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“Very basic place to stay.”
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Blue Magpie Lodge
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Good location near entrance of Rainforest, but extremely basic with electricity only available 5:00-7:00am and 6:00-10:00 pm, no wifi, poor mobile connection, credit cards not possible.
Rooms poorly maintained and very humid, obviously no airconditioning nor ventilator in absence of electricity. Very friendly staff and food served thru a very basic but healthy buffet. Beer is very good ...like elsewhere.Small place, I guess only +/- 16 huts available.
Also along the road you can have an interesting walk.
The views and walk thru rainforest does compensate all, but perhaps it could be scheduled with only 1 night in stead of 2.

Room Tip: Just enjoy the park and accept for a moment the hardship of the rooms
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

The rooms here are very basic but comfortable. The electricity is only on 6-10pm and 5-6am so remember to take a torch. The staff are so friendly and helpful, they genuinely want to please, nothing is too much trouble for them. The food is some of the best we tasted in Sri Lanka, homecooked and very fresh. This lodge makes a superb base if you are visiting the rainforest, but do purchase leech socks ( available from the lodge).

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Blue Magpie. It is a basic but comfortable and friendly place. It is a nice place to relax and have a pot of tea or a beer after tramping about the rain forest. It has a fine view from the restaurant and form the verandas in front of the rooms. The food is quite tasty.
The only problem with the Blue Magpie is that it is often used by tour groups. Sometimes it is difficult to book a room as a result. Also the group takes over the place and a very different feeling sets in. We were not too happy when a huge tour bus parked right in front of our room and blocked our view.
Thandula Jayarante is a neighbor of the Blue Magpie. He is the best birding and naturalist guide in Sinharaja. He can be booked through the Blue Magpie. His knowledge of the rain forest environment is quite exceptional and he is great company.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The Lodge is beautiful located. The staff is very friendly and we enjoyed our tea in front of our room. We had a mosquito net therefore A/C not necessary. Food was delicious and they ask you what time you prefer also early possible. We would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MundM1995
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

A quite basic lodge in beautiful, beatuivul location at the doorstep to Sinharaja Roest Reserve. The lodge area is quite nice indeed including the "restaurant" that is outdoor under a big roof. There are flower and birds you can watch as you eat breakfast. Opposite to the small road leading to the lodge is the river where you can take a bath.

Still, the actual rooms are quite basic, but everthing in them worked. Water worked. Electricity worked during the dark hours. Due to the humidity and the lack of AC, things basically did not dry. The place is quite noicy, especially when it rains. But remember, it is a rainforest! :-)

The lodge has very friendly staff and the food is good. You can get a nice beer when getting back from the reserve. And if you ask them nicely (and if you have an hour to spare) you can get home made chips to go with your beer. The best chips I've ever tasted. :-)

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Sea-mew
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

A beautifull location for a lodge, near the park entrance of Sinharaja. Kitchen is good, friendly staff that will point out birds in the suroundings. A nice veranda to look at birds. Electricity is only a few hours at night and early morning - so the fan is not working at night, but there was a good, new mosquito net. So far so good, but the place was really dirty: dust, smashed dead animals on the tiles of the bathroom, to much wild life coming into your room, but well the room was dark, so we missed the most I guess... Hope they will find a cleaner and someone to renovate the place.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Good location for the rain forest (a five minute jeep or van drive to the park entrance), great views from the lodge dining area, good food. Many species of birds visible from the grounds. Note it is a pretty basic lodge: it can be a bit noisy in some rooms with leaves and/or rain pounding on the roofs and staff preparing breakfast. Wherever you stay in this area, don't forget your leech socks, or learn to love 'em.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank RichardWithy
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Address: Sinharaja Forest, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province
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Ranked #302 of 1,530 Specialty Lodging in Southern Province
Price Range: $36 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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