Hotel & Tours

Hotel Name Class Distance to venue Rates *
Cinnamon Grand
www.cinnamonhotels.com
5 star Congress Venue Single/Double room– USD 105.00
Taj Samudra
www.tajhotels.com
5 star 1.5 km Single/Double room– USD 120.00
The Kingsbury
www.thekingsburyhotel.com
5 star 2.5 km Single/Double room– USD 100.00
Cinnamon Lakeside
www.cinnamonhotels.com
4 star 2.0 km Single/Double room– USD 100.00
Mandarina Hotel Colombo
www.mandarinacolombo.com
4 star 1.5 km
Single room– USD 80.00
Double room– USD 90.00
Ramada Colombo
www.ramadacolombo.com
4 star 1.5 km Single/Double room– USD 90.00
Renuka City Hotel
www.renukahotel.com
3 star 2.0 km
Single room– USD 75.00
Double room– USD 85.00

* rates are quoted based on per room, per night basis and includes breakfast and all taxes.

Over three thousand hotel rooms in different star categories are available in Colombo. All of these hotels are located in the heart of the city some within walking distance and others within 5 minutes’ drive from each other, all tastefully designed and equipped with modern amenities.

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Cinnamon Grand Colombo

No. 77, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 11 2437437, Fax: +94 11 2449280
www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamongrandcolombo

The 34th Annual Conference of AAOU will be held on 1st to 3rd June 2021 at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo.

The venue and the host hotel for the AAOU - 2021, Cinnamon Grand Colombo is a five star hotel which is beautifully positioned near the shores of the Indian Ocean. The strategic location of the hotel makes it ideal for business tourists visiting Colombo. Room Facilities at Cinnamon Grand feature 501 rooms and suites, convention hall, and a variety of committee rooms to accommodate all functions, surrounded with fresh air from the Indian Ocean. The distance from Bandaranaike International Airport to the location of Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo is 35 kilometres away and transfer time by car will be 45 minutes to 01 hour during traffic hours.

The Host Country - Sri Lanka

Seductive beaches and tempting water sports, magnificent landscapes featuring lazy lagoons, fertile wetlands, ecologically-wondrous types of forests, imposing mountains, bounteous rivers and waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife - much of it endemic - unique ecosystems, inspiring heritage sites from ancient cities to colonial forts, a vibrant culture including fine arts and crafts and grand festivals and people of diverse ethnicity and religious persuasion, charming and hospitable.

The host city – Colombo:

Colombo is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings. Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago and was designated as the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo’s origin goes back to many centuries when it was a flourishing city attracting seafarers from Persia and Morocco to trade in pearls, precious stones, elephants, cinnamon and other spices. In the 14th Century A.D. Ibn Batuta described Colombo as the best town in the Island of “Serendib”. It is not just a simple city of over half million people, but a metropolis, where different ethnic groups and religions intermingle. Here the contrast between high rise hotels and colonial mansions, supermarkets and street bazaars, dazzling cars and motor-rickshaws is found anywhere you look.

The city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka's corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. Famous landmarks in Colombo include the Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park as well as the National Museum. The fine dining experiences – from traditional Sri Lankan cuisine to karaoke, pubs, and casinos – Colombo has it all. Golf, swimming, rowing, kayaking are just some of the sports activities you can choose from.

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Travel Tips

Tropical climate. Upland areas are cooler and more temperate, and coastal areas are cooled by sea breezes. There are two monsoons, which occur May to July and December to January.
The major languages spoken are Sinhala and Tamil with English as a link language. Most people have some knowledge of English, and signboards are often in English.
Cotton clothes are useful at any time of the year but you will need light woolens for the hill country and waterproof clothing or an umbrella. Modest dress for women is advisable especially off the beach and when visiting religious sites. Don't forget comfortable shoes, sandals or trainers and cotton socks.
International taxi chain Uber is available in Sri Lanka mainly in the Colombo & sub urban areas. Three-wheelers (tuk-tuks) are also available for hire throughout the cities. Agree a price before you set off or look for one with a working meter. If you are unsure of the routes, it is advisable to take professional cab drivers such as Kangaroo (+94 11588 588) or Pick-me mobile app. You can request for a cab from the hotel as well.
The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). You can exchange currency at the airport, hotels, banks or even at authorized money exchange places. Visa, Master & AMEX are widely accepted. Further teller machines (ATM) are operated throughout the day.
230 -240 volts, 50 cycles AC. If you travel with a laptop computer bring a stabilizer.
It is left to the customer to tip if satisfied with service. Most hotels and restaurants include a service charge of 10% in any bill. In the event of your wishing to give a tip, about 10% of the bill is generally considered a fair tip.

