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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2734

Sri Lanka an automatic choice!

S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

When my nephew, Rizvi, recommended to me a holiday resort in Induruwa to spend my week-end during my short holiday, I was rather reluctant since a close friend of mine, Ramzeen, has already spoken to me about Habarana.

However, I selected Induruwa because it was ‘tailor-made’ for me considering the time factor.
The resort I selected to spend my week-end with my family is between the towns of Bentota and Kosgoda and just one and half hour drive from Colombo.

Being a man from the south I was quite ‘at home’ with the location.

I was really pleased to note a good number of foreign tourists were patronizing such facilities offered with full board and with all other extras provided by a five star hotel.

More than anything else the peaceful atmosphere these resorts generously give the tourists away from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities is real value for money.

I reliably learn that even the ever increasing gulf tourists too have a great liking for these kinds of facilities since most of them are coming from busy and noisy cities in their region, Middle East and are looking for greenery.

The only area, I believe, the hoteliers need to improve is in catering. An international cuisine would have been ideal to suit all guests along with few local dishes.

It was, in fact, fine with me as I could find all that I treasured very much from the south like our favorite ‘malu-embulthiyala’, ‘kiri–pani’ etc.

Anyway, I noticed, there were few guests, who were struggling with the spicy fish and thus consuming more water than the solid laid on the table! In these cases some alternative dishes would have really helped those who are not used to our spicy stuff.

Gulf food is mostly mild and less spicy. Let us mix it up with some of their cuisines too.

I was pleased to learn that some hotels are taking efforts to teach their front line staff with basic spoken Arabic.

Any way Sri Lanka has become value for money and an automatic choice for all gulf tourists.

- Asian Tribune -

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Sri Lanka an automatic choice!
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