Cabinet of Ministers granted approival on 15th December 2004 to the cabinet memorandum 04/1566/046/004 (1) To initiate acqusition of 5000 Ac to Kalpitiya Tourism project (2)To meet the cost of acqusition out of the tourism development Levy.
Kalpitiya Integrated Tourism Resort Project (KITRP) An Introduction
Mahinda chintana Programme (page59,60) “ My intention is to generate environment friendly sustainable tourism instead of relying on leisure seeking popular tourism. In my tourism development plan, I will focus on new areas such as Hambantota, Kalpitiya and Arugambay ” .
The drawing I Shows the present status of the island; a virgin island with vast potent ional for development.
The shape of the island, beach towards Dutch bay side and the lagoon side, their physical differences, the vegetation pattern, high /low tide areas the presence of a fishing community are the parameters of the design of island itself. Vast areas of shallow waters, lagoon, deep sea suitable for diving, Wale watching, Bar Reef Marine Sanctuary- 307 km2 of Sea having most valuable rich Bio-Diversity in the near vicinity, Dolphins Ornamental fish,Sea grass beds, Sea Cucumber Collection, Sea Turtles are the surrounding parameters,
Ceylon Tours Ltd will Design , Build and Operate, a Hotel Complex on Ippantivu Island considering these factors. The design of the resort is done to cater for the attraction of the Island considering the existing features and topographical conditions.
The complex essentially will be an up market Tourist Beach Resort catering to the International Visitor.
As an initial step a land use pattern is planned for the Island under the following captions. (Refer the Drawing)
· Guest Rooms
· Common Public areas
· Common leisure facilities
· Staff accommodation
· Houses for fisher flock
6.2 Guest Rooms
The rationale of building 300 rooms is to maintain the ecological balance in the Island and not over crowed the location with built environment. There will be variety of rooms to select creating wider option to the visitor. Five percent of all types of rooms will be disable friendly.
To suit the 300 hundred room other facilities like Restaurants, Bars, swimming Pools, coffee shops, spas, will have to be provided.
All 300 Guest Rooms will be developed as Suites . facilities to be included are, hot water, ACTV, DVD Players, wine coolers & mini bars , tea/coffee making facility, data port etc. The suite will consists of a large balcony, sleeping area, sitting & dining area , open concept toilet with vanity, W/C in closed room, shower & bath
DEVELOPMENT DUE TO COMMENCE IN IPPANTIVU ISLAND