This article is from the Sri Lanka FAQ, by Prasad Dharmasena firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Here are some five star hotel addresses and phone numbers. There are
many low cost accomodations available. Please consult travel guides.
Colombo: (Telephone area code is 1 (01 if dialed within SL)
Holiday Inn - 30 Sir Mohamed M. Marker Mawatha, Colombo 3
Tel: 422001, Fax: 447977
Hotel Ceylon Intercontinental - 48 Janadhipathi mawatha, Colombo 1
Tel: 421221, Fax: 447326
Oberoi- 77 Steuart place, Colomb 3
Ramada - 115 Sir Chitampalam Gardiner mawatha, Colombo 2
Taj Samudra - 25 Galle face Center Rd. Colombo 3
Tel: 446622, Fax: 546348
Galle Face Hotel - 2 Kollupitiya Rd. Colomb 3
Taprobane - York st. Colombo 1
Colombo Marriott - 64 Echelon sq. Colombo 1
Colombo Renaissance - 115 Sir Chittampalam A., Gardiner Mw. Col.2
Tel. 544200, Fax. 449184
Hotel Galadari - 64 Lotus Road, Col.1
Tel. 544544, Fax. 449875
Colombo Hilton - Lotus Road, Echolon Square, Col.1
Tel. 544644, Fax. 544657
Kandy: (area code is 8, or 08 if dialed in SL)
Queens Hotel - Dalada veediya, kandy (08) 22121
Casamara - 12 kotugodella veediya, kandy (08) 24051
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<14> What does Sri Lanka mean?
Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon, Serendib, Taprobane, etc....
[ Following section was compiled by Lareef Zubair ]
Etymologies of Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane and Ceylon.
There is only one credible theory for the origin of the name `Ceylon'.
One starts with the Pali for the `Place of Jewels', which is Sihalam
goes thro Senendiva (diva for island) and Silandiva, becomes Serendib
in Arabic (which incidentally does not mean anything in colloquial
New England Arabic) and is contracted to Cilao by the Portuguese and to
Zeilan or Ceilan by the Dutch and to Ceylon by the British.
Admittedly, the reasoning and linkages are thin.
Horace Walpole wrote the fairy tale named the `three princes of
serendib' in which the heroes have the faculty of making happy and
unexpected discoveries by accident. Then a cabal of slnetters used
serendipity for the name of their journal but their reports on the
serendipitious discovery of the Vallipuram Buddha statue has
been anything but happy.
Then there is the Taprobane used by Milton in Paradise Lost, borrowed
from the accounts of Alexander the Great's officers who heard reports of
the island when in West Asia and from Greek and Ceylonese travellers.
Taprobane is supposed to have originated from the `copper colored'
(Tamba Vanna in Sanskrit) soil of the place at which Vijaya's
retinue landed. They called their capital Tambapanni.
The name (Sri) Lanka was first recorded in the Ramayana and means
`resplendent land' in sanskrit. There are other names, including the
Tamil Ilanare etc, the Arabic `Tenerisim' (the isle of delight), the
Chinese `Pa-outchow' (the isle of gems), and the `salike' of Ptolemy.
Some theologians (Christian and Muslim) thought that Noahs ark came to
rest on Serendib. Also when Adam and Eve were thrown out off the
garden of Eden for fornication, it was thought appropriate to banish
them to this island.
Then there is the Sinbad character in the Arabian nights supposed to be
based on early Arab travellers and there is a description in the Sixth
Voyage of Sinbad (`the diamonds are in its rivers and the pearls are in
its valleys and Adams peak contains rubies and spice trees' - This must
explain the hordes who go there). In 1250 AD, Marco Polo found both men
and women of Zeilan nude except for a cloth around the middle part of
their bodies and wrote that they ate wine from trees - (must be ra, no?).
1) Zeylanicus, `Ceylon, between Orient and Occident'
2) J.R. Sinnatamby, `Ceylon in Ptolemy's Geography', Colombo 1968
3) H.A.J. Hulugalle, `Ceylon of the Early Travellers', Colombo 1965
4) A.J. Tresidder, `Ceylon; an introduction to the resplendent land'
Van Nostrand, 1960