The Sri Lankan hospitality continues in full swing. There never is a place in Serendib where you will not enjoy their hospitality. The Dambulla transit Hotel is only safe looking place in the town with well-trained, friendly staff, clean rooms and a good restaurant. Their papaya juice is a must. The bar is open in the evenings and the swimming pool looks inviting with the clean water amidst the trees and the farm beyond, with ducks enjoying their walk around. Reasonably priced, this hotel has a convenient location, especially if you intend exploring the ancient cities.
The Gimanhala Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the historical city of Dambulla which has always been a pit stop for travellers heading towards the North and North East of Sri Lanka. The hotel is found adjacent to the city post office while you can head towards Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Sigiriya from there onwards. The city of Dambulla is located approximately 148km North East of Colombo and about 72km away from the hill capital of Kandy. The drive from the airport takes about 3 - 4 hours depending on the time of day you choose to travel.
A number of 17 Standard Rooms are available for guests at the Gimanhala Hotel in Dambulla. Due to its excellent location, the hotel is an ideal holiday destination while all guest rooms are spacious and comfortable. The guestrooms are well equipped and consist of modern facilities such as air-conditioning, television, hot water as well as tea and coffee making facilities. You can also choose from Single, Double and Triple rooms depending on your travel requirements.
The Gimanhala Hotel in Dambulla is famous for its mouth watering breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets. The menu consists of a spicy authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and a wide variety of unique flavours that will help you savour the essence of local culinary delights. Guests can enjoy their meals at the open plan 'Ahara Pana Restaurant' or the dining hall.
The hotel also consists of a swimming pool while there are sun beds which are located around the pool area where you can relax and enjoy the sun and the view. The hotel boasts of a well stocked bar while the restaurant can be used as a banquet hall which can also be used for weddings, workshops and other events. The hotel consists of an event team that can cater to your needs when organizing various events and functions. There is also an outdoor catering team that can cater to even 1000 pax.
Guests can also request for bicycles which are available at the Gimanhala Hotel which makes it convenient to explore the surroundings. There is a handy souvenir boutique for guests while a roadside cafe is available for travellers.
Located about 2km away from the city centre is the Golden Rock Cave Temple which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is known to be the best preserved rock temple in the island and there are many devotees visiting the temple annually. Since Dambulla is considered as a major transportation hub and a pit stop for travellers who head towards the North and the North East, you can easily head towards the other World heritage sites such as Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. If you are in the mood for a longer excursion, Trincomalee awaits you with its beautiful beaches.