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Ariya Rest House

near Polonnaruwa-Colombo Main Road | 210 km away from Colombo, Bendiwewa, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #11 of 30 Polonnaruwa B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ariya Rest House is a very special experience. It is run by a family who are entirely charming, welcoming and helpful. Situated in quiet leafy surroundings on the outskirts of Polonnaruwa, it offers rooms that are basic but comfortable and clean. The food is quite exceptional. I stayed there with my son who is a vegetarian and they prepared the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lunch here 2 days ago with our 2 children of 13 & 14. Our chauffeur Nishanta took us here. Not fancy of anything but very nice curry buffet and a very friendly daughter who served us. The best curry we had so far! We can definitely recommend to have lunch here!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We found Ariya Rest House Through our Driver who was from Polonnaruwa. Ariya Rest House is a little way out of the centre of Polonnaruwa. We were looking for a quiet place with A/C to spend one night. Ariya Rest House was just what we were after. We paid Lrp 3300 for a double room. The A/C worked great and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

For all the food lovers, this is the place to eat home cooked Sri Lanken meals! They served us 10 different vegetarian curries, and they were so delicious. We stayed there only for a day. The room had with air-condition, and the bathroom was clean. But the place was very quit. Nothing special happened there, so it was little bit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here for a lunch, it was a all you can eat bufet. The food was nice one of the best we had in Sri Lanka, lots of vegeterian options and not too spicy if you prefer it that way or of you are travelling with children. The place was clean and you can have a beer with your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

On our recent trip to Sri Lanka our driver stop at Ariya for lunch. We received a warm & friendly welcome and were seated under cool fans in a large shaded area. The food was delicious & service with a large smile...will definitely be back on our return visit. Amanda

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

On a recent tour of Sri Lanka our driver brought us here for lunch. Shani, the owners daughter was delightful.... Spoke excellent English and loved to chat with us. The buffet style food was typical Sri Lankan and very plentiful. The setting although in a busy area was quiet, restful and gratefully shady.

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We stayed only for 2 nights but were very happy with the place. The price is good and the owners are very friendly. They helped us a lot: picked us up from the bus stop (and before spoke with bus driver and explain where to leave us), explained everything about the sightseeings. The food was very good, plain, nicely cooked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

We travelled from Colombo to Polonaruwa by bus, which was delayed by traffic caused by endless road constructions. It was late and we were nervous about finding the rest house. We called them to confirm that we were still coming. The daughter of the guesthouse came to meet us at the bus stop and took us to the guesthouse. Despite... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Tucked away, about 150m from the main road is a little gem. Very friendly and heart warming staff, serving good and varied curries (don't miss the cocunut sambol). Clean and friendly rooms, with air conditioning.

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