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“Haputale June 2012” 5 of 5 stars
Review of White Monkey - Dias Rest

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3 km Post, Dambetanne Road | Hillside Thotulagalla, Haputale, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Haputale
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“Haputale June 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

One of the highlights of my trip to sri lanka last summer was the stay in Haputale at Dias Rest. I wanted an authentic experience living with locals and a nice view overlooking the hills. At white Monkey I got both. The family is friendly and helpful. Dias is the most experienced guide of the area. His family is lovely. The room was big with big windows directly overlooking the famous hills of Haputale. It reminded me of a place I stayed in the south of France with a view on the vineyards. Except of course the price was a loooot cheaper and the experience just as nice.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Wyndham, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We stayed there as a couple and only by luck found Dias Rest after reading a few travellers reviews. When we arrived we were met by one of the nicest and most accommodating families you will ever meet.

We were hoping to get the cottage on the cliff edge but unfortunately it was booked so we stayed in one of the other rooms. The room was spacious and comfortable and suited our needs as we just needed somewhere to crash after a long day of walking the fantastic hills and surrounds.

We only stayed in this room for one night and then the cottage was available so we took it up and what an experience. It is quite a small cottage sitting literally on the cliff edge and when with large windows at the front so it feels like you are floating. It does get very chilly at night being so highly perched on the cliff within the clouds and the windows do their best to keep the mist out but the room does get a bit moist.

You have a good variety of food to choose from for each meal and you just have to let the mother know what you want in advance and she will prepare it to your liking.

The location of Dias Rest is a good walk to the Lipton Tea Factory however you can jump on the local bus that passes at the front of the driveway which is an experience in itself. Also make sure you walk up to Liptons seat but go early enough before the clouds roll on in and the view disappears.

I would highly recommend staying at Dias Rest if you want to experience a simple yet friendly experience that gives you a good insight into Sri Lankan family life.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed in the cottage of the White Monkey for 2 nights and really loved it. Dias family and the food is great and we had a lot of fun playing Monopoly and card games with the kids while it was stormy outside.
Of course, it is not the most luxury place, but what can you expect for the price? Still, the cottage has everything you need if you travel on low budget. If its cold outside, just ask for extra blankets. Early in the morning, the view from the cottage is the best and you should not be afraid that you miss it, the monkeys are making sure that you will be awake...

We were very happy to find such a welcoming host on our trip to Sri Lanka.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The host was warm and friendly and the view from the room was fantastic. But we only discovered the latter the following morning coz when we reached the place it was raining quite heavily so the area was shrouded in mist.

To be honest i was a little disappointed upon seeing the room coz it was not the cozy cottage i had expected from all the rave reviews here. Firstly, the place was really hard to find and even though we had a private transport, the local driver had problems tracking the place down and we had to go round in circles a few times before finding the route marker on the side of a winding road. We basically alighted by the roadside and had to trek down a slippery flight of steps made of rocks (it was raining when we arrived) before reaching the host's house.

The room was a bit further down from where the host family stayed. The room was very basic and a little run down. What made up for it was the excellent view we got to see when we woke up at 6.30am the following morning. That pretty much made up for our initial disappointment.

We spent the morning trekking up to Lipton's Seat, passing up the tea plantation workers along the way. The view was great, just a tad bit misty. The bus timings were not very regular so in the end, we had to walk down in the rain after missing the bus. The visit to the Dambetanne Factory was interesting and personally, I could have just stayed there coz of the smell :)

Our meals were all prepared by the host family and it was really good authentic Sri Lankan fare.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

This family are absolutely lovely, so very welcoming and friendly but leave you with all the privacy you could have ask for. The view from the cottage is amazing but I would still suggest going upto the Lipton's Seat as there is a lovely tea house on top. The amenities are basic here but adequate so would recommend this place if you are travelling with towels etc.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

:)) Dias and family are very nice and welcoming .You can enjoy privacy, as the rooms are in a separate ...........The view from the guesthouse is absolutely amazing.Dias, the owner, is very friendly and is always ready to help with any tours or sites you want to see. Their hospitality is such as if they are keen to allow every visitor to experience the beauty of nature that can be experienced in this part of Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Set in a beautiful location, it's more than a guest house as Dias & Family welcome you like an old friend. You can enjoy privacy, as the rooms are in a separate building but if you want you can spend a lot of time with the family. We enjoyed plenty of time eating in the familly house, playing cricket with the kids, had uncountable cups of tea and good evening conversations. We also got lots of advice on what to visit, what to buy, best prices...
Don't go there looking for lunxury, but if you're after a good experience and meeting amazing people you shoudn't miss it!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 3 km Post, Dambetanne Road | Hillside Thotulagalla, Haputale, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Haputale
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Haputale
Number of rooms: 161

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