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Back of Beyond - Pidurangala
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a great place to relax in the middle of the rain forest. Like a safari lodge in Africa with open air (but fully walled in) bathroom. The birds and animal noises provide the most peaceful background music to a cold Lion beer at sundown..except they have no licence so YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN BEER. They don't warn you of that before you arrive, of course.
The food is very good - particularly the rice and curry but make sure you order it before you set out for the day.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Outdoor living at its best, this eco resort is beautifully designed to maximise privacy and bring nature inside. I'm particularly partial to the gorgeous outdoor bathroom and eating area.
Meals were huge and delicious and the service superb. This place takes peace and quiet to a new level. The rooms are huge and tastefully furnished with screens and mozzie nets keep the bugs out.
The property is only a few minutes from Pidurangala and Sigiriya, and we easily organised a excursion sunset excursion to the wonderful Minneriya Tank to witness The Gathering.
There is no swimming pool, as it is set in a bush environs.
A very relaxing, Central place to stay with lovely staff.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank darkydoors
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

A friend and I just recently stayed at Back Of Beyond and would advise any traveler from abroad ( we are residents) to beware this hotel is very basic and the food just 'OK' and expensive. As advertised, it has no pool or A.C. ( something you'll want after climbing Sigiriya!) and, if you want entertainment like TV, music; a Wi-fi that works, or even a bar to unwind, well, forget it. There wasn't even a chair in our rooms. If you want to sit you have to go outside to the 'lounge' area by the communal table. As for the food, it was tasty (no buffet) but not anything special to cost more than a 5 star restaurant would charge. We were a bit annoyed and knew we were being ripped off.

Another warning: Our booking was for three nights but, since we saw all need to see within two days we contacted the head office within 24 hours to cancel our last night and was told we had to pay it in full. When I asked why, I was told: "Because the room is ready."
Well, the room had to be ready anyway whether we were there or not I told her, but she would not budge. Since we were the only customers in residence, it was obvious they wanted our money - period.
Oh. And you must pay all in cash. No credit card facilities.

I will however give 'thumbs up' to to the staff. They were wonderful; helpful, engaging, and very friendly without being obtrusive.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank mpsm
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed in this place for 2 nights during our round trip and we really enjoyed it.
The place is tranquil, beautifully set in the surroundings with respect to nature.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They gave us advices about things to see off the beaten trails which we really enjoyed.
The food was delicious. Freshly home made and very tasteful according to your wishes.
The rooms were spacious, we had 2 rooms and lots of space outside to sit/have dinner/relax.
The bathrooms in the open air were amazing, they have delicious showergel and shampoo.
This place is really an experience on its own!!

However, don't come here if you expect a swimming pool, fitness centre, table tennis etc.
Just come here to relax, enjoy and be amazed!!
(And bring enough insectspray...)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Lovely little hotel very hidden amongst the jungle near sigriya. Rooms were really nicely decorated, beds comfortable and the setting was very peaceful.

Food was fresh and tasty, staff were helpful and organised a driver to take us to polunurawa and minneriya, both really worth a visit.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I'm glad my driver had been to this place before. We arrived at night and after traveling down a long, dark, and bumpy road we turned off into what seemed like a small break in the trees. After a few yards the root riddled road ended with a group of smiling faces and welcome drinks. The staff was very friendly and the accommodations were nice. The beds were pretty comfortable and the room was reasonably critter and insect free being that the windows and doors were open to assist the fan with cooling the room. The bathroom had walls but no ceiling. I was expecting it to be full of critters and insects; and I was afraid a monkey would come take my bra while I was showering, but that didn't happen! My closest brush with wildlife was a small frog that I shared the shower with.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Miss_Yazz
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Back of Beyond's Pidurangala site is wonderful. The site has one bungalow and a couple of cottages set unobtrusively in the jungle (not even a hotel sign to reveal its presence!). The bedrooms are generously sized and the shower in each is open to the skies. The communal areas mean you can sit and discuss the day's events with other guests and the catering team are attentive and obliging. The site is within walking distance of the Sigiriya hill fort and there is another hill immediately next door which is worth clambering up for the views. Thusitha, who is a wonderful host will take you on nature walks or arrange a guide so that you can learn about the jungle surroundings. We stayed three nights but felt we would have enjoyed a couple more to go on a nature walk and perhaps an elephant ride. Of course there is plenty to see locally as this is the centre of the cultural triangle. Don't miss Dambulla and the national park at Minneriya.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank David B
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Additional Information about Back of Beyond - Pidurangala

Address: Kurulu Uyana, Vihara Mawatha | Pidurangala, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range: $58 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Back of Beyond - Pidurangala 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle and within 5 minutes from the Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Pidurangala is situated in a lovely unfenced 4 acre forest, a mere 5 minutes from the Sigiriya Rock. Offering you the best of rustic charm together with modern comforts, this retreat is a perfect base to explore the natural environment and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Each of the 3 tastefully furnished cottages, each with its own verandah, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding forest. A 3 bedroom bungalow is also available for larger groups. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Ritigala etc. Renowned for its excellent service from a friendly and caring staff, it's no wonder guests keep returning to Back of Beyond Pidurangala. ... more   less 
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