Not one to usually enjoy a "relaxing" trip upcountry, when suggested by a friend I grudgingly accepted only to be pleasantly surprised by the whole experience of it all!
The location was fantastic with views overlooking the mountain range. The bungalow itself surpassed my expectations with a lovely homey feel with wooden floors and spacious dining room with a fireplace. The rooms were lovely with windows opening out to a spectacular view. The bathrooms, well maintained (though one of the bathtubs needs to be repainted) and clean with a lovely stone floor.
Food was delicious - Sri Lankan as requested.
We received excellent service from the staff working there. All were extremely helpful, specially as the bungalow is solar powered and charging five phones at once was a bit of a task, but they managed to get the job done!
Since we went during the drought season, the area wasn't as misty as supposed to be, and luckily for us that translated to a clear night and an amazing view of the stars (and also no leeches!) Lying under the thousands of stars was truly an amazing experience.
The trek we took from the nearby village was around 3 hours and well worth it when you reach the "pool" within the river at the midway point.
I will most definitely try and come back to attempt the 7 hour trek! But the trip was a beautiful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering sweeping vistas of the North Eastern Knuckles mountain range, an area that is celebrated for its striking peaks, pristine waterways, bewitching cloud forests, and diverse flora and fauna, Sir John’s Bungalow is situated at the threshold of a land before time.Built by the British during the colonial era as a residence for the Superintendent of the 1,300 acre Laggala tea estate, the Bungalow was once the holiday home of Sir John Kotalawala, the third Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. As the area is within the Knuckles conservation zone tea cultivation was abandoned thirty years ago allowing the jungle to reclaim its bounty.The planter's misfortune has thus become a dream come true for trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and all seekers of the sublime. During the dry months of June to September, elephants from the plains of the nearby Wasgamuwa National Park roam the estate in search of water and food. Wild buffaloes are in abundance, with leopards and fishing cats making occasional nocturnal visits, and the sounds of the timid barking deer echoing in the surrounding forest.Committed to an ethos of environmentally sustainable hospitality, Sir John’s Bungalow is carbon-neutral, harnessing solar energy for electricity and recycling all waste matter. ---------------------------------AccommodationTastefully appointed with modern conveniences, Sir John’s Bungalow also retains its old-world charms and comforts, including roaring fireplaces in the living and dining rooms. All bedrooms feature king-sized beds, elegant teak floors, and attached bathrooms with hot water showers. Both the Riverstone suite and Sir John's suite have four-legged cast iron bathtubs that can be filled for a long, relaxing soak. ... more less
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