Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari

Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari

Keselkoratuwa - Mailagama Sella Road - Kataragama - Yala Park, Kataragama 91400 Sri Lanka
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4.5
#2 of 12 lodges in Kataragama
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4.6
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.7
Value
4.5
We are located on the border of Yala Nacional Park. It's an ecological place, built in a natural way for a responsible tourism and safari. Bordering the Gem Menik River where guests can enjoy the clean water and refresh body and mind. We organize responsible safaris in Yala NP, we go from Kataragama entrance which is more quiet and wild and we go far from the crowded and busy jeeps to observe the wild life and vegetation. We offer visits to the ancient temple - Situlpowa in the jungle. We have at one's disposal free bicycles for tours long the lakes and we help the guests to explore the local area. We guide the guests to a visit in the Kataragama multi-religious site and participate in the daily Pooja. We have 4 comfortable rooms (one is a large family suite) with terrace and sitting area all built in a rustic style using renewable and natural material. We serve Sri Lankan cuisine prepared daily and cooked on an open fire with terracotta pots. We share a comfortable and traditional atmosphere where everybody are welcome to join for a relaxing experience in harmony with nature and wildlife for an unforgettable stay and experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Mosquito net
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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English, French, Spanish, Hindi and 2 more

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Keselkoratuwa - Mailagama Sella Road - Kataragama - Yala Park, Kataragama 91400 Sri Lanka
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Nittaya_Wijetunga wrote a review Dec 2021
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved our stay at Gem River Edge. The accommodation is beautifully designed and constructed to incorporate and blend perfectly with the forest and natural surroundings. After a day of exploring or safari, you can relax and unwind in the refreshing Gem River, safe and fun for the kids too- my son would have been happy in there all day. The kitchen provided some of the best rice and curry we have ever had, vegetarian, homegrown and organic- the jack fruit curry is not to be missed. A true paradise for nature lovers!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Ketty Salafia wrote a review Jan 2022
Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gem River Edge: such a beautiful stay and fabulous way to live so close to wildlife in Sri Lanka!

Though, a trip to Gem river is so much more than just wildlife. Everything about Gem River eco resort has been put together thoughtfully and carefully in respect of nature.

We stayed in a nice cottage in the middle of a big park, surrounded by huge trees and close to a river. Beautiful surroundings!

The food was exceptional with a great variety of organic vegetables cooked in traditional ways. My dietary requirements were perfectly catered for.

During our Safari with Muna, we were very fortunate to see some wild bears, elephants, buffaloes, birds, crocodiles etc. Muna, who is also the owner of Gem River, speaks quitly and is very knowledgeable, informative and can spot everything.
We had a stop close to the beach at Yala Park and had a fine breakfast picnic organized by them: the view, quietness and food were simply amazing.

We have stayed at Gem River Edge several times and the last time it was during Poya Day, the full moon Buddhist celebration, and we celebrated it in a traditional way by lightning oil lamps, offering flowers to Buddha in their private little temple and making a big fire in their forest. Such a great and touchy experience.

The owners, Muna and Carla, a beautiful mixed Sri Lankan-Portuguese couple, are very supportive and helpful. They come round all the times and invite us to visit the surrounding areas. A big highlight was their paddy field with a lovely traditional wood fired dinner at the camp fire.

Simply excellent. Fully recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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TeeFree1 wrote a review Feb 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything about this place was absolutely perfect.

We were made to feel so welcome and the staff made sure we had everything we needed and more. You are surrounded by so much natural beauty on your door step, they have a lovely river close by with monkey everywhere playing in the trees. The food was so good, we never left and had breakfast, lunch and dinner with them. The bed was so comfortable, I slept like a baby every night. I honestly couldn’t fault this place one bit.

