November 9, 2015

Activities

 

Kitesurfing,
Swimming, Jogging, Walking

2. Beach

The ocean
in front of Villa Arcadia offers fantastic opportunities for advanced
kitesurfing, with a very high probability of steady wind. You can bring your
own equipment or we can put you in contact with local kite schools. Villa
Arcadia provides free kitesurf equipment storage.

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The ocean
temperature is very cozy year-round, reaching some 30 degrees Celsius.

In October
to May mornings, the ocean is mostly flat, inviting you and your family for
hours of bathing and splashing around. Very often, you will be the only one
bathing on this 30 kilometers stretch of golden beach.

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You can go
for a long walk or jog along the endless palm belt, and let the ocean refresh
your feet and light breeze caress your face.

The area
around Villa Arcadia is still very authentic, inhabited mostly by fisherman.
From October to March, you can observe fishermen coming back with boats full
of fish.

 

 

Relaxing,
Sunbathing, Meditating

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Villa
Arcadia is a perfect place to relax your body and soul. Here a couple of
suggestions:

Swing in
the hammock. Take a sunbath on your private terrace. Slowly sip your king
coconut juice.

Plunge
into the refreshing infinity pool. Swim along the sculpted colums and
contemplate the shimmering ocean.

3. Pool

Roam your
eyes on the palm garden with its over hundred swaying coconut palms, birds
and butterflies. Read a good book.

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Meditate
in the sunset.

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Fine
Dining

Indulge in
Fusion cuisine.

Tell
Shanika about your preferences. She can prepare different meals, from Sri
Lankan famous recipies through delicious Chinese cuisine to Western food, or
fusion them all. She can adjust the spice level to your and your children
liking. What do you think of this:

ü  Crab soup
with ginger, rice wine, sesame oil and coriander

ü  Giant
Chinese dumplings stuffed with pumpkin and shrimp

ü  Spicy
chicken with daal curry

ü  Wood apple
juice

ü  Tropical
fruit platter

ü  Freshly
brewed Ceylon tea

12. Dining

 

 

Melting
Pot of Cultures

The larger
area around Villa Arcadia from Chilaw to Kalpityia is a colorful melting pot
of different cultures, inhabited by Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and a
Hindu minority. It is worth noting that, even during the Sri Lankan conflicts
of the past, this area was always very quiet and people of different cultures
continue living peacefully side by side. The people generally are very
friendly. Feel free to melt in.

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Diving,
Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching in the Marine Sanctuary of Kalpityia

The Marine
Sanctuary of Kalpityia is within an hour drive from Villa Arcadia.

It is said
to be the best spot in Sri Lanka for dolphin watching due to a great number
of spinner, bottlenose and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins that show up in
superpods. People report seing hundreds of dolphins. Sperm and blue whales,
Minke, Melon-Headed and Dwarf Sperm whales can also be spotted.

The Marine
Sanctuary also offers outstanding diving with a diversity of habitats,
including the Bar Reef, a system of coral reefs with the greatest
biodiversity of any coral reef in the waters around India and one of the few
pristine coral reef systems in Sri Lanka. The Bar Reef of Kalpityia is home
to 156 species of coral and 283 species of fish. Eagle rays, electric rays,
marble rays, Napoleon Wrasse Grouper, Honey Moray Eel,huge Spinney lobster,
resident turtle, octopus, Fimbriated Moray are just a few of them.

November
to December and March to April are best for diving, snorkling, dolphin- and
whale-watching in Kalpityia. These activities are only recommended when the
ocean is quiet.

Kalpityia
Discovery Diving is one of the best providers in the area. Please feel free
to visit http://www.kalpitiyadiving.lk/

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National
Parks

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Several
national parks can be visited in a day trip from Villa Arcadia.

 

 

Wilpattu
National Park

The
entrance of the Sri Lanka’s largest and oldest Wilpattu National Park is some
90 kilometers drive from Villa Arcadia. The unique feature of this park are
some sixty “Willus” or natural lakes that fill with rainwater and attract
many birds and animals for drinking and bathing. The painted stork, the open
bill, little cormorant, Sri Lanka junglefowl, many species of owls, terns,
gulls, eagles, kites buzzards, garganey, pintail, whistling teal, spoonbill,
white ibis, purple heron and egrets are among the many birds inhabiting the
park. The mammals  living in the park include the elephant, sloth bear,
leopard, water buffalo, sambhur, spotted deer and mongoose. Due to its size,
the park is not crowded and has a peaceful atmosphere. The best time to visit
Wilpattu is during the months of February and October. There are a few
private eco-tourism groups that show tourists around the park in Safari like
trips. Jeep with driver can be rented for example through
www.wilpattusafarijeep.com.