Interesting Places to visit in Sri Lanka:

Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavorful food make Sri Lanka irresistible.

Kandy

Some days Kandy’s skies seem perpetually bruised, with stubborn mist clinging to the hills surrounding the city’s beautiful centrepiece lake. Delicate hill-country breezes impel the mist to gently part, revealing colourful houses amid Kandy’s improbable forested halo. In the centre of town, three-wheelers careen around slippery corners, raising a soft spray that threatens the silk saris worn by local women. Here’s a city that looks good even when it’s raining. And when the drizzle subsides, cobalt-blue skies reveal a city of imposing colonial-era and Kandyan architecture, none more impressive than the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Buddhism's most sacred shrines.

History and culture are on tap. Yes, the city is renowned for the great Kandy Esala Perahera festival (held annually in July/August), but its vibrant cultural life and attractions more than justify a visit at any time of year.

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Nuwara Eliya

Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows and pretty gardens. Indeed, Nuwara Eliya was once was the favoured cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry.

A recent construction boom has blighted the scene to a degree, and the dusty and bustling centre is a thoroughly Sri Lankan urban tangle, but Nuwara Eliya still makes a fine base for a few days' relaxation. The verdant surrounding countryside of tea plantations, carefully tended vegetable plots and craggy hills is highly scenic. Treat yourself to a night in one of Nuwara Eliya’s colonial hotels, play a round of golf or a few frames of billiards, and soak up the town’s unique bygone heritage.

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Dambulla

Dambulla’s famed rock cave temple is an iconic Sri Lankan image – you’ll be familiar with its spectacular Buddha-filled interior long before you arrive in town. Despite its slightly commercial air, this remains an important holy place and should not be missed.

The town of Dambulla is of no interest, cursed by heavy traffic heading for one of Sri Lanka's biggest wholesale markets. A night here is tolerable, but consider visiting the site as a day trip from the more relaxing environs of Kandy or Sigiriya.

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Anuradhapura

The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas (brick stupas), ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today, several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the museum-like ambience at Polonnaruwa.

Current-day Anuradhapura is a pleasant albeit sprawling city; a small town that feels more like a large village. There's loads of good budget accommodation, easy bike hire and a relaxed pace, making it a good place to spend an extra day.

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Visa Procedure to enter Sri Lanka

Visitors to Sri Lanka must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival or On Arrival visa at the Colombo Airport. ETA can be obtained by visiting www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa

Business Purpose ETA

A Business Purpose ETA should be obtained by all Conference attendees by selecting the purpose of visit as : Participate in Conferences, workshops and seminars

Nationalities that cannot obtain ETA through online

  • Cameroon
  • Nigeria
  • Ivory Coast
  • Ghana
The above nationals may obtain visa through the following channels
  • Apply by approaching the nearest Sri Lankan Overseas Mission in the respective country
  • Apply to the department of immigration & emigration of Sri Lanka through a third party / conference host / sponsor company

ETA Exempted Nationalities:

The following countries are exempted from ETA

  • The Republic of Singapore.
  • The Republic of Maldives.
  • The Republic of Seychelles

ETA Fee:

  • SAARC Countries – USD 30.00
  • Other Countries – USD 40.00

Mode of Payment for ETA

Only American Express, Master and Visa cards are accepted

Online ETA Process:

  • Visit the ETA site and select the Business Purpose ETA.
  • Fill the application & submit the form by paying the applicable fee by credit card.
  • If your application is successfully submitted, you will receive an acknowledgment immediately.
  • Within 2 working days your ETA approval will be emailed to you.
  • In the event of ETA being rejected, the system will send a referral notification to the applicant and he/she needs to contact the nearest Sri Lanka Overseas Mission for necessary assistance.
  • Your Sri Lankan ETA visa is electronically linked to your passport number; hence you will not require a stamp, nor will one be issued. But please have a copy/printout of the ETA when travelling.
  • An ETA holder is entitled to enter Sri Lanka within three months from the date of issue.
  • The ETA charges are non-refundable and non-transferable
Please visit www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa for more information