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Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari

Keselkoratuwa - Mailagama Sella Road - Kataragama - Yala Park, Kataragama 91400 Sri Lanka
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#2 of 95 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
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
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English, French, Spanish, Hindi and 2 more
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Barbara M wrote a review Apr 2020
Stafford, United Kingdom450 contributions175 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
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
2 Helpful votes
Jodi T wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada31 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
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
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
$25 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaUva ProvinceKataragama
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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 Wood Fire Kitchen Restaurant.
Does Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari offers an airport shuttle 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.