My friend and I stayed a Thick Forest for two nights and really enjoyed it. The owner, Kamal was really friendly and couldnt do enough for us, the same with the staff. Hatu one of the smiliest men I have ever met took us for a trek up one of the local rocks, helping us when it became a bit of a scramble and laughing with (or at!) us as we puffed our way to the top.
We ate there in the peaceful treetop restaurant. The food was traditional Sri Lankan curries, really nice food and even though we had curry for every meal it was different each time and really tasty as is the Sri Lankan Lion lager.
After our dinner each night we played Karam (which is a board game like pool but flicking a disc into the holes instead) with Kamal, the cook's husband (who owns a wood carving shop not far from Thick Forest) and the cook's 12 year old son who repeatedly beat us at the game! We had a really good time with all the staff and the owner.
The rooms are surprisingly comfy considering its a tree house! It sways a bit in the wind though and if you are a light sleeper you might have trouble dropping off, but we really enjoyed the experience of being "in the Jungle" too much to let that bother us. The balcony chairs are really comfy and it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon sitting on there with a nice cool juice (or beer) watching the trees swaying and imagining we could see wild elephants.
A definate recommendation, as long as you keep in mind you are staying in a tree house in a jungle and embrace the idea.
If I ever return to Sri Lanka I am definately going to go back and see them all and maybe I will have been practicing my Karam skills a bit while I have been away....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thick Forest Sigiriya is a unique tree house hotel over looking the eighth wonder of the world, sigiriya rock castle, in Sri Lanka. It is situated at the centre of three, mostly visited ancient cities, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa & kandy.Minneriya & Kawudulla National parks are renowned as the best places to observe the wild elephants in their natural habitat, and it's a few minute drive from 'Thick Forest'. Wild Safaris, Bird watching, Elephant rides,Guided tour to Sigiriya Rock Castle and surrounding archaeologically important places are among many other activities which can be arranged to suit the need of the visitor.Sri Lankan cuisine made by our chef is served at the roof-top restaurant overlooking the Sigiriya rock. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thick Forest Hotel Sigiriya