Lesser known company acquires a 42 acre Ukuwela site for a tourism project

Lesser known company acquires a 42 acre Ukuwela site for a tourism project

28 July 2021 10:24 am

Fantasyland Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd is to establish an educational entertainment and tourism mega project in a 42 acre land owned by Land Reforms Commission Matale Ukuwela picturesque area.

Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval on Monday 26 to this not so popular company to develop this massive block of land as a tourism and entertainment area and hotel complex in the famous Ukuwela Ratwatte estate with Board of Investment approval.

Fantasyland Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd will be given this block of land on a 30 year long term lease for tourism development project on a cabinet approval granted to a proposal presented  by the Minister of Lands.     

There were no published details of Fantasyland Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd and the residents in the area expressed their dismay as to how such a company has acquired a state land for a massive tourism project.

But details of an entertainment centre project named ‘Fantacy land’ Colombo’s a family entertainment center located at Waters Edge in Battaramulla with the elements air, sea, and land were available on the internet.

However there was no proof to connect these two projects to the same company due to lack of published documents or any information, several public interest society activists said.

The proposed tourism and entertainment project site is located in the Ukuwela picturesque area in Matale with rugged mountains, fertile grasslands, blue-hued skies and the golden sun all complement each other, adding to its beauty.

The Matale city offers sights that delight every tourists’ eyes. Spice gardens, tea plantations, Knuckles mountain range, Sembuwaththa Lake, Sera Ella Falls, Hunnasgiriya Falls, Bambarakiri Ella Falls amongst others, are God’s marvel in Matale, residents said.

Lion rock, Aluvihare rock temple, Sri Muthu Mariamman Thevasthanam, the famous Christ church speak volumes of its past.

The old town which evoked a feeling of the British imperialist regime has now been renovated to include an innate Sri Lankan sense with memories of the past. Despite being a tourist site, their simple living is what makes Matale a home away from home, that too like in another country, they claimed.