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“The ride from hell”

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Martin's Simple Lodge
Ranked #60 of 129 Specialty Lodging in Galle
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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“The ride from hell”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

This Lodge is in the Sinharaja Rainforest and is 3.5 km from the Forest headquarters. The trouble is it is up a track only negotiable by Jeep and the "road" is a boulder strewn track up the side of the hill with a steep drop on one side. Not a journey for the feint hearted - it takes nearly and hour and I had my eyes closed the whole time! We stayed 2 nights and the journey back down took slightly less time but was equally nerve racking.
The lodge itself is in a beautiful setting but there its appeal ends. The rooms are very basic - the dividing walls are just plywood and dont reach to the ceiling so not a lot of privacy. The beds also are just wooden planks with the thinnest of mattresses on. Saying all that - the room was very clean with a good bathroom and shower. Martins daughters cook the simple Sri Lankan food and that was delicious. Unless you are an avid birdwatcher or naturalist this isn't the place for you.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

This place is basic but clean and apparently the only place so close to the park--it's surrounded by forest. It's up a very rough track and Martin sent a 4 wheeler for us from the main road, but it adds quite a bit to your costs.

Everyone says that Martin is very knowledgeable being a former ranger, but I suspect he's a bit tired and seemed somewhat glum.

To access the park you must hike down to the park entrance, buy a ticket and hire a guide. The road's not so clearly marked and Martin's instructions aren't too precise, but we made it. I understand that this part of the park is better than at Deniyaya, though like in most tropical forests not too much wildlife is visible. That said, the famous Sri Lankan blue magpies (magnificent!) came to the lodge in the morning, and the guide was able to point out a number of other endemics. If you're coming from the south (Galle, eg.) it's a very long dusty journey as there is road construction.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 23, 2010

Set on a hillside, surrounded by dense rainforest, visited everyday by emerald doves, junglefowl, blue magpies, grey hornbills, Indian pittas and other birds, with a resident water monitor just outside, Martin's Lodge is birder heaven! The facilities are very basic, and vegetarians may not have too many options, but when one is in the lap of nature like the Sinharaja rainforest, who cares!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 27, 2007

This is the only Lodge which is 200 meters away from the entrance to World heritage sinharaja rain forest. Basic but clean accomodation provided with hot & cold water facilities.Village style simple sri lankan foods are served.

Ideal location to observe birds while enjoying a cup of tea.The owner is Mr. Martin Wijesingha is a well known character with Sinharaja.He has a fantastic knowledge about sinharaja and has a fair knowledge about almost all the parts of Sinharaja forest.

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Property: Martin's Simple Lodge
Address: | Sinharaja Rainforest, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
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Ranked #60 of 129 Specialty Lodging in Galle
Number of rooms: 20
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Martin`s Simple Hotel Galle

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