We also booked a full day safari tour and a bush sunset walk with them and both were amazing experiences! So much fun and well worth every penny. Our only regret is that we didn’t book for longer, it’s a perfect place to stay to relax and see Yala National park. We will be back, thank you so much to everyone at the eco lodge for the best time! We were so sad to leave!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Barbara M wrote a review Apr 2020
Stafford, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have seen this place grow, over 9 years, into the haven of peace it is today. Set in a forest garden where if you take the time to stay quiet, and look, you will see a wide variety of Sri Lankas wild life. Monkeys, Palm squirrels, even the giant ones, Civet cat and the beautiful birds all live in or visit the gardens. The food is Sri Lankan vegetarian and very good. There's a very good walk from here to the local lake through the paddy field areas. We always walk to the temple complex but a tuk -tuk is always available if you are in a hurry.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Gaia A wrote a review Jan 2024
Berlin, Germany
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gem river is the most beautiful and peaceful place we have in been in Sri Lanka. We felt immediately at home and decided to stop for two nights instead of only one. We spent lovely time with Muna and Kelum during the safari and at the lodge. We enjoyed delicious Ayurvedic recipes with fresh and locally sourced produces. We could borrow the scooter to visit Kataragama and they also drove us to the bus station after our check out. I’d love to go back one day ♥️ Ayubowan Gem River!
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from , Owner at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Responded May 9, 2024
Thank you very much for your reveiw. It was a pleasure to host you and share our natural spot with you. Was a please to serve you our delicious food and drive you in our conscious Yala safari. Always welcome.
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Kamile Nutautaite wrote a review Feb 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Place itself is real gem. Perfectly blended with the nature and the jungle but at the same time very extraordinary. Here it's like a getaway from outside world to calm, find connection with nature and peace within. Waking up to a bird alarm, having morning bath in the Gem river, seeing wildlife all around and just enjoying..What else you need? So much love Mona put into this place you can feel that all over.
And the fooood. Wow. One of the best Sri Lankan cuisines I've eaten in the country. Best Coffee there for sure.
Thank You for everything, see you soon!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Claire wrote a review Feb 2022
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Relaxing eco lodge set close to Kataragama’s famous temples but remains secluded with access to the river. The hosts and food was great but the highlight was the safari. Very well organised, we saw the elephants, leopard, wild bore, different types of birds etc. And had an amazing breakfast served on the beach. Would highly recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Go see the temples early evening before sunset, you will see all the locals come. Check first...
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Georg W wrote a review Apr 2024
San Francisco, California
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful 2 nights at Gem River for my family of 4! It’s a peaceful, rustic eco lodge with freshly made organic vegetarian meals. The owner was our full day safari guide where we saw amazing wildlife.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from , Owner at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Responded May 9, 2024
Thank you very much for your reveiw. It was a pleasure to host you and share our natural spot with you. Always welcome.
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lauralinda wrote a review Feb 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely in love with this place, beautiful decoration. Gem river is a dream place were we can easy feel like home.
The staff and the owners were friendly and so kind. Highly recommended if you want to feel in peace in the middle of nature.
The most amazing think about this place is that all was built with love and with respect by nature, in sustainable way.
Also Muna has a great talent to work with the wood, making a beautiful and inspired handy work.
The food is also super tasty.
If you are looking for a cozy and stunning place, absolutely you don't want to miss the Gem River Edge!
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Chris M wrote a review Oct 2015
Zurich, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great little resort this is! The staff is absolutely amazing, the food great and just feel at home there! Besides visiting the Yala NP, go for a bike ride to the lake, which is very close to the hotel and really worth to visit as well.
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Date of stay: October 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ah86 asked a question Feb 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom73 contributions35 helpful votes
Are laundry facilities available? If so, how long does it take and prices please.
Answer from carlasilva000
Porto, Portugal4 contributions5 helpful votes
Dear guest, DO you have a reservation with us? Kindly let me know and i'll inform you. The laundry service depends on the package of our guest. Thanks and looking forward to welcome you and share this nature. B regards GRE
Answer from carlasilva000
Porto, Portugal4 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi, thanks for your request. Yes our driver can pick you up at the Colombo airport to our hotel Gem River Edge. Do you have already a reservation with us, please let me know the booking name. The price to pick you is 150$ ( including high way fees). Kindly send me an email to our web side and send me the fly details and arrival time. B regards Carla
Answer from gemriveredge
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka1 contribution
Merci pour nous contacter.et votre intérêt à rester sur la Gem River Edge. Nous avons la availble chambre familiale, s'il vous plaît nous contacter directement pour notre e-mail ou page FB. Je voudrais avoir votre dates. Je l'attends pour votre e-mail Merci Carla e Muna
Claire wrote a tip Feb 2022
27 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go see the temples early evening before sunset, you will see all the locals come. Check first with the host if it is a busy time of year."
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Dana A wrote a tip Jan 2019
New York City, New York8 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"i left this place sketched out by the people managing it"
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Jenna D wrote a tip Jan 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Poor service. Cold showers. Inconsistent food."
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Suzanne T wrote a tip Dec 2017
Burnley, United Kingdom50 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Upstairs with veranda"
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JenniRE17 wrote a tip Mar 2017
London, United Kingdom9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had the family room with two bedrooms which was amazing."
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GEM RIVER EDGE - ECO HOME AND SAFARI - Updated 2024

Frequently Asked Questions about Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Which popular attractions are close to Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
Nearby attractions include Kataragama Temple (1.8 miles), Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara (4.5 miles), and Sella Kataragama Temple (0.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
Conveniently located restaurants include Smoothie-Bun, The Chill Restaurant by shriya hotel, and Riveen Hotel.
Does Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari have airport transportation?
Yes, Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya (1.6 miles).
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