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“A simple little place tucked in the jungle away...”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Unawatuna, Galle, Southern Province

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MVT23
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“A simple little place tucked in the jungle away from tourists.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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The Jungle House is a rustic, one-bedroom house nestled against a verdant backdrop in a neighborhood of local Sri Lankans. Most of the other places around Unawatuna are shared apartments right on the beach. My girlfriend and I wanted to relax in a bit of a private setting and that's exactly what we got with the Jungle House. It's a 5-minute walk to Dalawella Beach and a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride to Unawatuna Beach - close enough that going to the beach is easy but far enough away to get a little privacy and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle (we particularly enjoyed the monkeys' dusk-time raids on our neighbors' fruit trees - our neighbors, not so much). The neighboring houses are separated by vegetation and each contained a Sri Lankan family spanning three or four generations. One of the young men of the families, Gayan, drove a tuk-tuk and gave us his mobile number asking us to call any time we needed a ride, which we did several times. He also rented us his scooter for a day at a very reasonable price and we drove it into nearby Galle. The owner of the Jungle House, Cecilia, lived just down the road and was very helpful and welcoming, telling us things we could do around town and even helping us find accommodations for one night near Yala National Park. You are not going to find marble floors and a gilded bidet at the Jungle House, and I wouldn't recommend it for large groups, but for a couple or small groups, it offers a minimalist charm that we found very peaceful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
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Liked best: The property was nice and private compared to other nearby rental options.
Liked least: The place was minimalist but that's exactly how it was described.
Traveling group: Other
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
Aug 18, 2013
Thanks Matt
We thouroughly enjoye your visit and look forward to welcoming you both back soon!
All the best
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Mel W
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Basic Junglie Tranquility”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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Two of us stayed for a week and had a wonderful time relaxing at the house and nearby beach, as well as taking day-trips to the Wednesday Veg market at Habaraduwa, The Fort at Galle, Marissa and Unawatuna. Cecilia, the house owner, lives close by and is friendly, hospitable and full of suggestions and help which is really reassuring when you first arrive. The people in Sri Lanka are friendly, helpful and many speak enough English to enable you to follow your nose and have more independent experiences if you enjoy that. Cecilia was also more than happy to help arrange a 3 day tour out to the Tea Plantation, Tangalle (turtle watching), Kataragama and Yala. Her suggestion to stay at the Mangrove Cabanas and with Rangeet (a Yala ranger) at his Sanoga Guest house in Tissamaharama was excellent and well recommended - see separate reviews.

The Jungle House is in Dalawella, 8-10 mins walk from Wijaya Beach. It is set in the hill away from the road and is surrounded by palm and jack fruit trees as well as mature tropical plants. It's close to residential houses and some small shops, but it's position is private and not overlooked. We saw (and heard...through the night) Monkeys, Geckos and Lizards, Palm Squirrels/chipmunks, many tropical coloured birds, a 6 foot snake!, large insects such as ants, beetles, a cockroach, crickets and spiders.

The house is basically furnished and equipped by western standards, but has most of what you would need in the kitchen including microwave, gas hob, fridge/freezer and cook ware and dinner service. There is a wetroom with hot and cold shower, WC and sink. The house does sleep 4, but i think 2 adults with children more comfortably, with a double bed and two shorter singles that double as sofas. There are ceiling fans and no AC. There is no TV or Internet, but mobile reception, including data services, is available. a Safe and WiFi is available at Cecilia's house 10 mins walk away.

Travelling to nearby towns and villages was simple on the busses, which were easy to hail on the main road and conductors were helpful in finding the right stop. Busses are frequent and stop anywhere you hail them if they have space to take you. The etiquette is to find a seat and pay during travel, with our ticket to Galle costing 20 Rupees and to Marissa 50 Rupees each. A Tuk Tuk ride to Unawatuna was easy to arrange from the house for about 250-300 Rupees as the guy next door has a Tuk Tuk, but there are many passing the house and waiting at the main road.

We preferred Wijaya Beach to Unawatuna as it was quieter and was nicer to swim in. We enjoyed sunrise and sunset swims there followed by drinks and food at the beach cafe. Unawatuna has larger shops and a large choice of restaurants.

We mostly ate fruit and veg from local stalls as well as hoppers and rottie from the local shop (after 5.30pm) - which were the best we had in Sri Lanka. There is a twice daily local bread delivery outside the house, which is a guy in a Tuk Tuk playing greensleeves - hilarious! The people at the shops were friendly and welcoming and we enjoyed waiting the short time for our food to be freshly made. There is a beach restaurant at Wijaya Beach, and we had lovely pizza and lassies, but they also have seafood and cocktails.

We chose this place as we wanted the freedoms and privacy you don't have in a hotel or resort. As Celilia arranged airport transfers and we were met with a cold coconut when we got there, our welcome could only be described as amazing! We got a great experience of Sri Lankan wildlife and culture and would thoroughly recommend it.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
4 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Privacy
Liked least: Insects
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Apr 12, 2013
Hi Girls

Thank you for the lovely review! It was a treat for us to have you visit

Stay in touch!
CJ, Sudda and Ash

PS Ash had her op and back to her normal self after a couple of quiet days.
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