Last weekend, we had the Annual Staff trip to Eden Resort & Spa, Bentota. Before we set off on the trip, I had big plans of visiting somewhere interesting so I can do a post. The attractions around the hotel we stayed were Brief Garden & Madu River. What was left, where we have not been, was Richmond Castle. So that was what we planned. The plans didn’t work. The hotel was too comfy, so we decided to stay in!
By end of the 2nd day, we just had to get ourselves out of the hotel for a change. There was nothing much you can do at 5.30 in the evening (And Richmond Castle was closed by 4.30, when we were ready). That is when a bunch of us decided to visit this little Island right next to the hotel.
If you happen to visit the same hotel, the Island is a good way to spend your evening. Otherwise, there is not a lot you can see or do, by going there just for the purpose of visiting it.
If you are at the hotel, the directions are very easy. Just get to the beach from the hotel entrance, and walk towards your left. You see the Island right in front of you, but you can’t walk to it. There are few boats at the shore, so you can do a bit of negotiation and make your way to the island from boats.
Price for the Boats: 400/= Per boat, both ways
As soon as we entered, There is a board which states everything that you CAN’T do in this island (Including wearing shorts, bringing or consuming liquor and well, having sex too). After stepping to the island only we learnt that this is a space reserved for meditation. We met a monk who walked down from the middle of the island. All of us girls, were in shorts but I think he understood that we just came unplanned, from the hotel.
While I was walking around the island, I was wondering how is it possible that the isolated place is maintained so well. So I did a google search, and figured, maybe the place belongs to “Aluthgama Yogashramaya”. That is situated right next to the hotel.
What it is all about
The middle of the island is beautifully maintained, well swept, and thatched houses etc. There were caves built for meditation, and small kitchen. There is a small pond, and a garden made out of white sand. It feels peaceful to just be there. A little away from the pond, there is a hall built, with statues of Lord Buddha. A candle was lit, maybe by the monk who passed us a while ago. There are tiny benches kept along the hall, probably used by the ones who comes for meditation.
A little further away, you get a “Bo Tree”, a Sthupa and an open area with seats made of stones. The place was serene, you don’t even feel like talking in your normal voice. We were whispering to each other, as if we might kill it’s atmosphere just by our voice.
From one side of the island, there is an opening to an absolutely beautiful view of the sea. You can see a bit of land, with constructions of hotels going on, to your right side, and the waves crashing on to the rocks that you stand on, in the island. Should be a lovely place to just sit and watch the sunset.
That’s about the little tour we made to the (what we call) the mysterious island. Do check out if you are at the same hotel.