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Elephant Watch Hut

Trincomalee Road, Karandagaswewa, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
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One and only place to see wild elephants in the near vicinity during early morning, twilight or in the night with a bit of your personal luck while experiencing the Elephant Watch Hut night out in Habarana. These watch huts, or Paela, are built by the farming community and completely run by these families.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Outdoor pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Taxi service
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Bicycle tours
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
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Non-smoking rooms
Interconnected rooms available
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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English, French, German
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This is an amazing place; everything was perfect. It is in the middle of nature, and better than a safari in a big park. On practical grounds, it is a great hub in terms of visiting the anceint cities, as well as going on a safari to Kundulla or Mineriya national parks. But this is so much more; first, you get to be integrated in the village. We visited people's homes, went on a bike ride, and tasted the fantastic food they cook (the best we had in sri lanke, the array of vegeratiran curries was superb). Second, you get to be integrated with the elephants. The night safari was dream-like and we had an elephant visiting us at night, drinking from our water hole. Finally, everyone took such care of us we felt so much at home; so thank you Kumari, Rani, Lasante, Aquila, Rohita and Indica for an amazing start to our sri lanka trip.
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I falled in love with Habarana, and it is a lot thanks to the watch hut. This place is in the middle of the nature and the animals, you live there at the rythme of the sun and the staff is really nice with some really good cookers! There is a lot of things to do around: Safari, bike tours,... and the organisation is really easy thanks to the staff. You can also just stay at the watch hut and enjoy the place with the small swimming pools or the hamacs. I recommand it!
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Response from Riza B, Concept Designer at Elephant Watch Hut
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Doris Thank You very much indeed. Buddy and the watch Hut Team.
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When you want to experience a stay in the middle of nature, sleep in tree huts where the walls can be rolled up, have your tremendous dinner at a campfire while elephants drink the small pool a few meters away in which you were sitting a few hours before, then the Elephant watch huts are the place to go. The staff is extremely friendly and you feel at home instantly. We stayed here for 3 nights and could have stayed longer because it is just great. It is also a perfect base to visit all the sites and cities around. Do not miss this!
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Response from Riza B, Concept Designer at Elephant Watch Hut
Responded 2 weeks ago
Wow Thank you all feel feel proud abut it. Thank You Buddy.
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I visited the elephant watch hut with my family in April 2019. We were accompanied by our friend and stayed for one night. My kids really loved the back to nature experience they had during our stay. The treehouse rooms were very clean and well equipped with the essential items to guarantee comfort during the stay. In addition to the beds, mosquito nets, shutters, small ice box, and a fan were also available. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Hot water pots near the hummocks made it easy to enjoy my hot drink whenever I wanted, we tried the local food that was prepared for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it was just great! We all were fascinated by seeing the peacock walking around us, listening to the varied birds sounds, and the most amazing of all was the night safari where we observed wild elephants walking around freely. We also were lucky to hear and see elephants from our treehouse balconies coming to walk around the watch hut! Enjoying watching the dark sky and it’s glittering stars in the middle of the night, and observing the sunrise in an enchanting quite atmosphere in the morning, was really a priceless experience. Strongly recommend for couples romantic stay, or for family exploitation trip. Big thanks for my friend and all staff there for their efforts to make our stay remarkable!
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Response from Riza B, Concept Designer at Elephant Watch Hut
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Ghana Thank you very much and so happy to see that you could spent the time with your kids in a tropical forest. Buddy and the Watch Hut Team.
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Our family of four spent two nights at Elephant Watch Hut. It was such a fantastic way to start our fortnight Sri Lankan holiday. Treetop open-air rooms, serenity of rural village environment and relaxing slow pace. We didn’t have the pleasure of seeing elephants visit the site, but witnessed the garden they had feasted on the night before we arrived! Welcoming, attentive staff and delicious breakfast and dinners prepared for us. Early morning walk to Pidurangala rock temple, overlooking more famous Sigiriya. Stunning vistas. Three hour cycle around local villages. Enjoyed a refreshing swim in the ‘pool/water tank’ and ventured on an afternoon Jeep ride through Minneriya National Park where we were privileged to see dozens of wild Sri Lankan elephants in their family groups. Just Magic xxxx
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Response from Riza B, Concept Designer at Elephant Watch Hut
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you very much. Buddy EWH
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$80 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaNorth Central ProvinceHabarana
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