Hon.Basil Rajapaksa opens ‘Jungle Beach’ in Trincomalee
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa opened ‘Jungle Beach,’ the first new style Resort in the Kuchchaveli tourism development area on Friday, June 22. Jungle Beach is the second Resort owned and operated by UGA Resorts (PVT) Limited the first being Ulagalla Resorts in Anuradhapura , Uga is a subsidiary of the FINCO Group. This is the first environmentally friendly Resort built in the Trincomalee District after three decades of war.
Built at a cost of Rs. 750 million and located 27 kilometres away from Trincomalee town on a strip of land between the sea and dense mangroves, it takes maximum advantage of the beach front and the lagoon view. The property offers a jungle experience at one end with the other opening out onto the ocean, close to the popular Nilaweli Beach. The hotel has 48 spacious cabins that feature king-sized beds, high-end entertainment systems, sun decks and other modern amenities.
From the hotel it takes only a very short time to travel to places of interest including the Trincomalee Harbour and Hot Water Springs. The strong focus will be on adventure at Jungle Beach with some water based activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling and whale watching being on offer. Among the land-based excursions that will be held are bird watching, tours to the Thiriyaya archaeological Site, Sri Lanka’s oldest Buddhist temple and an ilmenite factory.
Participating in an observation tour of the area Minister Rajapaksa said it was commendable that the management of UGA Resorts (PVT) Limited relied on local products for providing the required services. Only the most essential items that could not be produced here have been imported. He said environmentally friendly Resorts such as this had a very good market worldwide. Hence this Resort was bound to attract many foreign and local tourists, according to the Minister.
The Vice Chairman of the FINCO Group, Harsha de Sarem, the Managing Director of UGA Resorts (PVT) Limited Priyanjit Weerasooria welcomed the Minster at Jungle Beach. The Governor of the Northern Province Mohan Wijewickrema graced the occasion with his presence.