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Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala

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Kurulu Uyana, Vihara Mawatha Pidurangala, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
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#6 of 180 Specialty lodging in Sigiriya
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Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle and within 5 minutes from the Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Pidurangala is situated in a lovely unfenced 4 acre forest, a mere 5 minutes from the Sigiriya Rock. Offering you the best of rustic charm together with modern comforts, this retreat is a perfect base to explore the natural environment and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Each of the 3 tastefully furnished cottages, each with its own verandah, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding forest. A 3 bedroom bungalow is also available for larger groups. Three tree houses, constructed newly are loved by adults and children alike. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Ritigala etc. Renowned for its excellent service from a friendly and caring staff, it's no wonder guests keep returning to Back of Beyond Pidurangala.
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Maureen Lyons wrote a review Sep 18
Sydney, Australia12 contributions4 helpful votes
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Incredible accomodation in a wonderful location! Yohan & Wasunta were exceptional staff members - Nothing was too much trouble. The accomodation surprised us in how open it was. You really felt to be sleeping in the jungle. You could hear elephants and see monkeys from your bed. The food was very authentic. No liquor license. Close to Pidurangala and Sigiriya Rock. Back of Beyond organised our transport. Prasanna was very helpful and safe in transporting to and from the accomodation. He gave us great insight to local eateries and experiences. Suitable for children who are open to sleeping in the wilderness and trying authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Rainer wrote a review Sep 7
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First of all we would like to mention that traveling in Sri Lanka in these days is no problem at all (everything worked well). Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with very friendly people - we only can recommend to visit it. We spend one night in the tree house which is built completely in the jungle. Bedroom (upstairs) was spacious, clean and completely open to the jungle. Bed was covered with a mosquito net. Living area and bathroom both in the groundfloor and also open. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We had an interesting night excursion (loris monkeys) organized from the staff. breakfast was good. Really can recommend it for a night in the jungle.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Rashmi Bopitiya wrote a review Aug 2022
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Where do I even start? Everything about this place, the setup, food, potential wildlife encounters and its staff was incredible. I ended up in Back of Beyond's Pidurangala hideaway for the weekend with my family somewhat by chance (it was a last-minute plan that came about in pure desperation to get out of Colombo). And yet, it ended up being one of the best decisions I made this entire year. We spent two nights here, up among the canopy of trees in our beautiful treehouse accommodations, surrounded by numerous possible wildlife encounters from elephants and fishing cats to pangolins and lorises. As a wildlife enthusiast, bird-watching and other guided walks was the priority and my sightings were plentiful despite the short visit. I was blessed with sightings of elusive mammals like the grey-slender loris and golden-palm civet on our guided night walk (one of the coolest wildlife experiences of my life!!), incredible avian sightings like the brown wood owl just within the premises of our accommodations amongst many others! The nature surrounding the hideaway is the ideal habitat for a lot of these creatures which makes it a really cool place to be but most importantly, the staff are well-equipped in knowledge and skill to track down these wonderful species and they were always eager to accompany me as I went birding day and night (my biggest thank you goes to you all for the numerous species you helped me spot and ID). The standard maintained at the accommodation is top-notch. My mouth watered at the sight of every meal (the cook was so talented!) and the treehouses were well-maintained, making our stay super comfortable. It's also such a unique experience to sleep in an open space the way you do in the treehouses, the only other times I've felt this close to nature was on intense camping trips so, to get a similar experience without needing to hike miles and miles into thick jungle was comforting and relaxing. And for the hikers/back-packers out there, the accommodation is also within walking distance to both Sigiriya and Pidurangala rocks, making it a convenient place to stay if you intend to climb them. Honestly, I have nothing but good things to say about this place, especially the staff for going out of their way to accommodate all my incessant requests to go birding every hour of the day. And it wasn't just birding, there were bike and boat rides through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Sri Lanka, making it the most wonderful of weekends for all members of my family. Seriously, thanks for such a great weekend, keep up the amazing work! You've got yourselves a lifelong fan who'll definitely visit again :)
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Date of stay: August 2022
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JAEMH wrote a review Apr 2022
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A two nights stay during our 14+ round trip through wonderful Sri Lanka. The tree hut is comfy and nice. Location very well. It was great to discover the area on the free bikes. It is both an easy bike drive to both the rock of Sigiriya and to see the sunset at the Pidurangala Rock (you could even walk there). Food in the restaurant was very disappointing. Really in no comparison with all the good food we had in Sri Lanka. Internet very unreliable.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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EFF wrote a review Feb 2022
