Our group of 5 tourists from Uk and Austria arrived in this amazing forest/jungle greeted by Kamal and his staff with a glass of thirst quenching freshly squeezed lime juice. Our friend and driver Sarrath from Deltota had driven us all day to this ancient historic city and we were quite exhausted despite frequent stops on the way and encountering some difficulties in finding the hide-away!
The owner and entrepreneur Kamal offers clean wooden lodges on 16 ft stilts, WC and hot/cold showers, provides clean crisp white linen and towels, an electric fan and a mosquito net to keep away any creepy crawlies. These were much appreciated!
You can also have early breakfast tea served to your lodge; there is a balcony from which you can see the Rock and watch the birds and wild life, numerous butterflies and just sit back and relax.
Breakfast is cooked by the locals in the kitchen on site and served under the canopy of the trees; we enjoyed Sri Lankan breakfast and delicous dinners for 2 nights;
We recommend you take binoculars to watch the numerous species of birds and Kamal is most informative about wild and bird life and is passionate about sustainability and the environment. There are plenty of walks in the surrounding area to the village where you can buy wood carvings (from Anton's shop) and replenish your exotic fruit/drinks intake.
Kamal arranged a van and a very competent and considerate driver to take us back to Colombo City. However, we regret we could not stay another night to take a day trip to Polonnaruwa.
We enjoyed an unforgettable stay in Sigiriya.
Luisa Asirvatham, London, UK
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thick Forest Sigiriya is a unique tree house hotel over looking the eighth wonder of the world, sigiriya rock castle, in Sri Lanka. It is situated at the centre of three, mostly visited ancient cities, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa & kandy.Minneriya & Kawudulla National parks are renowned as the best places to observe the wild elephants in their natural habitat, and it's a few minute drive from 'Thick Forest'. Wild Safaris, Bird watching, Elephant rides,Guided tour to Sigiriya Rock Castle and surrounding archaeologically important places are among many other activities which can be arranged to suit the need of the visitor.Sri Lankan cuisine made by our chef is served at the roof-top restaurant overlooking the Sigiriya rock. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thick Forest Hotel Sigiriya