My first valuable lesson in history was at the age of 5. I knew then that I would write of the places I would travel to … and remember how it was in the beginning for amazing Polonnaruwa, declared the capital city by king Wijayabahu. Now it stands proudly as living testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s great rulers.
Located by the banks of the great Parakrama Samudraya; the largest manmade lake in the world is EKHO LAKE HOUSE the latest addition to Ceylon Hotels Corporation’s star class accommodation.
Built in 1870 as a circuit bungalow for British Government agents, it was later named the Polonnaruwa Rest House. In 1954 it was Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Holiday Destination on her 1957 Commonwealth Tour. Small wonder then that her suite was the Kings Suite long, long ago!
Ekho lake house has 14 exquisite suites, an infinity pool and soul satisfying food in a restaurant poised over the lake. 5 of the rooms marketed as superior rooms look out over a beautiful placed lake and 4 have views of the ancient ruins. All rooms are air-conditioned with every possible amenity.
Authentic Lankan cuisine with rice harvested in Polonnaruwa which was once called the granary of the east. As Sri Lankans we have such a heritage … shame on us I say for not remembering it every day of our lives.
Ekho hotel is the ideal launching pad to explore our glorious past, such as the monuments of King Nissanka Malla, Pothgul Vehera, Nelum Pokuna and Thuparamaya.
Apart from the heritage aspect, Ekho is just 15 minutes away from Minneriya, Kaudulla Huruluwewa, Somawathiya,Ddambulugala and Madura Oya. The enchanting Passikudah beach is just 2 hrs away.
It’s a good time to absorb our majestic past at Ekho Lake Polonnaruwa.