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“Little bit of Dumbanagala Chalet” 5 of 5 stars
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Dumbanagala Plantation | Loolwatte Hunnasgiriya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #32 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Little bit of Dumbanagala Chalet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Its a wonderful experience at Knuckles range and a best place to stay over. Chalet is well designed, its clean and nicely maintained by very friendly and experienced staff. There are many places to visit from the Chalet including Cobrat's Gap, Mini World's End, Lakegala and Meemure Village where real village life of Sri Lanka blended with nature can be seen.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We are a group of relatives and friends on a motorcycle tour around central and southern Sri Lanka. This chalet was one of the highlights of all the places that we stayed in.

It is reached by a fairly difficult cross country ride (we were on Honda 250 Baja bikes) or there is a road of sorts but like so many in Sri Lanka, "road" is a relative term. To be fair, there was a lot of road works in train which added to the excitement, particularly when you round a blind corner to meet the morning bus head on. As is so often the case here, there was no agro, all concerned just manoeuvered out of each others way.

The chalet is a surprise when you see it. Very modern and purpose designed. We were there in September which means the wind blows maniacally all day. It wasn't possible to go outside on the deck for fear of being blown away. The main lounge area is tastefully decorated and very comfortably set up. There is a huge library of all sorts of books but quaintly, the doors are locked. As we were the only guests, I'm not sure what to make of that, however, it was made available to us after we asked.

The bedrooms are quite large and comfortable and the bathrooms very adequate. The chalet has its own hydro plant for electricity when there is enough water so there will be times when power is unavailable but given the location it is a small price to pay.

The food was typically Sri Lankan but more than adequate.

The chalet would be a great place to simply relax and forget the outside world. With the open fire going, a good book and a serious red wine, life wouldn't get much better.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Best location to enjoy the wonders of Knucles range. Situated at the very top only one km to the Corbats gap. You can have a nice walk in the mist upto Corbats gap and enjoy the scenery. You can see four districts from this point. Bungalow is very well designed and maintained nicely. The rooms and toilets are very clean Food is also very good. There are spacious balconies in the halls and as well as in each room. A mezzanine floor is also available in each room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dumbanagala Plantation | Loolwatte Hunnasgiriya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
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Ranked #32 of 99 Specialty Lodging in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chalet is set amidst towering mountains and lush green forests of the famous Knuckles range of Sri Lanka. Four luxury double rooms and a luxury suite are available for occupancy. The lobby with its balcony provides a magnificent view. The large stone fire place and the well stocked library are part of the lobby. Dining room serves set menu and a la carte. This is a photographer’s paradise and bird and butterfly watchers dream. ... more   less 

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