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Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari

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Keselkoratuwa - Mailagama Sella Road - Kataragama - Yala Park, Kataragama 91400 Sri Lanka
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#2 of 97 Specialty lodging in Kataragama
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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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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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Mosquito net
24-hour front desk
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Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
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Kamile Nutautaite wrote a review Feb 2022
4 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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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
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lauralinda wrote a review Feb 2022
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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
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Ketty Salafia wrote a review Jan 2022
Stein am Rhein, Switzerland21 contributions3 helpful votes
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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Nittaya_Wijetunga wrote a review Dec 2021
Mirissa, Sri Lanka4 contributions5 helpful votes
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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Barbara M wrote a review Apr 2020
Stafford, United Kingdom450 contributions198 helpful votes
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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TeeFree1 wrote a review Feb 2020
232 contributions46 helpful votes
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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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Jodi T wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada33 contributions5 helpful votes
The lodge is pretty mediocre. Very hard to find from the main road. The nice thing is the common area and restaurant have beautiful decor. The food in the restaurant was below average. The rooms have small windows and poor lighting so it's very dark. They were accommodating when I realized that the room that I booked was set up so i had to climb a ladder to get to my bed. I have a foot injury so couldn't do it so for a good price, they gave me another room. They are trying hard to make it a good stay. The place just had weird energy for me.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from gemriveredge, Manager at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Responded Sep 5, 2019
We are very sorry that you found our Eco lodge mediocre. Just to remind, we are in a rustic concept with an Eco ethics. We give to our guest the opportunities for sacred journeys and exploration of the culture and natural environs. Sorry if the upper floor room was not good for you and we gave you another room down. We try to be helpful to our guests needs. We are really sorry that you could't appreciate all our natural set up and relaxing atmosphere.
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Brigite B wrote a review Aug 2019
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I'm so grateful Gem River Edge ! I recomend this amazing Eco Resort ! A place like no other in Sri Lanka !🇱🇰 A super Yala Safari ! Thank you so much for kindness and support C&M❤️! I adore your Resort!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from gemriveredge, Manager at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Responded Sep 5, 2019
Thank you for your nice review. We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciated our natural lodge. Always welcome.
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João A wrote a review Jun 2019
19 contributions3 helpful votes
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We had the best time here in Gem River Edge. After a few days exploring this wonderful country was time to relax a bit. Everything is perfect, since the design of the space, to the river and mostly the safari! Trust me, you need to do the safari with them. Will come back for sure :D
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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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 The Chill Restaurant by shriya hotel, Smoothie-Bun, 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).