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“Quiet & nice place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Mutu Village
Kashyapagama, Habarana, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 19 Habarana B&B and Inns
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“Quiet & nice place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We were happy with our stay here: lovely garden, good breakfast, fine room. Ajith is very nice & always give us a smile, willing to help us for everything. We booked a mini van with driver through Ajith. The driver is his brother, Gamini. He is a very good & safe driver. We travelled with 2 small kids so this was the first thing we wanted. His English is not perfect but he did try his best to meet up our expectation. We were very very happy to choose him as our driver. Thank you a lot Gamini for driving us for 13 days in Sri Lanka. Our daughter keeps asking about you every day!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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Oosterhout, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and had a brilliant time! The rooms are okay, but that's not what makes a stay at Mutu Village worth your time. The garden, the lovely food, Mutu's smile and Ajith's stories make this place a gem! We enjoyed the breakfast and diner served in the garden; Mutu is a great cook. Ajith knows his way around and can help you arrange just about anything, but not in a "pushy" way. Let Ajith arrange the safari to Minnerya National park but be sure to ask the best nature guide in town: Chamara. He made our visit to Minnerya one to remember! Oh, and Habarana is a perfect place to discover the cultural triangel:Dambulla, Sigirya, Pidurangula.....

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Honokaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Excellent and friendly service, family run. Nice and very quiet place, but difficult to find and a bit retreated. Good location to see the 'culture triangle' places, Mr. Mutu has many good hints for that. Nice garden to sit and eat outside. Our room was a bit small and dark, but they have better rooms too. The bathroom was expensively tiled but could have been cleaner. Great breakfast selection, homecooked, also with very good Sri Lankan specialities. You should also try it for dinner! 'Mr. Mutu' knows a good place to get an aurvedic treatment.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We stayed 3 nights and could easily have spent one more. The guesthouse is located in a quiet lane but within walking distance of Habarana and the lake. The rooms are very good with a/c and a very good mattress. There is a nice communal sitting area outside and really good outside dining area where one can enjoy meals and get to know the other guests. Breakfast and the evening meals were excellent. Wifi was good. We had a great safari to Kaudulla NP, and when we said we were keen birdwatchers Ajith immediately organised a very good guide with birding skills, included in the normal price. We also walked several times round the nearby lake in the late afternoon and witnessed some good birdlife. Covered both the Ancient cities by tuk-tuk from here on 2 separate days. Excellent choice for this area.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights, last month. The home-stay is run by a friendly couple – Ajith manages the guests while shy Mutu is the secret behind their fabulous breakfasts and dinners. E-mail correspondence during booking was prompt. The location is just right – a little off Habarana’s main road, which makes it quiet and peaceful.

Rooms and bathrooms are spacious. I’d have liked a window with a view, but the room was occupied (ask for the room out in the front, which does). However, there is a very comfy porch outside the house, so I spent a lot of my time there. This is also a great place to chat with fellow-guests. If you want a room with more privacy, ask for the room outside, with a verandah. It’s a bit smaller than the other rooms, though. Our bed was comfortable and had clean sheets.

The Sri Lankan style breakfasts were hearty and served in the roofed dining area adjacent to the house. They do not offer lunch, but sometimes offer dinner. We had dinner twice and the food was excellent both times, with home-cooked Sri Lankan fare. On one of the days, Ajith recommended Nalin’s, a small eatery on the main road, which dishes out hoppers, rottis and kotthu rottis. That was a good way to sample Sri Lankan fast-food.

We enjoyed Ajith’s & Mutu’s hospitality and the endless cups of tea on the porch, chatting with Ajith or the other guests. Ajith also helped us book an English-speaking guide for Sigiriya. Mutu went out of her way to do laundry for us and didn’t charge for it either. The day we checked out to drive to Kandy, Ajith called in the evening to check if we’d reached okay. All these gestures went a long way into making this a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Seaford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

We booked in advance, arrived by local bus from Negombo, got off at Habarana crossroads & short tuk tuk ride to Ajith & Mutu's delightful & accommodating home stay. Ajith is his own best asset - a genuinely charming man. This was a quiet & simple home stay but all the essentials are there. A wine shop & upmarket hotel with pool that Ajith's guests can use at very low cost. Ajith advised us on how to get to the various cultural triangle sites that we wanted to visit. Polonnaruwa, Ritigala & Pidurangala were unforgettable. Ajith's neighbour (Sareth?) took us in his tuk tuk to latter two sites & was a considerate & thoughtful guide. We went by bus to Polonnaruwa which was perfectly manageable. (We are two old codgers in our 50's.) Extra bonus was Mutu's cooking. We were lucky she was in a position to cook for us on all three evenings - I think it depends on there being sufficient demand, and to be fair she deserves an evening off sometimes. Thank you to Ajith for making us welcome & comfortable.
Kate (& Andrew)

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

A lovely location, though away from the hub of the village. Clean well appointed room, lovely garden, delicious food. A big downside for us was that though we had paid extra for 'driver room with meals' ,that Ajith booked at another hotel, the driver had to pay for his own food and we had to negotiate his getting a refund from Ajith for his breakfast, at a minimum. This was not willingly given. It is customary for a hotel to provide a room and food for a driver, so we were already paying over the odds and were met with distinct lack of generosity. We felt that business overruled hospitality here in the manner of the owner, particularly as we had our own driver/guide and did not need to buy any trips. Also evening meals may not always be available (for 2 of our 3 nights here) and on these evenings the property was unoccupied.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kashyapagama, Habarana, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
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Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Habarana
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