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Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela

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Located in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka and within 30 minutes from Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Dehigaha ela is situated in a circular clearing at the base of a hill, ringed in by the thick forest on the sweeping curve of the two streams. It is a small secret place for all forms of wildlife - elephants, sambhur, deer, birds, butterflies - to visit. It is an ideal location for those who dream of sleeping under the stars, of exploring the jungle and streams on foot with all its joys and little discomforts. We have of course, added the comforts and care. The entire retreat is powered by solar energy. A backup generator is also provided. All hot water is also supplied via solar energy. A biogas generator has been installed to convert kitchen waste to bio gas for cooking. All tree houses and boulder cottages in this retreat are designed to be very open to nature, with coconut thatch roofing, wooden floors, and folding bamboo tats. Each lodge maintains standards of comfort by providing fans, mosquito nets, and modern toilets. The eco-retreat consists of a 2 tree houses and 4 boulder cottages. Each of the tastefully furnished units, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding environment. The reception, living and dining areas are separate, and the staff and drivers quarters are also housed separately to allow maximum privacy to guests. The surrounding forest is a haven for birds, smaller mammals and larger mammals such as deer, sambhur and even elephants. Guests enjoy bathing in the two streams that meet at the border to our property. One stream starts closeby hence has icy cold water, whereas the larger stream has warmer water. The crystal clear water of the nearby stream is full of small fish that provide a natural, free foot spa to the delight of our guests. A nature trail is also available in the property. The property also boasts of a large man-made pond that is full of lotuses and water lilies. This too attracts a wide variety of bird life and small fishes. A butterfly garden has also recently been started at Dehigaha ela. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kaludiya Pokuna, Wewela tank etc
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Wonderful experience staying in this wonderful forest resort! We booked at treehouse and loved staying up so high in this incredible location. It’s close to both rocks and a short ride to town. So quiet and serene. It’s a very open concept, but as long as you use the mosquito
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We stayed in a tree-house. It was very comfortable and scenic. Waking up to the sounds of bird calls was lovely. Ideal place for kids as it has a sense of adventure spending the night on a tree-house. The facilities were of a very high standard.
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Excellent service. Friendly and helpful staff. Nature at its best. Tasty food! We really enjoyed our stay at Back of Beyond Dehigala Ela. We did not want to leave the place at the end of our three day stay.
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Just spend 2 nights at Dehigaha Ela and what a place! Nine of us in total, 4 adults & 5 kids (aged between 10-15). Amazing to sleep pretty much in the jungle and open to the elements - listening to the sounds of the forest (but feeling completely comfortable and safe in the
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You could not ask for a better location. Our treehouse overlooked a pond surrounded by jungle. We spent a lot of time nearby a stream with small waterfalls. Free fish foot spa! The treehouse was comfortable and clean. Service was fantastic - take the nature walk with Mahesh
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Response from BoB-SriLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the great review and we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Wild Haven. It is just the place for nature lovers looking to get off the beaten track isn't it? Glad Mahesh was able to take you on the nature walk - it is one of our popular activities. We will pass on your kind regards to him. Hope we see you again soon in Sri Lanka's Back of Beyond! Kind regards, Mandi from BoB
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Damba Tree House
Sandwiches start from 500 Rupees, to vegetarian pizza at 1,200 Rupees. Vegetarian meals are common in Sri Lanka. As to gluten-free, you might try asking the kitchen crew, who were very accommodating to our requests during our stay there. If you can share with me your email address, I can send you a photo of the menu in Dec 2017. Cheers!
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Hi Pawan Back of Beyond Dehigaha ela is around 8 km (25 - 30 minute drive) from Sigiriya rock. It has 3 tree houses. Back of Beyond Pidurangala is much closer - less than a 10 minute walk to sigiriya rock. It also has a new tree house now. best regards
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Hello! No problem, we can arrange transportation for you. Kind regards, The BoB-team
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"No major comments. excellent!"
"Damba tree house is the best"
"we had a boulder cottage: loved it"
"As long as staff know your personal requirements they will choose the accommodation to suit"
"My favourite is Damba treehouse, one of the originals. But be prepared to be exposed to the elements."
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