In the company of helpful Sri Lankan friends, I felt very lucky to experience the enchanting setting at Nature's Gift in the jungle setting at Kukule, in the foot hills only a couple of hours above Colombo. The journey from the city was easy until the last 2km when a four wheel drive is absolutely necessary (see my pic pushing out a stuck vehicle!).
Once there, it really felt I had landed in the rainforest, with only the sounds of the jungle creatures and the babbling waters of the streams to be heard. Gaya hinted at the mystical qualities of the stream and bathing in it was fun, refreshing and relaxing. Funnily enough it seemed to send us into a deep sleep afterwards. The food, which we ate while dangling our feet in the pool, was very tasty Sri Lankan rice and curry served on a banana leaf. I could not help going back for seconds or was it thirds?!
This is a great place out in the wild but with some of the comforts of home such as a comfy place to sleep, a cool pool and tasty food. I was really impressed with the hydro-electric power generation on site and the tree showers. This being the jungle, however, I did encounter one leech, though we parted amicably!
I look forward to coming back and trying out some of the interesting sounding hikes in this area. Thanks again to all at Nature's Gift.
- 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