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Kithulgala Rest House
Ranked #5 of 7 Kitulgala B&B and Inns
Atlanta, Georgia
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81 reviews
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“Not very good”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

Stayed here one night while on a group tour with Exodus. This is the only hotel that was not very good. No AC, and it was hot. We were on the bottom floor, and the grassy area outside of the rooms overlooking the river was inviting but there was no way to lock the back door from the outside. If you exit through your back door you must stay close to keep an eye on the unlocked door.
Security was an issue when we were there. It was Sunday afternoon and there were a lot of locals at the river. You can walk from the river right on to the hotel property. One of our women was in her room and heard a knock on the door with the announcement "housekeeping". She let the man in and he asked if she had anything for the safe. This person was not a hotel employee.
Very limited wi fi area, but they have it. Beer at the bar was cold. Plenty of hot water.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had great hopes of staying here supposedly in a 'tranquil' riverside location, but it proved to be the opposite. Unfortunately we arrived on a Sunday and the river and shore were like a seaside resort, noisy drunken people partying all day and evening, no chance to bird-watch apart from early the next morning. The restaurant was pleasant with a small menu, the rest house staff were very helpful. The room was dark, hot and awful, no ac. badly maintained, the back door had only one rusty bolt, security was bad, with easy access for locals. With a bit of effort the place could be really good, but tranquil it isn't

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Brisbane
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164 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Yes this is an older property but it's full of character and I loved it! We had a non-AC room with a patio overlooking the river. Scenery was awesome! The best place for lazy birding was actually from the restaurant where we had a bird's eye view over the river. We were too tired to go across the river and I was a bit wary of the small canoe but maybe next time. Most of my photos were far away using 400mm zoom but there are a few bird shots on my blog Miles to the Wild (search Kithulgala) to show you what to expect. Ask them to book Shanaka as your birding guide, he was amazing and found all the species we were looking for!

It was pretty cool to have a couple of newly-married couples show up in full wedding costume! Food was fine, not too spicy as per my preference. I'm not really a foodie though so don't go by me. This was my kind of place though I can see why people who prefer more modern facilities may not like it. It's all a matter of what YOU like!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Swaffham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

As a group on a bird-watching trip we come to expect a wide range of accommodation types and conditions. Kitulgala Rest House is probably in the middle of the range. This place has a super location, overlooking the river and with access to a 'ferry' crossing for access to some interesting birding areas. The ferry is actually a dugout canoe in which one stands for the short crossing - something of an experience. The rooms are basically OK but they do have noisy fans and noisy fridges. Ours had access to lawns and river views but had an added imposition of chanting Buddhist monks (or was it a CD) broadcasting from village on the opposite side of the river - OK during the day but at 4 o'clock in the morning! Perhaps they've finished consecrating their new shrine - who knows.
The food was generally good, with some nice Sri Lankan dishes - sometimes served a bit cool (as the kitchen is a route-march from some parts of the restaurant. The staff were very amenable and prepared to put up with us wizzing to the windows to view passing kingfishers and birds of prey.
I would stay there again, as will many people who share our group's interests or are there for trekking or white-water rafting and other water sports.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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148 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014

The hotel is in an extremely scenic location – out of town and on the bank of a river. The room was nice and large but the one we occupied had no air conditioning and the fan was quite noisy. Also, there was no mini fridge and they charged for bottled water instead of providing it on a complimentary basis. The lunch-time buffet was average. Dinner was a la carte and our 2 fish dishes were OK but my tomato soup was terrible. Breakfast was below par – no hard-boiled eggs, no toast and no baked beans. On a positive note, they did cook eggs to order and had freshly made country bread.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2014

We were a small group on a trekking holiday. On arriving this place looked great, and the location is impressive. After a night we thought the experience was average. The restaurant lets it down, the buffet dinner and breakfast was poor and we were glad we ate early, the food was there a long time.I'd probably go back because the location is great for white water rafting and trekking.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We came just for one day to make a rafting, localtion, sourounding was excellent, views - amazing, food was also nice, but maintenance of this hotel is terrible. It still remember the times when the movie was made. Room - not good, bathroom - not good (after shower you can make the swimming pool, because water is not going down). And it was the first time in Sri Lanka, when they asked us to pay when check-in, not check-out, which was very strange. Rafting from Kitulgala Adventures (just on the left side from the entrance to the hotel) was very good, although too short:)

Hotel not worth its price!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kithulgala Rest House
Address: Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Kitulgala
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Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Kitulgala
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Number of rooms: 19
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