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“Heaven on Earth”
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Borderlands
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

A wonderful find, hidden away by the river. Only a two-minute walk from the main road, but you wouldn't know it once you're settled in to your tent overlooking the river, or downing a beer with the immensely friendly staff, who treat you as friends rather than guests. Great range of outdoor activities - the white-water rafting was brilliant - but also great scope for doing absolutely nothing in the best possible way: with a book, an I-Pod and a drink. And the food was excellent.
Can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2013

Dear Richard H,

Thanks for your kind words about our staff, what a great bunch of people that we're lucky to have for guides! Glad you had a great time, and of course, let us know if there is anything more we can do. We're proud that you described our camp as "heaven on Earth" Hope to see you again.

Best Wishes,
Your friends at Borderlands

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

With two friends enjoyed a wonderful stay at the Borderlands camp at Kithulgala. Much more comfortable than I had expected - very friendly staff, the white-water rafting was wonderful, as were the walks we had in the surrounding countryside. Food excellent and the site was superb. We are three ladies in our late 60s and can thoroughly recommend this experience to anyone of any age.

Ann SJ Wales

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2013

Dear Ann S,

Thanks for your nice review. Glad you had a great time with us and for making the trip down to Sri Lanka--we appreciate it. Please do come again!

Best Wishes,
The Borderlands Team

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Overnighted March 10/13 and rafted the rapids the next morning. What an excellent experience,from start to finish!
Gwen met us at the road above the camp and got us settled in. What a sweetheart! The staff was just so accomodating and the food was excellent. Went to sleep with the sounds of the river in our heads. Followed up by a great white water experieince the next morning.
One of the highlights of our 10 day tour of Sri Lanka. We recommend the Borderlands experience to anyone wanting a bit of water excitement. Loved it!

Room Tip: You might consider bringing a fan for the tent. There is electricity. Tent can be fairly hot, if no...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2013

Dear Rocky O,

Thanks for your splendid review. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope you come again! Good idea on having fans for the tent--we make take you up on that suggestion, since we are really up to the whims of the weather for how comfortable sleeping is. But we don't want to take away from the experience of tented camping too much! Thanks again for your kinds words and let us know of course if there is anything more we can do.

Best Wishes,
The Borderlands Team

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Sleep deeply in comfortable tent listening river glowing below you and rise to the sound of the jungle waking around you. Great people, fun activities (try the canyoning!) delish food, helpful staff and all the facilities for a very chilled few days. Don't miss out!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alex R
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Alex R,

We agree! We would love to be featured in more guidebooks! Thank you for staying with us and writing such a kind review about our location, activities, staff and food. We think our camp is great for having a relaxed yet also heart pounding time. Please do spread the word about Borderlands and come back,

Best Wishes,
The Borderlands Team

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Friendly and helpful staff in a beautiful riverside setting! We would recommend Borderlands to anyone looking for a comfortable jungle experience with tons outdoor of action and fun. Rafting was a blast, and canyoning was a real highlight of our trip. The waterfall abseil was in such a stunning setting it made our experience that bit more special! The guides were great, calm and fun. Thankyou Borderlands and to everyone that made our time in Kitulgala such a memorable one. :)

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Ruaridh84,

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed our activities and especially the waterfall abseil; we think it is awesome! If there's anything we can do to improve (or just keep doing) let us know! We have a great staff, and they're all a joy to work with--so thank you for your kind words! They'll be thrilled to know you enjoyed your time. Please do come again,

Best Wishes
The Borderlands Team

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great little spot down by the river nestled amongst the rain forest. Nice tents overlooking the river with great views. A very relaxing place.
Great meals & cold beer!
Plenty of fun activities to partake in also.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Rustykwa,

Thank you for your review! Our riverside camp is in a great location to relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside--we're really proud of the location as well as our activities. Hope to see you again,

Best Wishes,
The Borderlands Team

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

I travelled to Borderlands with 2 friends for 2 nights as part of a tour of Sri Lanka and knew very little about it. The welcome was great, the food excellent and the location fabulous. The view from my tent was superb and the actual tent/chalet far exceeded my expectations. As an older person I was not sure what activities I would be able to participate in but selected white water rafting and hiking. We had a wonderful time on the water on a lovely day and I especially enjoyed floating back to camp with Nathan directing me. We also completed 2 hikes in very hot humid conditions, one of which led us to a lovely pool where we were able to swim and cool off. The second was through rubber and tea plantations visiting a cave temple on the way. It s a beautiful well run camp in lovely surroundings.

Room Tip: Tents facing the river are wonderful.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2013

Dear Sheila L,

We're glad that our camp exceeded your expectations! Just sleeping by the river itself is a fantastic experience. Aside from our rafting and kayaking, our guided hikes are an often overlooked, but certainly splendid, activity that we offer. Thanks for the compliments to Nathan, too. Hope to see you again soon.

All the best,
The Borderlands Team

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Address: Hatton Road, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Kitulgala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Kitulgala
Price Range: $141 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Borderlands Adventure Eco-Lodge offers comfortable riverfront accommodation, in 4 tents and 11 cabanas (3 of which have en suite facilities) which are fully kitted with beds (which can be arranged from singles to doubles, with up to 5 beds able to fit in a family cabin) and have electricity throughout so guests can charge their laptops, phones and cameras. Each tent and cabana is located on a wooden platform with a private deck, with views overlooking the Kelani River and the surrounding mountains. All meals are served in The Long House, a great place to chill out at the end of the day. A full music system means guests can listen to their Ipods. Evening Movie Nights are offered, which is a great hit with kids. As well as offering accommodation, Borderlands runs white water rafting, canyoning, and white water and flat water kayaking activities from our ecolodge, and offers the largest number of sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks in Sri Lanka. Other activities include abseiling, hiking, biking and swimming. ... more   less 
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