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Camp Teru - Yala

Kirinda Palatupana Road, Kirinda 82614 Sri Lanka
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#19 of 36 Specialty lodging in Kirinda
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Kirinda Palatupana Road, Kirinda 82614 Sri Lanka
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Imasha F wrote a review Mar 2017
North Babylon, New York31 contributions8 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Select the chalet. It can occupy up to 3 people. But make sure its clean!
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Inoka D wrote a review Aug 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka12 contributions6 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Priyeni R, Manager at Camp Teru - Yala
Responded Aug 26, 2016
Dear Inoka Thankyou for bringing to our attention the issues and will do our best to rectify them immediately, especially the name boards and the leaking taps. But I would like to explain that the booking.com rates from which your booking came through clearly states that it is excluding breakfast and all bookings are excluding meals with only a few exceptions where they directly book, therefore I am sorry there was a confusion at that end. As for the checkout time, the morning safari usually returns at 12.00 noon or after and that is why the caretaker asks that you take the baggage out before since we have only one chalet and we cannot ask the next guest wait for your return, however taking into account this operational problem we will think of adjusting our checkin and checkout times in future to overcome this problem. As for the lack of TV, Airconditioning, Telephone, hot water, please read the booking.com site facilities we have listed which does not include TV, airconditioning, Telephone or hot water- this is why Camp teru is called a camp and not a hotel - and it will have the facilities of a camp, I am sorry if you expected more and was dissapointed. Delete Response
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HerveValerie wrote a review Aug 2016
51 contributions4 helpful votes
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 !!
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
Pandomilla wrote a review Jan 2016
Hobart, Australia15 contributions6 helpful votes
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..
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Darshan C wrote a review Jul 2015
Colombo, Sri Lanka15 contributions2 helpful votes
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.).
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Date of stay: July 2015
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceKirinda
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Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Teru - Yala
What are some of the property amenities at Camp Teru - Yala?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, room service, and barbeque facilities.
What food & drink options are available at Camp Teru - Yala?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Camp Teru - Yala?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Camp Teru - Yala?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.