Hatton National Bank (HNB) recently rewarded the children who emerged as the Top 100 Depositors in Singithi Savings Month 2014 with an exciting educational tour to popular attractions in and around Colombo.

The first stop on the tour was Water World Kelaniya, the only public aquarium in Sri Lanka and home to the first ever Underwater Tunnel Aquarium in South Asia located on a scenic 5 acre property on the banks of the Kelani River, Water World houses over 150 display tanks and ponds, a Shark Dome and over 10,000 living aquatic organisms.

Thereafter, the tour moved to the Liquid Plant Center and Powder Plant of Fonterra Brands Lanka in Biyagama, the local office of the world’s largest exporter of dairy products. The children had the opportunity of visiting the Fonterra Liquid Plant Center for milk powder blending and packing, which produces almost half a million packs of milk powder every day, and the Fonterra Powder Plant, the largest and most sophisticated yoghurt processing facility in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the winners of the Art Competition conducted during Savings Month 2014 were rewarded with a guided tour of the historic Ratmalana Airport, which has a rich heritage of 80 years as one of the oldest airports in South Asia. During the Second World War it was used as a Royal Air Force base, and civilianized planes flew in to Ratmalana from Perth, Western Australia, on what was at the time the world’s longest non-stop air route.

For decades Ratmalana served as Colombo’s sole international airport before the construction of Bandaranaike International Airport in the 1960s.