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Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela

Dehigaha ela, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We (family with two four-year old girls) visited this Eco Lodge in May, off season. The description `back of beyond` describes this location very accurately, as it can only be reached after a five km drive on a bumpy dirt track. For the last 200m the owner rightfully recommends either using a 4WD drive our to simply park the car... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Our team spent two days there and the place it good. Staff is also friendly and food tasted great. Issue is with the quantity of food since the buffet they provided was not enough for all of us (there were around 15 of us) This continued in night and next day morning too and not at all worth the money.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

You need to stay at least 3 nights or more to absorb the magic of Dehigaha Ela. Everything about the Eco Lodge spells 'tranquility' in a truly Sri Lankan way - and with a huge dose of finesse. The owners have successfully blended an earthy/minimalist ambiance with just the right amount of comforts. Solar powered hot water, beautifully designed showers... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We drove along a bumpy road to get here, but every minute was worth it. What an amazing place. We will never forget our experience here. Surrounded by forest, with a pond in the middle and a stream next to the property, we had so many magical experiences. The natural fish spa was exquisite. They even have a resident naturalist... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

we spent two days at Dehigha ela and wish we could have stayed for two more days. The 20 minute drive on a rather bumpy road from Sigiriya is well worth it. what a spectacular location in a forest with a lovely pond in the middle and stream flowing adjacent to the property. We enjoyed the natural fish spa, visited... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I stayed here for two nights, the food was delicious and the tree houses were delightful! Keep in mind that an open tree house is going to have more bugs than an inclosed building, but there's bug nets on the beds, and I would generally expect those looking for this type of accommodation not to be worried if there are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Overseas School of Colombo's "Dry Zone Ecosystems" WWW group came to stay at Dehigaha Ela in late January 2014. We enjoyed two nights and three days packed with learning and fun. Location is a key aspect that makes this a very special place. It is set in a relatively remote (but still easily accessible) forest/rural location near Sigiriya. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My twins and had a fantastic weekend at Dehigaha Ela. The drive to get there itself was exciting. Living in a tree house with all amenities was a adventure beyond words. The birds and butterflies in the area took our breath away. The service of the staff was excellent and the food was was very good. I recommend this place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We loved everything about Dehigaha Ela! It is the perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures of an almost undisturbed natural habitat with rooms cleverly tucked away in the trees, minimalistic but still perfectly comfortable, with lovely semi-open bathrooms and even the luxury of solar hot-water. We stayed in the Damba tree house, which was magical! The stream hidden by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Turned into a rural road and drove through along peacefully.Enjoyed the drive as there were no other vehicles in that remote area and there were hardly any dwellings after a time. Typical dry zone scenery on either side of the rustic road. A warm friendly welcome on arrival. Helpful staff settled us in. Comfortable, attractive accommodation so typical of the... More

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Address: Dehigaha ela, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
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Located in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka and within 30 minutes from Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Dehigaha ela is situated in a circular clearing at the base of a hill, ringed in by the thick forest on the sweeping curve of the two streams. It is a small secret place for all forms of wildlife - elephants, sambhur, deer, birds, butterflies - to visit. It is an ideal location for those who dream of sleeping under the stars, of exploring the jungle and streams on foot with all its joys and little discomforts. We have of course, added the comforts and care. The entire retreat is powered by solar energy. A backup generator is also provided. All hot water is also supplied via solar energy. A biogas generator has been installed to convert kitchen waste to bio gas for cooking. All tree houses and boulder cottages in this retreat are designed to be very open to nature, with coconut thatch roofing, wooden floors, and folding bamboo tats. Each lodge maintains standards of comfort by providing fans, mosquito nets, and modern toilets. The eco-retreat consists of a 2 tree houses and 4 boulder cottages. Each of the tastefully furnished units, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding environment. The reception, living and dining areas are separate, and the staff and drivers quarters are also housed separately to allow maximum privacy to guests. The surrounding forest is a haven for birds, smaller mammals and larger mammals such as deer, sambhur and even elephants. Guests enjoy bathing in the two streams that meet at the border to our property. One stream starts closeby hence has icy cold water, whereas the larger stream has warmer water. The crystal clear water of the nearby stream is full of small fish that provide a natural, free foot spa to the delight of our guests. A nature trail is also available in the property. The property also boasts of a large man-made pond that is full of lotuses and water lilies. This too attracts a wide variety of bird life and small fishes. A butterfly garden has also recently been started at Dehigaha ela. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kaludiya Pokuna, Wewela tank etc ... more   less 
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