12 Kilometers to the south from Colombo on the road to Galle locates the beach resort of Mt.Lavinia. Its lies alongside a wind–swept headland jutting into the waters of the Indian Ocean. With its white sand and calm waves, Mt. Lavinia has become a popular bathing spot. The building is a former Governor’s house built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland, has now been converted into the famous Mt. Lavinia Hotel.