Jetwing Hotels and Thema Collection, two of Sri Lanka’s leading homegrown hospitality brands, recently hosted an event titled “The Enchanting East: a year-round Sri Lankan experience” to break the misconception of the Eastern region being a mere seasonal destination.
The event was patronized by leading travel agents, travel influencers, travel enthusiasts and media representatives.
Len Porter, Proprietor of Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing and a Non-executive Director of Jetwing Symphony PLC, highlighted the year-round appeal of Sri Lanka’s East, going beyond the traditional surfing months of April to September. He emphasized the region’s rich cultural and historical heritage, mentioning lesser-known gems like Kudumbigala Viharaya
and Magul Maha Viharaya.
Porter also discussed the diverse weather patterns in the East and proposed a range of activities to fill-in a travel itinerary.
From October through March, the area becomes a haven for migratory birds escaping harsh Northern hemisphere winters, with places like Kumana National Park serving as their refuge.
Hashan Cooray, Director of Marketing and Development at Jetwing Hotels detailed the company’sunique properties dotted towards the Eastern corner of the island: Jetwing Kaduruketha located in Wellawaya, Jetwing Surf and Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing both located in Pottuvil.
Maxime Wickramasinghe, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Thema Collection, shared the brand’s commitment to creating thematic experiences tailored to each property’s location. Wild Glamping Gal Oya, located in Rathugala, a scenic village surrounded by mountains and inhabited by the Veddas, the indigenous people of Sri Lanka.
Maalu Maalu Resort and Spa, inspired by Sri Lankan ‘wadiya’ fishing villages, is located on the tranquil Pasikuda waters.
Following their presentations, a panel discussion was conducted with the participation of Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing Symphony PLC, and Chandra Wickramasinghe, Founder and Chairman of Thema Collection and Connaisance de Ceylan.
Jewing Hotels and Thema Collection invite travellers to explore and experience the captivating allure of the eastern region. From the majestic mountains to the pristine, unspoiled beaches, this region caters to discerning explorers with a rich tapestry of experiences throughout the year.
Travellers are able to peacefully observe birds and other wildlife, delve into the lifestyles of paddy-farmers and Sri Lanka’s indigenous communities enjoy the serene shores of Pasikuda and the exhilarating waves of Pottuvil and its abundant surf points.
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