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Lavinia Lodge - Mount Lavinia Sri Lanka

Overview of Lavinia Lodge - Mount Lavinia

Situated in close proximity (2 min walk) to Mount Beach, historical Mount Lavinia Hotel and Mount Lavinia Town with easy access (2-3 min) to Super Markets (Keells Super/Cargills Food City/Family Super), Coffee Shops (Toby’s Estate/Little Star/Fab), Restaurants and Bars (La Rambla/ Berjaya Mount Royal/Loon Tao/Lavinia Breeze/ Shore By Ore, OTSC Club House, Lion Pub ,Surf Club, Boo Bar etc…) Fast Food outlets (Burger King/KFC/Pizza Hut), Retail & Clothing (Odel Outlet). 

Activities:  Jet Skiing, Fishing, Turtle Watching, Scuba Diving available at Mount Lavinia Beach, YMCA Tennis Court, Gyms, Ayurvedhic Hospital (Siddhalepa),Spas, Night Clubs and Children’s Park are all within easy access. 

The town is largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb that had until now escaped most of the damaging industrialisation of neighbouring cities and urban centres. Famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches, it has often been a hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and plays host to the island's annual gay pride and Rainbow Kite Festival.

The city's name is built up around the original residence of [[Thomas Maitland (British Army officer)|Sir Thomas Maitland]] who was the [[Governor of Ceylon]] from 1805–1811. At a welcoming party held in his honour on his arrival in the island he saw Lovina, a local mestizo dancer, whose father was the headman of the troupe. Sir Thomas was smitten by her smile and charms and soon found himself obsessed by her and took every measure possible to see more of her.

As it was  unconventional for an unmarried British officer to be seen associating with a local dancing girl, Sir Thomas and his lover met in secret. Legend says she was smuggled into his mansion through a secret tunnel that led from her father's well into a wine cellar in the house.

In 1811, social convention and duty to his king, led Sir Thomas Maitland to  leave the country for [[Malta]], where he lived and died as a bachelor. The tunnel was eventually sealed in 1920 and the Gypsy village that surrounded the Governor’s mansion developed into a modern bustling city that took its name from the beautiful Lovina. But the governor’s home, which he named "Mount Lavinia House" and his monument to his only love, has been preserved within the walls and high ceilings of what is today the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

The statue of 'Lady' Lavinia, as the girl later became known, is still found in the middle of a water fountain at the entrance of the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

There are other explanations rooted in geography and the natural surroundings, when it comes to the origin of the name Mount Lavinia. The Sinhalese who lived on the coastal belt had for long named the promontory "Lihiniya Kanda" or "Lihiniyagala" meaning the hill of the sea gull or the rock of the sea gull.

The local name for the town today is Galkissa - Kissa being a somewhat obsolete [[Sinhala language|Sinhala]] word for rock. Legend takes over once again with the story of a large treasure from a shipwreck being hidden among the rocks here.

Whatever the legends, the town came into official recognition when Governor Maitland used the postal address Mt. Lavinia, Ceylon, in 1805, while writing to the British Secretary of State, Lord Castlereagh.

The suburb also boasts [[S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia|S.Thomas' College]], one of Sri Lanka's most prestigious primary and secondary schools.

Accommodation of Lavinia Lodge - Mount Lavinia

  6 Bedroom House at Mount Lavinia (15/1 Simon Abeywickrema Avenue –Mount Lavinia)

A brand new house (sleeps 12) in a safe residential area in Mount Lavinia access by private road, closer to the Beach with the following facilities:

-6 air-conditioned double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (large bathrooms) 

-Hot/cold water facility in all bathrooms 

-fully equipped spacious kitchen 

-large dining and sitting area

-free Wi-Fi

-free Cable TV (20 channels-sports/news/leisure/movies) 

-Roof top balcony with sea-view

-Garden with parking facilities for 3 vehicles

-Separate driver’s quarters (sleeps 2)

-Linen provided

-Cook provided on request for an additional fee  

-Electricity/water/cooking gas bills all included 

Facts of Lavinia Lodge - Mount Lavinia

City - Colombo

Category - Budget Hotels

Distance from Colombo - 12.5 km (33 min Drive)

Distance from Airport - 45.8 km (1 h 5 min Drive)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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