Start with the island’s largest city, Colombo. This vibrant capital city is rich with cultural attractions, high-rises with a mix of antique houses. With OZO Colombo at a comfortable distance from the hustle and bustle of the main town centre, you’re staying in the right spot.
There is a lot to see in this vibrant city- from historical attractions like the oldest and largest Hindu temple, Genesha Kavil to the Pettah Market where you can immerse yourself in the local way of life. The temple culture is an experience on its own, with several dotted across the neighbourhoods. Begin the journey in the early morning- it is the best time to witness the puja or prayer rituals that are performed at Hindu temples. The food in Sri Lanka is definitely not to be missed- with an array of flavour combinations and unusual pairing of ingredients- it is a heaven for food enthusiast.
After exhausting all Colombo can offer, hop on the Expo Rail from Colombo to Kandy and be prepared to be mesmerised. The two and a half hour train ride is a scenic delight, showing glimpses of everyday life in Sri Lanka as well as the lush flora and fauna that inhabits this island. You’ll soon see that Kandy is a tranquil hill station with a cooler climate.
Home to the last Sinhalese King in 1815, this city is sprinkled with a healthy mix of historical and spiritual landmarks as well as adventure packed destinations to see. After you’ve checked into the hotel, take in the breath-taking views from BOMMU, the rooftop bar and lounge at OZO Kandy. A visit to the Sri Dalada Maligawa, or more popularly known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a must for this is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Other attractions to visit include the Hunnas Falls waterfall, and tea plantations. Visit Pilimathalawa, the heart of tea country and the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka and Geragama Tea Estate to see the tea-making process. Wildlife is in abundance as well, and there are many national parks where you can see them in their natural habitat. The Pinnawale Elephant Orphanage is a popular destination to visit, where visitors can experience these gentle giants bathe in the river.
Natural beauty is all around this small yet rich island and OZO hotels have you covered in both destinations, centrally located near a number of popular attractions. OZO provides you with a good night’s rest and an energising breakfast boost; the basics you need to kick start your daily adventure. Need help planning your adventure? OZO offers the Destination Guides, complete with prepared itineraries for a head start. If you’re looking for an insider’s experience, the “Vocal Locals”, dedicated team members at each hotel, are eager to share their knowledge with you on their particular interests and hobbies.
OZO Colombo and OZO Kandy are offering special Sri Lankan Adventure Packages* for two people for a dual stay with two nights at OZO Colombo and two nights at OZO Kandy. The OZO Colombo package starts at USD 228++ (approximately £162) and the OZO Kandy package starts at USD 284 ++ (approximately £202), which includes a round-trip luxury train transfer with the Expo Rail from Colombo to Kandy and back. These packages are available for stays till 30 November 2016.