Underneath The Mango Tree provides free sports equipment on site (tennis rackets, body boards, bicycles, boccia etc.) Alternatively, relax with a cuppa and cake in the Tea Salon - tea tasting and cake is served daily between 4pm & 5pm; play billiards in the Club House; or take a class at the Yoga Hut.
UTMT Inhouse Cinema is available free of charge and screens up to 3 scheduled movies every day.
Ayurveda Day Spa - Ayus (life) and Veda (knowledge)
Ayurveda is a method which focuses on the human being as a whole, not the disease in particular. The UTMT wellness hotel offers facilities for professional guidance in terms of traditional Ayurvedic holiday & therapy. The treatments are individually tailored by the hotel's professional practitioners (Ayurvedic and Western medicine).
Key elements of Ayurveda are Ayurvedic massage, nutrition, spiritual practice, yoga and herbal medicine. In addition to several treatment rooms, the spa also offers relaxation areas and a 25 metre swimming pool.
Sri Lankan Touring
Our recommendations: Yala West National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park and Rekawa at Tangalla. You can book Yala and Udawalawe National Parks as Half Day Tours daily from UTMT.
No animal is as closely associated with Sri Lanka as the elephant. Nowadays, the island counts more than 7,000 of them. Most live in national parks and can be observed in their natural environment. Do not be surprised though, when you suddenly meet one on the road.
Whale & Dolphin Watching
The south coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best locations in the world for watching mighty blue whales, pot whales and dolphins. Boat trips are available during the season from December to April, when the sea is calm. During this time, large herds of dolphins, sometimes by the hundreds, can be spotted just a few kilometres from the coast. During December to April, Full Day boat trips and Half Day Tours are available.
Sri Lanka is one of the largest tea exporters in the world. The plants thrive best in the highlands, including around the town of Nuwara Eliya. Even the trip with the old railway up the mountains is an experience in itself. When you arrive at the plantations, you can try out yourself as a tea picker and drink one of the most famous teas in the world where it is produced. You can visit the White Tea Plantation daily as a Half Day Tour, or together with Galle Historic Fort, as a Full Day Tour.
Just a few kilometres from the UTMT, there is a special Buddhist temple. The Wewurukannala Vihara is a 50m high Buddha statue which can be climbed and offers a breathtaking view over the tops of the palm trees.
Even from the distance, you can glimpse the Lion Rock Sigiriya immediately. It rises massively from nowhere out of the lowlands. King Kassapa escaped to the Lion Rock out of fear of his stepbrother, whose father he had killed to come to power. Kassapa built his luxurious palace on the 185m high rock. The ruins seen today only provide a glimpse of the extent of the outstanding beauty of the palace in its glory days. Do not forget to take a look at the famous "Cloud Girls" during the ascent.
The former Arab sailors saw in Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) the highest mountain in the world. Today, the 2243m high Sri Pada is known as one of the most famous sacred mountains in the world. Revered since ancient times, it is visited by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians as a place of pilgrimage. The reason for this is a footprint in the stone at the top of the mountain, which is revered as Buddha's, Shiva's or Adam's footprint - depending on who you follow. A climb over the 5,000-11,000 stairs can be done during December and April and for the uber-adventurous, should be started at night to experience the breath taking spectacle of sunrise over Sri Lanka.
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Sinharaja is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reserve is only 21km from east to west and just 7km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees only grow within the area and many of them are considered rare. There is much wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. A visit to this Rainforest is a special adventure for the whole family.