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Boulders Yala
Kirinda - Tissa Road | Yala, Kirinda 00000, Sri Lanka   |  
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
1 review
“Best one around !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Fishing with Game Fishing Asia is like a dream came true ! One should fish with them to get a real taste of GT fishing and to experience how a charter should be ! They have got the best GT skippers around along with nice hospitality and great food in their house. Highly recommended !

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Boulders is one of the best places to stay at if you want to visit Yala. It has accommodation for 10 people - 8 sleep upstairs in a tastefully designed communal area in the style of the classic wildlife bungalows inside the park, while 2 others can sleep in the modern air-conditioned luxury room downstairs, complete with cable TV.

The service is good and the chef is excellent and can handle both Sri Lankan and Western dishes with ease. The BBQ option is recommended. Apart from visiting the Yala National Park, I went to the Kirinda fisheries harbour in the morning (5 minutes away) to select and buy fresh fish from the latest catch (best time to go is at about 7am, but there's fish until about 10 a.m.). It is interesting to see all the different types of fish that you don't normally get in the supermarket. The chef at Boulders will cook it to your taste.

The location of boulders is relatively isolated, but is a few hundred metres from the beach and convenient. You can expect to see some minor forms of wildlife in the garden itself, like monitor lizards and peacocks, but it isn't likely to have wondering elephants about.

Boulders is exceptional value for money, especially if you have a large group of people.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A very well thought out bungalow, that can comfortably accommodate 10 people. Very obliging staff and good food. highly recommend the full board option as its good value for money and very convenient.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Boulders is a 100% satisfying experience. The room and sleeping areas are well maintained and comfortable, the bathrooms are superb and the views even nicer! The cook and caretaker are very well trained and the cook makes the most amazing food.

There is a large garden area for children to play in or to have a BBQ and its not too far from Yala park.

I would fully recommend this place for a group of 8-10.

  • Stayed November 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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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

It all started when the guys wanted to find some chill time coz it’s been a while since our last vacation outing. So we chose Yala to be our getaway. After sweeping the net we bumped in to Boulders Yala which is situated very close to the Yala national park. Reviews were great so we thought of giving it a shot’ but trust me when I say that the web site does not do justice to the place!! So I made a reservation online and got a response the very next day. I called them to get some more info and spoke to “Hisham” who helped us with the booking. He was very straight forward and to the point which made it that much easier to make our decisions.
We work in the Night and we hit the road right after us closed shop at 04.30am in the morning. Stopped at a couple of places and got to boulders at around 10.30am – 11.00am. The place was very easy to find and the directions given was spot on. We were greeted with a cold towel and awesome wood apple juice which felt like heaven by three individuals Chef: Gnanadasa, Caretaker: Sarath & Assistant Caretaker: Gunasekara. The staff is very friendly and helpful and they provide good service.

Boulders Yala - provides a distinctive living atmosphere, especially suited for friends /family. There is a single room downstairs with attached bathroom, Cable TV & DVD player to who ever want a bit of privacy. The upstairs provides an open sleeping environment with bunker like beds placed along the side walls with a plug base allocated to each Bed. The upstairs has an open concept so you can see the ocean, hear the waves and feel the breeze from each bed. The view from the upstairs is Awesome.

Not to forget the Food was awesome and delicious and whenever we bought in extra ingredients or meat items to be prepared separately the chef did a awesome job preparing it just the way we want it. All in all it was an awesome experience and I am looking forward to returning soon!

BIG thank you to Boulders Yala by - Mahdi, Howard, Shakir, Terrance, Vishava, Daniel, Harith, Martin, Tuan & Minfaz.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed at Boulders for the duration of trip to Yala. I was traveling with family. Boulders provides a unique living environment, especially suited for friends or family. There is a single room downstairs. The upstairs provides an open sleeping environment with bunker like beds placed along the side walls. The walls are also an open concept so you can see the ocean, hear the waves and feel the breeze from each bed. The view from the upstairs is beautiful.

The service and food is excellent. The price includes 3 full meals. They provide a set menu from which you can choose each meal. We ordered some western meals and some traditional Sri Lankan meals. All the meals were excellent.

Boulders is located close to Yala making it a very convenient location for those looking to visit Yala. All in all boulders is a unique holiday bungalow with a very refreshing and relaxing environment and great food and service.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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hishamshums, Owner at Boulders Yala, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Dear Ravi,

Thank you for your comments and we are glad you had a good holiday. Hope to see you again at Boulders!

Best regards

Hisham.
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This place is perfect for a family or friends outing. The bungalow was great, the location was perfect, and most importantly it was spick and span
The staff you have there are wonderful, very courteous and obliging. And the food was super
Overall the concept offered is wonderful, it is hassle free, flexible, and good value.
Our group had a wonderful stay. It was combination of the wildlife with the pampering of semi luxury comfort. A special thank you, to the staff at Boulder… we really had a wonderful stay, and have no hesitation in recommending this bungalow.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Boulders Yala

Address: Kirinda - Tissa Road | Yala, Kirinda 00000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Kirinda
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Kirinda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boulders is a bungalow situated very close to the Yala national park in Sri Lanka. We have one en suite double room downstairs along with shared sleeping for eight persons upstairs. More info / pics can be seen at Facebook.com/bouldersyalaWe have a chef and a caretaker who can make most eastern and western dishes and have been trained at a large hotels chain in Sri Lanka. ... more   less 
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