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Bhopal, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2016

Never in my life, have i ever been to a place like this. It was so so so damn beautiful. Right in the middle of no where, we reached this place late in the evening and i could'nt believe, it looked so beautiful with just minimal lighting. Oh and the rooms! huge windows on 3 sides, from which when i... More 

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Bury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed October 21, 2016

If you like nature in all its glory, this is the place to stay. I stayed for three nights, the first two only me there. Everything about the place is...just right. The monkeys will pass overhead as you eat breakfast, the forest squirrel with come very close in to feed. Monitor lizards roam the forest floor and i was even... More 

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Reviewed September 23, 2016

I don't know where to start exactly to explain what makes this place so great. Maybe first of all the location, in the middle of nature. We even saw an elephant on the road to the logde. Secondly, Maulie & the staff was very helpful and responsive upfront to arrange the reservation, and she joined for dinner & breakfast as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

I had read the many Tripadvisor reviews, but nothing prepares you for the real thing! We arrived only just before dinner, after a long drive down a dirt track, in the dark, and we were ushered into a seated area, full of young European visitors waiting for their dinner- and had to work out for ourselves very quickly how things... More 

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Thank Manel K
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Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Tucked away off a rugged dusty road near Habarana, this forest retreat is a fantastic stay. Maulie and her staff are attentive and helpful with arranging jaunts to local sites. Communal meals are a great way to hear how others are exploring Sri Lanka and hear Maulie's perspective from her extensive experience in Sri Lanka. Very highly recommended stay as... More 

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Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

What a great experience. Despite forest impressions of getting of the train and a tuk tuk rose down a very poor road the lodge itself is a million miles from this. Simple, elegant and natural it had everything you could need, warn shower, huge bed and gray areas for sitting and watching the nature go by. Make time to swing... More 

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Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Amazing and original ecolodge! All clean and very cosy, good mattress, hot shower. Food is amazing++ vegetarian, super tasty. generous breakfast, dinner is quite expensive (10$) but definitely worth it considering the quality of the products. The road to get there is bumpy but not too long, 10 15 minutes. It is located 5mn walk from galkadawala lake which is... More 

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed July 31, 2016

Put yourself into the jungle and get pampered. Yes, Maulie poured her heart out at this splendid place and lives with her guests like family. Mud hut under the triple storied tree house with tiny terraces and another one just out of fantasy. Beautiful details bring character to the rooms as much as the menu surprises with every meal. Close... More 

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed July 23, 2016

Galkadawala Forest Lodge where I spent two nights in the first half of July was a delightful experience - certainly one of the highpoints of my 2-week trip through Sri Lanka. You arrive to take in the visual beauty (simple yet traditional) of the stilted clay-and-wood buildings that have been put together almost entirely with recycled material & bear virtually... More 

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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

We stayed there for two nights with our 2 and 5 year olds. We stayed in the bungalow which is built over the river. Our five year old and the adults loved watching the river, where we saw a two meter lizzard, turtles, a water snake attempting to catch a frog and fish. Excellent! And the host is nice and... More 

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The tranquility that surrounds Galkadawala Forest Lodge is an ideal setting to experience Ayurveda Therapy in a traditionally authentic way. Mahinda, the owner of Athreya Ayurveda Spa in Habarana would be present with staff for daily consultation and treatment for resident guests only at Galkadawala Forest Lodge. This is our new venture to have special Ayurveda programmes for 7, 14, and 21 days. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Galkadawala Forest Lodge

Address: Galkadawala | Palugaswewa, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Price Range: $76 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“There are only just five rooms, all the same”
 of 5 bubbles Rincy29, Oct 24, 2016 | Read review
“They're all good!”
 of 5 bubbles popeye72, Oct 21, 2016 | Read review
“There is one room more closed and the others are tree house " rooms" more open to nature.”
  • one of a tree house room from outside
  • all beds have nets
  • bathroom for the room on ground
 of 5 bubbles rakarash, Jul 31, 2016 | Read review
“All magical”
 of 5 bubbles 861denisek, Feb 12, 2016 | Read review
“Two cottages and some rooms large enough for a family”
 of 5 bubbles 07Cazenove, Jan 22, 2016 | Read review
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