 

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Minneria
National Park

Minneria
National Park with the world’s largest and fascinating gathering of
elephants, is situated about 150 kilometers from Villa Arcadia. This safari
is an absolute highlight of any visit to Sri Lanka. Some four hundred
elephants come for grassing and bathing in the Minneria tank built by King
Mahasen in third century AD. The scenery is absolutely majestic. Some reports
account number of elephants to as high as severn hundred. Apart from
elephants, Minneria National Park is home to 160 species of birds, 75 species
of butterflies, and 24 species of mammals, some of which are endemic. Best
time to visit is during dry period from May to September. You can hire a jeep
with a driver at the park entrance.

 

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Ritigala
Strict Natural Reserve

The Ritigala
Strict Natural Reserve with its giant trees and extensive ruins of an ancient
city, are situated about 140 km from Villa Arcadia.

The ruins
of an ancient monastery on the high Ritigala Mountain, dating back to 1st
century B.C., cover an area of 24 hectares.

A
magnificently constructed pavement, a hewn stone path 1.5 meters wide
meanders upwards through the forest, linking the major buildings, huge
stone-cut Ayurvedic oil baths, ponds, circular platforms, courtyards,
artificial waterfalls, granite Budha statues and lookouts of the monastery.
It is a beautiful walk through three different types of forest, among amazing
trees, gray monkeys and butterflies. Visitors describe Ritigala as one of
their top experiences in Sri Lanka. Best time to visit is in the dry season,
June to September.

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Pinnewala
Elephant Orphanage

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UNECSO
World Heritage sites

You can
visit four of the Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a day
trip. You have the option to admire the Ancient City of Sigiria, the Golden
Temple of Dambulla, and the Sacred Cities of Kandy or the Sacred City of
Anuradhapura. After a rich journey, you can come back to your heavenly dwelling
at the ocean to dream and relax.

 

 

Sacred
City of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, one
of the oldest continously inhabited cities in the world, is situated some 90
kilometers Northwest of Villa Arcadia. The City is famous for its rich
collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas,
soaring brick towers, ancient pools and temple ruins, built during
Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. The dagobas are
bell-shaped masses of masonry, varying from a few feet to over 340 meters
in circumference. Some of them contain enough masonry to build a town for
twenty-five thousand inhabitants. The most famous of the monastic buildings
is the Brazen Palace erected by King Dutugamunu about 164 B.C. The city also
contains a sacred Bo-Tree, which is said to date back to the year 245 BC.

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Ancient
City of Sigiria

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Some 150
kilometers West from Villa Arcadia, a massive, 200 meters high and perhaps
300 meters long magma rock juts out from the green tropical forest. Some 1
500 years ago, the king Kashyapa built a palace on the top and around the
rock. Impressive terraced, water, cave and boulder gardens surrounding the
palace are among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. An engineering
marvel, water was piped through bamboo pipes from the pools at the base of
the rock, all the way up to the upper palace. The western wall of Sigiriya
was almost entirely covered by frescoes. Eighteen frescoes of sublime beauty
and extraordinary colors depicting nude females, considered to be either the
portraits of Kasyapa’s wives and concubines or priestess performing religious
rituals, have survived to this day. Today, visitors can walk through the
gardens and then climb 1 200 steps to the top of the magma rock, admire the
ruins of the upper palace and enjoy the 360 degrees view over the green
jungle ocean around. This site is just amazing.

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The
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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The
impressive Buddhist cave temple complex of Dambulla is situated some 150
kilometers West from Villa Arcadia.

There are
more than 80 documented caves. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves,
containing a total of 153 Buddha statues and impressive mural paintings over
an area of over two thousand square meters, dating back to the 1st century
B.C.

At the
Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site near Dambulla, 2 700 years old human
skeletons were found to give evidence of civilisations in this area long
before the arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

 

 

Ayurvedic
Treatments

A nice way
to start and your stay on this magical island is to take an Ayurveda massage
in Negombo.