ECO FRIENDLY RESORT | 84 A/C BUNGALOWS
Ranweli Holiday Village is an eco-friendly resort located on a 22-acre peninsula where mangrove forests and winding rivers converge to meet the sea. Located only 18 km from Colombo’s International Airport, Ranweli is the perfect base to explore the fascinating history, culture and nature of Sri Lanka.
Enjoy a relaxing holiday in the scenic and tranquil surroundings or engage in numerous eco-friendly activities and sports both land and water based. If you wish to explore the flora & fauna in our extensive garden and its environs, Ranweli has many options of guided tours offering valuable insights to the sights and sounds that surround you. Part of Sri Lanka’s bird friendly hotel network, Ranweli has a wealth of bird species for the novice to the keen birder. Also available are a number of cultural trips further a field in which you could also participate.
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, bordering the wide sandy beach on one side, 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 (called the coconut grid by agriculturists) as the discipline for the design. The bungalows, central areas and facilities were built with minimum removal of coconut trees. For each bungalow only one tree was removed and the tree trunks used as pillars in the construction.
The connecting walkways open out into beautifully tended palm gardens leading to the heart of the resort. Architecturally and aesthetically the construction and furnishings of the village blend western standards of comfort and convenience with the traditions of indigenous Sri Lankan culture.
Ranweli offers bungalow-type accommodation constructed with local building materials, in a unique ethnic style resembling a typical Sri Lankan village.
The 72 individual bungalows (sea view) and 12 river view rooms nestle within a forested environment and provide comfortable accommodation. The bungalows offer privacy and an excellent view of the sea and/or river – an exotic tropical setting for a peaceful holiday.
All rooms are air conditioned, with private bathrooms that are sunlit from an open court and with solar powered hot showers to provide ventilation and natural lighting, substantially conserving energy. Rooms are also equipped with a sitting area, ceiling fans and telephone.
The interior décor includes terracotta pots, brass lamps, artefacts produced by local craftsmen, and hand-woven local cotton fabric.
Ranweli’s restaurant, offers a delicious buffet and a-la -carte Sri Lankan and International cuisine. Vegetarian meals are available on request and during all buffets.
In addition to the main restaurant, an outside Pavilion Bar by the swimming pool, constructed with eco-friendly and biodegradable material, provides snacks and beverages. This is a favourite meeting point of guests to enjoy the ambiance and sunset. Also, a small fruit stall, called Palathuru Masse, located next to the main bar, offering 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.
Special diets to accompany your ayurveda treatments can also be arranged.
To sustain the tranquillity and ambiance of the property, Ranweli offers only soft-impact sport and games facilities to our guests. There is a small local charge for some activities.
Indoor: squash, darts, carom, chess, pool billiards and table tennis
Outdoor: tennis, beach volleyball, badminton, basketball, bocce, cycle hire
Water sports: canoeing, paddle boating, river cruises, river fishing
Eco Shop: Selected quality hand crafted eco friendly products and herbal cosmetics are available, including pottery, terra cotta items, wall hangings, hand bags, purses made of reed ware & rush and many other artefacts made of local material by our craftsmen using skills passed down from generation to generation for centuries.
Hotel Shop: Sundry items for guests, toiletries, books, postcards etc…
Jewellery Shops: A selection of precious and semi-precious stone jewellery.
Every night we offer some live entertainment:
- Cultural show / Sri Lankan Dance
- Live band
- Calypso band
- Magic show
- Oriental Band
Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant avifauna with 229 resident and 197 migrant species making a total of 426. With 24 endemic species, Sri Lanka has one of the world’s highest numbers of endemic bird species.
Ranweli itself is located in a coast wetland estuary amidst mangroves, contributing to a large diversity of over one hundred thirty (130) bird species. Bird watching on the river and mangroves by boat is offered as a specialised facility to guests. A three-hour tour, accompanied by an interpreter, 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).
Two exotic tours on bicycles through lush countryside are available, providing an opportunity to enjoy the natural environment and historical sites, including many local Catholic churches and Buddhist temples. The tour is accompanied by a member of the staff, so there is also an opportunity to interact with the local community in the villages. A route map with descriptions of the sites to be visited is provided to the participants.
- Tour 1: 16 km/2 hours
- Tour 2: 26 km/4 hours
Glide along the waterways by kayak or motor boat in the environs of Ranweli and explore the unique ecosystem of the mangrove community. Discover the numerous indigenous aquatic and terrestrial plants. Enjoy a green wonderland of breathtaking beauty.
Observe water monitors (Varanus salvator) swimming lazily in the waterways or lying on a branch of a tree along the river sunbathing, as well as a variety of bird and insect life, such as butterflies and dragonflies.
This fascinating and tranquil tour will last approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, guests often choose to take a canoe and explore the waterways by themselves.
UNIQUE NATURE TOUR
Anaivilundawa – Wildlife Sanctuary and International RAMSAR Site
Located only one hour from Ranweli, is a man made wetland constructed in the 12th Century AD and is located on the western migratory route of birds. This is a sanctuary of wetlands with prolific bird life in beautiful surroundings. The vegetation of the site is a forest of the low country dry zone, which is very scenic. In addition to birds, other interesting fauna which can be sighted here, such as:
- Mammals: mouse deer, hare, mongoose, squirrels, wild cats [such as civets], wild boar and fruit bats.
- Reptiles/amphibians: land monitors, water monitors, lizards, geckoes, skinks, and tortoises.
There are over 100 species of birds in this site. However, of special interest are species [Spoonbills, Ibises, Darters, Harriers, species of Bee-eaters, and the Jungle Fowl, which is an endemic species – the national bird of Sri Lanka] that are not found in Ranweli and its environs.
Sinharaja Rainforest Biosphere Reserve
1 or 2 day tours to Sinharaja, Sri Lanka’s last significant undisturbed stretch of rainforest and a UNESCO World Heritage site are arranged on special request.
UNIQUE ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS
Panduwasnuwara & Yapahuwa
This 1-day tour will take you to Panduwasnuwara, one of the ancient Royal Capitals of Sri Lanka, which is only a one-hour drive from Ranweli. This impressive 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 its events and happenings.
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 delights for sightseeing. These include the remains of the King’s Palace, royal audience hall and other stately structures, shrines and baths.
YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREAT
Ranweli Village also offers unique yoga and meditation retreats. Please check with us for select packages. These are generally tailored and come in variations of 7, 14 and 21day packages.
Products & Services: Birding, butterfly watching, nature walks, cycling/habitat tours, fishing in the lagoon and river, demonstration of ethnic indigenous crafts and skills, sports – tennis, squash, archery, table tennis, pool billiards, volleyball, wave board, boogie board, paddle boating and canoeing. Vegetarian meals are provided during buffets and on request. Tours to cultural & heritage sites are also available.
Check-in/Check-out Time: Normal Check-in is 12.00 noon and Check-Out is 11.00 a.m. Earlier Check-in or later Check-out can be requested on a case by case basis and the hotel may agree depending on availability.Address: Waikkal, Negombo, Sri Lanka Airport: Bandaranaike – Colombo International [12miles]