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Galkadawala Forest Lodge

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The staff at Galkadawala make you feel welcome immediately. The rooms are well appointed and quirky, giving you an experience that you will not find elsewhere on your travels through Sri Lanka. My family and I stayed in the double story unit which was very relaxing. In the evenings, a great spot for a sun-downer is on the top floor,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Putting together our holiday itinerary, some of the accommodation options near Sigariya seemed uninspiring budget hotels. When we saw what Galkadawala offered, we decided to give it a try, conscious that an 'off-the-beaten track' eco-lodge in the heat of April might be something we'd later regret. But no way. It turned out to be one of the high spots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We were on our first trip to Sri Lanka and our first halt was Galkadawala. We stayed there for two nights and truly cherished the visit. To start with we liked the rustic feel of the place . It blended very beautiful with the surrounding. Maulie and her team were very friendly and loving. The food was authentic and tasty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

The place was just amazing, so peaceful, we looooved it. Maulie and her team were so good, and so helpful. The food was exquisite! If you are looking for a change of scenery, slightly remote location or just enjoy the peace and quiet this is the right place. Its also conveniently located close to many sightseeing area and Maulie has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

No walls, down a long bumpy road, built from scrap metal & wood. If you are set in your ways and cannot cope with the unexpected this place is not for you. If you want to experience something very different then spending 2 or 3 nights here for local walks and seeing Sigiriya; eating fantastic vegetarian food (amongst the best... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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: $79 - $106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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