The Royal Lotus

Address: Giritale, Polonnaruwa District, North Central Province, Sri Lanka | 1 star hotel
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This 1 star hotel, located in Giritale, is near Inle Lake, Mergui Archipelago, and Golden Triangle.
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    Travel Blogs from Giritale

    Giritale, Polonnanuwa

    A travel blog entry by mknox on Jan 01, 2014

    41 photos

    Day 5: Like any New Years day you appreciate a wee sleep in. Fortunately our next stop was only 1 hour up the road so we headed off at a respectable 9.30. Our NY day activity was cycling through the small villages around Giritale Tank (reservoir built in 7th century). Cycling around the waterways and villages of Giritale. This was a lovely way to spend the morning and early afternoon, just watching people as they went about daily life, bathing in river and greeting kids who ...

    Another Buddha tooth

    A travel blog entry by charlotterowley on Nov 06, 2013

    8 photos

    ... on for tourists - and they were usually quite fun. There were men and women dancing, men playing drums, men spinning plates - that was impressive and afterwards, some hot coals walking! I enjoyed it. The show finished at 6pm and after a long queue, we reentered the temple grounds to have a look at the temples all lit up at night. Whilst we couldn't go inside, unless we paid again! It was nice to wander around the grounds. For dinner, another dosa masala! They are just so ...

    Baby Elephants, water & mud!

    A travel blog entry by rupertcdean on Jul 24, 2013

    4 comments, 4 photos

    After I had said goodbye to the Van der Poorten’s at their beautiful Plantation Home, it was a full hour before Nuwshad reached the northern town of Dambulla in the dry area of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is famous for its Royal Rock Temple caves carved into the side of a huge rock some 200m high.

    The climb was relatively straight forward, but the full heat of the dry area was fierce. Pilgrims of all ages were managing easily enough around me, ...

    Backpacking with the kids: Pinnawela bound

    A travel blog entry by desertmum on Jul 09, 2013

    1 photo

    ... to the hotel after a couple of hours. Being out of season, the hotel bar and restaurant area appeared to be closed, which was a shame as I could have quite happily had a few beers. Later on in our trip, we would learn that the best thing to do is to buy them in from the local beer shop and take them up to your room for later. It was just as well really, we were pretty exhausted as we bundled into bed listening to the roar of the Maha Oya river. ...

    Walking with elephants

    A travel blog entry by leendunc on Mar 31, 2013

    28 photos

    ... dung with our bare hands, was a bit of a challenge! Next for the morning routine was the river bath. We followed her down to the river and were handed a course piece of coconut husk. Approaching Ranmenika you could easily forget that she was once a wild elephant, now so comfortable being tended to by humans. As we scrubbed she would fall asleep and tuck her trunk up under her ear, so when you were working on her head, you could feel warm blasts of air as she ...