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Maillagahawatte, Galkadawala | Palugaswewa, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When a hotel or guest house has such good reviews, there is always something at the back of my mind that worries me, that it will not live up to expectations. Galkadawala not only lived up to them, but it exceeded them beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The setting could not be more idyllic, and the slightly "off-road"... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stay at this rustic lodge was by far the highlight of a great trip to Sri Lanka. Maulie, the owner, has created a unique experience here. A must for nature lovers. The lodge is carefully and thoughtfully built from reclaimed materials that fit perfectly into the natural surroundings. And yet comfort is not neglected. Though facilities are simple they... More

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11 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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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Athens, Greece
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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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Address: Maillagahawatte, Galkadawala | Palugaswewa, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
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