Mount Lavinia – The town is largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb of Colombo that had until now escaped most of the damaging industrialisation of neighbouring cities and urban centres. Famed for its “Golden Mile” of beaches, Mount Lavinia has often been a hot spot for tourism and nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and also plays host to the island’s annual gay pride, including the famed Rainbow Kite Festival.
Mount Lavinia is steeped in history. The city’s name is built up around the original residence of Sir Thomas Maitland who was the Governor General of Ceylon from 1805-1811. At a welcoming party held in his honour on his arrival in the island he set his eyes upon 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 highly 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.
Mount Lavinia Beach
In 1811, social convention and duty to his King, led Sir Thomas Maitland to ultimately leave the country for Malta, where he lived and died as a bachelor.
The tunnel was eventually sealed up 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 world famous 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. But, there are other explanations too 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 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.
Mount Lavinia, which is now a city bustling with life is well known for its beach activities, vibrant nightlife and chilled out dining locations along the beach.
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, population 245,974 is the second largest municipality of Sri Lanka after capital Colombo. It is situated immediately south of the Colombo Municipality. It is a combination of certain key urban suburbs and communities combined for administrative purposes. It is home to Sri Lanka's National Zoological Gardens, which remains one of Asia's largest. Dehiwala and Mount Lavinia lie along the Galle Road artery, which runs along the coast to the south of the country. Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipality comprises the following areas. Dehiwala Mount-Lavinia Attidiya Kalubowila Kohuwala Nedimala Ratmalana
(Following accommodation list is randomly generated)Hotels & Other Accommodation
Palm Beach Hotel
No. 52, De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112712713
Movenpick Hotel Colombo
No. 24 Darmapala Mawatha, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0117450450
Hilton Colombo Residence
No. 200, Union Place, Colombo 02
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112300613
No. 328, Galle Road, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112573598
Residence By Uga Escapes
No. 20, Park Syreet, Colombo 02
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Tel : 0115673000
Ambalama Leisure Lounge
Ihala Hanwella, Hanwella
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Tel : 0362253388
The Ocean Colombo
No-40, Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 04.
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Tel : 0115110000
389, Koralawella, Moratuwa
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Tel : 0112658442
No 48, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01
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Tel : 0112421221
No. 324, Galle Road, Colombo 06
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Tel : 0112582277
The Steuart By Citrus
No-45, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo-01
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Tel : 0115575575
Lotus Road, Echelon Square, Colombo 01
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Tel : 0112492492
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
115, Sri Chitampalam A Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 02
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112491000
Mount Lavinia Hotel
No. 100, Hotel Road, Mt. Lavinia
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Tel : 0112711711
Ramada - Colombo
No. 30, Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 03
Email : email@example.com
Tel : 0112422001
Cinnamon Grand Hotel
No. 77, Galle Road, Colombo 03
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : 0112437437
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