This review has been long long overdue and I hadnt written till now coz I didnt find anything quiet charmingly different about the resort. My family with young kids and us had visited this "Village Resort" after doing bookings by ourselves with help from a few locals I knew. I picked this resort from all the rave reviews I read praising the resort to no end. Also it is strategically placed near Dambulla Caves, Sigiriya Rock formation and Anuradhapura. We had left from Colombo, visited the Pinnawala Elephant sanctuary and drove to Pelwehera. This resort isn't exactly in Sigiriya or Dambulla but a good distance from both isolated with nothing other than paddy fields around. So asking for directions can be difficult.
On arrival, we immediately completed the check in procedure with our welcome drink and were alloted a room on the ground floor with an open patio. The place has a very homely feel with everybody smiling.
We had reached late in the evening, almost dusk. So when we entered our rooms, we also had other uninvited visitors with us; Large mosquitoes. The rooms is large with very basic furniture and a clean bathroom. The very sight of the mosquito nets looming over the beds cautions you of insects. Generally I am not a very fussy traveler, coming from India myself, and visiting a neighboring country, do understand the rigors our nations have to go thru to maintain international standards. But since I was travelling with two very young children, hence the extra caution. In the whole of my most pleasant stay in Sri Lanka, this is the only resort where we smeared on maximum mosquito repellant creams.
All the doors and windows had to be kept constantly closed for fear of mosquitoes and insects. The staff did help us clear out the mosquitoes but yet its still a turn off. We experienced less mosquitoes in the second night spent there as we had kept the room locked all day.The swimming pool is ok and in the nights visited by frogs and crickets. Theres nothing much to explore in the resort as its a very small place.
I noticed that there were a lot of french visitors there ( tour buses) in those 2 nights that I spent there. Frankly I wouldn't rate this resort very high, if it hadn't been for the food especially dinner. For both the nights that we stayed there, the dinner spread and the quality of food was the best I have ever eaten anywhere. Everything from the soup to the starters and the main course and the desserts was simply excellent. I have stayed in a lot of Five Stars and believe me, I haven't relished the food as much as at this quaint little resort. The breakfast spread is adequate but the dinner was sumptuous.
I would also like to make a special mention of the integrity of the manager of the resort. We bustled early from the resort in the morning to visit Anuradhapura and in haste, my husband left his wallet in the side drawers. On realising our mistake, we immediately called the hotel and informed the manager. He personally went to the room and retrieved the wallet and diligently handed it over with every rupee intact. Its such small incidents that reinforce your faith in the innocent people of Sri Lanka.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pelwehera village resort is an eco-friendly resort located in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Wonderful natural surrounding and just 3 km away from most famous Dambulla cave temple. Also it is the perfect base to explore the nature, culture and Sri Lankan history. Pelwehera village resort is one of the most famous nature resort in cultural triangle in Sri Lanka ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelwehera Village Hotel Dambulla