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Galkadawala

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Galkadawala | Palugaswewa, Habarana 10150, Sri Lanka
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  • Location
    4.5 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Corby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a place, the jungle tree house was everything we wanted it to be. Hidden in the jungle and surrounded by nature yet with all the amenities we would want. The accommodation was tasteful, clean, dry and cosy and all with perfect Sri Lankan hospitality. And the food - delicious! We we're hooked on curds and honey for the rest... More 

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Hawalli, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is such a special place! Beautiful setting surrounded by jungle. Maurie will join you for breakfast and dinner and tell stories about animals you might encounter. The children (6 & 4) loved sleeping in the 'treehouse', and started 'seeing' all kinds of animals, including giraffes, tigers and dragons. We encountered nothing frightening though. Its a good location to all... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...and started a b&b you'd have Galkadawala! Constructed in a forest rehabilitated from a slash and burn rural property this is a truly unique experience! The original lodge has a lovely traditional Eco-lodge feel... It is in the newer building where one gets the post-apocalyptic resort feel. Working with a very creative architect using reclaimed industrial materials the common and... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

A friend and I have recently spent 4 nights at Gadakwala with Moulie, Veerasinghe and the rest of the team of people that go out of their way to make your stay feel like home from home. Moulie has been inspired to create a pleasant, homely, comfortable, friendly place that is simple, quiet, tranquil and in a spot that one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We were greeted well and given some refreshments by the local staff wearing sarons who carry a harming feeling that you won't find in western hotels.The room was spacious and had glass windows overlooking the lake and beautiful trees.We saw giant squirrels,blue kingfisher bird, bright yellow orial bird.the dinner was all you can eat string hoppers with some yummy healthy... More 

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Thank You so much for your review. It is truly appreciated. Please do visit us again. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Built nicely without disturbing to nature. Bathroom modern and well built. Situated just in front of a tank thats full of birds. Meals tasty. Nice place to have a barbecue at night. Stairs little difficult to climb for older people. But they can stay in ground floor

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Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

One needs a good bed and good food in a good hotel and you find them both at Galkadawala...even the food without beef and fish they serve are a treat. The ambiance created is unique and very different from the standard boutique and even if one does not indulge in anything at all but just enjoy one's stay here from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Coming here was the best move of our holiday so far! Maulie has created paradise in the jungle, and it's with good reason that one of the guests has been staying there for 5 weeks already. If you're coming just to relax and enjoy nature, this is for you. But if you're looking for a perfectly situated place from which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Galkadawala is an unique place. The owner (Mauli) has build two small lodges in a most beautiful place using recycled building materials. When she bought the land it was slashed and burned, now it's a place in nature. Birdlovers will like this place a lot, especially because you can see all different kind of birds lying in your bed, how... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We stayed 3 nights as part of our Sri Lanka tour and had a lovely time. The room we had was part of the newer 2 bedroom tree house built over part of the small river and we really felt part of our surroundings. The room was spacious with a large comfy bed on a sort of platform one end... More 

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