We stayed here for two nights in January 15 and did a full day safari. The setting of the lodge is absolutely beautiful, with a large garden and access to the river. The rooms are quite basic but clean and they have mosquito nets. Toilet and shower are shared but the maximal number of guests is eight so no queues there. Wifi is available and sufficient for email and facebook.
The food is home cooked vegetarian food mainly provided by their own farm and at 6USD for dinner reasonably priced. If you can't do without alcohol while you are there buy something beforehand.
The safari starts with a wake-up call at 5am and coffee or tea are served on the veranda. Our driver spoke basic but sufficient English, was a good off-road driver and very knowledgeable about the wildlife. The early start was justified as we had seen a wide variety of animals by breakfast time at 8:30 at the beach. For breakfast and lunch the driver sets up a folding table and chairs and serves a nice packed breakfast and lunch in the shade of some trees. If your driver is on a mobile phone a lot he is most likely not ignorant but talking to other drivers about where animals were spotted. If there are particular animals you would like to observe tell the driver and he will do his best to accommodate. We preferred to see more elephants to spending a long time trying to get a glimpse of the elusive leopard
Don't plan anything for the evening after the safari, it is a great day out but utterly exhausting and we went to bed directly after dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on the border of Yala Nacional Park. It's an ecological place, built in a natural way for a responsible tourism and safari. Bordering the Gem Menik River where guests can enjoy the clean water and refresh body and mind. We organize responsible safaris in Yala NP, we go from Kataragama entrance which is more quiet and wild and we go far from the crowded and busy jeeps to observe the wild life and vegetation. We offer visits to the ancient temple - Situlpowa in the jungle. We have at one's disposal free bicycles for tours long the lakes and we help the guests to explore the local area. We guide the guests to a visit in the Kataragama multi-religious site and participate in the daily Pooja. We have 4 comfortable rooms (one is a large family suite) with terrace and sitting area all built in a rustic style using renewable and natural material. We serve Sri Lankan cuisine prepared daily and cooked on an open fire with terracotta pots. We share a comfortable and traditional atmosphere where everybody are welcome to join for a relaxing experience in harmony with nature and wildlife for an unforgettable stay and experience. ... more less
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