After traveling for over 5 hours and when we reach the property at about 4.45 pm (checking time being 12 noon), the room was not ready, staff were not ready for an arrival, no food was available. The caretaker informed us that they do not keep ingredients in stock. However, he was willing to go to the town (which is at least a 15 min drive) to purchase some food items. The room was in a filthy state. There were no sheets on the bed and the mattresses had black mold on them. Sad to see such a beautiful property being wasted.
We booked a chalet for one night over a weekend. The first cause for concern popped up when we saw the signboard at the turnoff. It was a piece of corrugated paper with the name written in black in. We brushed off thinking it was part of the ambience. Since we wanted to clarify the exact location, we tried calling the property but there was no answer. Anyway we located the property and drove in. There was no sign of life. A few minutes later a boy came running out and said there was no accommodation available. When we mentioned we had a booking he dug out a piece of paper, looked at it, acknowledged the booking and directed us to the room. We loved the concept within a national setting. No fans or air conditioning, TV or phone. It gave uninterrupted connection close to the park. However, we soon realised that some of the basic amenities could not be met. For example the power supply is generator driven as is switched off around 11pm. We figured that's something one could get used to. Then the water ran out. There are only two staff members and they were obliging enough to get us a bucket of water which we could use the following morning. We had booked a safari the following morning at 5am. We were asked to vacate the room before we left as they had another booking. We thought checkout was after 11am as mentioned in the booking site and could have easily returned after a morning safari and checked out later. We did oblige and packed our luggage into the car before we left. We returned by afternoon and was told that we could use the same room to shower and change. Feeling grateful we went in. During a wash the shower which was already faulty and leaking, gave way completely, spraying water all over. The caretakers were summoned and they quickly sorted it out. Then it was time to make the payment and since we were convinced we had booked with breakfast but was billed without, we called to clarify. Was given confirmation that it was with breakfast and made the payment. Then we get a call a little later saying the rate was without breakfast. By this time the caretakers were confused and upset and since it was a nominal amount, we made the payment and left. We left thinking what a waste of a beautiful property it is. We do understand that it caters to the budget traveller but if the basics are set right, this is such an ideal place for the nature lover. The least they could do is to maintain the property to ensure basic amenities are available. They least they could also do is to check if their guests arrived safely and are comfortable. It would just cost a phone call! We've got to say that the caretakers were very nice and tried their best to make us feel alright. Food was great as well. But will we return? Not at all. What a waste of something beautiful. …
Camp Teru is a kind of ''back to the basics'' place where we felt like being in ''Out of Sri Lanka''. A good point is the kindness of Randika who is the manager and cooker, and what an excellent cooker. The 2 dinners were just outstanding, not to mention the sri lankan breakfast, the best since we arrived 2 weeks ago. As we have had no time to plan a safari, Randika contacted his friend Leewantha who set up a plan for us. Our driver / guide has shown us many animals, among them a bear, leopard, wild elephants, deers, ... The (rough) beach is very close and is wild and beautifulwith big rocks and a dune of sand. A very good experience !!
We spent 1 night here, in the private cottage. The cottage is big, with two double beds, equipped with mosquito nets. We had a very good time here, while dining two elephants passed through the garden. The downside is flys. This place is full with flies thousands of them... You hardly eat because of them... Luckily at night they sleep... So we could enjoy the silence of night on our private porch..
Cosy and comfertable site, close to the yala park entrance. The service and food was great. The place is clean and value for money. The cook comes up with amazing dishes and takes care of the guests well. We travelled in July, the blowing was hevenly with comfertable climate even during the afternoon. We had the preveledge of sighting a bear, deer and elephants during our safari to the park. The Katharagama Dewale visit was amazing as the festival was on during this period (July 17-20, 2015.).