the end of the meal. A bottle of sparkling wine is served to complement the dinner.

Sports Facilities

In order to preserve the tranquility and ambiance of the property, Ranweli offers only soft-impact sports and games facilities to our guests.

Indoor

Squash, Darts, Carrom, Chess, Pool Billiards and Table Tennis

Outdoor

Beach Volleyball, Boccia, Cycling

Water Sports

Canoeing, Paddle boating, River Cruises, Fishing

Shops

Souvenir Shop (Nature & Hands Gallery)

Selected hand-crafted, eco friendly products, herbal cosmetics, wall hangings, hand bags, purses made of reed ware & rush as well as many other artifacts made of local material by our craftsmen using skills passed down the generations for centuries are available at the souvenir shop.

Jewellery Shops

A selection of precious and semi-precious stone jewellery by Colombo Gem Crafts and Sangems & Jewellery www.sangems.com

Evening Entertainment

We offer live entertainment daily. They include:
  • Cultural show / Sri Lankan Dance
  • Live band
  • Calypso band
  • Magic show
  • Oriental band

Ayurveda

Ranweli's idyllic location provides tranquility and serenity amidst an expanse of land covering over 22 acres and featuring indigenous flora, offering excellent stimulation while soothing your senses and cleansing your body and mind. An Ayurvedic centre was opened at Ranweli in June 2004 in order to offer guests authentic Ayurvedic health treatments using medicinal herbs. A qualified Ayurvedic doctor with many years of experience is in charge of the centre. Ranweli also offers Yoga facilities by special arrangement.

More Ayurveda & Yoga

Other Facilities

Other Facilities At Ranweli

  • Beachfront pool
  • Seminar and conference facilities
  • Internet Café, FAX and IDD
  • facilities