This wonderful place was recommended to me by some friends and I can only recommend this location for anyone who would like to have a relaxing time away from busy cities and crowds. It is way, way off the grid and extremely peaceful and quiet place to unwind and regenerate your energy.
I just stayed there for 1 night which was far too little time to take in the beauty and tranquillity of this place. The food was great and the host as well as the staff was very friendly. “Natures Gift” is a place close to nature with a minimal infrastructure. The Chalets are very clean and simple with basic amenities but enough to make life reasonably comfortable. The small pool with natural water is a great place to be - even in the night.
Do not go there if you are a person looking for the type of fun you get in big cities. “Natures Gift” is for nature lovers, meditators, environmentally conscious, seekers of a real peaceful and relaxing holiday. Go there if you want to see another side of Sri Lanka and learn how we could live in a world without things you once considered as necessities.
The host picked us up from Panadura (about 65Km) by his 4-wheel drive. I also enjoyed the trip especially from the main road to the site (about 2km), which was an off-road track crossing one of the streams.
This is a family owned project, works in partnership with local people and a range of conservation organisations to protect the surrounding rainforest. At the beginning of the project, they slept simply on mats under the stars, eventually building a hut. The “project” expanded as friends joined for holidays and weekends.
‘Natures Gift” is supported by their own hydropower plant, is a beautiful paradise nestled between two streams within the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest. The property is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna and hiking possibilities. One thing missing though was some plans and directions of hiking trails.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new name is Rainforest- retreat. (name was changed in December 2013,from 'Natures gift 'ituated in the outskirts of the famous 'Sinharaja' rain forest (30 mtns drive)and 15 k.m to the Pahiyangala Caves.(both are world heritage sites).Close proximity to many waterfalls & Kukuleganga reservoir. The four acre land is bordered by two lovely streams and situated in the very remote village of Gendagala,in the border of the famouse sinharaja rainforest. A semi luxury chalet,a family room & dormitory type accommodation is available.Camping facilities can be arranged.Clean flush able commode fitted toilets available. Heal your self with a dip in the crystal clear waters of the junglestream. the Retreat also consists of an overflowing natural water plunge pool, tree showers and many more activites that will get you close to the natural environment. An Eco friendly Private picco hydro plant provides electricity for lighting.Promotes sustainable tourism. Excellent bonding place for naturalist and tourist who love to ecperience the beauty and peace of nature. we also promote healthy food from the garden to the table, making your meal a true village meal experince. ... more less