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Great accommodation for nature lovers! It's located in the middle of a forest and in an open tree house you'll experience the nature from very close. During our stay we were helped by Praneeth and Sag who were not just knowledgeable on the surroundings of Sigiriya but also Sri Lanka as a whole and even beyond. The morning boat trip with Praneeth was amazing and his explanation on the birds and other wildlife around was really appreciated by us. Sag and Praneeth also recommended us to go to Yala NP where both of them worked before and arranged a tour guide for us there. This also led to amazing things later on when we were in Yala and they did not oversell it a bit. You'll be definitely in good hands when staying here!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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The Leporte’s wrote a review Feb 2022
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We only stayed one night here but we wish we stayed more! We didn’t know what to expect upon arrival and had concerns about being bitten by mosquitos, but we didn’t see a single mosquito. The treehouse was beautifully built and so unique. We had the most peaceful sleep, hearing the sounds of the jungle around us. We were told by the staff to keep our suitcases shut at all times as the monkeys are sometimes cheeky and take whatever they can get their hands on. My fiancé woke up in the morning, thinking there were monkeys sleeping on the bed next to us but they were just all of the cushions. We woke at sunrise to nothing but some animal sounds in the distance and trees swaying, then saw monkeys in the trees right outside the house. I wish I had my phone on me to take a photo of this moment. We were served a lovely breakfast before heading to the Sigiriya rock. We got back to the hotel after check our time and the staff were about to clean our room for the next guests. But they let us have a shower before heading off so we were clean for the day ahead. The shower itself was a beautiful experience. Not to mention the big swing outside our tree house. We would definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bent G wrote a review Jan 2022
Vordingborg Municipality, Denmark11 contributions5 helpful votes
Our family got in touch with The Back of Beyond company in Sri Lanka. Through a fantastic communication with Sumudu, we made a tour to Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Weir House close To Ulampane and to Ella. 12 days with a big basket full of excursions, sightseeings, hikings and biking. MARVELLOUS guides and managers all over. Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala was extraordinary, where we had 3 amazing days in a treehouse at Jungle hide away. It was an experience we will ever forget, we saw and learned so much these days and the staff did everything in their power to make the stay unforgettable. The food was delicious, always making sure we had such a big variety of the local food, fresh and lovely cooked. The guides who went with us climbing the rock, sailing on the lake and bushwalk at night were all inspiring and with such a huge knowledge of the culture and nature. One of the big highlights on our Sri Lanka holidays was The Night walk, where we saw two fishing cats and some Loris. If you want something unforgettable then don’t hesitate, get in contact with Back of Beyond.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Diana Due G wrote a review Jan 2022
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So much to see and do and all in an eco friendly environment, the staff and the guides always made sure everything was done with great respect for nature. Rock climbing, boat trip, cycling, bush walk, caves and ancient history, I loved it all. The staff is absolutely amazing and love to share their knowledge. The meals we had were all so good and always with a personal thought of us as individuals. The stay here will always stay with me as a wonderful memory. Diana Denmark
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ychampathit wrote a review Nov 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka68 contributions49 helpful votes
Hotel is located in a breathtaking hideaway in the middle of the jungle. Pidurangala and Sigiriya both rocks are just in walking distance or you can cycle always. You will not see the sun light even in mid day because of natural canopy it has. Always cold in the jungle and you will live a moment outside the modern world with no connections. Friendly staff and they were always happy to help us to guide to locations, customize food menus, dine at our own time etc. There's no negatives to mention. However note that there's no 4G reception in the hotel.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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jayamanir2013 wrote a review Aug 2021
Coimbatore, India21 contributions2 helpful votes
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After a long journey from Colombo, we were able to dive into this resort and relax completely. Only the rustling of the water, the whistling of the birds could be heard and the visits of the monkeys on the balcony offered a change. The restaurant offered a large selection of Srilankan dishes for each meal. It is advisable to choose a house above the tree so that you can really enjoy the natural concert. The Manager Mr. Aladin is very friendly and accommodating.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala
Which popular attractions are close to Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala?
Nearby attractions include Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress (0.9 miles), Pidurangala Rock (0.3 miles), and Sigiriya Museum (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sundown at Lakeside Grill & Kitchen, Kenoli restaurant, and Magic Food Restaurant Habarana.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Back of Beyond Jungle Hideaway - Pidurangala?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Tamil, and Sinhala.