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Rafters Retreat

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Hilland Group, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is perfect for outdoors activities. Beautiful, set on a great stretch of the river, in the midst of the forest. The accommodation is breathtaking (tree houses overlooking the river) but comfortable they are not. Various insects moving about will pass over you while you are trying to sleep - and you will probably fail. Dinner and lunch are... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ridiculously overpriced. I was shown a room (hut) by the riverside. Basically a wooden shed with an open verandah, two poor quality beds in a scruffy hut and basic bathroom. For this I was asked for US75 without breakfast. Ridiculous - Not surprising we picked up our bags and left!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

After our wedding in Australia me and my wife came to scenic location to have a night stay at Rafters Retreat at Kithulgala, had a nice evening with a nice view of the river from the room, but in the night what a tragedy we had to face! While we were sleeping my wife suddenly shouted I just got up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

It was very serene and peaceful and the sound of the gushing river put me to sleep at night! The magic that the nature brings still lingers in my head! On top of that, the owner, Mr. Channa, is the friendliest and kindest businessman I know! Plus, they serve huge portions of food that we ended up begging to save... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

These unusual little cabins are nestled in the trees over looking the river. The cabins are completely open on one side so you constantly hear the rapids crashing and gushing. If you are afraid of creatures be warned! We had a furry visitor steal bananas from our cabin during the night. The rustic room is basic- a double bed with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Warning: this is not five star. But it doesn't matter. The rooms are all very basic and open out onto the river. The beds are comfortable enough and all come with mosquito nets. Air conditioning is by way of the breeze that comes through the rooms. The downstairs bathrooms are fantastic as again they look out onto the river and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This place is a great spot, ideally located for rafting on the river, which runs below the hotel and rooms. Basic cabins with open rooms overlook the river. Friendly staff and good food. The rafting is manageable for all abilities and good fun and very scenic. We spotted Kingfishers and eagles. The rafting ends right below the hotel so nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Spent a night a treehouse and a rafting experience, absolutely loved the place ... Really enjoyed the Sri Lankan cuisine. Late night feast with buddies in the outdoor hall with all the beauty of the river stream sound.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We got there in the early afternoon, being shown to our room we already loved the place! The coolest view of the river right from your bedroom! We immediately went river rafting as we only had 2 days to spend there. This was pretty much the highlight of our stay as you have sooo much fun in the river with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I wouldn't call this a regular hotel, because it isn't. Rather, it's like a collection of treehouses near the river. Each room is designed like a balcony with a fence. No windows, just a bamboo curtain. The bathroom is accessed by going down a ladder through the floor. Here, the walls are made of stone and still no windows, just... More 

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