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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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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
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Seating area
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Spanish, Hindi and 2 more
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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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Response from gemriveredge, Manager at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Responded Sep 4, 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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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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Response from gemriveredge, Manager at Gem River Edge - Eco Home and Safari
Responded Sep 4, 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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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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This is a really peaceful place to stay. The buildings are sensitively designed and in conjunction with the garden promote a sense of serenity. The rooms were comfortable and large. The most comfortable beds we had during our stay. We are keen swimmers and dipped into the river with some uncertainty about crocs... the location is great we used the bikes to get around the area and made a couple of visits to the pilgrimage site which was a highlight of our visit. The owner organised a trip into the national park which has wonderful birds and flowers. If your lucky you will see something bigger.
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This place is amazing. It is unique and we totally recommend it. The location is stunning. The rooms was spacious and very clean. Beautiful wooden carved furniture and natural theme to go with the abundant wildlife wandering around the place. This was my favourite place to stay in Sri Lanka. It's a paceful place in the nature near the riverside... I definitely want to return here. Thoroughly recommended! The details give this eco home a special an unparalleled advantage and the owners have ensured that the service, food and ambience match the spectacular scenery. This place is truly heavenly. The atmosphere and climate is amazing and the staff extremely polite and helpful. The Safari tour organized by them was very exciting.
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$22 - $58 (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.
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.