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Maillagahawatte, Galkadawala | Palugaswewa, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Out of the way lodge but central to the cultural triangle sights. Beautiful eco freindly architecture, attention to detail, gorgeous Sri Lankan food and Maulie is an attentive freindly knowledgable host. We had a special 3 nights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Galkadawala forest lodge is a very special place to stay in Sri Lanka. My friend and myself spent there 3 nights, and we enjoyed every second of it. The house is designed so that you feel very close to the nature, and yet it was very comfortable, clean and cosy. After leaving sri lanka both of us agreed that nevertheless... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The entire concept of this place is unique. It's the ideal place to unwind and relax. The host and staff were very hospitable and friendly. Made us feel like we were in a home away from home. An absolute must for nature lovers. Definitely going to visit again!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We visited the hotel on 19/04/14 and unfortunately we stayed only for a night. The Eco-hotel is in the middle of no-were with 15 to 20 minutes away from Habarana and with a bit bad road at the end until you reach the hotel. The location is excellent 2 tree houses with 2 double rooms each one. The hotel is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

set in the middle of the forest next to a lake, this place is heaven. We were greeted and made to feel at home as soon as we entered. Maulie is a wonderful host. The traditional sri lankan food served here was one of the highlights of the trip. The 4.5km road in here is quite dodgy, so it might... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Simply the best wildlife lodging experience with original Sri Lankan foods for cheapest rates.fresh, organic foods,fruits.friendly staff.calm and quite environment. clean and comfort.well maintained place. A place you must visit 7/7

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This was our first lodging in Sri Lanka and it was certainly unique. The approach to the hotel is a long bumpy road. Our driver (not accustomed to the more basic lodgings) was clearly not impressed. Some other Chinese guests (2 females) were also a bit concerned when they first arrived as to where they were being taken as there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights at Galkadawala in late December - it was the perfect start to a 16 day trip. The location is enchanting - nestled amongst the trees with views out to a beautiful tank. The lodges embrace the surrounding flora and fauna and to be in the thick of it really is magical. We were capitavated by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

What a special and magical place! Beautiful surroundings, unique architecture, kind staff, cool owner and delicious food. Falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of pure nature was a highlight of my trip. You can just feel the love and pride that the owner, Maulie, has for this lodge. Great location for day trips to sights in the cultural... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful hospitality and the best food in Sri Lanka. We loved our time there and sleeping in the treetops was so peaceful. A great base for exploring the sites of Sigiriya, pollunuwara & Ritugala (fantastic ruins). Really unique & Special accommodation without frills but really comfortable beds,Mosquito nets and homely off the beaten track feeling. The Best butterflies in the... More

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Address: Maillagahawatte, Galkadawala | Palugaswewa, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
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“Galkadawala” an ancient agro based village is situated in the centre of the Cultural Triangle 10.5 km from Habarana.It has also over the years developed into a stronghold of bio-diversity with rich vegetation and water-courses transforming the once barren landscape into chequered patterns of verdant paddy fields and pockets of jungle glades.Since it is in close proximity to the main cultural/historical sites and wild-life parks, tours have been arranged to these sites with the help of the local community in their safari jeeps and motor cycles.The distances to the sites are approximately :-Ritigala forest monastery (15 mins)Manakanda forest monastery (25 mins)Dambulla Temple cave paintings, Sigiriya Rock Fortress (30 MINS)Kaudulla or Minneriya National Parks (30 mins)Polonnaruwa, Huruluwewa, Awkana Buddha statue or Kalawewa (45 mins)Anuradhapura or Mihintale (50 mins)Wilpattu National Park via Anuradhapura (1.5 hours)Trincomalee (1.5 hours)Batticaloa or Kandy (2.5 hours).Trekking and walking. The characteristic bio-diversity of these parts give ample opportunities for personal exploration. The area abounds with endemic creatures of all types, including 133 of the 453 avian species and 50 of the 230 species of butterflies of Sri Lanka which are recorded at Galkadawala .The network of tanks (lakes), with the special emphasis to the lake by which the lodge is sited, irrigation canals, village roads and foot-paths are “veins” along which you may stroll at leisure or trek with purpose, and so enjoy the natural habitat where species of all kinds interact with each other.In such surroundings eating becomes a special pleasure to be indulged and remembered . To sit down under torch-light to homely village fare with vegetables and ingredients gathered from neighborhood gardens at the end of an eventful day, is a memory indeed to carry home. In addition to enjoying the food, guests are also welcome to try their hand at preparing dishes of their choice. ... more   less 
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