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Authenticities Newsletter Volume 1 - September 2013 issue

Looking Back - Looking Forward It has been six months to date since the birth of Authenticities Sri Lanka, a new concept in Destination Management. It is with pleasure that we introduce our first newsletter, one written on the heels of discoveries through our traverse off the beaten tracks of rural Sri Lanka to create the "emotion" we henceforth share with our partners. Our quarterly newsletter is intended to inspire you and your clients in discovering a new dimension of Sri Lanka through our continuous pursuit in unearthing new concepts and engagement well supported through our very own photography, touching taglines and descriptions.

With the strength of experience and passion in travel our team possess, we intend to share with you a wealth of new landscapes, contrasting culture and experiences in bringing you emotional engagements with the people of Sri Lanka. For those of you or your clients having great passion for travel, we intend to introduce new concepts that may trigger a new purpose of travel to our beautiful country.

Overview The concept of travel today is ever challenging, a bit like skiing through the giant slalom. However, Sri Lanka is perhaps going through exciting times. The Government of Sri Lanka is investing heavily on infrastructure, expanding road networks while new expressways (Colombo-Galle & Airport to Colombo) together with its second International airport commissioned in the South of Sri Lanka last year. Global Hotel brands such as Shangri La, Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriot, Move n Pick already begun construction of resort projects already whilst existing hotels and resorts are standing up to compete with these global giants through upgrading their existing hardware. Enjoy reading and we look forward to welcoming your clients to experience a different Sri Lanka through our introduction of "emotion" and enjoy the great hospitality this country is famous for‌

Shanitha Fernando President Copyrights: Authenticities Sri Lanka

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Featured City Ella (altitude of 1,000m) in our opinion is a destination of its own; a small local town nestled high in the mountains between Bandarawela and Wellawaya. You may not find star class resorts but you are sure to come across charming homestays and guesthouses. Ella is fast developing, and investors are putting down their money, which is a good sign.

The community in Ella depends on tourism through providing simple and charming accommodation overlooking luscious mountains, restaurants and transport mainly in Tuk Tuks. People are simple, unpretentious and laid back and they are generally helpful to visitors. The climate is another key feature, cooling and less humid and similar to the typical English summer. The other attractions include the many mountains and peaks surrounding the local community and the breathtaking train rides to Demodara, Nanu Oya, Badulla, which can easily be the best train ride experience in Sri Lanka. There is a bit of history associated with mythical belief in Ella. The Rawana Caves located above the famous Ella Waterfalls. Rawana of the Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.

Things to Do - Mini Adam’s Peak Excursion - Train rides through the lush green Mountains (Demodara - Pattipola is the most popular) - Trekking & Hiking - Visit to Lipton’s Seat - Visit the beautiful waterfalls

Infrastructure Developments The Colombo Airport Expressway This is among the new infrastructure developments in Colombo. It is currently at its final stages and will soon be declared open to the public. It’s starting point will be the New Kelani Bridge, which is situated at the periphery of the Colombo city and will end at the access road to the International Airport, Katunayake (Colombo).

It is expected to reduce the travel time from central Colombo to Katunayake International Airport to 45 minutes. It also will have 3 interchanges apart from the two main points of the Expressway.

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Hatton - Nuwara Eliya Road re-construction This road that connects the two mountain cities of Hatton

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passengers to travel between these two cities with ease. About 40% of the construction work has been completed on this 35 kilometer stretch that connects the two cities. The road is widened and as a result, there will be two lanes. Construction work is expected to be completed by middle of next year. Hatton is a small town situated in the cool climes of Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful place which links Nuwara Eliya, and Ratnapura the Gem Capital of Sri Lanka.

Featured Hotels Living Heritage Koslanda, Central Highlands Living Heritage Koslanda is a beautiful luxury boutique

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mountains of Central Sri Lanka, surrounded by scenic tea plantations, rubber, spice plantations and waterfalls. Living Heritage Koslanda is situated on 80m acres of un-spoilt land with just 02 Deluxe rooms plus 03 very spacious suites and blessed with a beautiful natural waterfall on its own property. The swimming pool is elevated on a mini mountain top providing a fabulous view of the surrounding mountains. It is no surprise to see so many reviews on Trip advisor referring to Living Heritage Koslanda as a hidden gem!

Casa Heliconia, Kaleliya (Ideal transit Hotel) Manor House Concepts presents “Jungle Glam� at this intimate hideaway with unique and stylish pavilions in rural Sri Lanka. Located between Kandy and Colombo, this electric and peaceful paradise is only 25km from the Airport, making it the perfect spot for that final relaxation before flying out and to try local experiences in lush and luxury surroundings.

Authenticities (Pvt) Ltd 380/101, Sarana Road, Colombo 7 | Sri Lanka T : +94 112 680 999, +94 112 680 666, +94 112 680 666 F : +94 112 680 111 E : info@authenticitiessrilanka.com

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ASL Newsletter Volume 1, September 2013 issue