I had heard so much about Galkadawela Eco Lodge from so many people and they did tell me how amazing it was, however you really cannot imagine how great a place is until you really have been there yourself. We spent a long weekend at this amazing eco lodge and it truly did live up and go beyond all of what i was expecting of it. The drive to the lodge was along a village road and some great birding along the way. The lodge is built in a way that it blends so well with its environs and you don’t know its there until you go inside. The rooms are very comfortable, all the necessary luxurious are there along with attached bathroom, hot water and a nice shower. Lots of space to chill out on the ground floor as well as the deck. The top most floor with the great views of the tank is the best place to be in the evenings and do some relaxing birdwatching. I was able to see many species of birds while in the bungalow it self and also got a good opportunity to take good pictures of them also. The food and service is super great too. Staff are friendly and willing to help at all times and cook makes the best meals and we got to eat so many great local vegetables that we usually don’t get a chance to. It was really cold in the evenings and night and we could not believe we were actually in the dry zone of the country it was more like somewhere in the hills! Lots to see and do while you’re there as well, if you ever want to leave the place that is. A trip to Ritigala is recommended if the road to it is repaired. I would recommend anyone who loves to be truly close to nature and have a different experience this is the place to go. We had an infant with us and she was very safe and happy staying here. This is a place for people who really love the outdoors and want to be close to nature. If your worried about the bugs and bees and freak out at the sight of them, this is not the place for you! But some of us appreciate that they are all part of our eco system and they have the right to be there as much as we do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WE OFFER FREE BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER SERVED BY OUR RENOWNED CHEFS IF YOU STAY WITH US IN APRIL OR MAY 2015. GALKADAWALA offers unique experiences of Culture, Heritage, History, Wildlife and Eco-friendly Construction. Once deforested, consumed and denuded land has been transformed back to a vibrant ecological habitat by this project. Surrounding irrigation lake, waterways and forests with high biodiversity provide trekking, bird watching and relaxing. Situated in an ancient agricultural village, Galkadawala, the lodge is in the centre of the Cultural Triangle close to historical sites Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Ritigala and Anuradhapura, and wildlife parks Minneriya, Kaudulla, Hurulu and Wilpattu. SPECIAL NOTE : TODAY the area abounds with endemic creatures of all types, including 133 of the 453 avian species and 50 of the 230 species of butterflies of Sri Lanka which are recorded at Galkadawala. From one of the smallest Lizards, the Sri Lanka Dry Zone Kangaroo Lizard, to the largest mammal on earth, the elephant, can be observed at Galkadawala. This is a result of hard work since 2006, of nurturing a habitat back to its former glory. To maintain this complex ecological habitat, at Galkadawala, prominence and care is given to all creatures. Guests too should understand that they have arrived at a habitat that has to be shared by all. One has to be especially sensitive to the creatures of the night, owls, otters, fishing cat (a very elusive animal, but can be heard if you are quiet enough). ... more less