The island nation of Sri Lanka is a country rife with rich culture, luring travellers and adventures from all over the world. In recent times—with the development of agro-tourism where people visit working farms or other agricultural operations—Sri Lanka too, has jumped onto the bandwagon. By Presha Mahajan
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Sri Lanka has geared up and prepared to open up its first agro-tourism-themed ﬂoating resort that will feature up to 50 ﬂoating cabanas. Located in Katana, close to the Negombo tourism hub, The Bolagala Floating Agro Tourism Resort will be a proud, unique addition for the tourists to indulge in. It will include 10 GPS equipped cabanas, a ﬂoating swimming pool, an underwater spa with four rooms, a gym, an underwater restaurant along with a main restaurant, a pub, and a karaoke lounge. A wide array of fun-ﬁlled activities will be offered to guests, including water sports, ﬁshing, bicycle and jogging tracks, visiting organic greenhouses and experiencing an electric car. That aside, guests who stay at The Bolagala Floating Agro Tourism Resort, can visit nearby places like St Anthony’s Church, Negombo Beach Park, Angurukaramulla Temple, and Dutch Fort.
Taking inspiration from sustainable tourism, the resort will offer organic farming where tourists will gain a ﬁrst-hand experience of farming in Sri Lanka. This is the ﬁrst instance of organic farming being introduced and utilised in the Negombo area.
As reported by Daily Mail, “Sustainable and eco-friendly products are the future for tourism, particularly post COVID-19; and we look to the industry to be innovative and create unique experiences such as this project,” chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism, Kimarli Fernando, shared.
While still under construction, the project will progress in two stages. The ﬁrst, already completed phase, comprises of three completed suites, 27 deluxe rooms, three GPS movable rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. The second phase will ensure the functioning of the rest of the ﬂoating rooms, the spa, and other activities.
The resort will be opening its doors to the public in June 2021, and will act as a perfect respite post COVID-19. It will supposedly target higher-end tourists.