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Borderlands
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cardiff
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

To put this review in context, we are a couple in our early twenties, we love outdoor activities, and we're certainly no strangers to camping. We enjoyed our stay at Borderlands, but we found it to be poor value for money in general. We stayed in one of the tents overlooking the river, and it was equipped with a wooden... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear GemmaRWheeler, We’re sorry to hear about your disappointment during the trip. While we don’t advertise ourselves as “glamping,” we are currently looking into the issues you brought up. We’re glad to know you enjoyed the activities, particularly the kayaking. Please accept our apologies, and we hope that we can see you in the future to give you a better... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a way to experience some of Sri Lanka's most unspoilt jungle and great river. Borderlands. In Vidusha and Alfred's safe hands and guidance I was able to take part in all the crazy stuff that we did in our two days. We stayed in mosquito free tents within a thatched hut with carpets and a personal veranda that overlooks... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear Rachel J, What a beautiful review, thank you so very much! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed all the “crazy stuff” you did, and had fun with all the activities. Thank you for such details! We look forward to seeing you in the future for more fun times. Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

Uithoorn, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for only one night, but we could have easily stayed here for more. It is located at the riverside and you can sleep in (quite comfortable) tents or small open huts. The staff is fantastic and we enjoyed the stories and video's of Alfred, our guide. The rafting was very nice, but we enjoyed the canyoning even... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear Frans1_11, Thank you for the flattering review! We’re so happy to know you enjoyed the full experience of staying with us, all entertainment included! We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

Harlington, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Deep in rain forest, overlloking a beautiful river and mountains, this is stunning location. Ons stays in ecolodges-directly fronting the river. No evidence of humankind to be seen. Quite lovely. Glamping, of course, but marvellously done. Food is great, staff utterly professional and hugely friendly, a stay is a treat. White water rafting and canyoning done by us. Safety standards... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear david_blakeman, Thank you so much for your kind review. We’re glad to know you enjoyed the accommodation, location, food and activities. We always prioritize safety! We hope to see you again in the future! Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having just spent 2 wonderful nights at Borderlands with my close friends I feel the need to write these guys a review. The camp is set in a beautiful location and has a relaxed vibe. The staff are all friendly and helpful with a big shout out to Alfred and Vidu who were our guides on the water. They made... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear Melanieanneshaw, Thank you for writing a review about your time with us, we’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your time and felt safe while pushing yourself. We look forward to seeing you back next time to do the jumps! Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I wished we could have stayed longer here. Food was very good. Guides made us feel very welcome. If I go back to Sri Lanka I will stay here again and stay longer. Had wi-fi in the common area but not in your tent that was clean, comfortable.

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear Dean P, Thank you for your review, we’re glad to know you felt welcomed and enjoyed the food and accommodation. We hope to welcome you back soon for a longer stay in the near future! Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

My 12-year-old son and I went to Borderlands in Kitugala, Sri Lanka, for a weekend trip with a large group of friends from school and work. This is not a vacation as usual experience in a hotel on the beach with a pool, but is a not to be missed adventure. I am not terribly adventurous nor do I really... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear PepRMint918, Wow! Thank you so much for your amazingly kind and detailed review! We feel so incredibly flattered with the complements you have given us. We’re thrilled to hear you pushed your comfort zone in the canyon, and also enjoyed the comfort and support of camp and the food. We hope to see you in the future for another... More

Moscow, Russia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We booked rafting/canyoning and whale wathing with Borderlands and had a wonderful expereince with them even despite low river water level during our trip. Guides are easy-going and professional, equipment in good condition, food delicios. I am glad to recommend Borderlands and look forward to new adventures with them both in Sri Lanka and Nepal. Good luck to you guys!

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear 1_Puteshestvennik, Thank you very much for your review, we’re happy to hear you had a good time despite the low water levels. We hope to see you again in the future with better water levels, in both Sri Lanka and Nepal! Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

Melbourne
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stayed or two nights in February 2014 with another couple. The other couple were there for the activities whilst we were there to relax, walk and swim. We all had a good time. The setting is great and by all reports the activities were a lot of fun. The tented sleeping accommodation is rustic, clean and comfortable. Excellent common... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear RLFP_WSP, Thank you for your review, we’re happy to balance out interests in relaxing and high adventure activities, so it’s good to hear both were enjoyed and everyone had a good time! We’re glad to know that the you liked the accommodation and common area, and thank you for the suggestion, we will work on the issue of smoking.... More

Colombo
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We had delayed this experience far too long , so glad we finally made it. My two daughters 8 and 10 thought it THE best weekend to date. Fun and thrill packed with wonderful staff , great location and activities on offer. Have to recommend the superb safety standards, excellent and expert guides, wonderful staff and the very professional adventure... More

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear Lucy A, Thank you so much for your review, we’re so happy your daughters thought it was “THE best weekend to date.” Thank you for the recommendation on everything, you summed up exactly what we work for! We look forward to seeing you and your family in the future! Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More

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Address: Hatton Road, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Kitulgala
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Borderlands offers comfortable riverfront luxury camping, in 12 stand-alone tents which are fully kitted with twin beds (which can be made into doubles) and have electricity throughout so guests can charge their laptops, phones and cameras. Each tent is located on a wooden platform with a private deck, with views overlooking the Kelani River and the surrounding mountains. All meals are served in The Long House, a great place to chill out at the end of the day. A full music system means guests can listen to their i-pods. Evening Movie Nights are offered, which is a great hit with kids. As well as offering accommodation Borderlands also runs our river rafting, canyoning and white water and flat water kayaking activities from our base camp, and offers the largest number of sit in and sit of top kayaks in Sri Lanka. Other activities include abseiling, hiking, swimming and tubing. ... more   less 
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