Just across from the lively town of Kalutara, this resort blends warm, Sri Lankan hospitality with the lush surroundings of the Kalu Ganga River. Explore frangipani gardens, enjoy complimentary yoga sessions, and survey the scenery from the comfort of a shady terrace as the sun goes down.
Why stay here? Perfect for families keen to explore lush landscapes and spend quality time together, plus enjoy access to facilities of the nearby Anantara Kalutara, including a spa and watersports. When only sun-soaked relaxation will do, miles of beach are just metres away.
Nearest attractions The centre of Colombo can be reached in 90 minutes by car. Cycle or tuk tuk your way around on a guided tour of Kalutara including the Bodhiya Temple, Richmond Castle and Thudugala Ella Waterfall.
Swimming pools The resort features a beautiful pool surrounded by lush palm trees and facing the Indian Ocean, there is also a shaded children's pool for little ones.
Bars and restaurants Four restaurants and bars can be found within the resort, including Mangrove for inventive, al fresco feasts, Moya for healthy fare and the Miridiya Bar set along the riverside. AVANI resort also offers speciality dining experiences on the beach.
Other facilities As well as a spa specialising in indigenous treatments inspired by Asian health secrets, the resort also provides free yoga sessions in tropical gardens, a business centre, indoor activities including table tennis and a selection of sports and watersports including volleyball, jet skiing, and snorkeling.
For families The resort offers daily activities and adventures for both children and teens.
Rooms 105 rooms and suites.
Board basis options Breakfast, half board and full board.
What is included in the tour
- 4 nights in AVANI Kalutara Resort 4*
- Superior Room, Lagoon View
- Return flights with Emirates from London Heathrow
With its 1,340km coastline, traces of ancient civilisation, colourful culture and delicious food, there are many things to keep you occupied while on holiday in Sri Lanka.
• A safari in Yala National Park brings the chance to see leopards, as well as elephants, crocodiles and sloth bears
• Take to the waters around Trincomalee, Mirissa or Kalpitiya to spot whales and dolphins
• Marvel at Anuradhapura, the first sacred capital of Sri Lanka, where the extensive ruins are UNESCO-protected
• Cool off in the “hill country”, where you can still see colonial-era trains making their way through tea plantations and rice paddy fields
When to visit
The island is affected by two separate monsoon seasons, which can mean different conditions across the island throughout the year. The main southwest monsoon brings rain to the west, southwest and hill country from April to September, while the less severe northeast monsoon makes the east coast wettest from November to December. In the central highlands, summers are hot and winters mild. The most popular travel season is December to March; the best value is May to August.
What to pack
Temperatures in most parts of the island will rarely drop below 26C, so pack light and airy clothing. It’s a fairly relaxed destination, well used to tourism, but with so many religions practiced, respectful conservatism is also advisable. All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples should be appropriately dressed, so take a cover-up, and your shoes must be removed to enter them.