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“Relaxing, Calm and Close to Nature”

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Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

A great place to get away from the city. Everything is almost natural and close to nature. My family enjoyed the natural pool (the stream), specially the spa like treatment from the little fish nibbling on their feet! The tree house has an amazing construction and very clean. The food is great and mostly made from naturally grown fruits and vegetables from the gardens. There are many birds, insects and species for lizards seen running around which was very amusing. The staff is very efficient and made meals exactly when we wanted it. And the cooks are amazing. The place is also close to all the main areas like Sigiriya, and some of the national parks like Minneriya. So there is enough and more to see, and experience if you like being close to nature. will definitely want to go back.

Room Tip: The Tree houses are not as private as the other rooms I felt, but its a great view to the trees and...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

My family and I stayed on the nights of the 15th and 16th of September 2013 ,and had a truly wonder full time. My 14 year old girls stayed in the tree house which was amazing there is a bed and mosquito net and some led lighting to help you up and down the ladder but that is all you need, there is constant entertainment going on around with all sorts of animal noises and sightings especially at sun rise. My wife and I stayed in the cottage at the bottom that the children could also utilise. (eg bathroom and shower). The staff looked after us really well the food was great as was the ambience. The highlight for us was visiting the stream about 20 metres from the main communal area were the doctor fish nibble on submerged body parts, the kids were constantly in the water being eaten. Over all a fantastic experience don't be put of by the lane to the site bumpy and narrow but keep going you will get there, also insect repellent is a must. AGAIN THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF FOR A WONDERFULL STAY i

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a long overdue review of a fantastic holiday. Sleeping in a open treehouse, waking to the call of jungle fauna, eating vegetables grown organically on the premises and sitting in the cool waters of the stream that runs along the property makes an amazing experience. You can also get a free pedicure from the tiny fish in the stream! The staff and on-site ornithologist took very good care of us.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

What a wonderful unique place. This is our team (my family & friends) 2nd trip at Back of Beyond with covered Dehigaha Ela.
Spent three wonderful days with amazing experience staying on top of a Tree House, natural open sky showers and excellent outdoor place for relaxation. Enjoyed real jungle sounds with bird’s singing and crying of the peacocks. Natural fish spa at no cost…. Real experienced in the jungle. We never had been to place before Dehigaha Ela.

This is the place for the nature lovers!

Great staff service with lovely meals, very very helpful and friendly, thank you very much to the whole "Back of Beyond" team, keep it up and GOOD LUCK!!
We plan on going to all the other Back of Beyond Locations in future.

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Mobile network coverage consist only one place.

Muddy Track from the main road to the lodge which adds a bit to the travel time, but we could enjoy plenty of peacock watching and onion farms both side of the road to the lodge.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

You don't often get the opportunity to sleep on an open air platform - we stayed in one of the Boulder Cottahes, clevely built into the hillside! Yes, in the evening you get quite a few 'flying things', but that's what a mosquito net is for ... It was a wonderful experience to sleep in the open air, shower looking out at the trees, and wake to the sound of birds singing.
It's name tells you what you need to know - this is the 'back of beyond' - about 45 mins down a track through fields, and that is exactly what makes it special. You can visit all the amazing sites in the area, and come back to a lovely rural retreat at the end of the day - and you might even be lucky enough to spot a wild elephant.
The food was very good - lots of choice for your evening meal, and the best scrambled egg in the whole of Sri Lanka for breakfast! The service was good - but it's worth knowing that if you want alcohol with your meal, you need to bring it with you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank SueRW
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I find the reviews here a little misleading.. this eco lodge is pricey and definitely orientated towards those who have no aversion to sharing their space with creepy crawlies... the rooms are actually not enclosed whatsoever . I cancelled my stay upon turning up (w/o any reimbursement possible) realising that sleeping under a mosquito net on damp beds was not really in line with the sales "spiel". If your looking for comfort and accustomed to nice hotels .. try elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We spent 2 wonderful nights at this cameo delight. Awesome accommodation, great food and very friendly staff. An incredible experience in a truly unique spot!

If you are looking for an "off the trail" experience which will truly tickle your senses, make sure to book Dehigaha Ela. The Tree house was true paradise!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Walls12345
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Additional Information about Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela

Address: Dehigaha Ela, 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) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range: $64 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka and within 30 minutes from Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Dehigaha ela is situated in a circular clearing at the base of a hill, ringed in by the thick forest on the sweeping curve of the two streams. It is a small secret place for all forms of wildlife - elephants, sambhur, deer, birds, butterflies - to visit. It is an ideal location for those who dream of sleeping under the stars, of exploring the jungle and streams on foot with all its joys and little discomforts. We have of course, added the comforts and care. The entire retreat is powered by solar energy. A backup generator is also provided. All hot water is also supplied via solar energy. A biogas generator has been installed to convert kitchen waste to bio gas for cooking. All tree houses and boulder cottages in this retreat are designed to be very open to nature, with coconut thatch roofing, wooden floors, and folding bamboo tats. Each lodge maintains standards of comfort by providing fans, mosquito nets, and modern toilets. The eco-retreat consists of a 2 tree houses and 4 boulder cottages. Each of the tastefully furnished units, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding environment. The reception, living and dining areas are separate, and the staff and drivers quarters are also housed separately to allow maximum privacy to guests. The surrounding forest is a haven for birds, smaller mammals and larger mammals such as deer, sambhur and even elephants. Guests enjoy bathing in the two streams that meet at the border to our property. One stream starts closeby hence has icy cold water, whereas the larger stream has warmer water. The crystal clear water of the nearby stream is full of small fish that provide a natural, free foot spa to the delight of our guests. A nature trail is also available in the property. The property also boasts of a large man-made pond that is full of lotuses and water lilies. This too attracts a wide variety of bird life and small fishes. A butterfly garden has also recently been started at Dehigaha ela. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kaludiya Pokuna, Wewela tank etc ... more   less 
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