The place was really relaxing and comfortable and Nihal, the guy who’s looking after the place was super friendly and welcoming. Food was really good too. The only concern is that you’ve really gotta negotiate with the host to get transport arranged though they say that picking from Matara and dropping there is for free.
Bedda Eco Cottages is an amazing place for those who wanna escape the crowds of selfie-stick addicts and semi drunk hipsters that's trying to surf for the first time in Hikkaduwa. This place is highly recommended if you wanna experience some real Sri Lankan countryside lifestyle, culture and nature. A good Bungalow with nice view of a river + amazing food cooked by the friendly and fun gentlemen Nihal made our stay relaxing and rememberble.The owner is friendly, chill and a really good driver. We took a tuktuk to check out a temple in the area which was just as amazing as the nature surrounding it. The place is a bit from Sinharaja rain forest, but definitely worth checking out. Will definitely come back again next time I visit Sri Lanka.
It was our best experience so far in Sri Lanka! The cottage is in the middle of the jungle and have the most relaxing view to the river. Thr room is cozy and the food and advices from Nihal are the best, (I miss him already ) , be aware that is an hour away from Siharaja rain forest but the location self is already very green and the air feels so pure , we canceled the excursion because we felt really comfortable already there but we took another short short tuc tuc trip to a beautiful temple on a mountain closer . I will definitely come back .
We booked a night here in order to visit the Singaraja Rain Forest Reserve. Unfortunately, the cottages are located quite a ways from the reserve and, according to the owner, the only way you can visit is to book a pricey excursion through him. We were charged $30pp for a 4x4 vehicle and a scary driver, when we already had a driver that could have driven us most of the way there and then taken a tuk tuk for the last bit (which we had to do anyway, even having taken the 4x4). The room we occupied was nice, but not amazing as other reviewers have written. Air conditioning was too cold and difficult to control. Bed was large but didn’t have proper linens. We asked for and received an extra sheet, but it was child-sized and didn’t cover even one adult effectively. Bathroom is attached to the cottage, but you have to step outside for a short ways to access it (can be difficult for night “visits”). The view from the front deck of the river is very nice, but the deck has no guard rail on the river side, so you have to be careful where you step/sit. Most of all what disappointed us was that we had no idea that there were only 2 cottages here. There is no separate dining area to take your meals - both dinner and breakfast the following morning were brought to our deck, which we thought a bit strange. Also, we weren’t given any sort of orientation by the owner when we arrived so there was a sense that we were not fully aware of how to “use” the cottage (for example, what the multitude of light switches controlled). Further, a full menu was provided to us to study but when it came time for dinner only fried rice was available, which while tasty was rather tepid by the time it was carried the significant distance from the kitchen to our cottage. Overall, I think this property falls into the “needs improvement” category. It has the potential to be quite nice (as long as you realize what it is and what it isn’t), but isn’t quite there yet. …
The place is a little paradise, a beautifully built cottage with a terrace (with a hammock) next to the river, the whole cottage is built from wood from the area. A very comfortable bed, Perfectly design room. Right in the middle of the jungle. Wonderful homey food. Beautiful pool in the river. Lovely host and manager - cook. Just perfect!